Central Oahu Carnival, bon dance and "Ha: The Breath of Life" are among week's highlights
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 30, 2010
The Ukulele Guild of Hawaii will share room with the 20th Annual Hawaii All Collectors Show, as the group will display rare and vintage ukulele, including those built by early Hawaiian luthiers. Custom ukulele, handcrafted by guild members, will also be on exhibit, as well as giveaways and live entertainment. Galleria Room, Blaisdell Center, 3 to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Free, if you enter the center on the Ward Avenue side. Visit www.ukuleleguild.org.
The Central Oahu Carnival offers rides, games, entertainment and food booths, along with appearances by Care Bears-costumed characters (1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), military displays and youth group performances; it's a benefit for the Armed Services YMCA. 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Central Oahu Regional Park. Free. ekfernandez.com, 682-5767.
Bon Dance season continues with dances 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Palolo Higashi Hongwanji, 1641 Palolo Ave., 732-1491; and 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Haleiwa Jodo Mission, 66-279-A Haleiwa Road, 637-4382. On Maui: 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Kula Shingon-Shofukuji Temple, 878-1833. On the Big Island: 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Taishoji Soto Mission, 275 Kinoole St., Hilo, 935-8407. On Kauai: 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Kapaa Hongwanji Mission, 1170 Kuhio Highway, 822-4667.
The Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars Tap-A-Thon features celebrity guest tappers joining 40-plus members of the youth performing troupe, garnering pledges to help fund the group's visit and performance in New York City in 2011, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Tamarind Park in Bishop Square.
National Dance Day at the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii is being celebrated with a full day of dance -- workshops and performances for dancers of all age, levels and styles. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, 1704 Waiola St. $3 per class and $10 all day. Contact Sarah Hammond, 949-4743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Houses Museum Kamaaina Days has the theme "Yankees and Europeans Make Hawaii Home," with role-playing activities and old-fashioned games, crafts, stories and tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mission Houses Museum, 533 S. King St. $2-$5. Schedule: 545-2280
The Second Annual Triple Crown of Spearfishing takes place throughout the day at the Kahe Park Pavilion. Teams will help remove invasive fish at Electric Beach along a 5-mile stretch of reef fronting the Ko Olina Resort. This year's event, a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii, also includes beach cleanups, used-clothing donations, live music, hula performances and activities for keiki. Free. 228-2295.
The Hawaii Conservation Fair features games and activities, art exhibits, film screening and even free snacks. 1-5 p.m. at ING Direct Cafe, 1958 Kalakaua Ave. Free. 586-0922, hawaiiconservation.org
The Royal Order of Kamehameha I fundraising luau marks its 145th anniversary with Hawaiian crafts, music by Darren Benitez and, of course, food, 4-8:30 p.m., Nanakuli Ranch, 89-340 Farrington Highway. Reserve tickets, $30 ($10 for ages 6 to 12): call Kamuela Magon, 295-9513, or Joseph Jerviss, 283-5578.
End of Summer Car, Truck & Bike Show features hot rods, imports, trucks and custom bikes, with People's Choice and "sound off" contests, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Kapolei Marketplace; free, www.shopkapolei.com.
A Festival of Gratitude, hosted by Wally Amos, includes "Heroes of Forgiveness" Kaleo Patterson, Haaheo Guanson, Roy Sakuma and Joseph Nuuanu, keynote talk by James Koshiba of Kanu Hawaii ("Practical Compassion"), music, dance, workshops and a potluck dinner. 2 p.m. at Shidler School of Business, 2404 Maile Way, University of Hawaii-Manoa; program at 4 p.m. in Shidler Auditorium; dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Shidler Courtyard. Free. 521-9222, www. hawaiiforgivenessproject.org
A Korean children's choir sponsored by the Far East Broadcasting Co. performs on behalf of the Hawaii Korean Cultural Center, performing classic American tunes. Proceeds will help the nonprofit HKCC establish a cultural center in Hawaii. 4-6 p.m., Hawai'i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave. $10. Information: Chris Whang, 694-6938, email@example.com
The Hawaii Conservation Alliance Open House offers a talk by award-winning wildlife photographer/biologist Jack Jeffrey, live music by Kupaaina, aerial dance by Samadhi Hawaii and a community market. 4:30-8 p.m. at the Hawai'i Convention Center, Ballroom BC. Free. 586-0922, hawaiiconservation.org
Free family films continue during the summer at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium. Films are rated either G or PG, and screenings start at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with two movies shown simultaneously. Seating is first-come, first-served, and tickets are available at the box office the morning of each screening. This Tuesday and Wednesday: "Curious George" and "Monsters vs. Aliens"; Aug. 10 and 11: "Hotel for Dogs" and "Planet 51"; Aug. 17 and 18: "Charlotte's Web" and "Imagine That"; and Aug. 24 and 25: "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."
"Ha: Breath of Life" celebrates its first anniversary this year, and through the end of August, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers a special package to Hawaii residents: buffet dinner, show and souvenir poster for $25. The floor show tells how its central character, Mana, matures through the universal life themes of boyhood, young love, respect and responsibility. Call 293-3333 or visit www.polynesia.com.
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, education@honzoosoc. org, www.honoluluzoo.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., Kakaako. $6-$10. 524-5437, www.discoverycenterhawaii.org
"Dinosaurs!" with animatronic dinosaurs and other hands-on activities; also featuring the Pearlridge Safari Train ($3), mall hours through Aug. 15 at Pearlridge Center. Free. 488-0981, www.pearlridge online.com
"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.
"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, $13 seniors and children 4 to 12. 847-3511, www.bishopmuseum.org