By Léo Azambuja

Waianae singer Kristian Lei

Waianae singer Kristian Lei

Kaua‘i’s Filipino community knows how to plan an event like nobody else.

About 500 people attended the Kaua‘i Philippine Cultural Center fundraising at the Grand Ballroom of the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and Beach Club May 16.

A lavish dinner buffet and top-notch entertainment by the Youth String Ensemble, dancers, and Waianae singer Kristian Lei, along with musician Pierre Grill and entertainer Shawn Thomsen, contributed to the evening’s success.

The KPCC, “a place for all,” was first envisioned in 2010 by Lesther Calipjo. Soon after, careful and consistent planning and hard work has brought the center closer to become reality. Groundbreaking is expected for later this year.

KPCC will be built next to the YMCA swimming pool in Puhi. It is intended as a place for community events and cultural activities. It will offer community programs and services, exhibits, festivals and educational events.

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