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Family Fare

For Saturday, March 14, 2015


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Town Center of Mililani events: Saturday, with an Asian lion dance practice from 9 to 11 a.m.; an appearance by Bungie the Clown from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (and again on Monday); and Yu-gi-oh card play from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Visit towncenterofmililani.com.

100th Infantry Battalion Veterans’ Spring Fling Bazaar: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse, 520 Kamoku St. (across from ‘Iolani School). Proceeds to benefit the organization’s Education Center and other programs. Parking available at Ala Wai Elementary School. Free. Call 946-0272.

Keiki car-seat safety checks: Appointments are available 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, First Insurance Center parking garage (corner of Ward Avenue and Beretania Street). Inspections are performed by certified car-seat technicians from FICOH’s staff. Free. Visit ficoh.com/carseatsafety.

LEGO(r) Junior Maker Club: 10 a.m. Saturday, Kapolei Public Library. Kicks off with a storytime designed to inspire children’s imagination as they make their own creations, following the reading, using thousands of LEGO(r) bricks. For ages 4 to 7. Free. Call 693-7050.

Keiki Explorer Club: “Keiki Garden Adventure,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, The Green House Hawaii, 224 Pakohana St. Explore the life of a plant by examining sprouting seeds and learn how to prepare a garden bed, plant seeds and harvest vegetables to make healthy snacks. Cost: $20 per parent/child team. Registration required. Call 524-8427 or visit thegreenhousehawaii.com.

Second annual Wahiawa Community Fun Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Kaala Elementary School, with over a dozen booths, interactive keiki activities, health and wellness information, free health screenings, food, entertainment and more, and emcee Lanai Tabura. Free. Call 973-6370.

Kaneohe 5 R’s Festival of Fun: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Windward Mall, Center Court. Features free activities and games that highlight the importance of Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Resiliency. Free. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

Robofest 2015: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School cafeteria, 1141 Kinau St. Features a robotics display, demonstrations, Brushbot tournament, games, crafts, a silent auction, food and more. Fundraiser for the school’s robotics program. Free. Call 587-4414.

Spring book sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Manoa Public  Library. Find bargains on books (mostly $1), CDs, DVDs and more. Proceeds to benefit the library. Presented by Friends of Manoa Library. Call 988-0459.

Easter bunny photos: Through April 4.

>> Pearlridge Center, Downtown Center Court: Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays; Bunny takes a daily break from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 203-2366 or visit pearlridgeonline.com. 

>> Windward Mall: Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

“Game Day”: 11 a.m. Saturday, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library. Keiki ages 8 and under are welcome to play board games, including Monopoly, Cranium and Apples to Apples and make new friends. Free. Call 733-8488.

Keiki storytime: Saturday, “Mustache Baby” by Bridget Heos at 11 a.m. and “Clifford” by Norman Bridwell (with costume character performance) at 11:30 a.m.; and Tuesday, “East Dragon, West Dragon” by Robyn Eversole at 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana. Free. Call 949-7307.

The Honolulu Music, Arts & Food Festival: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aloha Stadium, with arts and crafts, food, merchant and service-provider booths and family fun including circus acts, games, rides, bouncers, costumed characters, a “Bully Dog Show” and more. Cost (at the door): $25 for one-day pass. Presale discounted tickets and VIP passes also available; call 781-4773. For details, call 260-8682 or visit honolulumaffest.com.

Hawaii Kai Carnival: Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and March 21; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and March 22; and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday along Kalanianaole Highway (between Hawaii Kai Drive and Keahole Street across Maunalua Bay). Enjoy rides, games, food, live music and more. Admission: $2 on Fridays; and $1 from noon to 5 p.m. (when rides will be discounted) and $2 from 5 p.m. to closing on Saturdays and Sundays; free for keiki under 40” tall. Visit ekfernandez.com.

Chinese New Year celebration: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii Kai Public Library. Enjoy storytime and a lion dance performed by Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association. For ages 5 and older. Free. Call 397-5833.

Classic car show: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Windward Mall, Macy’s parking lot. Check out a display of cool and classic cars presented by the East End Hot Rod Club. Free. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

Hawaii Teen Muzik Festival: 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii. Teens ages 13 to 18 (bring ID) are invited to a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free event featuring local deejays, musicians, live graffiti art, a performance by the 96706 Dance Squad from Campbell High School. Cost: $30, $50 for VIP. A portion of proceeds will benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawaii. Visit hawaiiteenmusicfest.com.

“LEGENDS: Celebrating Music, Movies and Broadway”: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Paliku Theatre. Features ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dances performed by over 50 students ages 3 to 18 from The St. Laurent School of Dance, with vocal numbers under the direction of Teresa Bright. Cost: $19, $13 for ages 12 and under. Call 845-1291 or email dancehi@hawaii.rr.com.

“Annie Jr.”: Watch the “junior version” of St. Francis School’s musical production, 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Francis School auditorium. Cost: $5, free for children under age 12.

“In the Heights”: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Ke‘elikolani Auditorium, Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama campus. The school’s student drama group Keaka Kamehameha will perform in this winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations about a community, while on the brink of change, must make tough decisions and endure many struggles.  Cost: $10, $5 for students. 

Babysitters training classes: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road. Youths learn the necessary skills to properly care for children and infants, helping them behave and keeping them safe, and how to develop a babysitting business. Cost: $85. Call 733-2767 or visit redcross.org/take-a-class. 

30th annual Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge: 9 a.m. Sunday, Duke Kahanamoku Beach and Lagoon; an opening ceremony will be held on the Great Lawn of Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Features outrigger canoe racing, ancient Hawaiian makahiki games, a craft fair, entertainment and more. Competition begins at 10 a.m., with an awards presentation at 2 p.m. Benefit for the Waikiki Community Center. Call 923-1802 or visit waikikicommunitycenter.org.

Science Alive! Water of Life: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Bishop Museum, Great Lawn. Features interactive displays, activities, crafts, food trucks, entertainment and more. Talk story with Hawaii’s leading researchers and check out the new traveling exhibit Dinosaurs Unleashed. Discounted admission is $5 for kama‘aina and military. Call 847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org.

Hawaii NNL Model Car Show & Swap Meet: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai. Features model cars, Hot Wheels, scaled-down automotive items for sale and a make-and-take activity for keiki from 1 to 3 p.m. Other highlights are the slot car “Bug In” 1/24-scale drag race at approximately 1 p.m., and a model car lowrider “hopping” contest. Sponsored by Model Cars Magazine and Slot Cars Magazine. Cost: $2. Visit hawaiimodelcarshow.com.

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: “Following Stars,” 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Honolulu Museum of Art. Activities (which end 3 p.m.) include making lauhala fish and stars, a canoe demonstration and more. Take the shuttle to the museum’s free Family Day at Spalding House in Makiki Heights for more fun activities. Free. Visit honolulumuseum.org.

Comic Jam Hawaii: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pearlridge Center, Uptown Center Court. Local artists talk story while creating collaborative cartoons, illustrations and sketches. Keiki and their families are welcome to participate. Free. Call 488-0981.

“The Big Fix” spay and neuter mobile clinics: Schedule an appointment to take advantage of low-cost services in rural and underserved areas. Dates are Monday (dogs at Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe); March 21 (cats at Nanakuli Beach); March 27 (cats at North Shore Market Place, Haleiwa); and March 28 (dogs at Nanakuli Beach Park). Fees (includes microchip): $110 for male dogs, $130 for female dogs, $50 for pet cats; $25 for feral cats. Special subsidies may apply. To make an appointment, call 551-7915 or email alicia@poidogsandpopoki.org. Visit poidogsandpopoki.org.

10th annual Keiki Spring Reading Program: Beginning Monday through March 28, keiki in grades 6 and under may register for this two-week program that encourages reading at least 20 minutes per day to receive weekly prizes. Free. Call 693-7050.

Ohana Music Together with Becky Andrew: 10 a.m. Monday, Kapolei Public Library. Young keiki will enjoy musical play and fun singalongs. Free. Call 693-7050.

St. Patrick’s Day event: Tuesday, Moiliili Community Center, Hidden Treasures Thrift Store. All green items and men’s and women’s shoes will be half-off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free shamrock face tattoos (by saying the word “Irish”) by Delightful Dolly the Clown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pre-school Nature Hour: “The Sun”: Storytelling, crafts and a nature walk, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Call 233-7323.

Guided family hike: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Koko Crater Botanical Garden. Family-friendly two-mile hike offers sightings of rare plants in this dormant volcano. Free. Call 522-7066.

Storytime with guest readers: 10 a.m. Thursday, Kapolei Public Library, with authors Karyn Hopper (“Malia in Hawaii” and “There’s a Monster in My Opu”) and Tammy Yee (“The Castle That Kai Built,” “Iki, the Littlest Opihi,” “Baby Honu” and others), followed by a simple craft. Free. Call 693-7050.

Pet foster care training: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Hawaiian Humane Society. Learn about short- and long-term fostering opportunities of animals for space reasons when need demands. Students may fulfill service-learning hours in their own home through this program. Call 356-2229 or email lshaughnessy@hawaiianhumane.org.

“West Side Story!”: 7 p.m. Friday, Kapolei High School Forum, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway. Musical production by The Performing Arts Center of Kapolei features over 50 young performers from Oahu. Cost: $6. Call 305-8048 or visit showtix4u.com.

Hawaii AgDiscovery Summer Program: Ongoing registration; application deadline is Friday. This unique opportunity for students ages 14 to 17 offers participants a first-hand look at numerous career paths in agriculture and natural resource management such as plant and animal sciences, wildlife management and agribusiness. Includes workshops, field trips and character- and team-building activities. Students live on a college campus and learn from professors, scientists and professionals. For details, call 956-6997 or visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery.

“Hop Into Spring” reading program: Through April 11, students in grades 6 and under who read books will be rewarded with opening plastic eggs (up to 10 per week), with prizes awarded if the egg contains a bunny sticker. Free. Call 483-7333.



“Afternoon Art Adventures”: Program offers Tuesday and Wednesday classes from 3 to 4 p.m. at Waikiki Community Center. College-certified art instructor Andree Paradis teaches art “fun”-damentals in an open studio environment using various art materials. For ages 8 and older. Cost: $10, includes all materials. Call 754-3773.

Art and Nature Wednesdays: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through April 29, Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Afternoon program for ages 5 to 12 includes self-directed drawing, reading and garden exploration. Keiki must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Call 233-7323.

Art Explorium classes: 1142 Koko Head Ave. Registration required. Call 312-4316 or visit artexplorium.org/afterschoolart.

>> Little Artists, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 2 to 5. Keiki are introduced to the world of art through movement, dance, music and art projects. Cost: $15.

>> Keiki storytime, 10:30 to 11 a.m. third Thursday monthly, with the option to stay longer for open studio art time. No registration necessary.

>> Third Fridays, 5 to 8 p.m. third Fridays monthly. The studio remains open extra late for “creative night owls.” No registration necessary.

Dinosaurs Unleashed!: Through Sept. 7, Bishop Museum, Castle Memorial Building. Features over a dozen life-like animatronic dinosaurs with interactive stations and activities. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays). Cost: $12.95, $8.95 for ages 4 to 12, $10.95 for ages 65 and older. Call 847-3511 or visit bishopmuseum.org. 

Family catch-and-release fishing: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Bring rain gear, barbless hooks and fishing gear. Free. Call 233-7323.

Family workout: 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 1259 S. Beretania St., Suite 20. Free fitness program for parents and children ages 3 and older. Visit smartkarate.com.

Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center: “The Amazing Castle” traveling exhibit runs through May 5, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. Keiki are treated to hands-on adventures, workshops, costumes for role-playing and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. Cost: $8 for kama‘aina, free for under 12 months old. Call 524-KIDS (5437) or visit discoverycenterhawaii.org.

Hawaii Nature Center: Reservations required. Call 955-0100, ext. 118.

>> March 29, “Eco Crafts: Recycle, Repurpose, Recreate!,” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for ages 6 and older. Transform “trash” into stylish gifts and accessories. Cost: $10.

>> April 19, “Stream ‘Splorations,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., for ages 3 to 5. Design your own boat, feed a Tahitian prawn and go net fishing while enjoying bubbling waterfalls. Cost: $10. 

Hawaii State Ballet: “Continuing Ballet Basics” classes for adults, teens and children ages 10 and older, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. For costs, call 947-2755 or email info@hawaiistateballet.com. 

Hawaiian Humane Society: Call 946-2187 or visit hawaiianhumane.org. 

>> Pet loss support group: 6 to 7 p.m. first Tuesday monthly. Call 356-2222.

>> “Put the ‘WE’ in WEdnesday!”: Enjoy half-price adoptions on all animals every Wednesday.

>> Seniors over age 60 can adopt a dog or cat (age 6 or older) for free.

>> Temporary foster-care families needed to care for animals. Food, medical treatment and basic supplies included. Call 356-2229.

The Honolulu Boy Choir open auditions: Auditions at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St., for boys ages 7 to 12; no prior musical experience required, but must be able to match pitch. Free membership and no tuition. For appointments, call 596-7464. Visit honoluluboychoir.org.

Keiki music classes: Offerings in music basics, piano, voice, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, violin/viola and low brass at Keiki Kani Music Studio in Aiea. Call 487-2275 or visit keikikani.com.

Keiki passenger safety: Presented by Kaiser Permanente. Bring car manual and car seat instructions. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Call 432-2260.

>> 3:30 to 6 p.m. March 27 at the Waipio Clinic, 94-1480 Moaniani St., Waipahu.

>> 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 24, 345 Kahelu Ave., Kamaaina Kids Tech Preschool.

Fourth annual Kickball Tournament: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Kaneohe District Park, Phase II fields. This double-elimination event is a fundraiser for PARENTS, Inc. and also features a Keiki Zone with games and races. Corporate teams, groups and families are welcome to form teams and may also compete in a costume/uniform contest. Registration deadline is April 4. Fees: $250 for early registration by March 21; $300; or $500 if registering from March 28 to April 4. Visit goo.gl/Oksqcl.

LEGO Challenge Club: 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday monthly, Salt Lake/Moanalua Public Library. Student members in grades one through five are given a challenge that must be completed in an hour. Photos will be taken and posted in the library and on the club’s blog. Call 831-6831.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawaii workshops: In-person and online sessions are held year-round for parents and teens to discuss the effects of drinking alcohol, including teen pregnancy, suicide, sexual assault, poor academic performance and automobile fatalities. To register, call 532-6232 or visit madd.org/powertalk21.

“New Mothers Hui”: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Castle Medical Center. Support group led by an internationally certified lactation consultant/perinatal registered nurse. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Call 263-5400 or visit castlemed.org.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week poster contest: Public and private school students in grades K through 6 are invited to create a poster themed “Do Your Part, Heal the Hurt!” that depicts activities or actions that can help comfort and heal victims who may be suffering. There will be two winners in each division (grades K to 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6) for Most Artistic and Best Message. Runs through March 27. Winners will be announced April 10; winning posters will be displayed at Kapolei Hale from April 17 through May 15. Call 768-6487 or email jmaesaka@honolulu.gov.

“Parenting Classes for Conflicting Parents”: Open enrollment for four-session Monday course led by Allana Coffee, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. For parents who are divorced or separating to learn how to reduce conflict, improve communication and maintain healthy relationships between themselves and their children. Cost (includes materials): $200. Call 861-0581.

“Parenting Through Personality Styles”: Learn about psychological attributes, characteristics and strategies to effectively deal with children, and distinguishing between punishment and discipline, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu Medical Office, 1010 Pensacola St.  Cost: $116, $162 for couples, discounts for members. Pre-registration required; call 432-2260. For details, call 383-5438. 

Paws on the Path: Bring your furry companions along on a pet-friendly hiking trail with Hawaiian Humane Society’s hiking club on the last Saturday of every month. Meet 8:30 a.m., hike begins 8:45 a.m. Call 356-2222 or visit goo.gl/VwN6CS.

>> March 28, Maunawili Demonstration Trail: Meet 8:30 a.m.; beginner-intermediate hike begins 8:45 a.m.

>> April 25, Waimano Valley Trail: Meet 8:30 a.m.; beginner-intermediate hike begins 8:45 a.m.

>> May 30, Kaunala Trail: Meet 8:30 a.m.; beginner-intermediate hike begins 8:45 a.m. 

>> June 27, Manana Trail: Meet 8:30 a.m.; beginner-intermediate hike begins 8:45 a.m.

The Pet Corner’s monthly adoption event: Find a selection of small animals, birds, puppies, cats and dogs available for adoption from the Oahu SPCA, 1 to 3 p.m. third Saturday monthly, Ward Warehouse Amphitheater. Pets welcome. Free. Call 591-1990 or 947-5736 or visit thepetcornerhawaii.com or oahuspca.org.

Photo contest: The Chinatown Improvement District is seeking entries for a photo contest that coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Entrants may submit three photos in three categories which celebrate Chinatown’s unique aspects: “Historic Chinatown”; “Small Business and Creative Entrepreneurs”; and “A Feast of the Senses.” There will also be a youth division for ages 8 to 17. Fee: $5 per entry. Submission deadline is March 15. Visit CIDChinatownHawaii.org.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes: Ongoing registration for March 21 event, 7 to 11 a.m., Kapiolani Park. The annual 2.3-mile walk features local entertainment, a health fair, contests and more. Free. Call 947-5979 or visit diabetes.org/stepouthawaii.

Taiko (Japanese drumming) classes: Four- and seven-week sessions offered year-round for all ages and skill levels, including a Taiko Tots class for ages 2 and 3, and Family Taiko for keiki ages 4 to 11 with an adult. Fees vary. Visit goo.gl/e8aFX.

Town Center of Mililani: Weekly entertainment line-up includes Bungie the Clown, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays; and Asian Lion Dance, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Call 625-0108 or visit towncenterofmililani.com.

Waikiki Aquarium: Discounts for members. To register, call 440-9007 or visit waikikiaquarium.org.

>> “Afternoons at the Aquarium”: 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Waikiki Aquarium. Fun 10- to 20-minute activities (stories, critter encounters and creative movement sessions) for ages 4 to 8. Free with paid admission. 

>> “Behind the Scenes” at Waikiki Aquarium: 3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays monthly. Learn how the facility is run, ranging from fish food to quarantine issues, peer into exhibits and visit the Coral Farm where coral is propagated. Minimum age is 7 years. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for keiki. 

>> “Meet the Monk Seals”: 3 p.m. first and third Tuesdays monthly. Learn about the endangered animals, assist with seal-enrichment activities and meet the Aquarium’s resident seals. Designed for ages 7 and older. Cost: $10 per person. 

Yo-yo lessons: Presented by Yo-yoFactory 808, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Ward Warehouse Amphitheatre.

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