LAHAINA - Come celebrate the first annual Chinese Kite festival on May 3-5 at the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St. in historic Lahaina Town.
Festivities kick off Friday, May 3, from 2 to 8 p.m. with interactive martial arts and Chinese healing touch massage by Kiyoshi Joseph Craig. Also enjoy kite displays, kite-making arts and crafts and a presentation by Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas on "Chinese Kites: Past, Present and Future." Silk and bamboo kites will be available for purchase along with Chinese delicacies from Fu Lin Restaurant. These activities continue on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special performances include the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy with a lion dance, temple blessing and a Kung Fu/Tai Chi demonstration Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
A musical Guzheng performance by Loretta Lau will be held on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m., as well as an interactive ribbon dance demonstration by Cathy Kekiwi from 2 to 2:30 p.m. The Chinese art of knot tying with Brenda Wong of the Wo Hing Society will be featured on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Chinese are credited as the originators of kites with documentation dating back over 2,500 years. The invention of kites has led a significant role in many developments still in use today. Alexander Wilson took kite flying to a new level of science as a study tool for weather. In 1752, Benjamin Franklin used kites to investigate atmospheric electricity, and the Wright brothers flew kites for years in preparation for flying themselves.
Learn the history, celebrate the discovery and enjoy the culture at the Wo Hing Museum's first annual Chinese Kite Festival. For more information on this event, contact Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.