(TACOMA, Wa.) — Lilly's Bakery, Paka Polynesian Tattoos and Left Coast Streetwear join leaders in education as sponsors of the 4th Annual Samoan Arts & Academics Competition Saturday, May 5 at the Tacoma Dome.
The competition in Washington state, coordinated by Kiana Fuega, has also garnered support from educators as far away as New Zealand, the mobile classroom called Aganu'u Fa'aSamoa, a program of Epiphany Pacific Trust which visited Samoa in 2017 for an up-close study of the art of Tatau.
In its fourth year, the SAAC has a number of sponsors from the higher education sector in the state.
There is ASPIRE at Pierce College and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Strengthening Institution (AANAPISI) at Highline College with additional support from Green River College and the University of Washington Outreach & Recruitment.
Five teams comprised of students from 41 schools in the state are competing. Reigning Champions is Le Lumana'i o le Pasifika led by Mane T. Tuiaana.
Fuega is managing operations for SAAC this year, overseeing the production of the competition.
"And also ensuring the academic portion is tied closely to post-secondary options so that students can apply their hard work earned in the classroom and among their teams — toward their college education once they graduate," she told tautalatala.
Lilly's, which carries a wide variety of island apparel sells puletasi, popo earrings and food items such as Moon Cup pies, Bongos, Tim Tams, canned coconut milk and tinned mackerel with locations in Kent and Tacoma.
Paka Polynesian Tattoos is located in Kent and Left Coast Streetwear Screen Printing and Clothing is at Commons Mall on Federal Way.
Learn more about Samoans in Washington state in our Education News section.