Asian Heritage to be Celebrated with Annual Lu’au, Guest Speakers

Asian/Pacific American Student Services' annual Asian Heritage Celebration will begin Tuesday, March 28, with a presentation by author, educator and activist Marsha Aizumi, and continue with a variety of events that includes a presentation by indigenous epistemologist and UNC alumna Manulani Aluli-Meyer on March 30 and the 26th annual UNC Lu'au on April 8.

Guest Speaker: Marsha Aizumi

Tuesday, March 28
6-8:30 p.m., University Center Panorama Room

Author and LGBTQ+ activist Marsha Aizumi shares her compelling story of parenting a young woman who came out as a lesbian, then transitioned to male. Her and son Aiden's inspiring memoir, "Two Spirits, One Heart," chronicles their experiences. She currently serves on the national board of directors of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and travels to campuses and schools to share her story. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the UNC Gender & Sexuality Resource Center.

Guest Speaker: Manulani Aluli-Meyer

Thursday, March 30
6-7 p.m., University Center Ballrooms

Manulani Aluli-Meyer works in the field of indigenous epistemology and its role in world-wide awakening. She received her master's degree in education from UNC and her doctorate in education from Harvard University by studying Hawaiian epistemology via language, history and the clear insights of Hawaiian mentors. She's published extensively on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to quantum sciences, transformational and whole thinking and to liberating pedagogy. Free and open to the public.

Free Film: Kumu Hina

Wednesday, April 5
4 p.m. University Center Columbine A

Kuma Hina is a powerful 2014 film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and
values within the Westernized society of modern-day Hawai'i, as told through the lens of an
native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman,
and an honored and respected kumu or teacher, cultural practitioner and community leader. Free and open to the public.

UNC's 26th Annual Luau

Saturday, April 8
5-9 p.m., University Center Ballrooms

Presented by UNC's Hawaii Club, the evening will include Hawaiian food, music and dance. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets before the event are $10 for UNC and Aims students; $15 for UNC faculty and staff, $20 for other adults; and $10 for children 6-13. Children under 5 are free.

Tickets are available at the information desk on the second floor of the University Center, the Nottingham Field box office and at