Children’s Festival in Hanapepe Saturday

The West Kaua‘i Hongwanji Mission will host its Children’s Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hanapepe Buddhist Temple.

Festival chairman Takeshi Fujita said the evening will be as festive as the bon dance. “There will be cultural demonstrations and displays, games, foods, and prizes.”

Church members donate many of the supplies and prizes for the festival and most activities are hands-on, making the cost very minimal, he said.

“There will be making of oshibana and chiyogame greeting cards, origami, ti-leaf lei and roses, kites, Job’s tears lei, Mother’s Day gift boxes, and ceramics,” he said.

Also featured will be displays and participatory activities such as Girls and Boys Day dolls, kimono dressing, bon dance practice, bonsai, Magic Berry, fish pond, pin guns, cookie decoration, old-fashioned ice-cream making, and more.

Taiko Kauai will perform at 11 a.m. and the public is invited to try their hand at the Taiko.

“Children of all ages, from 1-99, are welcome,” said Fujita, who adds that the festival is not a fund-raiser or profit-making event.

“It is being held because it takes a village to raise a child,” he said, citing the traditional proverb.

President of the West Kaua‘i Hongwanji Mission is Thomas Muraoka. Vice president is Alton Miyamoto, Alberta Takashima is secretary and Takeshi Fujita is treasurer.

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