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2017 Star-Advertiser Spring Fun Guide

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    Find fun activities for the family in this year’s Star-Advertiser Spring Fun Guide.

SPRING PICTURES

>> Kahala Mall: Next to Macy’s. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 8-15 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays; Easter Bunny takes a break from 2 to 3 p.m. Photo packages begin at $25, with free Jelly Belly candy courtesy of Carousel Candyland. Visit kahalamallcenter.com.

• Meet Moana and Maui: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at Easter photo garden. The first 100 people to purchase a photo package receive a free Disney read-along “Moana” CD storybook (one per family). Keiki crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Art Explorium.

• Meet the Smurfs: 2 to 3 p.m. April 8 near the Easter photo garden. Free coloring book.

>> Pearlridge Center: Through April 15, Uptown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays; Bunny takes a break from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit pearlridgeonline.com.

>> Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Ave. On April 8 and 15, “Auntie Lele” roams the center’s A Building from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. before heading to Helumoa Hale Guest Services next to the Royal Grove for picture-taking from 3 to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter Sunday with break from 2 to 3 p.m.). Call 922-2299 or visit royalhawaiiancenter.com.

>> Windward Mall: Through April 15, Center Court. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays; Bunny takes a break from 2 to 3 p.m. Keiki receive a free “Funny Bunny” disguise for photos. For information on packages and costs, call 951-STAR (7827) or visit expressionshawaii.net.

• Pictures with Pets: Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

EGG HUNTS

>> Island Pacific Academy: April 1, 909 Haumea St., Kapolei; registration begins 9:30 a.m., egg hunt at 10 a.m. with three age groups for keiki up to grade 5. Call 674-3528 or visit islandpacificacademy.org.

>> Kapolei Commons’ Easter Egg Hunt: 9 a.m. to noon April 8 on the grassy lawn at mall entrance, 4450 Kapolei Parkway; registration starts 8:30 a.m., egg hunt at 9 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 9:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 4, 10 a.m. for ages 5 and 6, 10:30 a.m. for ages 7 and 8, 11 a.m. for ages 9 and 10. Limited to 250 keiki per age group. Visit thekapoleicommons.com.

>> Department of Parks and Recreation:

(Information for other sites not provided.)

• Diamond Head Complex: 10 to 11 a.m. April 8, Kaimuki Community Park; registration at 9:30 a.m. For ages 3 to 12, with prizes and game booths. Call 733-7351.

• Halawa Complex: 10 a.m. April 9, Halawa District Park, 99-795 Iwaiwa St., with four age groups up to age 12; first 250 participants receive a goody bag. Call 483-7852 or 483-7850.

>> Bay View Golf Park: April 15, 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive. Held in conjunction with Bay View Spring Fest, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by Windward Church of the Nazarene. Call 235-8787 or visit windwardnazarene.com.

>> Gunstock Ranch: 10 a.m. April 15, 56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Call 293-2026 or visit gunstockranch.com.

>> Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 16, 400 Farrington Highway; registration at 9 a.m. Age categories for ages 12 and under; the first 100 keiki receive a free gift. Free with paid admission. Visit wetnwildhawaii.com.

• Discounted admission of $19.99 on Easter Sunday (April 16); download coupon at wetnwildhawaii.com. Admission includes egg hunt, and water rides and attractions after 10:30 a.m.

FAMILY FUN

>> Butterfly exhibit: Now through April 23, Pearlridge Center, Uptown Center Court. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Stroll through a butterfly conservatory with hundreds of live butterflies while observing their life cycles. Cost: $4.50, free for ages 2 and under with paid adult. Visit pearlridgeonline.com or 808ne.ws/2np635y.

• Craft activity and “The Hungry Caterpillar” readings Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

>> Hawaiian Islands Model Car Club’s model car show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26, Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai, with a slot car 1/24-scale drag race at 1 p.m. and awards at 2:30 p.m. Admission: $2, $10 entry fee to enter models into the show. Visit hawaiimodelcarshow.com.

>> Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27, Kahala Mall, Center Stage. Celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary with activities, entertainment and prizes for keiki, with an appearance by Ronald McDonald. Call 973-5683 or visit ronaldhousehawaii.org.

>> Spring Wind Quintet performance: Noon to 1 p.m. March 29, Hawaii State Library, first-floor lobby. Call 586-3520 or visit librarieshawaii.org.

>> Celebration of “Beauty and the Beast”: 11 a.m. April 1, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center. Fun activities and special storytime for keiki to sing along to favorite songs from the movie soundtrack. Attendees receive a free mini poster and bookmark, while supplies last. Call 949-7307.

>> Hawaii Baptist Academy Fun Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, elementary school campus, 21 Bates St. Features games, rides, food, entertainment, silent auction, white elephant sale, dunking booth and more. Parking at Kawananakoa Middle School and free shuttle service at HBA’s middle and high schools and Tenri Cultural Center. Email ptf@hba.net.

>> Family Fun Day/Kites: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 1, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Learn about kite-making traditions in Hawaii and across the Pacific, experiment with kite-design aerodynamics, build and fly a kite on Ford Island, and storytime. Free with museum admission; materials provided; limited seating. To register, call 441-1007 or visit pacificaviationmuseum.org.

>> Spring Celebration: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1, Town Center of Mililani. Features an egg hunt at 9:30 for keiki ages 5 and under at Center Court, and 10 a.m. for ages 6 to 12 on the lawn near PetSmart, with entertainment, a visit from the Easter Bunny, meet-and-greet with special characters, arts and crafts, balloons, airbrush tattoos and more. Call 625-0108 or visit towncenterofmililani.com.

>> Sp-Egg-Tacular Spring Craft Fair and Easter Event: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1, Aikahi Park Shopping Center, 25 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua. Features make-and-take crafts, games and prizes, Easter Bunny appearance, craft fair, Easter basket giveaways and more. Visit shopaikahi.com.

>> West Fest at Island Pacific Academy: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1, 909 Haumea St., Kapolei. Egg hunt kicks off at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.), plus keiki crafts and activities, a bouncy house, water slides, food booths, entertainment and more. Call 674-3528 or visit islandpacificacademy.org.

>> OC16 Spring Fest 2017: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1, Kapolei Shopping Center, 590 Farrington Highway. Features carnival games, crafts, entertainment, face painting, prize drawings, photos with Shaka Bunny and Beauty and the Beast, and performances by Da Braddahs, Pas de Deux Hawaii, Brown Bags to Stardom winners and more, with emcee Tiny Tadani. Visit kapoleishopping.com.

>> Children’s music concert: 11 to 11:45 a.m. April 4, Kailua Elks Club, 48 Maluniu Ave.; doors open 10:30 a.m. Keiki under age 5 will enjoy singing, clapping and dancing along to songs and musical favorites with the Kailua Elks Club Band. To RSVP, visit keikimusic.eventbrite.com.

>> Spring Fling: Choose from two workshops April 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon, Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. Enjoy an egg hunt in the courtyard (limit 12 eggs per child), games, crafts and a visit to the Discovery Center. Cost: $15, $10 for members. Register by March 31. Call 524-5437 or visit discoverycenterhawaii.org.

>> Kapolei Commons’ Easter event: 9 a.m. to noon April 8, 4450 Kapolei Parkway. Features an egg hunt, face painting, balloons, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, carnival games, food and more. Visit thekapoleicommons.com.

>> Easter Eggs-pedition: 10 a.m. to noon April 8, Mililani Shopping Center, 95-221 Kipapa Drive and 95-390 Kuahelani Ave. Features make-and-take crafts, games, a Pony Eggs-press for keiki, petting zoo, photos with the Easter bunny (professional photos for a fee or bring your own camera), merchant activities and more. Visit mililanishoppingcenter.com.

>> “Home”: Enjoy half-hour performances of Honolulu Theatre for Youth production about two charming characters who learn about the importance of having and sharing a home. At the following public libraries: 10:30 a.m. April 8 at McCully-Moiliili (973-1099); 10:30 a.m. April 15 at Hawaii State Library (586-3500); and 2:30 p.m. April 18 at Salt Lake-Moanalua (831-6831). Visit librarieshawaii.org.

>> Pacific Buddhist Academy Taiko Festival: 4 p.m. April 9, Pearl City Cultural Center, 1710 Pali Highway. Showcase of performances by students, faculty and guest talent. Cost: $25, $20 for seniors, students and PBA alumni. Call 532-2649 or visit pacificbuddhistacademy.org.

>> Doggie Easter Egg Hunt: 2 to 6 p.m. April 9, Hawaii Doggie Bakery, 2961-C East Manoa Road. Activities for dogs include an egg hunt (suggested donation $10), games, pawprint station, photo booth and more. Proceeds benefit Hawaii Fi-Do. Call 783-7390 or visit hawaiidoggiebakery.org.

>> Easter Egg-stravaganza: 4 to 7 p.m. April 13, Windward Mall, Center Court, with crafts, games, prizes, egg dyeing, informational booths on the city’s summer programs and more. Presented by Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

>> Zac’s Rabbits!: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 15, Kapolei Public Library. Rabbit breeder Zachary Johnson explains how to care for rabbits and the various breeds. Call 693-7050.

>> Bay View Spring Fest: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, Bay View Golf Park, 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive, with keiki games and activities, egg hunt, food trucks, entertainment, craft fair and more. Hosted by Windward Church of the Nazarene. Call 235-8787 or visit windwardnazarene.com.

>> Gunstock Ranch’s Easter event: April 15, 56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Tree egg hunt at 10 a.m., petting zoo, horseback and pony rides ($3), food vendors and more. Cash only. Call 293-2026 or visit gunstockranch.com.

>> A Hip-Hop-pening Easter Celebration: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, Salt Lake Shopping Center, 848 Ala Lilikoi St., with make-and-take crafts, games, prize giveaways, photos with the Easter bunny (professional photos available for a fee or bring your own camera), petting zoo and Salt Lake Pony Eggs-press; donate $1 or a canned good for the Hawaii FoodBank and receive a wristband for entry into the activities. Visit saltlakeshoppingcenter.com.

>> Wahiawa’s Spring Festival of Fun: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, Wahiawa Shopping Center and Wahiawa Town Center (Longs Drugs parking lot). Features keiki rides, carnival games, plants, crafts, balloons, photos with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt for ages 3 to 10 beginning 10:30 a.m. Call 221-2774.

>> Drive Aloha Fair: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15, Kamehameha Shopping Center. Join the Easter Bunny (available for free photo opportunities) at this fair to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, and pedestrian safety and child passenger safety. Participants receive a Drive Aloha Fair stamp card to complete by visiting each safety booth, which can then be submitted into a drawing to win a $100 gas card. Call 848-1011 or visit kamehamehashoppingcenter.com.

>> Cookie decorating with The Cookie Corner: Noon to 2 p.m. April 15, Kahala Mall near Macy’s at the Easter photo garden. Call 732-7736 or visit kahalamallcenter.com.

>> Hawaii Kai Towne Center Easter Festival: 3 to 6 p.m. April 15, 333 Keahole St. Features an egg hunt in the Marina Courtyard, petting zoo with bunnies and chicks, face painting, balloons, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Visit hawaiikaitownecenter.com.

>> Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Features literature-inspired art activities, drawing contest, book swap (bring a gently used book to exchange), storytelling with Jeff Gere and Bess Press authors, and free showings of “The Little Prince” (2015, 1:48) at 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Take the free shuttle bus to Spalding House in Makiki Heights for additional art activities. Call 532-8700 or visit honolulumuseum.org.

>> Easter Brunch: April 16 at Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway (across from Waimea Bay), with seatings at 10 a.m. and noon; Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Food will be catered by Ke Nui Kitchen. Cost (includes park admission): $42.95 for adults, $22.95 for ages 4 to 12. Call 638-7766 or visit waimeavalley.net.

>> Sunday Brunch with the Easter Bunny: April 16 at Turtle Bay Resort, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Kuilima Ballroom. Easter activities at 1 p.m. include egg hunt and photo opportunities at Kuilima Point. Cost: $69 for adults, $35 for ages 4 to 11. Call 293-6000 or visit turtlebayresort.com.

>> Star of Honolulu’s Easter Champagne Brunch Cruise: April 16; departs at noon from Aloha Tower Marketplace, Pier 8. Family-friendly event includes egg hunt and prize giveaways for keiki and Hawaiian cultural activities. Cost: $69 for adults, $42 for ages 3 to 11; kamaaina and military rates available; ground transportation available for extra cost. Call 983-STAR (7827) or visit starofhonolulu.com.

>> Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22, Waikiki Aquarium. Earth Day celebration with activity booths, entertainment, native plant giveaways, food vendors, a fish release and more. Free admission. Free parking and shuttle service from Jefferson Elementary School. Visit waikikiaquarium.org.

>> “Beauty Through the Eyes of Our Children” art display: April 28-30, Windward Mall, during mall hours. Presented by Mokichi Okada Association of Hawaii, with awards ceremony April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus ikebana, wellness presentations, tea ceremony and more. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

>> Filipino Fiesta: “And the Fun Continues,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, Kapiolani Park. Serving up authentic Filipino cuisine, arts and crafts, entertainment and celebrities from the Philippines. Call 680-0451 or visit filcom.org.

>> Mermaids Hawaii’s Mother’s Day Water Show: 3 p.m. May 14, Windward YMCA, 1200 Kailua Road. Enjoy a mermaid sighting and synchronized-swimming performances. Call 864-8122.

>> Horse Show and Country Fair Fundraiser: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20, Waimanalo Polo Field. Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii’s annual event features games, pony rides, a bouncy house, food and craft vendors, tack sale, mounted events and more. Visit thhwaimanalo.org.

>> Keiki Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20, 2913 Pali Highway. Enjoy free admission in honor of the 159th anniversary of the birth of Crown Prince Albert Edward, son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma of Hawaii. Call 595-3167 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.

>> “Kariyushi Kariyushi” performance: 3 p.m. May 21, Hawaii Okinawa Center, 94-587 Ukee St., Waipahu; doors open 2:30 p.m. A dance production celebrating Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo’s 20th anniversary. Cost: $35 for general seating; $150 for VIP (or $250 for two tickets), which includes keepsake book, reserved parking and seating, cocktail reception and after-show party. Call 676-5400 or 754-8828.

ARTS & CRAFTS

HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts: Free demonstrations. Visit benfranklinhawaii.com.

>> Basket decorating: Noon March 29, Enchanted Lake

>> Easter favors: 2 p.m. March 28 and 3 p.m. March 30, Pearl City

>> Felt flowers: 1 p.m. March 29, Enchanted Lake

>> Flower arranging: Noon March 30, Enchanted Lake

>> Pompom chicks and bunnies: 1 p.m. March 28, Enchanted Lake

>> Spring centerpiece: Noon March 31, Enchanted Lake

>> Painting class: 10 a.m. to noon April 1, Waimanalo Public Library. Create a picture of a bunny with jelly beans on a 5-by-7-inch wood surface. For ages 7 and older. Sponsored by Ka Hui Kaha Ki‘i, Hawaii Chapter, Society of Decorative Painters. Registration required. Call 672-3888.

>> Beaded bunny key chain: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 13, Aina Haina Public Library. Limited to 10 participants. Call 377-2456.

GARDEN & FLOWERS

>> Kunia Orchid Show & Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26, Leilehua High School; plant sales end 3 p.m. Features a showcase of blooms from five orchid clubs, more than 20 plant vendors, displays by Sogetsu Ikebana Club and Rainbow Bonsai Club, food booths, Kunia Kountry Store and more. Call 342-0251.

>> Windward Orchids Sale: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1, Windward Mall, Food Court entrance. Monthly floral display and sale of locally grown orchids and native plants. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

>> Spring Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road. Nurseries will be selling colorful ti varieties, native plants, fruit trees, anthuriums, orchids, succulents, bromeliads, carnivorous plants and more, plus homemade jams and jellies, Hawaiian honey, oshibana crafts, dried spring wreaths, lei and leaf angels. Free shuttle service with pick-up and drop-off points at the intersections of Poelua Street and Manoa Road, and Nipo Street and Manoa Road. Call 988-0456.

>> Hawaiian Anthurium Society Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15, Ward Warehouse. Call 486-6617 or 292-9112.

>> Halawa Xeriscape Garden workshops, 99-1268 Iwaena St. to register, call 748-5315 or email workshops@hbws.org.

• “Create Your Own Bunny Planter”: 10:30 a.m. to noon April 1. Bring a plastic milk jug to recycle into a creative, whimsical planter for succulents. Cost: $8, $3 for members. Register by March 31 at 2 p.m.

• “Decorate an Egg, the Xeriscape Way”: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Keiki (ages 2 to 12) are introduced to an eco-friendly twist on traditional egg decorating, with a hunt for prize-filled eggs to follow in the garden, where keiki will learn about water conservation through xeriscape gardening. Cost: $8 per family, $3 for members. Registration deadline is April 7 at 2 p.m.

• “April Showers of Vermicast Bring May Flowers”: 10:30 a.m. to noon April 12. Learn how to use vermicast in organic gardening. Cost: $5. Register by April 11 at 2 p.m.

>> Lyon Arboretum workshops, 3860 Manoa Road. For information, call 988-0461 or visit manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum.

• “Basics of Beekeeping”: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 29. Learn how to maintain a beehive with Max Towey of Meli Honey Co. First of a three-part series that continues in June. Cost: $30. To register, call 988-0456.

• Flower-arranging class for kids: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 6. Children ages 6 to 12 will hike the grounds to collect materials for a floral arrangement in this basic ikebana course led by Sogetsu Hawaii instructors Linda Hamasaki and Carole Sakata. Parents must accompany 6-year-olds. Cost: $20.

MISCELLANEOUS

>> Associated Chinese University Women’s Scholarship Fundraiser & Fashion Show: 11 a.m. April 8, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. “With a Song in My Heart” event features Anne Namba’s latest fashion line, entertainment by Kristian Lei and Chris Lowe, Drill Team Hawaii dancers, and a marketplace for fashion, baked goods, jewelry accessories and more. Cost: $75. For tickets, call 599-4386 or email acuwhi.event@gmail.com. For information, call 839-5452.

>> Benefit for Life Foundation AIDS Walk: 9 a.m. April 15, Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services on Oahu. Donations welcome. To register, visit honoluluaidswalk.com.

>> Palama Settlement Senior Showcase: 9 to 11 a.m. May 25, Palama Settlement. Open house with demonstrations and performances by Seniors Program members, bon dance workshop, community displays and information booths. Call 848-2503 or visit palamasettlement.org.

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