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Hawaii goes to Los Angeles in February. Win free trips to Kauai, Maui.



Hawaii_at_The_Grove_Los_AngelesIf you’re in Los Angeles this month and love Hawaii, you’re in luck. The Islands are coming to you.

Get a taste of Hawaii’s hula, music, culture and products every Saturday in February at Los Angeles’s The Grove shopping center. The center’s “Hawaii at the Grove” Saturdays will feature Hawaiian music, hula lessons and performances, flower lei demonstrations and other cultural activities.

The center aims to spotlight a different Hawaiian Island each Saturday this month. A celebration of the island of Kauai kicks off “Hawaii at the Grove” this weekend.

Stop by and you could even win free trips to Kauai and Maui.

Here is February’s “Hawaii at the Grove” schedule:

Feb. 6—Kauai: Experience the sights and sounds of the Garden Isle with Hawaiian music by Nick Castillo and a hula performance by Kauai’s Miss Island Mokihana Noelani Kaui. There’ll also be samplings of Kauai Coffee and Kauai Made products. Stop by The Grove’s Barnes & Noble for storytelling with Kauai artist and illustrator Joanna Carolan. Carolan, the owner of Banana Patch Studio art gallery on Kauai, was featured in HAWAII Magazine’s September/October 2008 issue feature “Hidden Hawaii: On the Way to Waimea Canyon.”

One lucky person will win a free trip to Kauai for two.

Hawaii_at_The_Grove_Los_AngelesFeb. 13—Maui: Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a Hawaiian-style vow renewal ceremony conducted by a kahu (Hawaiian priest).

One lucky couple will win a romantic getaway to Maui.

Feb. 20—Big Island: Learn how to care for tropical flowers with Big Island growers Tony and Deb Alvarez. The Alvarez’s will also host a tropical flower arrangement demonstration.

Feb. 27—Oahu: Bring the ohana (family) to the mall for feather lei-making demonstrations. Enjoy a storytelling session featuring Hawaiian children’s stories and a ukulele performance by Bruce Shimabukuro (ukulele master Jake’s younger brother). Bonus: Bruce will even teach you how to play the popular Hawaii musical instrument.

The Grove is located in Los Angeles’s Fairfax district, at 189 The Grove Drive. For directions, call (323) 900-8080.

Photos: Waimea Canyon on Kauai (top), David Croxford; The Grove shopping center (bottom), courtesy of The Grove
 

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