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Plants, animals of Hawai‘i subjects of photography exhibit

Officials at the Kaua‘i Museum said in a press release they are hosting an exhibit of photographs of rare and endangered plants and animals of Hawai‘i in an exhibit that opens Wednesday at the museum on Rice Street in Lihu‘e.

Works by David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton are the exhibit, “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai‘i.”

The show runs through mid-October.

Middleton, of the Emmy Award winning team of Liittschwager & Middleton, will give a slide presentation on their book, “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai‘i,” as part of the special family day program at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kaua‘i Museum.

Normally, the first Saturday of each month is family day, with free admission.

Eight years in the making and produced in association with leaders of the Environmental Defense Fund, with the assistance of those at the National Tropical Botanical Garden and The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, “Remains of a Rainbow” documents the rich but imperiled tapestry of life that is native to the islands of Hawai‘i.

For the past 46 year, leaders of the Kaua‘i Museum have sponsored an opportunity for children’s artwork to be showcased in the Mezzanine Gallery of the historic Albert Spencer Wilcox Memorial Building.

Kaua‘i students in grades kindergarten through eighth again will display their drawings, paintings, sculpture, handcrafts, and photography, March 23 to April 15.

Those in the upper grades will have their chance to display their talents later.

May Day is around the wet corner. With all this rain, flowers are blooming wildly, so remember to plan which ones will be used for the annual Lei Day at the Kaua‘i Museum Lei Contest.

For those who have ever wondered how to create a perfect miniature of a normally-large plant, experts from the Bonyu Kai bonsai club will be on hand at the museum to show off samples, offer tips, March 31 and April 1.

Bonyu Kai is a bonsai organization founded to improve members’ level of bonsai knowledge, to produce quality bonsai exhibits, and to establish a group of dedicated bonsai artists willing to work and learn together.

The on-island sensei is Abraham Machado, a very knowledgeable and talented bonsai artist in his own right, whose goal is to teach the organization’s members to recognize, create and maintain high-quality bonsai.

For more information on any of these events, call the Kauai Museum 245-6931.

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