Archive for May, 2012

Maunawili Archaeology and Historic Sites Tour

May 30th, 2012
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Interested in learning some history about Maunawili, in Windward Oahu? On Saturday June 2 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Drs. Paul Brennan and Chuck Burrows will lead an archaeological and historical sites tour from Ulupo Heiau to the Liliuokalani’s Retreat and Kukapoki Heiau in upper Maunawili Valley.

Participants will learn how the early Hawaiians managed the natural resources of the Kailua ahupua’a and how Chinese and Japanese farmers grew their rice crops and engaged in truck farming in Kawainui and Maunawili.
The tour is sponsored by Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi, the Kailua Historical Society and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club. A donation of $10 for the tour is requested and reservations will be limited to 30 persons. The group will car pool between sites.
Reservations should be made by calling Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi at 263-8008 or email AML at email@ahahui.net.

Chicken scratch

May 28th, 2012
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For months, we've noticed weird scratch marks in the garden. And by garden, I mean a raised box mostly full of dirt and weeds now that I work all the time and I neglect all but the most vital functions.

I have an herb garden near the front yard, and we fenced it off because my dog used to dig in it and rip up all the plants. It's a gerryrigged fence of plastic lattice. We are not engineers or carpenters. We can't put together anything using actual saws or nails.

This is held together with simple stakes, zip ties, and carabiners (kind of trailer, I know) so it bows out in the middle. That's where we've started to see a slight gap, as if someone's pushed their way in.

When Claus started noticing little scratch marks to go with it, he surmised Inca was sneaking in the garden so she could look through the fence at the street activity (though there are other places in my yard for her to achieve that). He thought the scratch marks were just the claw depressions of the 70 pound beast we call Inca.

Can't be, I said. She would not resist the urge to also totally dig up the dirt, like before.

She's learned, he said. Labs are smart.

So that's where the debate laid for some time, until Saturday morning.

I was in the shower and Olivia was alone in the living room watching TV. Claus had gone for a dawn bike ride.

I heard a screeeeeeech from that general direction and then super heavy footsteps of Inca running down the porch, followed by the continued pounding as Inca tore through the yard, barking. The screech overlaid the entire soundtrack of chaos.

Babies and little kids make noises like animals; I've confused the cat's yowl for a baby's cry. So I thought something happened to Olivia, and I came running out of the shower.

The noise stopped. I heard Claus' calm speaking, so I realized he had just gotten home. Must have been the TV, I thought, and started to dry off.

When I came upstairs, I got the real story. He came home to find a CHICKEN in our garden. "When I walked in, it was sitting on the parsley," he recounted. "I startled it, so it flew out of the garden and onto the porch railing, which is when Inca saw it and ran after it."

I laughed so hard.

So that explains the chicken scratch and the mysterious fence gap.

"Why would she come into this garden knowing Inca is right there?" he wondered. "And maybe that also accounts for Inca's seemingly random barking at nothing, sometimes?" (I thought the dog was getting senile.)

I thought chickens were stupid, but maybe they're actually smart. She's smart enough to know how to do it for months without getting chased by Inca. She probably knows the fence keeps the dog out.

I recall a recent story my new friend Dan tells me about trouble with a chicken in his yard. "It poops on my deck, so I've started stalking it with a water gun to deter it."

One day the chicken figured out Dan's movements. Porch door slamming+no human=Dan went inside. When that opportunity came, the chicken waited for him. When he didn't return in short order, she actually squawked until he came to the door, as if calling him out.

When Dan was standing in the doorframe, the chicken defecated and flew off, as if to taunt him. He was quite annoyed. "The next time I serve you food, it'll be chicken nuggets, and don't ask me where it came from!" he steamed.

I'm not sure where Dan is on his poultry problem, but I'm OK with this lady bird. It doesn't seem she's eating the herbs (and there are so few left anyway)- isn't she just scratching the dirt in search of bugs?

It certainly, though, gave me a hearty laugh. And if anyone has an opinion on or anecdote about chicken intelligence, I'd enjoy hearing it.

33rd Annual Pan-Pacific Festival

May 25th, 2012
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Through its mission of bringing together people from around the world to share and celebrate international culture in Hawai‘i, the 33rd Annual Pan-Pacific Festival is set for June 8 – 10, 2012 at various locations throughout Ala Moana and Waikīkī.

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

The three-day international cultural celebration features a weekend of Pacific Rim cultural performances, demonstrations, hula festival, food, ho‘olaule‘a (block party) and culminates with a colorful parade with thousands of participants in lively costumes marching down Kalākaua Avenue. This entire cultural journey is free!

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

The schedule of events:

Friday, June 8
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Performing Arts Showcase at Furusato Stage at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Deai No Hiroba at Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove
4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pan-Pacific Hula Festival at Kūhiō Beach Hula Mound
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pan-Pacific Ho‘olaule‘a along Kalākaua Avenue

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Saturday, June 9
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Performing Arts Showcase, part 1- at Furusato Stage at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Performing Arts Showcase, part 2- at Furusato Stage at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Deai No Hiroba at Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove
4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pan-Pacific Hula Festival at Kūhiō Beach Hula Mound

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Photo credit: Pan-Pacific Festival

Sunday, June 10
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Performing Arts Showcase at Furusato Stage at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Deai No Hiroba at Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pan-Pacific Parade along Kalākaua Avenue
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pan-Pacific Hula Festival at Kūhiō Beach Hula Mound

For more information, call (808) 926-8177 ex. 276 or email PPF@kihhnl.com.

Sugar rush shopping

May 23rd, 2012
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I made an expensive mistake last weekend. I ordered a decadent Vietnamese French-press coffee with condensed milk- which I do so rarely, the last time I had this caloric a drink was years ago- then I went shopping. Bad move.

Freshly buzzing from the super strong caffeine that I'm not quite used to AND the sugar rush, I was on a high and I bought way too much - too much junk I don't need. I like to discard, not collect, so I am sure in another quarter, I'll have to do another house cleaning.

I was with Olivia, and she asked if we could buy a present for my mother for Mother's Day. I was near Ross, and I thought that was an excellent place to let a four year old go wild in picking out whatever she found.

My daughter is very girly, so she found pink feathery things in the hair accessory section straight away. She held up a pink hat with feathers and mesh; very royal wedding. "Cute!" I encouraged, and noticed an entire selection of fascinators.

As we combed through the racks, I became enchanted with a couple of pieces myself. What started as a gift for Popo morphed into the "one for you, one for me" style of shopping. I ended up getting three; one for each of us.

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I was still on my caffeine/sugar high, and we continued looking around the store. I'm usually pretty restrained, but I ended up buying: 4' tall mesh butterflies, a garden thermometer shaped like a frog, a floor mat, and more cupcake sprinkles even though I have eight other jars that are still full. None of it I needed. All of it I wanted, practicality be damned.

Seventy one dollars later, we left Ross. I think I also left my energy behind, because when I got home, I faded shortly thereafter for the rest of the afternoon. I was flat on my back on the sofa while Olivia played with the neighborhood kids outside (thank goodness for that.)

I don't quite have buyer's remorse, and certainly, the damage could be way worse if I were in a designer store - but I will certainly think twice before I combine an artificial high with a money-spending activity!

Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival tickets available

May 21st, 2012
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The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) is proud to present the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, May 25-27, at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The Festival events are open to the public, and will include two days of unique workshops and panel discussions led over 60 of Hawaii’s most notable performing artists, kumu hula, and industry professionals, as well as the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (“the Hokus”) on May 27th.  Kamaaina rates are available for all of the Festival events (see ticket information, below, and at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm).

Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Kintetsu, Ala Moana Hotel, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alaska Airlines, Star-Advertiser & MidWeek, KZOO Radio, Hawaii.com, ING Direct, Celebrity Tuxedos, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Kamehameha Publishing, Hawaiian Airlines, and other partners, this music festival offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

The Festival is the culminating event of Mele Mei 2012 – a month-long celebration of Hawaii’s music, which kicked off with an Opening Concert and Luncheon at The Willows on April 27th, and has continued to showcase Hawaii’s finest talent at various venues in and around Waikiki.  Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, two international hula conferences, and more, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, including the prestigious 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

The 2012 Mele Mei events are being held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.Please visit www.melemei.com for a schedule of the remaining events. Full disclosure: my hotel is participating in Mele Mei for four nights this month.

“On this landmark 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts is especially proud as we continue to celebrate the excellence of Hawaii’s music and recording artists,” said Kuuipo Kumukahi, HARA President.  “HARA’s mission is to preserve, perpetuate and promote Hawaii’s music and recording industry, and with the success of the month-long Mele Mei, the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival, and our efforts as an organization all year long, we feel we are fulfilling this important task and plan to continue and grow our efforts into the future.”

Here is a summary of the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival workshops and the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  Tickets are still available from HARA.

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 25 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 1
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days - “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_fri/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 – FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, DAY 2
The Festival workshops include several courses over two days - “Music – The Business”; “Sessions with Artists & Composers”; “Haku Mele & Composition”; and “Kintetsu Presents Hula Workshops.”
Venue:  Hawaii Convention Center
Time:  9:00 a.m.~6:00 p.m.
Class Schedule:  http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/regist_sat/
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 - THE 35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS
The Hokus honors the best of Hawaii’s recording artists in 27 categories, and features exciting live performances.  You may see the complete list of nominees at http://www.hawaiieventsonline.com/view.php?eventID=19785&ref=%2Fquicksearch.php%3FCatID%3D8%26start_num%3D0%26num_results%3D20.
Venue:  Kalakaua Ballroom, Rooftop, Hawaii Convention Center
Time:    3:30 p.m. - Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. - No-Host Cocktails
5:00 p.m. - Ballroom Doors Open
5:15 p.m. - Welcome Pule/Dinner Served
5:30 p.m. - Pre-Show Awards
7:00 p.m. - Main Show/Life Televised Broadcast
Ticket Info:  Please see below.

NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – TICKET INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES - FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS, MAY 25 & 26, 2012
•  All-Day Pass for May 25 & 26 Workshops (unlimited workshops):
•  $100 General Admission
•  $85 Kamaaina
•  $75 HARA Member
•  Individual Workshop (single workshop on May 25 or May 26)
•  $40 General Admission
•  $30 Kamaaina
•  $25 HARA Member

TICKET PRICES – NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS, MAY 27, 2012
•  $150 General Admission
•  $135 Kamaaina
•  HARA Member

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
•  Purchase online at www.nahokumusicfestival.com;
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424; or
•  Purchase at the door (workshops, only).

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

For Na Hoku Hanohano event and ticket information, please:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com