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WAG, KALO bring arts into school


An enthusiastic audience enjoyed slack key master Ledward Kaapana and friends in concert last month at Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School.

The day-long fundraiser to support the partnership between WAG and KALO’s Ohana in the Arts Program, included the outdoor concert with chili and rice dinner, and a holiday arts market in Kanu’s picturesque setting.

“This is such a special place and we need to share it with the community,” co-administrator Pat Bergin said.

Arts programs have already begun, with Geoffrey Mundon teaching Holiday Printmaking.

“We wanted to have a relationship with the art community,” Bergin said. “They really belong here on our campus.”

Bergin said the group will be exploring some funding and grant-writing opportunities, and planning fundraising activities.

“We would love to have a separate art building,” she said.

Kanu’s next fundraiser is its annual Festival of Lights on Friday, Dec. 14 at the school. A Christmas Sale will offer gifts and holiday items from teachers, students and parents of Kanu’s various (grade levels), followed by a Christmas concert for the community.

Kanu o ka Aina New Century Public Charter School is a free public school for grades K-12 with focus on Hawaiian culture, located in Waimea.

For more information, call 890-8144.

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, of which Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store are components. WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.

For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289 or email

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