Holidays Lounge is inviting its members to the 24th Annual Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Food Festival April 19-22, 2017. It will be held at the Nani Mau Gardens near the Hilo Airport on the Big Island.
Hawaii hosts this festival each year in order to highlight their diverse culture and promote taking care of the poor and downtrodden in society. Members of the Holidays Lounge are invited to join in this worthy cause.
Many in the Hawaiian community are very proud of the diversity that is found on the various islands, Waikiki, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Local arts are celebrated on each island and represented by vendors showing off their different crafts and paintings of the diverse scenic attractions in Hawaii. Many Holidays Lounge members likely believe the state is mainly comprised of beaches. This is definitely a myth since mountains, volcanos and farmland can also be found there.
When it comes to food, Hawaii is known for its various Spam recipes. However, the festival will highlight other popular cuisine in Hawaii such as mahi mahi, kalua pig (smoked pork), salmon, taro, and poi.
The usual Hula dancers at the festival and other Hawaiian musicians and dance routines will entertain members of the Holidays Lounge. You will never see a festival that does not set aside times to teach people how to dance the hula. Holidays Lounge members are encouraged to participate in this activity. No need to be shy since Hawaiian natives are always gracious and will not judge people who may lack the ability to perform this native dance well. Half the fun is in trying.
Traditional Hawaiian music is about nature and some musicians still utilize the original instruments derived from gourds, trees, conch shells, and plants. The most popular and highly recognized Hawaiian instrument is the ukulele.
Crafters known for their wood sculptures, carved weapons and walking sticks, and other crafts will not only exhibit what they have already made, but will also share their wood carving skills at the venue. Members can even request a piece be carved for them or their loved ones. Hawaii woods used for these products include cook pine, mango, ohai, milo, and koa.
Also on display will be the traditional Hawaiian canoe. Before the days of modern transportation this was the only mode of transportation for the Hawaiian people to travel from island to island. Holidays Lounge members are encouraged to try their hand at navigating around in these canoes in the small roped off area for practicing. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/HolidaysLounge
Aside from the festival itself, members of the Holidays Lounge cannot leave the island without checking out the Nani Mau Gardens. These are breathtakingly beautiful tropical flowers and plants on display. You will find 20 acres of such native plants like orchids, rare palms, and tropical fruits.
All in all, Holidays Lounge members are in for a treat if they decide to visit the Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Foods festival this spring. Aloha members.