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Kalakoa! A mishmash of family fun and news

For Saturday, November 3, 2012

By Star-Advertiser staff


Alice reinvented

Lewis Carroll's epic fantasy "Alice in Wonderland" has been engaging and entertaining inquiring minds of all ages for almost 150 years.


» Where: Leeward Community College

» When: Opens 8 p.m. Friday; continues 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Nov. 17; also at 4 p.m. Nov. 11

» Cost: $23, $20 (students, seniors and military) and $15 kids age 11 and younger

» Info: 455-0385 or 944-2697, or online at or


Many fans know the story as it was published in 1865 and thereafter with John Tenniel's iconic illustrations. For others it's the story seen in Disney's 1951 animated film or Tim Burton's recent film "Alice in Wonderland," which was "inspired by" Carroll's work and told the tale of an older Alice.

Leeward Community College's "Alice" is playwright Linera Lucas' contemporary adaptation of Carroll's story and its sequel, "Through the Looking Glass."

Guest director Betty Burdick is viewing Carroll's beloved tale from the perspective of psychologist Carl Jung, and the story follows young Alice's imagination as she attempts to understand the incomprehensible world of adults.

The production features a cast of LCC students and alumni, an original score by John Signor and the student musical ensemble.

--John Berger

'Lou Ling' combines opera, kids and fun

Opera need not be intimidating or mystifying. Hawaii Opera Theatre's "Opera Express" production of "The Legend of Lou Ling" proves the point. A kid-friendly blend of riddles, Chinese history and audience participation — plus a bit of operatic singing — makes the show an excellent choice in theater for youth.


» Where: Hawaii Theatre

» When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

» Cost: $10, $7 (seniors, students and military) and $5 children ages 4-12

» Info: 528-0506 or


The premise is simple: A coldhearted Chinese princess must marry the man who answers three riddles, but the penalty for getting even one wrong is death.

Many men have already lost their lives trying to win the princess and her kingdom, when another steps forward and puts his life on the line.

He answers each riddle correctly and then offers the terrified princess a challenge in return.

Several young members of the audience will have the opportunity to join the cast onstage and play secondary (nonsinging) characters. Everyone is invited to participate one way or another. The kids at a preview show last month were eager participants.

Anyone interested in learning more about opera should download the free study guide at

--John Berger

Imagination soars at fair

Hanahau‘oli School is hosting its annual children's fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10.

Enjoy pony rides, a climbing wall, face painting, glitter tattoos and plenty of kid-friendly games and crafts. Shop for homemade goods or produce at the popular country store and farmers market.

Ono food will be available, including kettle corn, Wai­ola shave ice and Sansei-catered fare.

This year's theme for the free fair is "Flight of the Imagination," and the event is ideal for kids ages 2 to 12.

Free parking is available at Roosevelt High School with a free shuttle to Hana­hau­‘oli, which is at 1922 Makiki St. Call 949-6461 or visit www.hana­hau­

Build your best 3-D garden critter

Get your creative juices going for the 3-D "Frogs and Garden Critters" art contest sponsored by Hoo­malu­hia Botanical Garden.

Contestants are encouraged to use recycled materials to create three-dimensional works of art. Prizes will be awarded in five age categories.

Contest rules and registration forms are available at the garden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Nov. 24. The contest deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 25.

The winners will be announced Dec. 1, and entries will be on display at the Hoo­malu­hia Visitor Center through the end of December.

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is at 45-680 Luluku Road. Call 233-7323.

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