Wo Hing Museum to host inaugural Chinese kite festival

A Chinese kite festival is planned Friday to Sunday at the Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front St., in Lahaina.

The festivities will lift off from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with interactive martial arts and Chinese healing touch massage by Kiyoshi Joseph Craig. There will also be kite displays, kite-making arts, crafts and a presentation by Busaba Yip Douglas titled “Chinese Kites: Past, Present and Future.”

Silk and bamboo kites will be available for purchase along with Chinese delicacies from Fu Lin Restaurant.

The activities will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Special performances include the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Academy with a lion dance, temple blessing and a kung fu/tai chi demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A musical Guzheng performance by Loretta Lau will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, as well as an interactive ribbon dance demonstration by Cathy Kekiwi from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

The Chinese art of knot tying with Brenda Wong of the Wo Hing Society will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Chinese are credited as the originators of kites with documentation dating back more than 2,500 years.

For more information on this event, contact the Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.