by: Diane Ako
MANOA (KHNL) - Dozens came out today to celebrate the official unwrapping of a royal gift. This Thai sala, or pavilion, sits on the lawn of the East-West Center (EWC). The king of Thailand gave it to the academic research center. The celebration included a Thai classical dance performance. The sala arrived in pieces and took a month to assemble.
Carol Fox of the EWC says, "What you see here was actually constructed on the grounds of the royal palace in Thailand and then shipped here in pieces and assembled by Thai artisans here on the site."