Friday’s ice sculpting kicks off holiday lineup at Kukui Grove

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i’s Wallace Nishimura will headline a group of ice sculptors who will turn the Kukui Grove Center into a showcase of icy creations Friday.

Nishimura will be joining four other artists from Japan and Maui in turning 300-pound blocks of ice into intricate ice ahead of the International Ice Sculpting Exhibition and Competition, which will take place Saturday on Maui.

Nishimura, representing Kaua‘i, will be joined by carvers Kazuo Yamanoue and Sean Kaumeheiwa of Maui and Osamu Yasuda and Yuta Takahashi of Japan.

“Each annual ice sculpting expo keeps getting better and better,” said Jonell Kaohelauli‘i, Kukui Grove Center’s marketing director. “We’re excited to see what these talented artists will create this year.” The art will be on display throughout the evening at the mall.

The 4th annual International Holiday Ice Sculpting Expo also serves to launch the Kukui Grove’s full lineup of holiday festivities, including GameKids headlining the Aloha Friday entertainment Friday.

The Rotary Club of Po‘ipu Bay will be hosting its annual registration for the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ahead of The Starlighters taking the stage for the Aloha Friday Entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Kukui Grove hosts its Black Friday Shopping Party from midnight Nov. 22 until 9 p.m. Nov. 23, Natural Harmony being the anchor group for the Aloha Friday Entertainment.

Applications for the 19th annual Kaua‘i Christmas Parade are being accepted by the Garden Island Federal Credit Union, located behind the Lihu‘e Post Office, for the parade which starts at 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

Also taking place during this time, the Monday Market takes place each Monday at the Kmart parking lot near the garden shop starting at 3 p.m. Toddler Thursday continues on the first and third Thursday of each month and The Jam Room opens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Friday near GameStop.

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• Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or


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