Celebrating kalo

HANALEI — Dawn Stanfield of Oregon picked out pieces of grass from her wad of developing poi that had jumped the poi board at the Kalo Festival.

“They said, ‘No Work, No Eat,’” Stanfield said. “I’m still going to finish this poi.”

Stanfield was among the steady stream of guests taking in the Kalo Festival that was re-scheduled after the original date was postponed due to the rains that forced the closure of the Hanalei River Bridge.

“I heard it rained at the Waimea Lighted Parade, too,” said Stacey Sproat Beck of Waipa Foundation. “Now they know how we feel.”

The Waipa Foundation is the beneficiary of the annual Kalo Festival that brought forth facets about kalo, including crafters, food vendors and entertainment.

Hali‘imaile Andrade, a student from the Kanuikapono Charter School, was among the guests studying the field of keiki kalo art contest winners strung along a tent as a hedge against the passing showers.

Andrade was named the winner in the Kalo Lo‘i Landscape, third- and fourth-grade division over Isabelle Petchu, also of Kanuikapono, and Devon lamore of Hanalei School.

Other winners included Kahai Wong of Hanalei.

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