Community commemorates Kahilu Hall

Barbara Hall circa 1921. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)

On Sept. 26, the public is invited to Paniolo Day, the 100th-anniversary celebration of Parker School’s historic Kahilu Hall. Known to many as Barbara Hall, the event is being held inside the revered building from noon to 3 p.m.

Constructed in 1915 as a place for rest and relaxation for Parker Ranch employees, the building has continually served the Waimea community over the last century as a town library, USO for soldiers during WWII and a dance hall. In addition, it has been used as a general gathering place for meetings, committees and Parker Ranch’s famous town Christmas parties. Parker School has been the building’s most recent tenant for nearly four decades.

Celebration activities include talk-story with local historians, vintage photo displays, saddle and lei making, tours by student docents and a short film on the history of Parker Ranch. In addition, music and entertainment, a cooking demonstration and interactive games for kids are provided.

The event is free and open to the community. Food and beverages are available for sale to support various school programs. For more information call Parker School at 885-7933.

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