Kaua‘i pride highlighted at June 16 event at Kukui‘ula Village

Everyone can be Kaua‘i Proud, said Veronica Lovesy of Kukui‘ula Village.

Kaua‘i Proud buttons and bumper stickers will be distributed throughout  Kukui‘ula Village, in its stores and at artists’ tables during a day-long Kaua‘i Proud celebration on Thursday.

The public is invited to join and enjoy the array of crafts, demonstrations, entertainment and dance provided by Kaua‘i artisans during the event, which is hosted in conjunction with The Club at Kukui‘ula’s grand opening, Lovesy said.

Brent Herrington, president of Kukui‘ula Development, wanted to develop a celebration which featured all of the reasons we love Kaua‘i, Lovesy said in a release.

“Our team at Kukui‘ula Village has worked to create an exciting new public event known as ‘Kaua‘i Proud,’” Herrington said in a statement. “This event, held at Kukui‘ula Village, will be open to anyone who loves Kaua‘i and is a celebration of the island’s music, food, dance and gracious way of life.”

He hopes the event will grow to become an annual event and grow with the spirit of aloha.

The thrust of activity will start from 3 p.m. and carry through the monthly Kukui‘ula Village Art Walk, making it a perfect family event, Lovesy said.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can meet Frank Pullano who will host a koa woodworking demonstration, Jeni Prince, a Plein Air painter who is participating in the Plein Air Invitational benefiting the Grove Farm Homestead Museum, painters Robin McCoy, Cher McMacken, Fanny Milodeau, Steve Mei who will present a black-and-white pen demonstration, Donna Mayo who works with recycled sushi plates, MachineMachine, offering one-of-a-kind hats, and painter Moses Hamilton.

Hawaiian and Polynesian dance take the stage from 4 p.m. when Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina‘ala brings its 2010 Miss Keiki Hula, Jayden Pavao, to perform along with members of the halau.

Ta‘ere Ta‘i Tahitian dance follows at 5 p.m. with The Children of the Land presenting drums and fire knife dancing from 6 p.m. in the grassy area near Merriman’s Downstairs Cafe.

Kirby Keough and Troy Waialeale offer local contemporary music from 7 to 9 p.m. while visitors enjoy the monthly Art Walk and Wine Tasting with stopping points including Halele‘a, Red Koi Collection, Scott Hanft Photography and Galerie 103.

During the walk, patrons may purchase a commemorative wine glass for $10 with proceeds earmarked to benefit local children’s arts programs, wine tasting available in each participating gallery.

Sally French will be available for informal conversation and a walk-through of her works at Galerie 103 at 6 p.m. and Living Foods Market and Cafe will offer a formal wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lovesy said Kaua‘i Proud buttons and bumper stickers will be distributed throughout the event.

Visit www.kukuiulavillage.com or call 742-9545 for more information.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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