Announcing Miss Asian Fest Pageant

For the first time ever, APAHO is sponsoring the Miss Asian Fest Pageant!


May 26, 2018
Norfolk Waterside District (Map)

Tiny Miss Asian Fest - 4 to 6 years of age

Little Miss Asian Fest - 7 to 9 years of age

Miss Pre-Teen Asian Fest - 10 to 12 years of age

Miss Junior Asian Fest - 13 to 15 years of age

Miss Teen Asian Fest - 16 to 18 years of age (birthday before June 1, 2018)

Miss Asian Fest - 18 to 21 years of age (birthday after June 1, 2018)

Winners to be announced at Asian Fest - May 26th, 2018 at Norfolk Waterside District. All contestants will march in the Parade of Countries, leading their country of origin.

Application deadline is May 15, 2018

Please see for further details and to apply.

Nepal Disaster Relief Program (NDRP) Fundraising Event

APAHO is a proud supporter of the Nepal Disaster Relief Program (NDRP) Fundraising Event.  Please join us at the Holiday Inn on Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach on Friday, June 5th at 6:30 pm.  

Venue:   Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk
Date:  Friday, June 5th at 6:30 pm
Tickets:  Adults - $35, Youth (10-18 years) - $15, Kids (under 10) - Free
Activities:  Music, Dinner, and Cash Bar 

Please visit to buy tickets or make your charitable donation.

You can also mail your check to:

Dr. Ramesh
1105 Lawson Cove Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Checks payable to "AIHR". 

Remembering Iakopo (Jake) Poyer

Jake Poyer, our keynote speaker of last year and an influential supporter of the Polynesian community, suddenly passed away this past Saturday night. We remember him  watching him organize the AsianFest parade from that morning. I wanted to post this in honor of his memory and for his contributions our community. Farewell and following seas, Jake.


This is the write up from last year's AsianFest program:

Retire Lieutenant Commander Iakopo (Jake) Poyer, USN (Ret.) hails from American Samoa and attended the University of Albuquerque before he began his military career. Mr. Poyer enlisted in the United States Navy in 1981 and served in five different commands including three ships, an overseas tour, and two shore commands.

In 1993, he was accepted for the Limited Duty Officer Program and served on seven different commands including including four ships and three shore commands. Mr. Poyer completed eleven deployments overseas covering the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, China Sea and the South Pacific. He had served as the Port Operations Officer on board Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. In 2010, he retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years of service.

Mr. Poyer is extremely involved in the Polynesian community locally and abroad. He serves as the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Pacific Islanders American Group of Virginia (PIAG) and the CEO of the National Fagaitua High School Alumni Association. PIAG is a proud sponsor/host of the annual Polynesian Festival of Virginia Beach. He is also a member of the Carrow Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA.

Mr. Poyer is also a family man. His wife of 24 years is Joy Volk of Woodbury, NJ. He and Joy have one daughter, Patricia Maina, and one son, Derek Esau. Patricia is a second-year student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Derek is a senior at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Written by Arnel Custudio

2015 Scholarship Recipients

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization is proud to present our 2015 Scholarship recipients.  It was not an easy decision, as there were so many talented applicants.  It is wonderful to see so many students performing so well academically and giving so much of their time and efforts back to their community.

Congratulations to the three 2015 APAHO Scholarship recipients!


Jena Araojo - Philippines

Jena Araojo

High School: Southampton High School

College/University: College of William and Mary

Aspiration: Pediatrician

Country: Philippines


Eddie Lin - China

Eddie Lin

High School: Tallwood High School

College/University: University of Virginia

Aspiration: Political Science

Country: China

Tuan Ngyugen - Vietnam

Tuan Ngyugen

High School: Poquoson High School

College/University: University of Virginia

Aspiration: Biomedical Engineering

Country: Vietnam

Election and General Meeting

The officers and members of APAHO would like to thank everyone for making Asian Fest 2014 such a success!  We hope you will join us next May to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with host country the Philippines.  

Join us on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Crazy Buffet & Grill in Chesapeake for elections and our next general meeting.  Elections are for the officers for the next Asian Fest.  We will be discussing this past Asian Fest as well as creating plans for our next event in May 2015.

We hope to see you there!