Pybus Public Market Presents “Aloha Fridays”

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April 22, 2022

Pybus Public Market Presents “Aloha Fridays”

Pybus Public Market is proud to announce the addition of “Aloha Fridays”, beginning Friday May 13th. If you’ve visited the market recently you may have noticed the E.T. Pybus statue sporting a bright red, Hawaiian shirt and the Pybus staff wearing their best island fashion. You may have asked yourself “What does this mean? What is the occasion?” For months Pybus has remained tight-lipped, but now the team is ready to give you more insight into how these not- so subtle hints all connect. Aloha is a hawaiian word with many definitions from love, to peace and compassion or as simple as saying “hello” and “goodbye.” To help bring the spirit of Aloha to the market, Pybus is partnering with the Hula Napuanani O’Opalipali, better known as the Wenatchee Hula dance group, for a monthly dance performance on the second Friday of each month.

The group is taught and led by dance instructor Rosalie Ivanich, who moved to the Wenatchee Valley from the greater Seattle area in 2012 and established the group in 2018. Rosalie has been dancing since the age of 4 and spent most of her life under the guidance of her kumus (Hawaiian for teacher). For a brief time she stepped away from dance, focusing on raising her family, but it wasn’t long until her love of the Hawaiian culture would call again in 2013, connecting her with a new kumu, “Momi Palmieri”, a local Leavnworth instructor. In 2018 she approached the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center about teaching Hula classes and soon after the Wenatchee Hula group was born. The ladies of Hula Napuanani O’Opalipali are inspired to learn, understand and celebrate the Aloha of Hawaii, its people, culture, land and nature, and to share that knowledge of Aloha with the audience through the grace of their spirit, dance, and song.

“The idea behind “Aloha Fridays” is to invite the community to gather at the market, pass along kindness, acceptance and encourage togetherness. After the hardships that many have faced through the pandemic, now feels like the right time to promote harmony and remember that we are all connected. We are thrilled to bring the message of Aloha to the market and to have the ladies of Wenatchee Hula here to start that celebration”, said Marketing and Events Manager Sarah Williamson.

Aloha Fridays will start on Friday May 13th, recurring on the second Friday every month. The event will run from 3pm-5pm, with the Wenatchee Hula dance group performing live on the concourse from 3pm-4pm. The group will have a booth setup with aloha inspired gifts available for purchase from Rosalie’s artisan business, KaAinaKai. Stay tuned for more information as the ladies of Wenatchee Hula will join the Pybus University schedule for a special hands-on lei making class later this year. Those interested in learning hula can sign up for beginner classes at the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center. Class is every Thursday from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, no experience required! Call Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center at (509) 662-7036 for more details.

Mahalo! (Hawaiian for thank you)

For additional information, please contact:

Pybus Public Market:

Travis Hornby: travis@pybusmarket.org or (509) 888-3900

Sarah Williamson: sarah@pybusmarket.org or (509) 888-3900

About Pybus Public Market

Pybus Public Market is built in the historic Pybus steel warehouse located next to the Columbia River at the foot of Orondo Street in Wenatchee. The property is a year-round marketplace for restaurants, wine, fruit and vegetable vendors, meats and cheeses, baked goods, oils, other foods, flowers, retail sales and local craftspeople. It also serves as the permanent home for Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market. Pybus Market opened May 11, 2013. Pybus Market is governed by a 21 person board of directors of Pybus Public Market, a 501c (5) nonprofit and Pybus Market Charitable Foundation, a 501c (3) nonprofit.

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