From massage to shaka

LIHUE — A 10-minute step massage was one of the unique facets of Hawaiian culture offered to the public Saturday during the Hawaiian cultural festival hosted by the Kauai Museum.

As people entered, many paused to take in the sounds of Michael Keale, who was promoting his latest CD on the front steps of the museum.

The pause was enough to be hooked by the aroma of Hawaiian plate lunches sold by the Kaiola Canoe Club as a fundraiser. For those who were not quite ready for lunch, Marina Pascua exchanged her lei needles and floral shears for the shave ice machine to help cool down the morning sun.

Inside, the brother-and-sister team of Koda and Sereniti Williams was deep in youthful concentration in a game of konani, or ancient Hawaiian checkers, the difference being the winner of konani is whoever makes the final move.

Kuuleialoha Santos pulled out books on the subject of making salt at the Salt Pond pans, and was joined by Lonnie Sykos discussing the finer points of turning gourds into hula implements.

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