All about the orchid

The orchid is set to take center stage in Hanapepe during the annual Kauai Orchid and Art Festival March 27-28.

The festival will feature something for everyone, from watercolor painting workshops and more than 250 flowering orchids, to craft fairs, silent auctions and loads of food. 

And let’s not forget a lineup of world-class music, including a performance by Hawaii favorite Makana.

“We just feel super blessed to have him because he’s so famous now,” organizer Kimberly Busch-French said with a laugh. 

The award-winning slack-key guitarist takes the stage from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Hawaiian Congregational Church. Other musical acts that day include the Joyful Noise Taiko Drummers, Paul Togioka, Aowl Own and Cindy Combs. 

For those hoping to get their hands on an orchid, or a front-row seat for Makana, Busch-French offers a little advice: Get there early. 

“They usually sell out quickly,” she said of the orchids.

The festival is being held at various locations in Hanapepe with many of the events on the church’s main stage. 

An art competition will offer cash prizes. There will also be a silent auction, children’s games and activities and a 90-minute town walk beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with great views and stories of Hanapepe starting at the Tea Room at Storybook Theatre.

The event is sponsored by the Hanapepe Economic Alliance.

Events are free with the exception of select workshops. Times are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I know it’s going to be our biggest one yet,” Busch-French said. “It’s a great event, you can’t really go wrong with free.”

Info: www.hanapepe.org or call 335-5944

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