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January 2021 Arts & Culture Events

“May We Toot Our Horn?” — a message from Garden Island Arts Council

As this strangely convoluted 2020 year draws to a close, GIAC would like to review and share our work accomplished in spite of the many unexpected hurdles that we all have been facing.

We have put a hold on our direct appeal mail to GIAC membership at this time when “asking” becomes difficult.

Instead, we are sending this open letter of appeal to a wider audience who have been receiving our twice-monthly “Arts and Culture E-Calendar” which has faithfully brought to you up-to-date listing of events since 2005. We started this Calendar to help event organizers reach a wider audience for their events, but we get the most appreciative feedback from the attending audiences.

Our regular GIAC program of work, which included eight weeks of our usual ten-week E Kanikapila Kakou Hawaiian Music Program, completed its 37th year and received an unexpected but much appreciated recognition from HARA (Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts) with the Krash Kealoha Lifetime Achievement Award in Industry on December 6 of this year. No one knows yet what 2021 has in store for EKK at this precarious time. We appreciate the many inquiries from all over asking about EKK 2021.

In spite of the nearly empty airports, GIAC has managed to design and install window displays at the Lihue Airport including the “Malama Huleia” restoration project, “ … and how does your garden grow?” about the ingenuity of Kaua’i backyard gardeners, “One Man’s Artistry – Joseph Hoonani Kaauwai,” an airport security guard’s remarkable pen-stippled drawings on paper towels, and “A Gem of a Garden – Princeville Botanical Garden”. We have been working on a display about the environmental threat of “Rapid Ohia Death”.

Our “Van Go!” Mobile Art Room program, which has been taking the Arts into the schools since 2003, has been on hold due to the pandemic. Plans to assist teachers to plan and present videotaped art lessons for their students will soon be underway, thanks to the generous support of the Florence iwamoto Kaua’i Fund of the Iwamoto Family Foundation, our primary supporter of this program for over a decade.

GIAC’s visual arts program, Kauai Crafts Studio, has been busy and productive the past two years spearheading the two-part ceramic mural at the playground entrance of the Anaina Hou Community Park. Notecards featuring the artwork of the Ocean mural have been printed and will be donated to the Anaina Hou gift shop. The “stay-at-home” mandate has prompted Kauaians to spend more time on their own creative projects; this has brought renewed activity in the visual arts at the Art Pod Studio where many ongoing art workshops are being held. Firing all the hand-painted ceramic tiles for the Sparky Matsunaga Peace Park in Lihu’e was another contribution to the community.

Another community support project for the initial “Mental Health Awareness” event held at the former Sports Authority store was to coordinate and create inspirational decorations for the event.

The Shops at Kukuiula awarded a huge donation to GIAC for our assistance in “machinemachine’s” printmaking workshops for the community.

The “stay-at-home” mandate has prompted Kauaians to spend more time on their own creative projects; this has brought renewed activity in the visual arts at the Art Pod Studio where many ongoing art workshops are being held. Firing all the hand-painted ceramic tiles for the Sparky Matsunaga Peace Park in Lihu’e was another contribution to the community.

A major community project includes ongoing efforts to secure NEA federal funding to support programs for the “Art Hub” Community Gathering Place to be housed in the former Kress Store building, which is an important cornerstone of the Rice Street Revitalization project. Our early effort toward this end was to treat the public to an exciting “Art Feast” which included the on-site painting of a mural fronting the Kress Store renovation and a Keiki Mural activity. GIAC also supported the NirMANAFest Mural Painting project in Lihu’e town by providing the mural painting supplies.

In these days of austerity, GIAC continues its work as a strong community partner with its small army of dedicated volunteers. We ask for your support in any amount that we might continue the meaningful and worthwhile work to encourage, promote, support and inspire work that makes Kaua’i the special place that it is. The ARTS can do a lot to uplift spirits in this period of tension and uncertainty.

Contributions to help GIAC carry out its program of work can be donated on our website at or mail your check in any amount to GIAC, P.O. Box 827, Lihu’e, Kauai, HI 96766.

~ Carol Kouchi Yotsuda and the Garden Island Arts Council Board ~

If you missed the Sunday, December 6, 12:00 noon Live Viewing of the The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration held at Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, you can see it at the following link and catch Garden Island Arts Council’s E Kanikapila Kakou Program receiving the Krash Kealoha Lifetime Achievement Award in Industry.
Thanks to Angus Sweitzer for sending the link and specifics on EKK:
Congratulations again. Here is specific info you can forward to folks to view the EKK achievement award video.
The link to view Carol Yotsuda’s Lifetime Achievement Award for EKK (starts at – 50:00 minutes):
• Carol’s specific acceptance video starts at ~54:00
• Music performance by Kuuipo Kumukahi starts at ~01:02:05
Congratulations to all ! Enjoy! Enjoy!! ENJOY!!!

Chris “Angus” Sweitzer Wildwood Studios – eclectic enterprises LLC


The University of Hawai`i Community Design Center is working on a challenge to come up with designs for the L?hu‘e town areas and would like feedback from community members and specifically artists. Please feel free to take the survey and share with your connections throughout the arts and culture community on Kaua`i.

The information below provides more details on the project along with the ‘Take the Survey’ button. The following link will direct you to the survey as well.

Mahalo for your time!

We are seeking your input to explore ways that we can better utilize our “public realm” for performing and visual arts as we plan for our post-COVID future.

This outreach is hosted by the University of Hawai?i Community Design Centerand Institute for Sustainability and Resilience, in partnership with County offices, with funding from the U.S. Conference of Mayors through the Mayors’ Institute on City Design Partnership.

We are reaching out to you because this exploration will include sites in L?hu?e Town. This brief survey will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Responses will be reported in a way that will protect the identity of respondents. We humbly invite your perspectives and look forward to envisioning new ways of responding to our current challenges.


Innovation Grant>>   
Due date and time:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 4:30 pm
Innovation Grant proposals for 2020-2021 being requested by County of Kauai’s Office of Economic Development (OED)
Innovative projects to generate short-term and long-term economic growth and diversification on Kauai. Grant aims to support new programs or projects that advance innovation by identifying and solving local problems in small business, technology, transportation, agriculture, local manufacturing, circular economy and tourism in Kauai County.
Sign up for informational webinar on
Apply ONLINE in the Amplifund system

11th Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit Goes VIRTUAL!
Due to COVID concerns the exhibit, which is normally an in-person event, is virtual this year.
It is available on the Princeville Community website  and can be viewed at The exhibit can be enjoyed online in the comfort of your home without social distancing or masks.
Drawings, paintings, sculptures created by NorthShore artists never before exhibited on Kauai; Contact info for artists are on the slides.
Info:; (808) 826-6687

Kauai Community College Free Classes
Are you a Kauai resident?  Have you been affected by the pandemic? Lost your job?  Decrease in work hours?  Take a class to increase your employability
Call (808) 245-8313 to register: Email:

Kumu’s Cupboard is Open (former Payless Shoes location)
The Free School Supply Store for Kauai Educators
Regular Store Hours:
Tuesdays:  3:30 – 7:00 pm
Fridays:  3:30 – 7:00 pm
Saturdays:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays:  1:00 – 4:00 pm
Covid-19 Safety Rules in effect

January 3, 3021, 4:00 pm
KCP – Kauai Community Players Annual Membership Meeting
It’s a Virtual Meeting

Saturday, November 2, 2020 – January 8, 2021
KSA Small Works Art Show
Congratulations to Award Winners – David Dinner, Liedeke Bulder, Joshua Huntoon, Natalie Segal, Carol Meckling, Shannon Hiramoto. Licia Mcdonald
KSA Exhibition Hall; Kukui Grove Center
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – January 8, 2021
Hours, Noon – 4 pm/Fridays Noon – 7 pm
No opening reception

January 15, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr 92nd Birthday
Holiday is on Monday, January 18, 2021
Invitation to Participate in Video Presentation:
What I envision is a massive response of creative offerings that can be included in our video. These can be written pieces: essays, speeches, poems, stories. Or they could be video recordings of spoken word, songs, dances, visual art. The prompt for these creations is “ If you were Martin Luther King, Jr alive now, how would you respond to present day challenges and create the world you dream of.”

If you have questions about format for submissions or any other way you might love to participate in this project please email me at or text/call 808-346-2587.


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Many ongoing events may be cancelled or postponed!


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Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & The Arts
asking interested artists to submit qualifications
for various commissioned works in upcoming
HSFCA public art projects.  Register with
website developed by Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to
facilitate calls for artists & artworks.  Registration is free, secure and
offers access to visual arts opportunities nationwide.
Go to for information,
answers to FAQs, tech tips, image prep and Questions forum.

Plein air pastel lessons w/ Helen Turner
One-on-one or two max in the field; beginners or advanced
All materials provided
Plein air oil painting lessons w/ Helen Turner
One-on-one in the field; beginners or advanced
All materials provided
Waimea Studio, 10:30 am-2:30 pm weekdays,
9665 Kaumuali’I Hwy; across Shrimp Station
Info:  (808) 346-9357;


HAL side: “A Gem of a Garden – Princeville Botanical Garden”
United side: “Malama HULEIA
Brought to you by Garden Island Arts Council
Funded by a grant from the County of Kauai OED
(open to all passengers in transit)



Murals on view in Lihue:
NirMANAfest, Kauai’s mural festival will premier mural painting by 15 mural artists on five walls at the end of Umi Street off Rice Street. These 15 artists were selected out of a broad range of applicants by a panel of experts including Carol Bennett, Elsa Alvarez, Carol Yotsuda, Vanessa Owens and Addison Bulosan. There is a youth mentoring component as part of this Rice Street Project. Public viewing of muralists at work will be available.
Locations: former Big Save Market façade facing north to the shoppers parking lot; former Lihue Café Restaurant and adjoining apartment complex at makai end of Umi Street.
Please check out the NirMANAfest website and promote it in conversations you have about Rice Street Creative Community development:


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces

 Re-instatement of Public Visitation to K?lauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Beginning July 9, 2020, K?lauea Point NWR will re-instate public visitation under a revised schedule of Thursday through Saturday except for Federal holidays. The refuge has implemented a timed entry reservation system in order to meet the CDC, state and local guidance related to COVID-19 and to better manage high visitation demand and limited parking availability. Reservations are required for all visitors age 16 and older in order to visit the Refuge and can be booked online through Recreation.govat the following link: The $10 entry fee along with a $1 reservation booking fee will be charged for individuals 16 and older. Kama??ina as well as America The Beautiful Passes will be continue to be honored; however, passholders must also make online reservations through and pay the $1 online booking fee in advance of their visit to the Refuge.


NTBG (National Tropical Botanical Garden) will open its Kauai gardens:

Tuesday, June 16—Limahuli Garden, north shore

Wednesday, July 1 – McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden

All tours require a reservation

Garden admission fees have been modified to accommodate every member of the community;

Reservation:; or call (808) 742-2623 for McBryde & Allerton; (808) 826-1053 for Limahuli

Media contact:

Kauai Community College Office of Continuing Education
Online Classes offered

Register:; or call KCC-OCET (808) 245-8318

Weekly Sunshine Markets: Fresh ingredients, holiday foods & gifts, taro products, tropical plants and flowers, coffee, holiday pies & baked goods,
goat cheese, health & beauty items from goat’s milk and more.
Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 pm, Kapaa New Town Park
Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Hanapepe Sunshine Market, Park – OPEN

The Mokan Nokan Show

New Episode:  “It’s Not Easy Being Me”
Broadcasting 5 times a week on OC16 Channel 12
Kauai Profile and Interesting Things Happening on Kauai
View Episodes —
Info:  Mel Bell-Grey, (808) 431-4711

Second Saturday of each month, 8:30 pm until lunch
Friends of the Path Clean Up
Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the path that goes by the coast
Potluck lunch at 11:00 am
Meet at the rest pavilion makai of the Kapaa Neighborhood Center
Info:  Brett, (808) 639-4561

First Saturday of the Month Open House, 6:00-9:00 pm
Open House — Dolphin Touch Wellness Center
Are you in need of some clarity or relief in your life? Come discover some of the wonderful Holistic Health Practitioners of Kauai. There is a wide array of professionals here to serve all of your health needs.  Free sessions on the Amethyst Biomat, mini-readings for $20, free wellness consultations, superfood samples.
Info: Jeanne Russell (808) 822-4414;


Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (ON HOLD DURING PANDEMIC)
Hula ‘Auana Class
Instructor:  Sherri “Puni” Patrick
New session begins every quarter
At the Kauai Musuem
No charge
Info:  Kauai Museum, (808) 245-6931

Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (ON HOLD DURING PANDEMIC)
Hula for Kupuna – by invitation only
Instructor:  Sherri “Puni” Patrick
Waimea Neighborhood Center Courtroom
New sessions begins every quarter
No charge
Info: Sherri “Puni” Patrick (808) 651-5744

Halau Hula O Leilani Registration for Hula and Tahitian Classes
Call (or text) kumu Leilani Rivera Low at 808-651-0682 to register now through December for hula classes and Tahitian classes in Kapaa and Koloa.
Mondays – hula classes at Ka Ui o ka Aina center in Coconut Marketplace, Kapaa. Kaikamahine ages 5-12 at 5:00 pm. Teens & wahine 6:30– 8:00 pm
Tuesdays  – Koloa Neighborhood Center, hula classes for girls ages 4-12 from 3:45 pm
Wednesdays – Tahitian classes for kaikamahine by Ariel Leilani Bond
at 6:00-6:45 pm at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.
Thursdays – Tahitian Class for teens, Koloa Neighborhood Ctr, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Saturdays – Tahitian classes for teens & wahine by Ariel Leilani Bond,
11:00 am- 12:00 pm at Hawaiian Cultural Center in Coconut Marketplace.
Info: Leilani Low or text (808) 651-0682 or email

Ongoing Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Aloha International’s
“Halau Hula Na Lei Kupua O Kaua’I”
Dance, Chant, Language & Legends
Under the direction of Ho’opa’a Fern Merle-Jones & Kumu Susan Pa’iniu Floyd
Under the guidance of Hula Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett
Ongoing & drop in adult guests are welcome; No prior experience required
At private location (call to inquire)
$20 donation
Info:  Call Fern Merle-Jones, (808) 639-0964;


Waimea Plantation Lifestyle Tour
Ongoing – Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,
volunteer guides lead walking tours through
the Waimea Plantation Cottages and the Waimea
Sugar Company “camp” houses, which date from the
turn of the 20th century. Tours take approximately
90 minutes and are limited to 12 people.
Waimea Town
Info: (808) 337-1005


Kauai Dance Theatre

Ballet and Tap Dance classes for ages 5-adult

For current schedule visit

Join us for our 35th season of “Quality Instruction in the Art of Dance”

Janie Crane, Director, 332-9737
For more info: visit or see KDT’s Facebook page

Kauai Dance Center
Professional dance training ages 3 through advanced.
Beginning Adults welcome.

Dance classes for all ages and abilities

Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Spanish dance & Modern Dance.

Directors, Jennifer Bell-Grey & Mel Bell-Grey

Start lessons anytime throughout the year

Performing opportunities available

Schedule your free trial class today.

Tel: (808) 823-9588 Cell/text (415) 990-5145


Accredited teacher graduate of the Royal Ballet School London, England. Diploma Royal Academy of Dancing.?Home Studio located at Eyes Wide Open Productions Nawiliwili/Lihue as well as a satellite studio on the North Shore, Princeville community center.

Aloha Dance Studio — Enrolling now
full schedule online at
Professional instruction for ages 3 through adult
Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Modern,
Flamenco, Contemporary and Lyrical jazz
Elite Company Groups
Freaky Fridays at Kukui Grove Center every October
Beginner through Advanced welcome
Info:  Tiffany Dodge, (808) 245-1810


Every Evening
Rice Street Business Association hosts
Online music concerts Live video broadcasts from home of musicians; local businesses promoted


Call to make arrangements

Private`Ukulele Classes by Kirk Smart
Hanalei Strings and Things, Ching Young Village, Hanalei
Info:  Kirk Smart,; (808) 826,9633



First Saturday of the Month Open House, 6:00-9:00 pm                                 Open House — Dolphin Touch Wellness Center — Are you in need of some clarity or relief in your life? Come discover some of the wonderful Holistic Health Practitioners of Kauai. There is a wide array of professionals here to serve all of your health needs.  Free sessions on the Amethyst Biomat, mini-readings for $20, free wellness consultations, superfood samples.  Info: Jeanne Russell (808) 822-4414;

Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Basic

Thursdays. 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Advanced
Qi Gong Golden 8
Qi Gong Classes – ONGOING via ZOOM and you’ll be with us.
Promotes balancing the body for greater health, increasing vitality,
and radiating more energy
Free for all ages
Info: (808) 635-0306; Peter Sterne

Pu’uwai Fitness Kauai

Fitness Classes in Kalaheo and Poipu
Barre, Yoga, Pilates, TRX, Circuit
Location:  Southside sports Center (Poipu) and Private Studio (Kalaheo),
Covid-19 Safety Details are followed

call (808) 332-6320 for directions

Info:  Jodee Burris, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, 212-4034,
Current schedule & fees online:

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“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished”
–Nelson DeMille