Banana Poka Roundup set for Sunday at Kokee State Park

Family forest education can be fun for everyone at the 27th annual Banana Poka RoundUp on Sunday.

“Banana Poka RoundUp has learning experiences that provide insights into the environmental challenges Hawaii faces as well as an opportunity to get involved in addressing those challenges,” said Chris Faye of Hui o Laka.

Hawaiian music, exhibits ranging from mosquitoes to forest birds and plants, crafts, snacks and a silent auction make up the annual fair which will open at the historic Kokee Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, above the Kokee Lodge, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Creating baskets using the banana poka vines and hiking sticks from strawberry guava headline the crafts from alien species while flowers are used to create lei and small floral arrangements.

Darryl Gonzales starts the entertainment at 10 a.m. with Nick Castillo following. Russell da Rooster from the Storybook Theater announces midday with a crowing contest. Paul Togioka chases the fowl from the stage with his unique stringed instrument stylings followed by Waiola closing the day.

Exhibitors, many with hands-on activities, include the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, Kauai Land Trust and Save Our Shearwaters.

A silent auction tent featuring Kauai activities and accommodations as well as decor items will help Hui o Laka defray some of the costs of hosting the event.

There will be tours of sections of the CCC Camp.

A shuttle will be available for the physically challenged with pickups at the pavilion and the museum.

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