A global and colorful world of kites will be celebrated during Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s Chinese Kite Festival at Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse, 858 Front Street in Lahaina on Friday, April 15 and Kite Flying Day at Lahaina Cannery Mall’s open space lawn (at the intersection of Honoapi‘ilani Hwy. 30 and Keawe Street) on Saturday, April 16. Admission is free to both events.

April is National Kite Month so we’re planning two days of family fun, featuring Chinese cultural arts, games and foods along with kite making, kite flying, multi-line sport kite and kite fighting demonstrations. One Kite, One World: Kites bring people together, helping to promote a message of universal peace.

Busaba Yip Douglas, Ph.D, Wo Hing Museum Cultural Director said, “I’m hoping our Kite Festival will bring all kite lovers together with our community. The joy of kite flying is not only for the ones who fly kites but also for those who watch them. We invite the whole family to come out and have a good time!”

During the Wo Hing Museum festival on Friday, April 15, you can see kites from around the world in traditional and modern styles; kites are available for purchase. Presentations will be made by Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas on Ancient Chinese Kites, and by Kite Master Robert Loera on East Indian Art Kite Fighting, and Multi-line Kites at 2 pm and again at 6 pm. We invite you to help make a giant tetrahedral kite, putting together large cells to build a kite that will be 9 to 12 feet tall. From 3 to 6 pm, traditional Chinese erhu (string instrument) music will be performed by Hong Zhou. Chinese teas will be served in the garden in front of the Cookhouse between 4 and 7 pm. The Manapua Bakery will offer a variety of manapua and chow fun for sale.

Bring your whole family to fly a kite on Saturday, April 16 between 9 am and 2 pm at the open space lawn adjacent to Lahaina Cannery Mall where there is plenty of free parking. In addition to flying your own kites, you can watch a Chinese dragon kite (175 feet long) take flight and soar, followed by a demonstration of acrobatic sport kites at 10 am. At noon, a giant tetrahedral kite that was made by festival-goers the day before will be flown, and from 1 to 2 pm, members of Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association will demonstrate kite fighting.

“I love showing my mastery of flying all kites, big or small, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they gaze up at colorful kites in the big blue sky,” noted Kite Master Robert Loera of the Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association.

Keiki playing with kites on Friday   Family kite flying on Saturday   Tetrahedral kite making at Wo Hing Museum   Flying dragon kite

Schedule of Activities

Friday, April 15
Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse
2-7 pm  Displays of ancient and modern kites from around the world – Kites are available for purchase
2-3 & 6-7 pm  Presentations by Dr. Busaba Yip Douglas (Ancient Chinese Kites) and Kite Master Robert Loera (East Indian Kite Fighting & Multi-Line Kites)
3-6 pm  Erhu string instrument musical performance by Hong Zhou
3-7 pm  Tetrahedral Kite-making activity with Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association
4-7 pm  Chinese Teas served in the Tea Garden
4:30-7 pm   Chinese style foods from The Manapua Bakery for sale

Saturday, April 16
Lahaina Cannery Mall Open Space Lawn

9-10 am  Flying demo with giant Chinese Dragon Kite, 175 feet long
10-10:30 am  Acrobatic Sport Kites demonstration
10 am-2 pm   Free Kite Flying with your own kite & Kite Making
12-1 pm  Flying demo with giant Tetrahedral Kite, 9-12 feet tall
1-2 pm    Kite Fighting demonstration

The Kite Festival is sponsored by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and supported by Wo Hing Society, Lahaina Cannery Mall and Hawai‘i Kitefliers Association. Wo Hing Museum will be open continuously from 10 am to 7 pm on Friday. Questions? Call the museum at 808-661-5553 or email us.