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Kendama Craze Featured in Lahaina Tournament

February 20, 2014, 2:43 PM HST
* Updated February 20, 3:11 PM
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Kendama. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kendama. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A wooden toy with a Japanese name is the latest trend in playground pageantry on Maui.

The Kendama game utilizes a carved stick and ball that are attached to each other by a string.

The basic idea is to get the ball to land on different parts of the stick; but a practiced player can pull off some sophisticated tricks in the process.

Kendama. Courtesy photo.

Kendama. Courtesy photo.

The game takes center stage in West Maui, with a Kendama Jam tournament planned from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

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It comes on the heels of a similar event held in Central Maui two weeks ago that drew an estimated 150 participants to the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center.

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The Lahaina event is organized by Robert Loera, owner of Maui Toy Works at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.

The tournament features over $500 in prizes, and is open to individuals ages 4 and older, with contestants competing in different age divisions in an elimination style competition.

Advanced registration is recommended with pre-registration available at Maui Toy Works from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, one week prior to the event. Cost of entry is $5.

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More information is available by calling Maui Toy Works at 808-661-4766 or emailing [email protected].

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