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Saturday, April 26, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Coffee Cupping

Lecture and demonstration

Featuring: Robert Iida, Kapu Products Company

The art of coffee cupping assesses the aroma, taste and texture of coffee to determine the quality of the bean the roasting process. Join Kapu Products Company’s Robert Iida for an afternoon of coffee cupping of pure Kona coffee. Become a “coffee connoisseur” and learn the finer points of selecting coffee through taste comparisons.

Members $5, non-members $9 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, April 24, 1997
7:30 PM

Cold Tofu Improv: Baseball, Apple Pie and Cold Tofu

This month Cold Tofu plays with everything we know and love as Americans. This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. A guest artist and musician will also join in on the fun. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.

Sunday, April 20, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Ka Ulana Lau Niu and Lauhala - Plaiting with coconut fronds and pandanus leaves

Kona Coffee Story exhibit Series
Family Activity

Featuring: Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club

Learn the Hawaiian tradition of weaving and plaiting a kupe'e (bracelet). Participants will also make birds, ducks and other critters by utilizing coconut fronds and pandanus leaves. Free with Musuem admission. Reservations required by April 12.

In conjunction with the exhibition The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai'i Belt Road
Saturday, April 19, 1997
12:00 PM—2:00 PM

Cooking with Rob Fukuzaki

Japanese American Cuisine Series
Lecture / Demonstration

KABC-TV Eyewitness News sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki demonstrates his cooking prowess in the fourth installment of this very popular series. Rob tests his culinary skills against KNBC’s Wendy Tokuda who performed a cooking demonstration with sister Marilyn last October. Rob will recruit the assistance of his two grandmothers, Toshiko Fukuzaki and Masa Watamura, to cook up mouth-watering Japanese American family dishes.

Rob graduated in broadcast journalism from the University of La Verne in Southern California and began his broadcasting career with KITV in Honolulu. He came to Los Angeles’ KABC in 1994.

Members $5, non-members $10 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, April 10, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

AT&T East West Players New Voices Writers Gallery

Thursday Evenings at the Museum
New Play Reading

Sidework by Michael Ahn

The fifth play presentation in this continuing series of new play readings by Asian American playwrights. Join the Museum as it hosts the directors and cast members from East West Players in the debut readings of these fine, new works.

Sidework by Michael Ahn tells the story of two women, one of whom is played by June Kyoku Lu, who teach each other some hard lessons about men, life and themselves. The play is directed by East West Players veteran Alberto Isaac. This program is funded in part by A T & T. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, April 5, 1997
1:00 PM—4:00 PM

Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp

Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp Panel discussion and closing reception

This panel discussion features some of the individuals—Elizabeth Yamada, Margaret Ishino, and Louise Ogawa—who, as children, wrote to Miss Breed during the war. Immediately following the discussion, there will be a walk-through of the exhibition with curator Glen Kitayama and a closing reception that gives program participants the opportunity to speak to the letter writers about their experiences. Be prepared for interesting insights and lively dialogue. Reservations required. Limited seating available. Free with Museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp



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