Ward Centers' event to celebrate bamboo
Ward Centers will host a free Coconut & Bamboo Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, with booths set up at Ward Warehouse and Ward Centre.
The two materials are commonly used in Hawaii, and the festival, presented by Temari, will demonstrate the variety of uses of both elements in food, utensils, musical instruments, decorations and many other areas, both aesthetic and functional.
At Ward Warehouse, guests can learn to use a bamboo "fude," or brush, to write New Year greetings, and learn how bamboo forms the frame for the Filipino "parol," or tissue-paper star used to celebrate the holidays. Also, catch a 1:15 p.m. demonstration of hula and hula implements made from coconut and bamboo, by Halau O Na Pua Kukui and kumu hula Ed Collier.
At Ward Centre, print on paper and fabric with incised bamboo stamps, "ohe kapala," and learn to weave simple objects with young coconut leaves.
Wayang Kulit puppeteer Nyoman Sumandhi, an international gamelan performer and former principal of the Balinese Dance High School in Indonesia, will be among the participants in the Coconuts & Bamboo Festival tomorrow.