Acts & Openings

Artist Keala Kai

on canoes

11 a.m. to 12:30 tomorrow Kaua‘i Museum

Artist and past Hokulea participant Keala Kai will give a presentation called “Thinking Beyond the Horizon.” Kai will give a talk about his multi-talented life as artist and canoe builder. The artist’s creative beginnings are rooted in lessons from his grandfather, but his art took on new meaning when he began the journey of a lifetime, the Japan leg of the Hokule‘a’s 2007 voyage. Kai’s drawings are his way of understanding the power of the canoe in his life and others’, and documenting details of canoe construction for future generations. By sharing his art and stories, we gain a personal and contemporary insight into this Hawaiian tradition and its bearing on the culture. He will also discuss his current project of building Namahoe, a voyaging canoe representing Kaua‘i in its maiden voyage to Tahiti.

Taste of Hawai‘i

11:30 a.m. Sunday

Smith’s Tropical Paradise

The 20th anniversary Taste of Hawai‘i is Rotary Club of Kapa‘a’s premier fundraiser. With 50 chefs, 15 beverage vendors, over a dozen entertainers, not to mention a silent auction, Kaua‘i’s summer kick-off food and drink festival gets bigger every year. This epic event at Smith’s Tropical Paradise on the Wailua River raises funds for Rotary’s many scholarships, community projects and programs, as well as dozens of youth programs on the island. Nearly $30,000 in scholarships for Kaua‘i alone were raised last year as a result of prior “Taste” funds. Hundreds of volunteers make this event happen. Tickets are available at Magic Dragon in Princeville, Hanalei Surf Co., Jim Saylor Jewelers, Vicky’s Fabrics in Kapa‘a. Zack’s Frozen Yogurt in Coconut Marketplace, Bambulei in Wailua, Inkspot Printing in Lihu‘e, the Kukui Grove Shopping Center management office, Progressive Expressions in Koloa and the Westside Pharmacy in Hanapepe. Advance tickets are $85, at the door for $95. Shuttle service is provided. Just south of Foodland on Kuhio Highway, take the road towards Resort Quest at Maka‘iwa and follow the road to the coconut field behind Plantation Hale. There will be continuous round-trip shuttles between the parking lot and Smith’s Tropical Paradise. While parking at Smith’s Tropical Paradise is not available to general attendees, a drop-off at the gate is permitted.

Vegan potluck

and lecture

Noon Sunday

Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center

Dr. Gordon LaBedz presents “A Vegetarian Diet is the Easiest and Best Way to Protect the Earth.” The lecture will discuss the environmental movement, vegetarian, organic and sustainable diets. LaBedz specializes in family medicine and has been a vegetarian advocate for three decades. Bring a vegan dish and include an ingredient list. Original recipes are encouraged. Prize for best vegan recipe. Potlucks are free and open to the public. Those who prefer not to bring a dish are welcome with a donation of $5.

Kaua‘i Museum

quilt festival

Through July 25

Kaua‘i Museum’s quilt festival has a display of old and new Hawaiian quilts in the Main Gallery. From the Museum’s extensive collection are some old favorites, recent acquisitions from a collection of quilts made by Jennie Mahikoa Kimble and Dean Jamieson along with four quilts loaned by the community. The exhibit shares insights into the cultural practices associated with quilting and designing. This year’s festival features a digital slide show of 60 historic quilts documented by Lihu‘e photographer William J. Senda in 1933 at the Mokihana Club Quilt Festival held in the Lihu‘e Parish Hall. The theme of this year’s exhibit is the love of people, family and places and the stories behind each quilt attest to the love the maker poured into each painstaking stitch. A hands-on Hawaiian quilt design workshop will be offered twice during the exhibit to encourage quilters and crafters to design their own patterns rather than copy old ones.

The first opportunity will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21 and then again on July 19. The fee is $25 ($18 members) for the two-hour workshop.

For reservations or more information call the museum, 245-6931.

The 2008 quilt festival is dedicated to the late Julie Yukimura, owner of Kapaia Stitchery.

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