David Benoit brings his smooth jazz piano stylings to Waikiki; his latest, soul-inspired CD is "Earthglow." Saxophonist Michael Paulo sits in. 8 p.m. / Royal Hawaiian Theatre, fourth floor, Royal Hawaiian Center / $45-$85 / 550-8457, honoluluboxoffice.com
The 40th Annual Ukulele Festival is set to shine, with a who's who of local performers, from Jake Shimabukuro to C&K. Parking is at Kapiolani Community College. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / Kapiolani Park Bandstand / Free / www.ukulelefestivalhawaii.org
Blackstar: Talib Kweli and Mos Def (l-r) make a rare joint appearance at Aloha Tower, with guest Goapele. A must for serious hip-hop heads. 9 p.m./ The Waterfront, Aloha Tower / $45-$85 / 550-8457, www.bampproject.com
The Love Festival returns with a big lineup for its 12th year, with headlining DJs Kaskade, Z-Trip, Reza, Hyphy Crunk, G-Spot and more. 18 and over. 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. / Wet 'n' Wild Water Park, 400 Farrington Highway / $25-$75 / (877) 714-7668 (877-71-GROOV), thelovefestival.com/2010/hawaii
Owl City, aka Adam Young, returns to Pipeline as an international pop phenom, with hit "Fireflies" and a new chart-climbing single, "Vanilla Twilight." 8 p.m./ Pipeline Cafe / $26-$50 / 877-714-7668 (877-71-GROOV), www.groovetickets.com
The West Oahu Family Festival offers up three consecutive days of ono food, crafters, music and E.K. Fernandez rides and games. Konishiki will be today's special guest, and festival entertainment will be provided by B.E.T., Kaleo Pilanca, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Simplisity, HI-Town Players, One Drop, Audissey and more. Kapolei Regional Park, 6 p.m. to midnight today, noon to midnight tomorrow and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. $18 wristband tickets available through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800- 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Bon Dance Season continues with dances 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Waipahu Hongwanji Mission, 94-821 Kuhaulua St., 677-4221; and Koboji Shingon Mission, 1223-B N. School St., 841-7033. On Maui: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Mantokuji Soto Mission, Paia, 579-8051. On Lanai: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Lanai Hongwanji Temple, 572-7229. On the Big Island: 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave., 961-6677; 6 p.m. tomorrow at Pa'auilo Hongwanji Temple, 776-1369; 7 p.m. tomorrow at Daifukuji Soto Mission, Honalo, Kona, 322-3524; 8 p.m. tomorrow at Kohala Jodo Mission, 775-0965. On Kauai: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Waimea Shingon Mission, 338-1854. The Ninth Annual Hula Ho'olauna Aloha Festival unites Japan and Hawaii in a celebration of hula. See 40 local and Japanese halau, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Ala Moana CenterStage, with a Hawaiian craft sale and competition amongst visiting Japanese halau from noon to 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Coconut Grove. Free.
Friday, July 9
"Aloha Friday" premieres with an all-new weekly program of interactive entertainment from Tihati Productions -- iincluding lei making, hula and Samoan fire-knife dancing, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Free. 923-1234, www.waikiki.hyatt.com
Saturday, July 10
Renowned calligrapher Ryuho Hamano will showcase his exhibition titled "125 Years in Hawai'i," commemorating the century-plus since the beginning of large-scale Japanese migration to the islands in 1885. Free, 11:30 a.m. opening and reception at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii Teruya Courtyard and Community Gallery. 945-7633, www.jcch.com
Sunday, July 11
The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival's next offering, appropriate for those 2 to 5 years of age, has a decidedly "green" theme. Four fun stories about ecology, harmony and personal responsibility from the "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" series, plus an adaptation of the popular book "In the Small, Small Pond." The festival is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. 3 p.m. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Art Auditorium. Free (the entire program is about an hour long). 956-9883, www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer.
"E Ku Ana ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Ku Images" has the Bishop Museum, the British Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum partnering to bring together the three largest Ku images in the world for a historic exhibition, through Oct. 4. Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. $16 general, $13 seniors and children 4 to 12. 847-3511, www.bishopmuseum.org "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. Sundays through Oct. 16 at Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St. $6-$10. 524-5437, www.discoverycenterhawaii.org "Dinosaurs!" with animatronic dinosaurs (below) 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 Twilight tours at Honolulu Zoo let visitors see what happens 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, email@example.com, www.honoluluzoo.org At the Waikiki Aquarium, an adult and 1- to 3-year-old can team up to learn about the undersea world. Weekly sessions include crafts, song and play: 8:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through July 27. $90 per adult/child team ($65 for aquarium members). 2777 Kalakaua Ave. 923-9741, www.waquarium.org "Art in the Park" is a drop-in art program that lets children explore a variety of art media with three open-ended activities. 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Hawaii Children's Discovery Museum, 111 Ohe St. $3 ($1 with paid admission to museum). 524-5437, www.discoverycenterhawaii.org
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