Ward Centers Celebrates Kaka‘ako Yesteryears with Kaka‘ako Days Festival

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, Ward Centers will revisit its roots during Kaka'ako Days, a celebration of the various cultures that once called Kaka'ako home. The two-day festival features exhibits, art, crafts, demonstrations, food and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Reminisce about the "hanabata days," or help youngsters visualize what life was like when mom and dad or grandpa and grandma were growing up. All events take place at either Ward Warehouse or Ward Centre from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Ward Warehouse

Antique Fire Truck Rides

Learn about the history of Kaka'ako while riding in one of Fire Truck Hawaii's bright red antique fire trucks. Tours will depart every 30 minutes from Ward Warehouse, between Dairy Queen and Pa'ina Café, and run from 12-3 p.m., with the last tour departing at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Aloha for Japan. Tickets can be purchased at the departure area beginning at 11:30 a.m. each day and must be redeemed on the same day that they are purchased. Seating is limited.

Kakaako As We Knew It Photo Exhibit and Book Signing

Marsha Gibson, author of Kakaako As We Knew It, will sign copies of her book from 12-3 p.m. in the photo exhibit room next to the antique fire truck departure zone at Ward Warehouse. While there, view photos that depict the landscape, architecture, people and lifestyle of Kaka'ako, from the late 1800s to early 1900s, including the Victoria Ward Plantation. Watch a video about the good 'ole days of Kaka'ako from "Emme's Classic Island Moments," and spend time "talking story" with a few of the people who grew up in the Kaka'ako neighborhood and are featured in Gibson's book. On Saturday, TV personality Emme Tomimbang, Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Boyd Andrade, Danny Lopes and friends, Ralph (Fifi) Ohara, Alice Watanabe, May Yamaguchi, Walter Yamane and Corrine Murashige will be on site to chat with festival-goers. James Tateishi, Alice Watanabe and Gail (Mishima) Yoshida will appear on Sunday.

Cultural Connections

From the turn of the 20th century, the primary ethnic groups that comprised the Kaka'ako neighborhood were the Japanese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Chinese and Filipino. Celebrate these cultures with fun activities, informative displays and demonstrations, and tasty foods. Activities include Japanese calligraphy, origami by the Hawaii Origami Club, taiko drum playing, and photo opportunities with one of Au's Shaolin Chinese lions. See a display of Portuguese arts and crafts by Nova Esperança and Camões Players, pick up family recipes from members of the Portuguese club, and sample Portuguese sweet bread. Keiki can also learn about the Portuguese culture through coloring sheets about the legend of the rooster and Portugal to Hawaii sailing maps. Food items, including Filipino pancit and assorted desserts, Hawaiian food (Saturday only), Japanese mochi, and Chinese dim sum and pastries, will be available for purchase. In addition, Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i will present traditional lomi massages by practitioner Burt McDonald, a hands-on lauhala activity by Ulana Me Ka Lokomaika'i, and beautiful hala lei demonstration by 88-year old Uncle Roy Benham.

8th Annual Honolulu Woodturners Show at Nohea Gallery

On Saturday, Aug. 6, Nohea Gallery and The Honolulu Woodturners will kick off the 8th Annual Honolulu Woodturners Show with woodturning demonstrations in the parking stalls fronting Nohea Gallery from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a show and reception to follow from 4-6 p.m. Spectators will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from a large collection of turned woodwork, including handmade gavels of local woods. One hundred percent of the gavel proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross fund to assist victims of the recent tsunami in Japan. Through Sept. 11, the gallery will display works from Hawaii's finest woodturners with woodturning demonstrations taking place on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ward Centre

Artist Demonstrations

Throughout Kaka'ako Days weekend, Jeff Chang Pottery & Fine Crafts will have wheel-throwing demonstrations and a raku display at their store at Ward Centre, and Martin & MacArthur will present demonstrations by acclaimed local artists. On Saturday, Aug. 6, watch demonstrations by feather lei artist Boris Huang, kapa artist Dalani Tanahy, paper cutout artist Peter Saffrey, photography artist Patrick Vieira, silk scarf artist Canelle Demange, and master craftsman Jon Martin. On Sunday, Aug. 7, shoppers will be treated to demonstrations by kapa artist Dalani Tanahy, photography artist Patrick Vieira, silk scarf artist Canelle Demange, koa wood craftsman Roy Tsumoto, and master craftsman Jon Martin.

Cultural Arts and Crafts

Visit Ward Centre for Chinese paper cutting, knotting and zodiac ball folding sponsored by Sui Wah School; carp, goldfish and water lily display and sale by Hawaii Goldfish & Carp Association; mini floral arrangements and ikebana demonstrations and display by MOA Korinka; and hachimaki (Japanese head band craft) by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (Sunday only). Free balloons will also be handed out at the Kaka'ako Days Information Tent located in front of the flag pole at the corner of Kamakee and Auahi Streets.

Gift with Purchase

Customers will receive a Ward Centers fashion sling when they present $50 in same-day Ward shopping and dining receipts. Receipts must be dated Aug. 6-7, 2011. Redemption counters will be located at Island Slipper at Ward Warehouse and Crazy Shirts Outlet at Ward Centre. Limit one gift per person while supplies last.

Weekend Entertainment Lineup

Enjoy lively entertainment by various performance groups throughout the weekend at the Ward Warehouse amphitheater stage.

Saturday, Aug. 6

11 a.m.                        Halau Hula O Hokulani

12:30 p.m.                   Taiko drum performance

1:15 p.m.                     Ethnic performance by keiki of A Class Act

2 p.m.                          Filipino dance

2:30 p.m.                     Portuguese performance by Camões Players

Sunday, Aug. 7

11 a.m.                        Halau O Hanauna Ku'ualoha

12:30 p.m.                   Taiko drum performance

1:15 p.m.                     Martial arts & lion dance demonstration by Au's Shaolin Dance Troupe

2:15 p.m.                     Portuguese performance by Camões Players

For more information about Ward Centers or Kaka'ako Days, visit www.WardCenters.com and follow @Ward_Centers on Twitter.