Pacific Islanders in Oakland

Tour curated by: Natanya Friedheim

Spread out all over the West coast, many communities of the Pacific Islander diaspora settled in Oakland. Great amounts of cultural production comes from these communities, though they remain for the most part under the radar. This tour gives a list of resources, restaurants and site of artistic production relevant to the Pacific Islander community.

Locations for Tour

Quickly is on this map because it is the only place in Oakland where you can find a meal with Spam. Although customers cannot buy a Spam musubi (basically Spam sushi) Quickly's menu offers a bowl of rice topped with two slices of freshly cooked Spam…

The well known Oakland halau (hula school) the Academy of Hawaiian Arts participates in Hula’s survival and evolvement in its own way. This mission of the Academy of Hawaiian Art is Oakland, “to cultivate and evolve the cultural arts of Hawai'i,…

Most people find out about the APILO’s services by word of mouth, so if you’re reading this and know someone who could benefit from APILO, please spread the word. Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, or APILO, provides legal assistance to…

Taipe Vaka is currently closed for interior renovation. However, the store advertises the store name and phone number boldly on the front of a building whose architecture resembles an old western frontier house with a large porch on the second floor.…

Get off the 57 or the NL on Fruitvale and MacArthur. Walk down Fruitvale, past the Farmer Joe’s, past Lucky Three Seven -- the Filipino restaurant where you can get anything with a fried egg on top and that’s not weird-- past the Mexican…

The Oakland Art Museum’s permanent Pacific collection is the oldest in the museum. The collection includes work from Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia -- all of the -nesias and more. Most of the artifacts in…

The Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum is a national agency that works with health care advocates, providers and other people looking to make structural adjustments in the way healthcare is administered and provided to people in the Asian and…

The Mormon Temple is a gather place for the Pacific Islander community; the Temple even has a separate Tongan congregation. Indeed, in Oakland, the polynesian community is the largest non-white group within the Church. This is due to the connection…

Many who are not from Hawai’i think of the Lilo and Stitch quote “‘Ohana means family, family means noone gets left behind.” The Hawaiian word ‘Ohana does mean family, but a family can be both biological and cultural. For the members of the…