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Chinese Kite Festival slated at Wo Hing Museum

By Staff | Apr 3, 2014

There will be a wide variety of kites on display during the festival. Hands on kite-making workshops are also slated. PHOTO BY CHERYL STERLING.

LAHAINA – Celebrate the colorful world of kites during the second annual Chinese Kite Festival at the Wo Hing Museum on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. The museum at 858 Front St. opens at 10 a.m. with kite displays and informational panels. The festival is ongoing from 1 to 8 p.m. both days. Admission is free to both the museum and the festival.

China is credited with the invention of the kite in the fifth century BCE, although kites are found in most cultures around the world, including Hawaiian culture.

There will be a wide variety of kites on display, hands on kite-making and a presentation by Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas on ancient Chinese kites. Silk and bamboo kites will be available for purchase along with Chinese delicacies from Fu Lin Restaurant.

Special presentations include a Tai Chi demonstration by Cory Williams on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and a sword and fan performance by Chris Bilotta on Friday between 4 and 6 p.m. Hong Zhou will play a traditional Chinese instrument called the Er Hu on both Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Brenda Wong will teach Chinese knotting on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Come watch local artist Rich Kenny construct a box kite from 5 to 8 p.m. both days, and come and make your own kite from 5 to 8 p.m. All ages are welcome; all materials will be provided.

Douglas will offer a presentation on ancient Chinese kites at 2 and 6 p.m. both days. She will be joined on Saturday at 6 p.m. by Robert Loera, former U.S. stunt-kite champ and co-founder of the Hawaii Kiteflyers’ Association, who will share his stories and love of kites.

The festival is brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, county Office of Economic Development and Wo Hing Society. Call 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org. for a complete schedule of events.