Carousel drops chips at Kona Home Depot (June 15)

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Paradise Ponies, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, intends to construct and operate a unique Hawaii-themed carousel, called the “Carousel of Aloha,” along the Volcano Heritage Corridor.

Paradise Ponies is demonstrating traditional hand-carving techniques being used for the carousel figures starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Kona Home Depot store.

The demonstration is open to anyone who just wants to watch or learn more about the project and the age-old art form.

“This demonstration will help us spread the word about the community project,” said Juanette Baysa, founder of the project.

Baysa has been studying under master carousel carver Ken Means for 15 years.

“Ultimately, the Carousel of Aloha will be the focal point of a bigger park and pavilion that will serve our community and bring everyone together,” Baysa said.

The Carousel of Aloha will feature hand-carved Hawaii-themed menagerie figures like a monk seal, a green sea turtle, pa‘u style horses and a “nightingale,” (the coffee-bean toting donkeys once used on coffee plantations islandwide).

It also will feature seating benches, scenic panels, mirrors and other colorful carousel amenities carved and painted by volunteer artisans across Hawaii.

An expansive pavilion will house the carousel, gift shop and other indoor spaces available to the community for art and cultural activities, recreation and entertainment.

An adjacent park will add outdoor space for cultural events, and activities for families, residents and visitors to the east side of Hawaii Island.

An informational display, including carousel figures in progress, is shown 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday at the Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View.

Volunteers, donations, corporate sponsors and major benefactors are needed.

For information on classes or how to help, call 315-1093 or visit: www.CarouselOfAloha.org

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