Kia Ora DC Kiwis is excited to announce this year’s annual hāngi is back in the ground again and returning to last year’s tu meke location in Spenceville, Maryland, just ten minutes outside the DMV.  The annual hāngi is our largest and most popular event, and is an amazing day of kiwi community, culture and celebration. This year, we launched the first commemorative Kia Ora DC Kiwis Annual Hāngi t-shirt for pick-up at the hāngi.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019

Time: 10am – 7pm (see the Schedule of Events below)

Location: 2410 Spencerville Rd, Spencerville, MD 20868 (Cedar Ridge Community Church grounds)

Price: Adult: $30 | Child 5yo-15: $10 | Child below 5yo: Free

If you have specific dietary needs, please email us and we can discuss how to accommodate and include you.

We always want to include all of our kiwi community, regardless of your financial situation. If you are struggling to attend due to finances, please email our Vice President, Belinda Tibbles, to discuss in confidence.

2019 Annual Hāngi T-Shirts

T-shirts are no longer available to be pre-ordered – make sure you get in early next year!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Your event ticket includes:

  • The opportunity to meet or reunite with kiwi friends from the DMV area and across the county, in an incredible venue close the DMV and public transport
  • Traditional New Zealand hāngi meal (meats, vegetables and salad)
  • Cold beverages (water and soda)
    • Bring along your own reusable bottle for water refills and your own beer and wine!
  • Live music from some well-known faces and awesome kiwi musicians
  • Organized kiwi activities for the kids and the kids-at-heart
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: (SCHEDULE IS APPROXIMATE)

10:00am – Can’t wait for a taste of home? Bring cash to grab your favorite pie from the Kiwi Kuisine pie truck.

10:30am – Our expert KODC Kiwis hāngi crew gets the hāngi in the ground.

12:00pm – We’ll keep the kids busy while you catch up with friends and enjoy some sweet as kiwi music, sports and games. For the kids at heart, we’ve got you covered too!

3:00pm – Time to get your kiwi culture on!  Performances and a kiwi singalong with our very own Te Aroha Choir and karakia (prayer) before we eat.

4:00pm – The hard work pays off and you’ll get to watch as the crew brings up our traditional hāngi meal!

4:30pm – Time to eat – hāngi is served! Ka pai!

5:00pm – Enjoy scrumptious kiwi desserts and treats provided by fellow attendees.

5:30pm – Party time! Dance, sing, and enjoy yourself as the entertainment continues.

WHAT TO BRING

All you need is yourself, but here are a few things that might make your day more enjoyable:

  • Booze (this year’s event is entirely BYO so bring along your favorite beer or wine – no hard liquor please)
  • Cash for our awesome raffles and hot pies on site
  • Dessert to share (if you have delicious treats you’d like to share)
  • Friends and whanau!
  • Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and sun umbrellas
  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Reusable bottle for water refills

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Kia Ora DC Kiwis is a non-profit 100% volunteer-run organization, and we depend completely on an amazing team of volunteers to help us execute these events. There are a number of different ways you can contribute, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet and bond with fellow Kiwis in the area. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the following areas:

  • Leading the raffle
  • Vegetable preparation (starts at 7am)
  • Preparing and bringing desserts
  • Setting up tables and tents
  • Preparing salads
  • Running a touch game
  • Helping with kids activities
  • Entertainment – do you have a talent to share?
  • Setting up the food
  • Helping with dishes and trash
  • Cleaning up after the event

Please email Belinda if you are interested in volunteering!

ACCOMMODATION

If you are travelling from out of town or don’t have a designated driver to get you home, why not stay locally? We have secured a discounted rate of only $99 per night at the Doubletree by Hilton in Laurel MD, just four miles from the event! This rate is available on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.

Book your room here and use the group code KOK.

CLEAN, GREEN KIA ORA DC KIWIS

In line with New Zealand’s clean and green image, we are continuing our efforts to minimize waste produced by our events by following good sustainability practices. We are conscious of the need to minimize our use of plastic and non-recyclable materials and to make wise choices about how we use the earth’s resources.

We will have recycling receptacles available for plastics, glass and aluminum cans; and composting receptacles for non-meat food waste, paper products, and meat waste/bones. We will provide lightweight washable plates and utensils to reduce the consumption of natural resources and reduce waste that is landfilled or recycled.

Check out our drop-off stations placed around the event to explain what to do with your plates and utensils and show you what to recycle and compost.

We are excited to continue providing sustainable events that embrace the clean and green Kiwi mentality and look forward to your help in our efforts. Feel free to share your ideas with us so that we can continue to improve! We are always looking for volunteers to help with our sustainable efforts!