TONGAN / National Tongan-American Society of Utah
The mission of the National Tongan American Society of Utah is to strengthen the Pacific Islander community in Utah by promoting health, education, cultural preservation and civic engagement. Proceeds from the Living Traditions Festival will help fund the annual Friendly Island Festival in August and other cultural events.
Otai / Rice / Kumala / Mussels / Lupulu / Sapasui / Kalua Pig
Tongan cuisine is a very rich one having been influenced by international tastes. The staples of Tongan foods are pork, chicken, beef, and fish to name a few popular meats; coconut milk; taro leaves; and the various starches such as yams, taro, sweet potatoes, and tapioca. Traditional food is cooked in an underground oven called umu, unless of course it is the most popular spit-roasted succulent pig.