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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Celebrate all things Hawaiian at festival

By Zenaida Serrano

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Photo courtesy Hawaiian Electric Co.

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Earth day artistry

Mission Houses Museum will also celebrate Earth Day with a trunk show of the works of local recycling artists Roy Venters and David Cheever, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today on the museum grounds. Venters is known for his colorful assemblages of found objects; Cheever rescues and refurbishes chairs. For more information, call 447-3923.

Photo courtesy Betsy Robertson

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Weave lauhala, beat kapa and learn other traditional uses of native plants. Have your children pound poi or carve flutes. Enjoy a healing lomilomi massage. Find out about climate change and how your household can reduce its carbon footprint.

There are activities for everyone at the Grow Hawaiian Festival a celebration of Earth Day and all things Hawaiian 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on the Bishop Museum's Great Lawn. The event, presented by Hawaiian Electric Co., highlights what is special to Hawai'i the culture, native plants and environment.

"Our main message is that we really need to take care of our resources and use our resources wisely," said Kaiulani de Silva, Hawaiian Electric director of education and consumer affairs. "... And that every person can do something, whether it's conserve energy or plant a plant."

The festival offers demonstrations of Hawaiian arts, displays of traditional arts and crafts, tours of native plants on the museum grounds, and book signings by local authors and illustrators, including David Eyre ("Sacred 'Awa") and Peter Van Dyke ("AGG Guide to Native Hawaiian Plants"). There will also be Hawaiian food booths and entertainment.

Admission is free for kama'āina and military with identification; the first 100 attendees will receive a free reusable grocery bag. Details: www.bishopmuseum.org, www.heco.com.