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Out 'n' about

Sample Tahitian dance or cuisine, Indonesian dance, music and more

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:09 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2010

Weekend: Friday, July 16-Sunday, July 18

Bon dance season continues with dances 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Rissho Kose-kai Buddhist Church, 2280 Auhuhu St., 455-3212; 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Shinshu Kyokai Mission, 1632 S. Beretania St., 973-0150; 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Haleiwa Shingon Mission, 66-469 Paala Road, 637-4423; 7 p.m. tomorrow at Kailua Hongwanji Temple, 30-D Mauiniu Ave., 262-4560; and Waianae Hongwanji Mission, 85-762 Old Government Road, 677-4221. On Maui: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Kahului Hongwanji Temple, 871-4732. On the Big Island: 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Hilo Meishoin Temple, 97 Olona St., 935-6996; 6 p.m. tomorrow at Honokaa Hongwanji Temple, 45-5016 Plumeria St., 775-7232. On Kauai: 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Kapaa Jodo Mission, 822-4319.

Friday, July 16

The Polynesian Cultural Center's 10th Annual Te Mahana Hiroa Tumu o Tahiti changes its format this year to include three rounds of Tahitian solo dance competition for both tamarii (children) and taurearea (adults) divisions. The festival features participants from all over the island as they dance to the slow melodies and the rapid beats of Tahiti. 9:30 a.m. at the PCC's Pacific Theater. $10 general, $6 children age 5 to 15, and free to PCC kamaaina annual pass holders and children 4 and under. 293-3333,

Saturday, July 17

Kaumakapili Church's 39th Annual Benefit Luau will once again feature onolicious Hawaiian food painstakingly prepared by church members and families as well as live music. Staples like kalua pig, chicken long rice, poi and lomi salmon will be available both at the sit-down feast starting at 5 p.m. and as takeout boxes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church asks for a $25 donation for the luau sitting and $17 for takeout. 766 N. King St., 845-0908.

Iaorana Tahiti Club of Hawaii's celebration of Bastille Day is a party with Tahitian food—roast pig, raw fish in coconut milk, banana poe—and live music, open to all ages. 4 to 10 p.m. at the Hawaii Yacht Club in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. The club asks that you call to reserve a ticket so enough food can be prepared: $25 adults, $15 students 13 and over, $10 under 12. 277-5358

Sunday, July 18

Voices on the Wind celebrates its 10th anniversary with a concert featuring 300-plus young singers (above) performing music from around the Pacific Rim. Special performances by Jake Shimabukuro, the Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group, Au's Shaolin Arts, the Philippine Cultural Group of Hawaii and Halau Hula Olana. 4 p.m. at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. $25 general, $20 seniors and students, $15 children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Available at Blaisdell Center box office (591-2211) or through Ticketmaster outlets at all Wal-Mart locations and Sports Gear in Windward Mall; by phone, 800-745-3000; or

"A Taste of Music," a series of free concert chats by Honolulu Symphony musicians, offers its third performance Sunday, and it can't come "bassoon" enough. This recital features bassoonists Paul Barrett, Phil Gottling, Dan MacNeill and Marsha Schweitzer, performing a special repertoire that will include some Beatles tunes. 7 p.m. at Studio 909, 949 Kapiolani Blvd. Seating is limited. Call 596-2121 or e-mail The musicians will be asking for donations to a fund dedicated to the restoration of orchestra performances in Hawaii.

Wednesday, July 21

"Expressions of Experience" celebrates Garrett Kam's 35 years in Indonesian dance. Kam was born in Hawaii and studied Asian art and theater at the University of Hawaii, received a Fulbright Grant to study Balinese ritual in 1987 and has lived in Southeast Asia for nearly 25 years. This showcase of three dances includes "Oki-Jawa Journeys," with Okinawan and Javanese movements. 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Earl Ernst Lab Theatre, University of Hawaii-Manoa. Free.


"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,

Twilight tours at the 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,

"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,

At the Waikiki Aquarium, an adult and 1- to 3-year-old can team up to discover the undersea world in aquarium exhibits. Weekly sessions also include crafts, song and play. Two sessions, 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through July 27. $90 per adult/child team ($65 for aquarium members). 2777 Kalakaua Ave., 923-9741,

"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

"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., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. $16 general and $13 seniors and children 4 to 12. 847-3511.

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