Heavenly Haku adds to museum’s holidays

LIHUE — Elvrine Chow of Heavenly Haku has always attracted an audience while creating haku lei at the Kauai Community Market on Saturdays at Kauai Community College.

Friday, Chow brought that magic to the Kauai Museum Aloha Friday where she led a class of ladies eager to create the delicate and colorful haku lei.

“We thought the Christmas craft fair was the last event for December, but Elvrine offered to do the haku lei class, so this is the final big event for this year,” said Lani Kaui, a greeter at the museum.

The lei making class, with creations being usable for New Year’s Eve celebrations, marks the start of a plethora of activities to welcome 2014.

Reservations are being taken for the first monthly paina of 2014 which will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday.

The monthly First Friday paina will offer lunch guests a menu from Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering paired with local-style entertainment.

On the following day, Saturday, the public is invited to participate in the First Dessert Contest which will be held in conjunction with the Kauai Museum’s Ohana Day — Filipino Fiesta to celebrate the Filipino culture on the island.

The event comes on the tail end of the Rizal Day observance, paying tribute to the Philippines National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

The Kasibulan Filipino Folk Dance Co. will open the festivities starting at 10:30 a.m. followed by lunch, dessert contest and a sale of assorted goods.

Applications for people wishing to contribute to the dessert contest is currently being accepted at the museum.

Jane Gray, the Kauai Museum director, said Jan. 11 is also a special day when the Kauai Museum hosts its First Membership Mahalo Day from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. featuring a reception for Kauai Museum members.

For more information on becoming a Kauai Museum member, or any of the upcoming slate of activities, visit www.kauaimuseum.org, or call 245-6931.

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