Don’t be late for kupuna’s fair

If there is one piece of advice for Saturday, it is, “Don’t be late!”

Doors to the annual Kauai Senior Food and Craft Fair open promptly at 9 a.m., and close at 1 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihue.

Each year, seniors from the neighborhood centers — from Kekaha through Kilauea — come together, excited to showcase their skills in cooking, sewing, singing, dancing and more.

“Did you ever see tai chi hula?” asked Marilyn Matsumoto of the Lihue Senior Center. “I called Uncle Alan Hom, the tai chi instructor, and Kathy Stack, the yoga instructor. They said they will each be doing something different, Uncle Alan saying he will be doing tai chi hula.”

Seniors taking classes from Aiko Nakaya, known in the community for her expertise in Japanese dance and culture, will be showcasing their achievements: The Hanapepe seniors will do a folk song from the Yamagata Prefecture, “Hanagasa Ondo,” utilizing gear they created in class.

Nakaya said she also helps the Kekaha Senior Center and the Waimea Senior Center, where they learn different Japanese crafts.

In addition to the homemade food and craft products, Matsumoto will do the calling honors for lucky prizes which have been generously contributed by community businesses and organizations.

Admission is free. Items on sale will include traditional ethnic foods, original handcrafted items and a plethora of door prizes.

Entertainment is provided by the various senior centers around the island.

The Kauai Senior Food and Craft Fair is sponsored by the County of Kauai, Department of Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Na Kupuna Council.

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