Aloha from Kaua'i!
Just thought I'd let people know that there is now a Cultural Center at the Coconut Marketplace in Kapa'a - it is called "Ka U'i O Ka 'Aina" (The beautiful of the land) - and had its grand opening last Saturday.
I'll fully disclose that this is being run by Kumu Hula (hula teacher) Leilani Rivera Bond - and as most of you know, she is a very close friend of mine as well as being my hula teacher - but I thought that it was something worthwhile to let people know about who are interested in cultural activities here on Kaua'i.
It is open (free of charge) every day from 9am to 4pm and features demonstrations every day of a different type (I'll get the schedule for you) - hula one day, Tahitian hip movement the next, lei making,
Ni'ihau shell lei making, as well as ukulele lessons (by Uncle Larry Rivera) are all some things that are featured weekly.
The Cultural Center was opened last Saturday by our Mayor Carvahlo as well as Rep. Derek Kawakami - Mama Ane Kanahele and Auntie Val both did the pule at the opening and a performance of hula and maori dancing was done.
The Cultural Center focuses on not only Hawaiian Cultural aspects and exhibits, but also the closely tied to Hawai'i - Maori culture of New Zealand.
As mentioned before, it is free of charge and if you are interested in seeing something purely cultural while you are here - this would certainly fill the bill!
Hope this is of interest to you!