The Waipa Serenaders

The Waipa Serenaders (l-r): Sam Mahuiki, David Sproat, Jennifer Waipa, Nelson Armitage and Kilipaki Vaughan will entertain. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

by Anne E. O’Malley

In the 1,600-acre ahupua`a of Waipa, just beyond the Hanalei, the Waipa Kalo Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1. Look for the big field on the left with plenty of cars and people.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., festival-goers will find keiki activities, food and craft booths, entertainment, and community contests for best kalo recipe, biggest kalo and keiki art.

Hawaiian values, whatever the vehicle delivering them out at Waipa, and this cultural festival is right in line with the mission of the Waipa Foundation.

The entry fee is $3/adults; $1/keiki under 12 years of age. Gate fees benefit the Foundation, a living learning center focused on taking care of our natural resources, practicing Hawaiian culture and values, and inspiring healthy keiki and community.

For information, call Kalen Kelekoma at 808-826-9969, and visit online at www.waipafoundation.

Lillian Watari

Lillian Watari, owner with her husband (not pictured) of a kalo farm in Hanalei, won three prizes for her kalo: best of show, biggest weight and largest. She won $60 total plus certificates for three haircuts.