The day opened with a bang—students from The Pacific Buddhist Academy of Hawaii performed taiko drumming in Central Courtyard. The Bon Dance Club of Manoa and the Mo‘ili‘ili Senior Citizens Club did two sessions of bon dancing. There was so much to do—do shibori (Japanese tie-dye) with textile artist and Academy staffer Darius Homay, draw and color with Manga Bento, draw with and be drawn by artist Andy Lee, hear docent Tensie Lee tell kamishibai or “paper drama” stories, and cut out paper shapes for artist in residence Boz Schurr to incorporate in her paintings, while being videoed.

If you missed the fun, come next month, when the theme is Keiki Christmas—the only day the Academy’s super fun “Keiki Christmas!” show with Elfie the Elf (Susie Roth) will be open to the public (it’s just for school groups this year). Thanks so much to Bank of Hawaii and all the volunteers who make this free day possible.