Acts & Openings

Moonlight and Music in the Garden

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow

South Shore Visitors Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden

What happens when you combine an ocean-front meadow with moonlight, music, food, wine and ballroom dance? 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.

Laua‘e fern weaving demonstration

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow

National Tropical Botanical Garden’s South Shore Visitors Center

Vanessa Helsham will offer a laua‘e fern weaving demonstration to the public during the monthly ‘Ohana Day at NTBG, across from Spouting Horn in Po‘ipu. For more information, call 742-2433.

Artist Sally French one-woman show

Artist available noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday

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 used Kaua‘i models and locations, to tell a surreal narrative about a large eggman and his bevy of heroic keepers. Traveling from Maui, where it had its inaugural exhibit at Maui Arts and Culture Center, the show will be on display in Kaua‘i until Dec. 1. The artist is available at the gallery daily. The exhibition space is across from Cold Stone Creamery.

Grand Reopening Celebration

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight

Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, Kapa‘a

Lotus Root Juice Bar and Bakery, formerly located on Kuhio Highway in downtown Kapa‘a, will re-open across the street at the Blossoming Lotus restaurant. The official opening celebration includes an Indian feast and live music with Elijah and The Band of Light. A blessing of the new space and services is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. followed by a cocktail and social hour featuring elixirs, tonics, fresh juices and smoothies. 

Tickets are available at the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant for $35, adults; $10 for children 12 and under and children under five years-old, free. For more information call 822-7876.

The Lotus Root will still provide grab and go deli; a dessert case, breakfast, coffee, fresh juices and smoothies. Counter service will be offered in the morning and throughout the day — from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In light of the economy, all prices have been lowered for both the “Root” and the Blossoming Lotus dinner menu.

Brunch is offered from 10 .a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Call for vendors National Tropical Botanical GardenCraft 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

Honolulu Symphony free education tour

7 p.m.; 8:30 Thursday at

Kaua‘i Community College

Performing Arts Center

These are their first concerts on Kaua‘i in more than 15 years. Tickets are free, but reservations are necessary and can be made by e-mailing with “Kaua‘i” as the subject. Aaron Mahi will conduct the following program: West Side Story Selections, Hanohano Hanalei (arr. Jack Demello), Music from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” A Bridge to the Past, Hoe Down from “Rodeo,” Adagio for Strings, Woodland Sketches, op. 51, To A Wild Rose, Stars and Stripes Forever and Hawai‘i Pono‘i

For inquiries, please call (808) 524-0815 ext. 226.

Emerald City Nights Disco Party

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 21

Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall Ballrooms

A Fundraiser for Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre and Kaua‘i Community Players’ production of “The Wiz.” The event will include back stage tours, a “Swing Sister” disco performance, dinner, dancing and dancing lessons, dessert and preferred seating in the theatre for “The Wiz.” Tables of 10 available by reservation. Ticket are $50. Call HCT at 246-8985 or KCP at 245-7700. 

“The Wiz” will have eight performances over two weekends. The show opens at 7 p.m. tonight. Saturday shows are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday’s show is 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. 


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