(Hawaii News Now) - For those who are naturally crafty or enjoy learning crafts, the upcoming Discover Kualoa is a perfect, family-friend event to attend. On Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kualoa Ranch Ahupua‘a Hakipu‘u, Discover Kualoa will celebrate various long-revered arts and crafts such as surfboard shaping and kukui nut preparation.
Attendees will get a chance to practice various traditional arts, taught by craftsmen and women of different backgrounds, then get to take home their handmade creations. Different booths will host rounds of craft classes throughout the entire day, teaching how to make everything from coconut frond roses and dishes, lauhala stars and bracelets, ti leaf crafts, kukui nut art and even watch surfboards be shaped by hand.
Presale admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive "Discover Kualoa Experience Pass," which grants attendees various event-only tours and the option of kama‘aina pricing. Also available is a presale discounted three-event ticket and the option for roundtrip transportation provided from Waikiki.
January's Discover Kualoa will kick off a three-month festival and will be followed by two more events celebrating Makahiki Season: February 15 and March 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each day will highlight a different facet of Hawaiian culture: January will feature Môli‘i Fishpond and ancient arts, February will celebrate the cultural legacy of Ka‘a‘awa and March will celebrate the story of Kualoa through traditional and modern Hawaiian song and dance. Also, the individual events will be held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua'a Hakipu'u, February in Ahupua'a Ka'a'awa and March in Ahupua'a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa is part of a larger campaign of events known as "Discover Our Islands" that was launched to recognize and honor Hawai‘i's unique culture. Neighborhoods across the state — including Kaka‘ako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui — hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.
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