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Explore the world of kites and kite flying at Lahaina festival

By Staff | Apr 16, 2015

A kite-making activity for kids will be held on Friday at the Wo Hing Museum.

LAHAINA – The wide world of kites will be celebrated during Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Chinese Kite Festival at the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St. in Lahaina on Friday, April 17.

The event also includes a Kite Flying Day at the Kaanapali North Beach Open Space Park on Saturday, April 18. The park is located at the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and Kai Malina Parkway (take the first left).

Admission is free to both events.

Two days of family fun are planned, featuring Chinese cultural arts, games and foods along with kite making, stunt flying and kite fighting demonstrations.

On Friday, April 17, at the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse in Lahaina from 2 to 7 p.m., there will be displays of ancient and modern kites from around the world. The kites are available for purchase.

A father and daughter fly a kite at the Kaanapali North Beach Open Space Park.

From 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., there will be presentations by Busaba Yip Douglas (ancient Chinese kites), kite master Robert Loera (East Indian art of kite fighting) and kite master Scott Augenbaugh (modern western kites).

From 3 to 5 p.m., watch Chinese knot tying by Brenda Wong. A talk on Kau Chim (divination) will be offered by Yip Douglas, with demonstrations of how kau chim sticks are used. Attendees can buy kau chim sticks in the Wo Hing Museum’s gift shop.

Mahjong (a Chinese game played with small tiles) playing is slated for 3 to 6 p.m., along with traditional music performed by Hong Zhou on the erhu, a two-stringed instrument played with a bow.

A kite-making activity for kids and a kite-flying demonstration by the Hawaii Kitefliers Association will be held from 3 to 7 p.m.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Chinese foods will be available for purchase, including steamed manapua with beef brisket, pork hash, stir-fried vegetables and Chinese almond cookies (cash only). A Chinese tea brewing and serving demonstration is also slated.

From 4 to 7 p.m., help make the final section of a giant tetrahedral kite to be flown on Saturday.

On Saturday at the Kaanapali North Beach Open Space Park, a flying demonstration with a giant Chinese dragon kite (175 feet in length) will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

A flying demonstration with two acrobatic sport kites (using 2-4 control lines) is scheduled for 10 to 10:30 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy kite flying with your own kite and a kite-making activity (weather permitting).

A flying demonstration with a giant (nine- to 12-foot) tetrahedral kite is set for noon to 1 p.m.

Then from 1 to 2 p.m., enjoy a kite-fighting demonstration.

The festival is presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Hawaii Kitefliers Association and Wo Hing Society, and supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development.

For more information, call Wo Hing Museum at 661-5553, see Lahaina Restoration.org/events or visit Facebook.com/LahainaRestoration.