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Artist Sally French

one-woman show

Reception, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today

Kaua‘i Society of Artists Exhibition Space, Kukui Grove

“Wunderlust: The Keepers’ Tale” is a traveling exhibition of photographs by Kaua‘i artist Sally French. This series of 19 large-scale photographs made from “street theatre” enactments using Kaua‘i models and locations, form a visual narrative about a large eggman and his flawed heroic keepers, characters from French’s anime-like paintings. Traveling from Maui, where it had its inaugural exhibit at Maui Arts and Culture Center, the show will be on display on Kaua‘i until Dec. 1. Also on view at the exhibit will be director Stuart Yamane’s  profile of French for the PBS Hawai‘i series: “Artist.” The exhibition space is across from Cold Stone Creamery.

Anela Lauren and

Cindy Combs concert

7 p.m., tomorrow

The Church of the Pacific


Lauren’s recent CD release entitled “Mele from the Harp” features Hawaiian melodies played on the Celtic harp accompanied on three tracks by Combs’ slack key guitar and cello played by Joe Lohemeier. “While listening to this CD, it would not be difficult to close your eyes and imagine the surf coming ashore while colorful birds dance in the mist of a nearby waterfall … the mood of this CD is absolutely magical,” said Elizabeth Paine of the “Folk Harp Journal.” Combs’ latest CD release entitled “Sunny Rain” was self-produced, with help from George Winston, for Dancing Cat Records and was nominated for Instrumental Record of the Year at last June’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. It is a collection of her contemporary and traditional solo slack key guitar work gleaned from a decade of recording with Dancing Cat. As a duo, Combs and Lauren play under the name “Lilia” which means lily in Hawaiian. Lilia will be accompanied by Phil Watts on flute and Roger Jacobs on bass. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Wilcox Memorial Hospital Grand Plantation Ball

5 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow

Kilohana Plantation Pavilion

Wilcox Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 70th birthday. Proceeds from the ball will benefit the development of the Women’s Health Center. Wilcox Health wants to give back too — by going green. Throughout the event, Wilcox Health will be participating in many eco-friendly routes. After the event, luscious flower arrangement centerpieces will be donated to the hospital for patient rooms. Only sustainable plants grown in Hawai‘i and in season will be used to reduce the carbon footprint. Left-over food will be donated to New Hope Christian Fellowship to feed those in need on Kaua‘i. All waste from the event will be recycled. Paper waste will be reduced by using more video content at the event; event information will be available on the Wilcox Health Web site and the program and menu specifics will be consolidated. Disposable products will not be used; dishes, silverware and glassware will be rented to reduce waste. Gaylord’s Lu‘au and Restaurant is catering the event. Gaylord’s will construct the menu for the Grand Plantation Ball using seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients for dinner. Proteins originate from Kaua‘i and the majority of vegetables used will be the ones grown in the gardens at Kilohana. As an eco-friendly venue, Gaylord’s diverts all waste for recycling or reuse; food waste is picked up daily by a local pig farmer; glass and cardboard are separated and recycled by Garden Isle Disposal.

For more information on this event, call 245-1198.

Kaua‘i Horse Health Fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday

CJM Stables in Po‘ipu

The Horse Health Fair will include information about management, care and nutrition. The schedule includes presentations, guest speakers and raffles. Daniel Easton, equine nutrition

specialist from Purina Feed will talk about feed, forage and managing a horse’s nutrition needs. Special guest trainer Raye Lochert will demonstrate horsemanship and training skills in an informative clinic. Also in the line-up is Dr. Scott Sims, DVM of Pegasus Veterinary Care who will be discussing vaccinations, worming and dental care for horses.

Horse owners having a horse with a problem that they’d like Raye to work with in the demonstration can contact Danielle Costello at 682-2022 or

Admission is free.

Moonlight and Music

in the Garden

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 15

South Shore Visitors Center

National Tropical Botanical Garden

What happens when you combine a beautiful ocean-front meadow with moonlight, music, food, wine and ballroom dance all for a good cause? It’s a one-of-a-kind party benefit. While many residents and visitors have had the opportunity to tour the  grounds of the McBryde Garden by day, this event will offer a rare opportunity to tour by moonlight — timed around the full moon to afford a glimpse of the picturesque and historical Lawa‘i Valley at night. Attendees will be transported by tram to Bamboo Bridge, viewing the lush greenbelt, native Hawaiian flora, palms, heliconias, orchids and many other plants that have been wild-collected from the tropical regions of the world. The first tram into the valley will depart the South Shore Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m.

Trams will depart continuously until the final run. While not on the tour, guests will enjoy champagne, wine, beer and heavy pupu.  Rounding out the night will be performances by local ballroom dance instructors, then amateur and expert dancers will waltz, fox-trot, rumba and more under the stars on the dance floor. Tickets are $90, or $1,200 for a table of 10, with special benefits including reserved parking and table service. The visitors center is located across from Spouting Horn at 4425 Lawa‘i Road in Po‘ipu.

Call 332-7324, ext. 209 for tickets and information. Tickets can also be purchased in the visitor center gift shop.

Cancer Survivors Rally

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 13

Kukui Grove Center Stage

The American Cancer Society invites individuals who want to honor cancer survivors and caregivers, or pay tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer, to join its Relay for Life scheduled for May 2 to May 3, 2009, at the Hanapepe Soccer Field. In 1985 Relay for Life began with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year Relay for Life will take place in more than 4,900 communities. The Relay for Life kickoff rally is where community members, families, caregivers and cancer survivors get together to begin annual Relay for Life activities. Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds, while celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against a disease that takes too much. At nightfall, participants light thousands of luminaria around the track in a ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

To join a Relay for Life team in the community, call 246-0695 or visit to register a team.      

Call for vendors

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Craft fair

Island crafters and artisans have the opportunity to offer their products at the annual NTBG Holiday Craft Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at the NTBG South Shore Visitors Center in Po‘ipu. This year the event will offer original arts and crafts, fresh island flowers, locally grown produce, food and a keiki fun station. Entertainment will include harpist Anela Lauren.

A limited number of booths ($85), tables ($10), chairs ($5), and special parking available. To reserve booth space and arrange to have crafts juried for inclusion call 742-2433. Information and crafter applications can be found at


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