Arts & Activities

Three middle

school plays

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Kaua‘i War Memorial

Convention Hall

KPAC, Hawai‘i’s learning center program providing middle and high school students with classes in acting, play writing and stage craft presents three plays: “This is a Test,” performed by Kapa’a Middle School students and directed by Aaron Martin; “Alice,” with students of Waimea Canyon Middle School, directed by Leah Harry and “15 Reasons Not To Be In a Play,” performed by students of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, directed by Mike Scarbo. Tickets are $6, adults; $3, students. For more information call, 651-2417.

Auditions for

‘True West’

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Kapa Warehouse Theatre, Puhi

Kaua‘i Community Players’ spring show by Sam Shepard will be directed by Faith Harding. Call backs will be 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Candidates must commit to three evenings of rehearsal time beginning Jan. 4. A schedule will be made once the cast is chosen. Opening night is Feb. 26, to run for three weekends.

Call Faith Harding for additional information, 651-1927.

10th Annual Black and White Ball

7 to 11 p.m. Saturday

St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

Hanalei Bay Rotary Club’s benefit ball brims with elegance. Dinner with fine Champagne and wine-tasting; dancing to live music with the Blond Boys and a silent auction are among the festivities. Proceeds  support the club’s many Kaua’i community projects like teaching scholarships, ocean rescue tubes, adopt-n-angel and the North Shore Food Pantry. Dress is  island formal. Tux is optional. Tickets purchased on-line at Hanaleirotary.org are $125 each. Tables for 10 are $1250.

For more information call Sally, 652-5491.

Waipa Luau

4 p.m. Saturday

Waipa Foundation

Waipa is one-half mile past Hanalei School. There will be a traditional luau with live entertainment, silent auction and keiki activities. This is the first fundraising event to support the creation of the Waipa community kitchen, a facility that will feature a certified kitchen, poi mill and hale imu to serve as a place for farm families and community groups to process agricultural products, learn cooking techniques and create a small business incubator.

There will be entertainment by the Kama‘ainas, Na Leo O Wainiha, Hula by Halau Palahiwa O Kai‘puwai. Tickets are $35, adults; $20, youth, 10 to 17; keiki, free. Tickets available at Princeville Music, Hanalei Music, Ching Young Village or at waipafoundation.org. For more information call, 826-9969.

Wreath making workshop

10 a.m. Saturday

Koke‘e Natural History Museum

Hui o Laka, Koke‘e Natural History Museum is sponsoring its annual workshop on the front porch of Koke‘e Natural History Museum in Koke‘e State Park. Your $15 tax-deductible fee makes you a member of Hui o Laka or if you’re already a member of Kaua‘i’s oldest museum, it will assist in the CCC Camp renovation drive. Wear long pants, covered shoes and bring clippers, light rain gear, lunch, water and anything you would like to decorate your wreath with. To register call 335-9975, ext. 0.

Book sale

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Princeville Library

Friends of the North Shore Library at Princeville invite the public to the next quarterly book sale where paperbacks will be under a dollar with most hard covers $1. Current members of Friends of the North Shore Library get an early invite with the doors opening at 9 a.m. Each child who attends will receive one free book of their choice.

The Friends have been running a book sale each quarter since the library opened its doors ten years ago, held the first Saturday in March, June, September (2nd Saturday) and December. In addition to being a great way to expand one’s personal library or begin some holiday shopping, the sale promotes literacy while bringing many members of the community together. Proceeds help fund all the Friends’ projects which include speaker programs, story times and purchasing new reading materials.

6th annual holiday craft fair

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday

National Tropical Botanical Garden, Po‘ipu

This popular fair features crafters from around the state with wares perfect for gift giving. Items include koa hats, Tahitian ‘ukulele, native hardwood drums, fused glass, gourmet sauces, quilts, ceramics, works from the Big Island’s Volcano Garden Arts and items by Oshibana, the Garden’s volunteer craft group.

Plant lovers can shop for native Hawaiian plants, holiday-inspired poinsettias, decorated miniature Norfolk  pines and fresh-cut flowers. Lively entertainment will happen throughout the day by Paul Togioka, the Tsunami Taiko Drummers, Tony Wichman and Anela Lauren.

There will be a keiki station, ono grinds  from Monster Tacos, Savage Shrimp, shave ice and a produce and baked goods sale with  complimentary coffee from Kaua‘i Roastery from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Complimentary massages available. All attendees are asked to bring a donation of a canned food item to help those less fortunate.

For more information call, 742-2433 or visit the Southshore Visitors Center open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Chanting with

Krishna Das

7 p.m. Tuesday

Kaua‘i Community College Performing Arts Center

World-renowned chant master and best selling World Music artist, Krishna Das embarks on his most complete tour of the Hawaiian islands in December with five concerts (kirtans) on four islands. Joined by his band Arjun Bruggeman (tabla), Nina Rao (finger cymbals) and Genevieve Walker (violin) they lead the audience on a journey into the heart from the sublime to the ecstatic.

Krishna Das, born Jeffrey Kagel, is the best-known U.S. vocalist of Indian devotional music performances called kirtan. A style of call and response chanting with the audience of hymns, mantras or the names of the divine in India’s devotional traditions. His musical style is distinctly Western, using chord progressions typical of Western popular music. The kirtans he leads often build from a slow, meditative tempo to a high paced catharsis.

 Tickets, $25 from krishnadas.com/tour_schedule.cfm or cash at the door. Box office opens at 4 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music at 7 p.m. Early arrivals enjoy Indian entrees, desserts and chai from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Mokihana Club’s Christmas Luncheon

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Resort

Reminisce Christmas past to the lively music of Waimea Strumming Strings. Although Mokihana Club is a women’s organization, men are encouraged to attend. Everyone will enjoy chicken cordon bleu with all the trimmings (or a vegetarian option) followed by a dessert.  

Before lunch is served, take time to meet fellow guests, visit the no-host bar, stroll over to the Growing Greens Nursery’s booth to choose a potted poinsettia. Part of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to  Mokihana Club, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to nursing students at Kaua‘i Community College as well as to graduating high school music students.

The cost is $45 per person. The deadline for reservations is Saturday. For reservations contact Lil Riley at 742-9027 or mail your check made out to The Mokihana Club to: Christmas Luncheon, c/o Lil Riley, 2881 Milo Hae Loop, Koloa, 96756. For more information, contact Gini Stoddard at 822-3348.

Kaua‘i Chorale

7:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Dec. 13

KCC PAC; Kaua’i Christian Fellowship

 One of the great oratorios “Handel’s Messiah” was composed in 1741 in London by George Frederic Handel.

Many consider “Handel’s Messiah” as music of the three L’s: loud, large and lavish. However, a very famous Austrian cellist and interpretive conductor Nickolaus Harnoncourt says the Messiah does not only have to be these L’s but “music to seduce your sensibilities with a singularly cogent, elegant and relentlessly restrained reading of baroque music ever written.”

Expect to hear “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” “And  Suddenly, There Was with the Angel a Multitude of the Heavenly Host” and “Peace On Earth.” This concert is brought to you by 100 dedicated singers, an outstanding orchestra, a talented accompanist and one superb conductor, Lois Ricciardi. There will be a third concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Regis Resort, Princeville. For concert tickets call Kay Koike 337-1882.

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