Polynesian festival brings aloha vibes to San Clemente

  • Visitors pass by a 1946 Canadian Mercury, Model 114 named Surfer Girl, at the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The event was hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre held at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Ukuleles for sale at the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre held at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • As a crowd looks on, girls from the Da Hula Studio in Walnut dance on the lawn of the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente during the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The event was hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre hosted the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Visitors take in the various booths at the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Aloha caps for sale at the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre and held at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The crowd watches and listens to the music as girls from the Da Hula Studio in Walnut dance on the lawn of the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente during the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The event was hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Leis hang at a booth at the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021, hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre and held at the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Girls from the Da Hula Studio in Walnut dance on the lawn of the San Clemente Community Center in San Clemente during the 31st annual Polynesian Festival on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The event was hosted by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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The sounds and sights of the islands filled the lawn of the San Clemente Community Center.

Luau dancers swayed their hips to the strum of the ukuleles and aloha vibes were spread throughout the well-attended festival on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The 31st annual Polynesian Festival, put on by the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre, aims at spreading the Polynesian culture through music, crafts and performances.

More than 35 vendor and activity booths were set up, and a vintage Woody car show brought out old surf-style cars for a bit of nostalgia.

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