Homecoming is many things –It’s about tradition. It’s about family. It’s about community. It’s a celebration of all the people involved in our community, including the many different cultures. This Homecoming Week is a bit different from the past. Rather than having a simple “Homecoming Rally,” the UC Rally Committee has decided to switch things up and brand the new “California Culture Rally.”
UC Berkeley has more than 100 student organizations that are culturally based, and this rally is intended to offer groups like these the chance to showcase their cultures and traditions. This year one of my clubs, Cal Hawai’i Club will be performing. For us, this is the largest scale event we’ve ever performed at. Cal Hawai’i is one of only two Polynesian organizations on campus.
For us this performance means a lot. It’s a chance to share a very underrepresented group on campus, and a chance to spread the wonderful stories behind this culture. In honor of the high energy of football team, Cal Hawai’i will be performing two high-energy and classic Polynesian dances: The Samoan “Sasa” and the Tahitian “Otea” Both are intended to display the aspects of every day life, respective to those cultures. The “Sasa” specifically begins with a “talofa,” a classic greeting in Polynesian culture.
So with the start of Homecoming Week, I’ll sign off with this greeting as we celebrate our campus history and California Culture. Talofa!