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The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai'i Belt Road

February 9 - June 9, 1997

The Kona Coffee Story tells the story of the coffee growing industry of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i, from the arrival of the first coffee plants in 1828 to the poignant stories of the Japanese American coffee pioneers living today. A joint production of the Japanese American National Museum and the Kona Japanese Civic Association, this exhibition recently was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the American Association for State and Local History. Support for this project has been provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kona Club of Honolulu, and the Kona Japanese Civic Association. Be sure to visit this exhibition for a taste of Hawai'i.

Past Events

Sunday, June 8, 1997

Exhibition Closing: The Kona Coffee Story

Last day to view the exhibition The Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai‘i Belt Road. The Theatre Gallery re-opens on July 1st with Sumo: The Grand Tradition.

Sunday, June 8, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Na Lei O Hawai'i - leis of Hawai'i

Family Activity

Celebrate pau kahana (the end of work) on this, the last day of The Kona Coffee Story exhibition. Join members of Ainahau O Kaleiponi and make a fresh floral lei by learning a variety of lei-making techniques. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required by May 31.

Sunday, May 18, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Na Hana Lima No'eau - Skillful hand crafts

Family Activity

Featuring: Ainahau O Kaleiponi Hawaiian Civic Club Make a dolphin pendant, traditional kukui nut candle and other items, all from seeds. Members of Ainahau O Kaleponi teach participants how to make these unique Hawaiian seed crafts. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required by May 10.

Saturday, May 10, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

The Kona Coffee Story: Portraits of a Community

Kona coffee is known world-wide as one of the premier quality coffees on the market, yet little is known about the industry or the people who labor to produce this aromatic coffee. Join life history curator Darcie Iki as she presents a historical portrait of the coffee farmers of Kona by sharing her research and oral history recordings that she conducted in Kona. This lecture includes a slide show of historical photos and audio clips of the voices of the farmers themselves. Hear about their struggle for independence, their determination to succeed and the spirit of community cooperation that existed in the past and that continues into the present.

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.

Thursday, March 27, 1997
7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Kona Coffee House: Songs and Rhythms of Hawai'i

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Performance

Featuring: Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club

The first in a series, “Kona Coffe House” offers the best in Hawaiian entertainment while enjoying the Museum’s own Kona coffee and other Pacific Asian treats. You won’t want to miss this extravaganza of 20 performers who will sing, dance and play traditional Hawaiian music in a special tribute to the Kona Coffee Story exhibit. Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Sunday, March 16, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

No Pa'ani Hawai'i - Hawaiian Sports and Games

Members of Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club teach the traditions of the Makahiki Festival of sports and games. Compete in Hawaiian games including hu (kukui nut top spin), pala'ie (ball and loop), 'ulu maika (bowling), and many others. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

Saturday, March 8, 1997
2:00 PM

Asian Pacific Tales

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Family Performance

Featuring: East West Players’ Theater for Youth

With goals of stimulating children to discover other people and cultures and promoting racial understanding and tolerance, the East West Players present Asian Pacific Tales. This performance includes two tales from Hawai'i and one from the Philippines. East West Players Theater for Youth is one of the most entertaining theatrical troupes in the country. Members $5, non-members $9 in advance. Reservations required. Limited seating.

Saturday, February 22, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Coffee Picking Basket Weaving

Kona Coffee Story Exhibition Series Demonstration and Workshop

Featuring: Ed Kaneko

Since 1898, the Japanese American family farm units characterized the Kona coffee industry. The independence, determination, sense of community and cooperation of these pioneering families continue to live on with the people of Kona. Ed Kaneko, Kona coffee grower, conducts a workshop on weaving a traditional wire-mesh coffee picking basket. Members $5, non-members $9 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Sunday, February 16, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Celebrating Kona through Mele (song) and Hula (dance)

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Family Activity

Featuring: Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club

The first of a series of monthly ohana (family) and nakeiki (children) activities organized by Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club to complement the Kona Coffee Story exhibition. Learn the dances and songs of Kona. Hear the stories of the Island of Hawai'i, the home of Pele the fire goddess who resides in the active volcanoes of Hawai'i. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

Saturday, February 15, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Kona Coffee Culture

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Lecture

Kona coffee farmer, Ed Kaneko talks about Kona coffee culture, the history of coffee growing along the Kona Coast of Hawai'i and the method by which coffee is grown and processed. Mr. Kaneko was the project coordinator for the Kona Coffee exhibit while on exhibit in Hawai'i. Sample the Museum Store's own Kona coffee. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

Sunday, February 9, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Kona Coffee Culture

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Lecture

Museum members are invited to this special lecture with Ed Kaneko. See description under February 15. Coffee sampling and light refreshments will be available immediately following the program. Free to Museum members. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, February 8, 1997

Kona Coffee Story: Along the Hawai'i Belt Road Opening Reception

Upper level members only. By invitation only.

This exhibition runs from February 9 through June 9, 1997.

Thursday, February 6, 1997
7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Taste of Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Panel Discussion

Featuring Ed Sakamoto, Mako, and East West Players

Join award-winning playwright Ed Sakamoto (Aloha Las Vegas), director Mako (founding artistic director of East West Players), and cast members of Taste of Kona Coffee for a lively panel discussion. The play runs from January 30 through February 9, 1997 at East West Players. This comedy-drama depicts the life of Japanese Americans in Kona, Hawai‘i in 1929.

Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Sunday, February 2, 1997
10:00 AM—5:00 PM

Woodblock Printing Workshop: Part 2

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Special Workshop

Instructor: Hiroki Morinoue. See February 1 for description.

Saturday, February 1, 1997
10:00 AM—10:45 AM

The Art of Woodblock Printing

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Lecture and Demonstration

Kona-born fine artist, coffee farmer and exhibition designer for the Kona Coffee Story exhibition, Hiroki Morinoue, discusses and demonstrates moku-hanga, the traditional art of Japanese wood block printing. Mr. Morinoue’s woodblock prints and paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions throughout Hawai‘i, California, and Japan.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Saturday, February 1, 1997
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Woodblock Printing Workshop: Part 1

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Special Workshop

Instructor: Hiroke Morinoue. The first of a two-day intensive workshop (February 1 and 2) on moku-hanga, the art of woodblock printing. Students will learn the technique of cutting, printing, and preparing the paper. Members $55, non-members $65 for both days. Fees include materials and use of tools. Limited to 15 adult students. Reservations required by January 29.

Saturday, February 1, 1997
12:00 PM—2:00 PM

Clay Pottery for Children

Kona Coffee Story Exhibit Series Workshop

Instructor: Setsuko Morinoue. Ceramic artist, Setsuko Morinoue of Kona, Hawai‘i conducts a fun and educational workshop in clay pottery for children of all ages. Ms. Morinoue, originally from Japan, has been creating works of art in clay for exhibitions in Japan and Hawai‘i. Members $5, non-members $9 includes Museum admission. Reservations required by January 29.

 

 

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