KHS Victorian tea party draws residents, visitors

The Third Annual Kaua‘i Historical Society Tea Party was a success, thanks to the hard work from committee members and Chairwoman Lori Marston, according to a news release.

The Sept. 9 tea party was held at the estate of T. D. King in Kilauea. Attendees showed up in festive hats and outfits reminiscent of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Many were created by the participants from items found in closets, thrift shops and internet boutiques, according to the release.

Ladies of Kaua‘i along with visitors spent a few hours of respite tucked away from the modern world,  sipping English and chai teas while enjoying desserts made by committee members, the release states.

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas donated tea sandwiches. Kirby Guyer poured plantation punch in the garden pavilion as Chef Mark Wender and a volunteer kitchen staff filled silver tea services and stacked trays with handmade delicacies.

Guests were escorted to a covered lanai by butler Tony Gaspar, and King gave a talk story session plus tour of his home, according to the release. Carla Watson hosted “sing-along” around the grand piano, Harpist Anela Lauren performed and visitors played croquet on the lawn.

The Kauai Historical Society’s next event, “Na Wahine Keikei – Women of Distinction,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. The gala evening at Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club in Lihu‘e includes Hawaiian music by Kupaoa, a gourmet dinner, silent auction, historical chants and olelo honoring Chiefesses Kamakahelei and Emma Kauikeolani, both ancestors of Kaua‘i families.

For ticket information email info@kauaihistoricalsociety.org or call the Kauai Historical Society at 245-3373.

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