Arts & Activities

‘Ohana Day

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Kaua‘i Museum

Kaua‘i Museum offers free entry the first Saturday monthly. Entrance includes exhibits, fun activities and demonstrations.

Author Bill Fernandes will share extensive knowledge of Kapa‘a and sign his book, “Rainbows Over Kapa‘a.” Local wood worker Les Ventura will be on hand with examples of turned and carved local hardwoods from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of them are available for purchase. Phyllis Tokioka will demonstrate how to prepare narcissus bulbs to bloom around the Chinese Lunar New Year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A limited number of bulbs will be available for sale. Kaua‘i Humane Society will have information, games and other activities for children and adults. Visit the current exhibits: Industrial Revolution: Steam Power and Other Innovations; King Kaumuali‘i and the Russians and a selection of modern quilts in the Mezzanine Gallery for sale.

Kaua’i Stilt Walkers

10 a.m. to noon Saturday

Storybook Theatre, Hanapepe

Participants are learning the circus art of stilt walking. Stilts of all sizes are provided to participants. The activity is free and open to boys and girls between 5 and 18 years-old; as well as their parents and guardians.

‘Steel Magnolias’

 Jan. 8 to 30

KAPA Warehouse Theatre, Puhi

Kaua`i Theatre, Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre and the American Diabetes Association present, “Steel Magnolias.” In this Southern favorite, the heroine, Shelby, has type one diabetes.

“Steel Magnolias” is remarkable because it’s a warm comedy that deals with an important real-life issue.

The play opens Jan. 8 and runs 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 30.

To purchase tickets call the HCT hotline, leave your name and phone number and you will be contacted within two days. The cast will have a small number of tickets available for the first two weekends, including the gala opening night event. For more information call 246-8985 or e-mail hawaiichildren’stheatre.com.

SOJA (Soldiers

of Jah Army)

9 p.m. Jan. 8

Aloha Beach Resort Kuhio Lounge, Kapa‘a

Hailing from Washington D.C. reggae band SOJA tells the roots story. SOJA members Jacob, Bobby, Ken, Ryan and Patrick have been a team since childhood with lifelong musical goals which they are still pursing today. Lead singers Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar) and Bob Jefferson (bass) met in first grade in Virginia, shortly after Jacob had returned from living in Africa with his family. Throughout middle and high school, they met Patrick O’Shea (keyboards), Ryan Berty (drums), and Ken Brownell (percussion) who would later form SOJA. The band’s third full-length album “Born in Babylon” released Aug. 25 exclusively on iTunes and debuted at number one on the iTunes reggae charts. The album reached number three on the Billboard Reggae Charts.

Tickets are $25. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets available at the following outlets: City Liquor, Lihu‘e; Papayas, Hanalei and Kapa‘a; Kaua‘i Music and Sound; Da Booze Shop, Waimea; Pono Market, Kapa’a; Progressive Surf Shop, Po‘ipu and at inticketing.com.

Berklee Chamber Players Trio

7 p.m. Jan. 8

Steelgrass Farm, Wailua

The BCP String Trio (violin, viola and cello) is comprised of three Berklee College of Music faculty performer/composers who are committed to expanding the traditional bounds of string music. Their music incorporates the contemporary sounds of modern classical art music, world music, jazz, rock and electronica. The BCP Trio is the string core of the Berklee Chamber Players, a larger ensemble founded by Berklee String Department Chair Melissa Howe. The Berklee Chamber Players perform often in the Boston area, showcasing the vital and innovative art music scene at Berklee. During the Steelgrass Residency, the BCP Trio will focus on recording and performing compositions that were written for the group by BCP cellist Kari Juusela. The trio will also present evocative new works by BCP violinist Mimi Rabson. Seating is limited. E-mail for reservations and directions, info@steelgrass.org.

Mokihana Winter Concert

4 p.m. Jan. 10

Lihu‘e Parish Hall

Featured artists include G.G. Shanley, Lisa Rapha El and the Ali‘i Strings. Ali‘i Strings are a versatile group of talented Kaua‘i musicians. Originally members of Kaua‘i Community College orchestra, Ali‘i Strings formed in 1998 to bring classy music with aloha to local venues. Shanley has appeared as a soloist in Norway, France, China, Japan and India. She was the first woman flutist in the National Symphony and performed as first flutist for two seasons in the Maui Symphony. El is a classically trained pianist born in Vienna, a graduate of NSW Conservatory of Music, Sydney, Australia and founding member of the Kaua‘i Piano Trio. The performance will feature flute solos by Bach, Gluck and Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Kreisler, Elgar and Gossec.

Mokihana Club awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who plan to include music education in their course of study. The club also provides scholarships to nursing students enrolled at KCC. Additional donations collected at the close of the event will be donated to the non-profit agency, People Attentive To Children. Monies raised will be used for early childcare programs on Kaua‘i.

Tickets are $10, adults; $5, students; children 8 and under, free. Tickets available at the following outlets: K-Mart; Zack’s, Coconut Marketplace; Kaua’i Music and Sound, Kapa‘a; Hanalei Surf Co. and Scotty’s Music, Kalaheo. Or reserve tickets for will-call pick up by calling, 332-9870 or 822-3718.

Free senior qi gong classes

10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays

Qi Center, Lihu‘e

Easy and gentle exercises available every week for greater health, balance and longevity. Tuesdays learn standing qi gong; a set of easy exercises for more energy and balance. Thursdays learn sitting qi gong; a meditative practice that enhances longevity while sitting in a chair. Classes are free for seniors ages 60 and over. Younger participants are welcome at $10 per session.

To register for classes call 639-4300 or Qi@hawaii.rr.com. The Qi Center is at 3343 Kanakolu St.

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