Archives for September 2012

First Fridays at Storybook

The Storybook Theatre of Hawaii in Hanapepe is pleased to announce the first of their ‘First Fridays at Storybook’ performance art series hosted by Blu Dux and Renee Janton. The first event will be on Friday, October 5th (and every first Friday of the month through December) in the Peace Garden at Storybook Theatre.
Singer/songwriter, gardener, and activist Blu Dux composed ‘Kalaheo Shuffle’ and ‘Lost Dog Blues’ which were winning entries in the Kauai Mokihana Festival Composer’s Concert & Contest. For October 5th’s First Friday she will host and perform her original compositions and popular sing-along tunes inviting audience participation. She will be joined by Larry Heller on bass.
Musician, sacred sound healer, and facilitator of Kauai’s ‘Festival of Healing Harps’, Renee Janton, will co-host and share her Celtic harp artistry and unity consciousness vibrations. Also appearing will be Brian Gorden with his ‘funny but true’ brand of comedy. A raffle and Open Mic will be offered as well.
The show will start at 7 P.M. and end at 9 P.M. Refreshments will be offered and Storybook’s Celestial Tea Room will be open offering unique Chinese herb teas. The town of Hanapepe will be buzzing with it’s ‘Art Night’ activities as well.
‘First Fridays at Storybook’ is a free / donation event.

2012 Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Festival Announced!

Honoring the Culture, Cuisine and Music of Ni’ihau at the Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest

Opening ceremonies for the annual Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Fest will be held on Friday, October 19th , 2012 at the Hawaiian Congregational Church in Hanapepe Town. Ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include special hula performances by Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala honoring the beloved ancestors of Ni’ihau. Bag pipes and storytellers will honor the spirit and memory of Princess Victoria Ka’iulani on the eve of her event for Hawai’i’s Keiki. As a part of the Friday evening festivities a special award will be given to Stella Burgess, Manager of Hawaiian Culture at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa in Po’ipu for her life long passion of preserving the Hawaiian Culture on Kaua’i.

The Ni’ihau Village will be open on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10am to 4pm in Hanapepe Park. This is a very special exhibit that you will not want to miss, because never before has there been an event that honors the culture, cuisine, and music of Ni’ihau for old and young alike.

Ni’ihauan culture is a rich fabric of family histories that includes deep relationships with Kaua`i families. To give participants a better understanding of Ni’ihau and the simple life of its inhabitants, Hanapepe Park will be completely transformed into a Ni’ihau Village by Kula Aupuni Ni’ihau a Kahelelani Aloha, a public charter school in Kekaha. For the Uirst time, the public will be able to gain unique insight about the people of Ni’ihau and experience how they live, what they eat, and the cherished traditions they follow. The Ni’ihau Village will also feature unique foods, family activities and craft demonstrations like lei making, Ni’ihau style.

The Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Festival is presented by the Storybook Theatre of Hawai’i. This family friendly event honors the life of Princess Ka’iulani and the role

that she played in a critical time in Hawaiian history. The festival also has deep roots in the promotion of literacy and was once known as the Kaua’i Keiki Story Fest. In fact, the festival is held in October in conjunction with National Book Month. To perpetuate this important component, celebrity readers from the Kauaʻi Children’s Authors Guild will be reading and signing their books, conducting educational activities, and interacting with children at this event.

The day long Keiki Fest offers a full day of family fun throughout the festival grounds that includes: Hawaiian cultural activities, performances by local hula halau, celebrity story readers, Princess Ka’iulani’s costumed children’s street parade, a Hanapepe Town scavenger hunt sponsored by the PMRF Youth Center, a coloring and essay contest, children’s arts and crafts, a keiki talent show as well as food and family friendly vendor booths. Of course, this festival would not be complete without the entrance of the Princess and the Princess’ Birthday Party. Representation from local schools will showcase projects in progress and service and civic organizations will be on-­‐hand to offer family resources. This event is free and open to the public.