Maui libraries offer special programs

In celebration of National Library Week, April 14 to 20, Hawaii’s public libraries will offer an array of free culturally enriching programs featuring noted storytellers and performing artists throughout April.

All National Library Week programs are suitable for ages 5 and older unless noted otherwise. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

All Maui County events are sponsored by the Maui Friends of the Library.

Here is the program being planned for Maui County:

* Tuesday, 3 p.m. at the Kihei Public Library – “Chamber Music of Hawaii’s Honolulu Brass Quintet Performance.” The Honolulu Brass Quintet will perform a sampling of musical selections followed by a discussion about music and the instruments the members play. For more information, call 875-6833.

* Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Lahaina Public Library – “Stories of Hawaii and the World.” Local storyteller and former librarian Dave Del Rocco will present folk tales from Hawaii and other places around the world. For more information, call 662-3950.

* April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Makawao Public Library – “The Slack Key Artistry of Jeff Peterson.” Peterson is a multiple Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner. His focus on slack key guitar, classical and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while remaining deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. For more information, call 573-8785.

* April 16, 6:30 p.m. at Kihei Public Library – “A Tribute to Slack Key.” Presented by John Keawe, multiple Na Hoku Hanohano and Hawaii Music Awards recipient and a contributing artist on the Grammy-winning “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2.” Keawe will offer a tribute to the slack key style and include selections from the music of Raymond Kane, Leonard Quan and others, in addition to presenting his original compositions. For more information, call 875-6833.

* April 16, 1 p.m. at Hana Public & School Library – “Ukulele Design and Construction Demonstration.” Bob Gleason, a Big Island owner and operator of a custom guitar- and ukulele-making shop, will demonstrate how the ukulele is made: from the choice and curing of the wood, through construction processes, to applying the finish and caring for the instrument. For more information, call 248-4848.

* April 18, 6 p.m., Wailuku Public Library – “Folk Arts of China.” Barbara Chung Ho will present a workshop on the folk arts of Chinese knotting and paper cutting. The workshop is limited to 20 participants, ages 5 and older. Registration is required; call the library to register. For more information, call 243-5766.

* April 24, 3:30 p.m. at Molokai Public Library – “Hawaiian and Jazz Music.” Molokai musicians Norman DeCosta and Douglas Barnd will present a blend of Hawaiian and jazz music. For more information, call 553-1765.

* April 25, 2 p.m. at Lanai Public & School Library – “Rakugo Bento.” The dynamic group Bento Rakugo, led by artistic director Yasu Ishida, performs “Rakugo Bento” in the traditional Rakugo (Japanese translation: “fallen words”) storytelling style and adds a modern twist to the Japanese comedy. In Rakugo, the performer presents a comic story while sitting on a Japanese cushion, speaking all of the voices. All stories will be told in English. For more information, call 565-7920.

Performances are a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Statewide Cultural Extension Program, with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.