Arts and Entertainment Wrap Up: 08-09-18

  • Tea cups by artist Chiu Leong. (Volcano Art Center/Courtesy Photo)

Fundraiser to benefit ceramics and glass programs at VAC

You’re invited to A Taste of Tea and Pottery, a fundraiser for the “fire arts” (ceramics and glass programs) at Volcano Art Center (VAC). The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 12 at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.


The admission price of $25 for VAC members or $30 for non-members includes your choice of one handmade tea cup or bowl, a tasting of several freshly brewed Hawaii-grown teas, and participation in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Enjoy door prizes and a silent auction. Tea cakes and cookies and additional tea and tea cups will be available for sale. Throughout the afternoon there will be demonstrations and talks featuring local representatives.

The day also offers ongoing demonstrations of wheel-thrown pottery and stained-glass techniques, by VAC instructors and students. A special two-hour East African handbuilding ceramics class, taught by Erik Wold, will be offered for ticket holders during the event. The cost for this class is $30 VAC members and $35 non-members.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help support the “Fire Arts” Program at VAC. In 2016, after years of planning, the Volcano Art Center realized the long-standing goal of offering ongoing ceramics and glass programs. These programs are now expanding and include high-fire pottery, flame-worked glass, stained glass and ceramic classes for students of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences.

Info: To purchase tickets, call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit

Big Island Blues Festival back for a second year

The 2nd annual Big Island Blues Festival will have something for everyone to enjoy — from great original blues music and unique vendors, to delicious BBQ and more.

This event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Kailua-Kona at the picturesque luau grounds of the Courtyard Marriott at King Kamehameha’s Beach Hotel.

This year, the festival will feature three amazing local bands: Ronnie V. &The Family Band, Bottle of Blue and Tomi Isobe’s Blues Band.

The festival is sponsored by Black Lava Vape, Cloud 9, Farish Media, Lava 105.3, Kanaloa Octopus Farm, Kona Business Center, Kona Butcher Shop and Ola Brew.

This is a family friendly event, and all ages are welcome. Tickets are $20 and available online at

Info: Go to

Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site will celebrate its 46th anniversary with the park’s annual Establishment Day “Hookuikahi” Hawaiian Cultural Festival. The festival will open with Na Papa Kanaka o Puukohola Heiau performing the Hookupu and Hookuikahi ceremonies from 6-9 a.m. Aug. 18, followed by festivities at Pelekane Beach continuing till 3 p.m. On Aug. 19, the festivities will commence at 9:30 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m.

This annual celebration is entitled “Ke Kulana Noeau O Wa Kahiko” (The Culture of Ancient Hawaii) and the subtheme for this year’s event is “Hooko I Na Pe’akua” (To fulfill the trusted relationship of the alii and cares for their needs). The manao nui for this year’s festival is to continue to fulfil the trusted relationship we all have for this place and to care for its needs. Established as a National Historic Site on Aug. 17, 1972, Puukohola Heiau continues to be a place where living history is perpetuated, and where efforts to bring the people of Hawaii together in pursuit of completing Kamehameha the Great’s unfinished good deeds is a primary objective. This festival seeks to unify the past with the present to establish a firm future.

Over 20 arts and craft workshops and demonstrations will be available for visitors to experience and learn hands-on. Due to the heat, bring refreshments and lunch if you plan to stay the entire day. It is recommended that comfortable clothing be worn, and that you use some type of sunscreen. This event will take place at Pelekane (Royal Courtyard) located near the beach below Puukohola Heiau. Parking will be on the coral flats, south of the Kawaihae Harbor. Directional signs will posted on Route 270.

Info: Contact park staff at 882-7218 ext. 1011 or visit the park website at

West Hawaii Dance Theatre to hold class placement sessions for annual Nutcracker ballet

This year’s Nutcracker ballet will again include an amazing live orchestra led by conductor Brian Hollinger, with guest dancers Timour Borutansenkov, Frederick Davis, and more. Join the Nutcracker family and experience the magic.

On Aug. 18, West Hawaii Dance Theatre will be holding class placement sessions by age group to place individuals in appropriately leveled classes in which students will be rehearsing particular scenes for the performance. Participation requires a strong commitment and work ethic along with attending all three performance Dec. 21, 22 and 23.

Age group sessions: Ages 6-9 at 2:30 p.m.; ages 10-12 at 3 p.m.; ages 13 and up at 3:30 p.m.

Info: Call 329-8876 for more information or email

Tickets available now for Cool Fusion

Donkey Mill Art Center is serving up the 12th annual Cool Fusion: Festival of 1,000 Bowls, featuring oodles of noodles, handmade ceramic ware, live performances by Kona Dance and Performing Arts, Big Island Music Academy and more at Keauhou Shopping Center on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The $25 ticket purchase includes unlimited somen noodles and a bowl, valued up to $15, of your choosing. For an additional fee, purchase a gelato bowl priced at $15 and up and receive a generous scoop of refreshing gelato. Additional handmade ceramic items will be on hand for as little as $15.

Info: Purchase tickets now at

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