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Plant breeding takes center stage

Learn how to propagate plants through grafting, air layer and seed-sowing techniques at Second Saturday at the Garden from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the University of Hawaii Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

A workshop on grafting fruit trees will start at 9:30 a.m.; the fee is $10. Registration is required; call 453-6050 or 453-6055, or visit

Other Second Saturday activities include garden tours, an herb sale and informal consultations with gardening experts.

Future workshops include starting a vegetable garden (April 14) and growing papaya, avocado, mango and banana (May 12).

Cultural gathering focuses on paradise

International Night 2012 promises to be an enriching cultural experience for all who attend the March 16 event at the University of Hawaii Campus Center ballroom.

This year’s theme is "The Paradise in You."

The annual free event, from 6 to 9 p.m., is presented by the International Student Association at UH. Performances will range from Brazilian pop music to Okinawan drumming, the tinikling, or Filipino folk dance, and the traditional tari piring Indonesian dance.

Streetlight Cadence will perform two pieces of Central and Eastern European folk dance, while Thunder Hawaii will play traditional Korean percussion instruments. Reflecting contemporary hip-hop, 808 Breakers will demonstrate freestyle dance.

In addition to cultural booths and performances, there will be a drawing for prizes that include a show at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, buffet breakfasts at the Kahala Hotel’s Plu­meria Beach House and university bookstore gift cards.

Call International Student Services at 956-8613 for more information.

Orchid show offers array of blooms

A display of a miniature Japanese mountain teahouse retreat, handcrafted by Albert Nishigaya, will be featured at the 58th Annual Kunia Orchid Show, March 16 to 18, in the Leilehua High School gym.

Sponsored by the Kunia Orchid Society, the show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 4 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is requested.

Twenty-two vendors will be selling orchids and other plants, while members of the Honolulu, Aiea, Mililani and Ewa orchid clubs display their best blooms.

The school’s athletics program will sell barbecue chicken, and other school clubs will have booths in front of the gym to support their activities.

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