Head out to the 50th State Fair for its last weekend, check out some dinosaurs, and more
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2010
Don't miss out on these general-interest and family-friendly events.
"Hot Fun in the Summertime," a '70s-themed benefit for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry, headlines funk/R&B/soul band Powerhouse, 6 p.m. at the Dole Ballrooms, Dole Cannery, 735 Iwilei Road. $50. For information about the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, call 741-1163.
The 50th State Fair is in its last big weekend, with carnival rides, food, games and entertainment, featuring One Right Turn with Imua Garza and Tiffa Cruz-Garza at 9 tonight, Jasmin Idica at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Anuhea at 9 p.m. tomorrow and Rebel Souljahz at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Fair hours: 6 p.m. to closing (that's usually between 11 p.m. and midnight) today; 4 p.m. to closing tomorrow; noon to closing Sunday at Aloha Stadium. $3-$5. 682-5767, www.ekfernandez.com
Bon Dance Season is moving into full tilt with dances today and tomorrow in Honolulu and Wahiawa. Join in these traditional Japanese dances to welcome the spirits of the dead at 6:30 p.m., Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway, 536-7044; or at 7:30 p.m., Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, 1067 California Ave., 622-4320.
Michael Jackson Tribute Show, a tribute to the King of Pop starring Kenny Wizz, who portrayed Jackson in the Las Vegas show "Splash," with Hype 5-0, 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave. $20-$75. (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
The Mele Songwriters' Concert will spotlight performances by singer-songwriters who participated in the Mele Songwriters Workshop at Honolulu Cultural Community College, including Hawaiian musicians Manu Boyd, Kanani Kahaunaele, Sabrina Velasquez and Grammy-winner Kawika Kahiapo, joined by music-world notables Bob CiPiero, Katie Herzig and Kyle Jacobs in a "round robin" format, 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St. Free. Note: Mele workshop registration is still open; find out more at www.melesongwriters.org or call 852-9555.
"Rally of Champions" is a celebration of the state's top teams and athletes of the year in Waikiki Beach. The red carpet will be rolled out Saturday for the Hawaii Pacific University softball team, University of Hawaii-Manoa softball team, UH baseball team, HPU cheer and dance team, UH high jumper Amber Kaufman, Punahou boys volleyball team, Pac-Five softball team, Campbell High softball team, and the Kamehameha varsity cheerleaders. Former major-leaguer and HPU star Benny Agbayani will be a special guest, Nesian N.I.N.E. will perform, and the movie "Field of Dreams" will be screened. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Waikiki Beach. www.honolulu.gov.
Harpist Diana Stork appears at KHPR's Atherton Studio with her own compositions and arrangements for traditional music from Ireland, Scotland and Latin America. Violinist Duane Padilla and percussionist Teed Rockwell, both from Hawaii, will also perform original music and classical Indian ragas, 7:30 p.m., 738 Kaheka St. $15-$25. 955-8821.
"Gridiron 2010: There's No Business Like No Business" is this year's theme for the always relevant, always irreverent talent show featuring Hawaii's media darlings in a parody of the year in news. Members of Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Weekly, Hawaii Magazine, Hawaii Business, Honolulu Magazine, MidWeek, Pacific Business News, Hawaii News Now, KHON 2, KITV 4, Hawaii Public Radio MetroNews will be joined by people with actual talent in a parody of newsmakers and newsbreakers. Tickets go on sale Monday for the Aug. 13 and 14 shows (a Saturday matinee has been added) at Diamond Head Theatre. $40-$60. (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
"Vivace," a visiting girls' choir from the Pacific Northwest, will perform three free concerts in Honolulu. Under the direction of Beth Ann Bonnecroy, the middle-school age choristers have performed with the Seattle Symphony and throughout the Northwest. In 2002, the group represented the U.S. at the Japan-Grassroots Summit in Hiroshima. They debut here at 12:15 p.m. at St. Andrews Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, and appear again at 7 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1404 University Ave. There is another performance at 7 p.m. July 2 at Calvary by the Sea, 5339 Kalanianaole Highway. Call Karl Bachman at 721-3468.
"Dinosaurs!" with animatronic dinosaurs and other hand-on activities; also featuring the Pearlridge Safari Train ($3), mall hours through Aug. 15 at Pearlridge Center. Free. 488-0981, www.pearlridgeonline.com
"Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee" takes young visitors and adults on a hands-on journey into the lives of children who have left homes in regions of conflict. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, continues through Oct. 16 at Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. $6-$10. 524-5437, www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.
Twilight tours at Honolulu Zoo let visitors see what happens at the zoo when the gates close and the sun sets. Recommended for adults and children age 4 and up. Evening hours: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $8-$14; reservations recommended. Corner of Kalakaua, Kapahulu and Monsarrat avenues in Waikiki. 971-7195, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.honoluluzoo.org.