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Earth and Ocean Festival at Keauhou (April 21)

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012
Keauhou Beach Resort
Free to the public

The Earth and Ocean Festival is designed to showcase and emphasize the treasures of Hawaii Island via booths and educational activities on coral reef and ocean stewardship, traditional cultural practices, local products and foods, education on conservation practices, film and slide presentations, and features Hawaiian entertainment.

Headlining is Darlene Ahuna, one of Hawaii’s foremost female vocalists. She is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, including Female Vocalist of the Year.

* Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Earth & Ocean Festival at Keauhou is a community based event presented by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program. Many community organizations and agencies collaborate to share information and educate participants about preserving the fragile ecosystem of Hawaii Island.

The Festival provides a unique opportunity for individuals, businesses and community leaders to support this effort and serve as a steward to raise awareness and respect for sustainable living and business practices.

Through this event, organizers have been raising awareness of environmental issues through fun, educational and cultural activities. Families are encouraged to stroll through the grounds and meet “Humu” the walking, talking fish.

Learn from ReefTeach, Fish for Knowledge about the Sea and participate in tide pool adventures, whale and dolphin games. Cultural experts will share their crafts and teach poi pounding, lei making and lauhala weaving.

There will be entertainment provided by Hawaiian groups plus food made fresh from Big Island products.

Cultural Activities: Experience the cultural value of Hawaiian Arts through demonstrations and interactions with the artisans and their crafts.

Lauhala Weavers – learn with master weavers how lauhala is woven into mats, hats, bookmarks and other objects

Kaula Coconut Weaving – Ehu Kai O Puna will share how rope is made from coconut husk

Kalo demonstration – Experience pounding Kalo into poi

Kapa Making – demonstrating the traditional art of making Kapa cloth

Pohaku Manao – students will shape lava rock into traditional hawaiian tools

Lei Making –Learn how to make a ti leaf lei for you and your friends
Kawa Tasting

Entertainment: Darlene Ahuna is one of Hawaii’s foremost female vocalists. She is a multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, including “Female Vocalist of the Year,” the highest recognition available from the Hawaiian music industry. She has performed at festivals and concerts in the islands and on the USA mainland, as well as headlining major performances throughout Japan.

Food: Enjoy locally made and sourced food including award winning Chef Paul Heerlein and students from the University of Hawaii Food Service Program

Humu, the Walking Talking Fish: Talk to Humu and his new friend as he strolls the grounds about our reefs and how we can care for Hawaii’s fragile ocean environment.

Flag Contest: Enjoy a beautiful display of Earth Day Flags created by students from our community using themes from the ocean and land to Protect, Sustain, Shop Smart, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect.

Individual winners and class winners will be announced during the Fair for each category Grades 1 & 2 and Grades 3 – 5. The winning classes will be given a shave ice party.

Bike Valet – Ride your Bike to the festival. Special parking for bikes.

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