Saltwater People

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

349 Seaside Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96815

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A summer rooftop party that celebrates the global flow of Black cultures with with music you won’t hear anywhere else in Honolulu

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Saltwater People

A new tide is coming in

Saltwater People is a monthly rooftop party that celebrates the global flow of Black cultures with music you won’t hear anywhere else in Honolulu. A mixture of genre-breaking live music, DJ sets, vendors, food, and learning, Saltwater People brings the flavors of African and Pacific diasporas together where our lineages and histories converge here in Hawai‘i.

The Black Pacific poet and scholar Teresia Teaiwa writes, "We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood.” The name "Saltwater People" comes from an old practice among African diaspora communities in the western Atlantic to describe people born in Africa or on the ocean voyage as "saltwater Negroes" or "saltwater Creoles." Here in Hawai‘i, however, we are all saltwater people. The ocean links us and is a source of our nourishment, sustenance, healing, and joy. A new tide is coming in. Come through.

August's Saltwater People is a special celebration of the closing of Black August in Honolulu, a month of community gatherings to acknowledge the self-determination, resilience, and joy in communities all over the world.

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August 31 line up

DJ Sets by

DJ FLX

FLX, (pronounced "Fe'lix") has performed along side some of the most noted DJ talents in the world, creating a place for himself and his soulful sound at home in Hawai‘i, in Chicago house music, and San Francisco's underground scene, as well as in dance venues in New York and Miami.

David Nala

Founding member of Future Ancestors Collective and resident DJ at the Kaimukī Dance Party, David Nala is an eclectic selector who focuses on global roots & bass music and building community through liberation-minded dance floors. Now based in Honolulu, Nala has worked dance floors throughout the US. Show highlights include sharing stages with acts ranging from Ozomatli, Rich Medina, Nickodemus and A Tribe Called Red to Pete Rock, Javier Estrada, and the Reminders.

Kufi LaRock

Multi-dimensional Honolulu-based DJ Kufi LaRock plays Black dance music from all parts of the diaspora. Steeped in house, hip-hop, rock, salsa, and more, Kufi LaRock brings danceable deep cuts that create a listening and dancing experience that transcends genres and time.

Live Performances

Freddy Leone

Freddy Leone is a Hawai‘i-based Artist with a multi-cultural style ranging from Contemporary R&B and soul, to dance-pop and reggae. With so many colorful styles from his Hawai‘i upbringing, the sky has really been the limit for Freddy Leone.

Capoeira Angola Center Hawai‘i

This group of capoeiristas practices capoeira Angola, an art form of movement with applications in dance and martial arts that combines traditions brought to the Americas by enslaved African people. The development of capoeira is an amazing example of enslaved people innovating on African drumming rhythms with complex acrobatics and dance in a powerful, centuries-old example of the depth of resistance, resilience, and beauty in African diaspora cultures. Practitioners from Capoeira Angola Center Hawai‘i will share their art of resilience in the joyful flow of our rooftop party.

Sewa Faré West African Drum and Dance Group

'Sewa faré' is a term in the Susu language of Guinea and Sierra Leone meaning ‘joyful celebration,’ a name befitting this dynamic ensemble of dancers and drummers representing traditions and rhythms of West Africa here in Hawai‘i. Their exciting, percussive performance will have your heart pounding.

Illnomadic

Fresh off the release of his new studio album, Second Language, Iran-born, Honolulu-based emcee, Navid Najafi aka Illnomadic will take the stage with activated hip hop with lyrics that explore migration, culture, solidarity and home.

* Food and beverage available for purchase *

* $5 flat-rate in-building parking *

*vendors* * door prizes** more*

Special mahalos to our door prize sponsors:

Tesla Honolulu

Box Jelly Coworking

Lyft

Square Barrels

The Laylow

Bevy

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī

Hyatt Regency

Lyft discount codes:

New Users: POPOLOPROJECT (up to $20 in credit)

Existing Users: POPOLOPROJECT19 ($5 off Lyft XL)

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Saltwater People is a monthly party curated by the Pōpolo Project in partnership with 23rd Elevation.

The Pōpolo Project is a Hawai‘i-based community organization that works to make the lives of Black people visible among what we commonly think of as Local, highlighting the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness.

Through progressive programming, 23rd Elevation connects venues, museums, nonprofits and DIY arts organizations with mission-aligned sponsors in order to create and/or sustain social platforms that will embolden, educate and empower communities through the shared experience of artistic expression.

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki

Guayakí Yerba Mate

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