Oct. 23-Nov. 20: “Shichigosan” at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu.

Shichigosan is said to have originated in Japan’s Heian Period (794-1185) among court nobles celebrating the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3, 5 and 7 are consistent with Japanese numerology, which believes that odd numbers are lucky. Over time, this tradition passed to the samurai class, where a number of rituals were added.

A $60 donation includes complimentary kimono rental and dressing (weekends only). Children will receive a Shintö blessing, Chitose-ame candy, omamori (good luck amulet) and a gift bag. Daily, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Reservations are required.

For more information, call 841-4755, email kotohira@hawaiiantel.net or visit http://www.e-shrine.org/shichigosanjusanmairi.html.

Nov. 4: “Kuakini Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale.”

Kuakini Health System hosts its annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale, featuring handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing, stationery, household and kitchen items, accessories, decorations, crafts, magnets, bookmarks, holiday ornaments and more. There will also be baked goods such as cakes, cookies and other snacks for sale. All of the vendors are either Kuakini Health System employees or volunteers, members of Kuakini’s medical staff or an employee of a physician’s office located on the Kuakini campus.

The craft fair/bake sale will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hale Pulama Mau Auditorium on the Kuakini campus. Admission is free — open to the public.

Nov. 4 and 5: “UchinaAloha” Stages at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

After a successful six-week run at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Lee Tonouchi’s “UchinaAloha,” directed by Reiko Ho, will travel to Maui for a special two-night engagement.

David Tamashiro resists his grandfather’s sanshin lessons until he has the right motivation: a girl. A pretty young lady from Okinawa helps David and his friends discover much about themselves and David’s enigmatic grandfather.

This is a story about the change that any culture experiences when it is relocated and its evolution as it passes through the generations.

“UchinaAloha” stages at 7:30 p.m. on both days at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater.

Tickets are $28 (plus applicable fees). MACC members receive a 10 percent discount. To order tickets, visit www.mauiarts.org/kumu_
kahua_theatre or call the box office at (808) 242-7469.

Nov. 6: “35th TEMARI Trash & Treasure Fair.” Regarded as Hawai‘i’s premier craft fair, TEMARI’s Trash & Treasure Fair began as a way for TEMARI — Center for Asian and Pacific Arts — faculty to sell leftover supplies and other items from their studios, keeping in mind that “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Nearly 80 vendors will offer quality creations in the “Treasure” portion of the fair. The “Trash” portion will features not-so-trashy treasures — vintage textiles, books, object d’arts and small collectibles.

Several nonprofit organizations will also be selling their wares, including Bamboo Ridge Press, Moiliili Community Center seniors, Hui O Laulima, Pacific Potters Guild and others.

This year’s fair will also feature TEMARI’s 35th anniversary collection of ArtBags, which will be available for purchase. Invited artists were asked to decorate a plain canvas tote, which they painted, dyed, screened, stitched, reconfigured and deconstructed. A selection of ArtBags will be displayed in the Nui Mono shop window at 2745 S. King St.

Up for bid in the silent auction will be a prized quilt fashioned by Hilo’s Aileen Fuke from remnants given to her by designer Sig Zane on the condition that the quilt would be donated to a nonprofit.

“Trash & Treasure” will be held in the JCCH Manoa Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (preview at 8 a.m. for TEMARI and JCCH members). Free admission. Vendor fees and profits support TEMARI’s educational programs, festive events, international exhibitions and entrepreneurship.

Nov. 5 and 6: “Things Japanese Sale” at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Gift Shop.

Pick up those hard to find items at this once-a-year event, everything from ceramic ware to Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) dolls. Preview sale for JCCH members and volunteers on Friday, Nov. 4, from 3-6 p.m.

Public sale on Nov. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds support JCCH’s educational programs and activities. Free parking validation with a gift shop purchase of $10 or more.

Nov. 13: “Aki Matsuri: Celebrating Children and Culture.”

JCCH presents its third annual matsuri, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission.

This fall festival commemorating Bunka no Hi, or “Culture Day,” and Shichi Go San, or the “Seven, Five, Three” festival, also honors Hawai‘i’s children and the traditions brought to Hawai‘i by Japanese immigrants. The festival will feature lots of hands-on cultural activities, as well as kimono dressing, blessing and photo-taking for a fee. Call Derrick Iwata at (808) 945-7633, ext. 25.


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