Kite Festival returns to Wo Hing Museum

Robert Loera, former U.S. stunt-kite champ, will be the featured presenter at the second annual Kite Festival from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Wo Hing Museum in Lahaina.

The museum opens at 10 a.m. Admission to the museum and the festival is free.

Loera will be conducting a kite-making workshop as well as sharing his stories and love of kites from 5 to 8 p.m. both days.

The festival will also feature a box kite-making demonstration by local artist Richard Kenny from 5 to 8 p.m. both days. Dr. Busaba Yip will give a PowerPoint presentation titled “Story of Ancient Kites” at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. both days.

Chinese knot tying with Brenda Wong will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant will be selling food both days from 6 to 8 p.m.

Scheduled entertainment includes a fan and sword performance between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, followed by demonstrations of tai chi and martial arts by Chris Bilotta. On Saturday, Cory Williams will demonstrate tai chi and martial arts from 5 to 8 p.m., and Hong Zhou will perform on the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, both days from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Wo Hing Museum grounds will be decorated with large, colorful, traditional Chinese kites made from bamboo and silk, including a dragon kite over 30 feet in length.

For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 661-3262.