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                                Michael-Thomas Foumai is an award-winning young composer.
Hawaii forests inspire symphonic music

The natural beauty of Hawaii has inspired many a Hawaiian mele. Now it’s inspired some classical music as well, in the form of the “Symphony of the Hawai‘i Forests,” which the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra will perform Feb. 15 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Read more

NASA / 1984
                                Astronaut Ronald E. McNair portrays a director for a film being “produced” aboard the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Challenger as part of a very real assignment: employing a Cinema 360 camera to test motion picture photography designed for planetarium viewing.
Festival highlights Black talent, stories

The challenges faced and overcome by the United States’ first African American astronauts will be celebrated Thursday when the 13th annual Honolulu African American Film Festival opens with a gala screening of “The Space Race” at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. Read more

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COURTESY SKY ELEMENTS DRONE SHOWS 
                                Drones from Sky Elements Drone Shows spelled out a festive message at 2022’s New Year’s Eve celebration at The Kahala Hotel & Resort.
The skies will be alive on New Year’s Eve

The figures will be formed courtesy of Sky Elements Drone Shows, a Texas-based company that has been putting on aerial displays with drones for about eight years. Read more

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                                Kumu Robert Cazimero walks on stage during the Hoike portion of the Merrie Monarch Festival on April 12, 2023 at Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo.
Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame to honor 2023 class

The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame will honor its 2023 class of inductees with the “Lei of Stars 2023” event at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at the ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Read more

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                                Janet Jackson poses in the press room during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Nov. 5, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Janet Jackson to play Blaisdell in March

Janet Jackson, international superstar and Hawaii favorite since the release of her multiplatinum breakthrough album “Control” in 1986, is bringing her “Together Again” tour to Honolulu for a two-night engagement at Blaisdell Arena in March. Read more

LOGEE’S PLANTS FOR HOME & GARDEN 
                                A coffee (Coffea arabica) houseplant grows in a container.
Grow your cup of coffee indoors

About 20 years ago, while on vacation in Nashville, Tenn., I saw my first coffee plant growing inside a greenhouse. I was fascinated to learn that its red “cherries” grew in bunches and that each cherry contained two seeds, which are what we call coffee beans. Read more


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