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Unique Collaboration of Jazz Strings at Atherton Studio Feb. 21

Unique Collaboration of Jazz Strings at Atherton Studio Feb. 21

A founding member of the Hot Club of Hulaville, classically trained violinist Duane Padilla heads a trio of jazz masters, including Benny Chong (ʻukulele) and Byron Yasui (bass) at Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 21st. Together they explore what might happen if French jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli and American violinist Stuff Smith accidentally met in a Waikīkī night club and were asked to jam "island style." The concert will also preview music and talk story from Padilla's upcoming lecture "Jamming like Stuff and Steph" for the American String Teachers Association National Conference.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra To Relaunch Educational Outreach Program

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra To Relaunch Educational Outreach Program

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will send 15 small ensembles of three to six musicians into local schools this February as a first step to relaunching its once-robust educational outreach program.

The HSO is now accepting requests for educational performances from local elementary, middle, high schools, colleges and retirement communities. The 15 small ensembles are available on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 26 for a total of 30 possible performances. All performances are at no cost to the host schools or retirement communities and are intended to educate and inspire.

Learn About ‘Ūkēkē, A Musical Bow for Lovers to Communicate

Learn About ‘Ūkēkē, A Musical Bow for Lovers to Communicate

Before the development of the ukulele in the late 1870s by Portuguese immigrants, Hawaiians made and played the ‘ῡkēkē, a musical bow that became the only indigenous stringed instrument of Hawaii.  The Hawaii State Library will host a free program “‘Ūkēkē: Mea Ho‘oipoipo: Hawaii’s Indigenous Stringed Instrument of Love,” on Saturday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the First Floor Reading Room.

Local artisan Mahi La Pierre will conduct a presentation on the ‘ῡkēkē, a little-known Hawaiian musical instrument used primarily for serenading and sharing coded messages between lovers.  Learn about the history of the‘ῡkēkē (mouth bow), how it is made, and how it is played.  La Pierre will perform a traditional song on the ‘ῡkēkē.  This one-hour program is suitable for all ages.  

For more information, or if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed, please call the Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Section at 586-3520.

Fall in love all over again this Valentine’s Day with a complimentary vow renewal at Outrigger Resor

Fall in love all over again this Valentine’s Day with a complimentary vow renewal at Outrigger Resor

This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air at Outrigger Resorts with a complimentary Waikiki Beach vow renewal ceremony available exclusively to guests of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Lovebirds staying at these two popular Oahu resorts can reaffirm their love directly on the sands of Waikiki Beach in front of the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort with world-famous Diamond Head as their witness. The ceremony is inspired by Hoao Paa, an ancient Hawaii custom where a couple is bound in lasting union.

 

Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year Top Dining Offers at The Kahala Hotel & Resort in February

The Kahala Hotel & Resort has several special dining offers and events in February to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. Hoku’s is offering a five-course prix fixe dinner from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15 for $90 per person. Plumeria Beach House has a “Sweet and Spicy” themed Valentine’s dinner buffet on Feb. 13 and 14 for $75 per person. Reservations are available between 5:30 and 10 p.m. for both restaurants. To celebrate The Year of the Ram, Plumeria Beach House has a Chinese New Year dinner buffet featuring lion dancers and other entertainment on Feb. 20 and 21. Cost is $50 per person and reservations are available between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.

HPR Presents Hawaiian Music Veteran Kenneth Makuakāne in Atherton Studio Feb. 7

HPR Presents Hawaiian Music Veteran Kenneth Makuakāne in Atherton Studio Feb. 7

Kenneth Makuakāne has received more than 150 nominations and a total of 14 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiʻi equivalent of the Grammy Awards. He is the leader of the Pandanus Club, a multi-award winning group, and the composer of over 1,500 songs, some recorded by the Brothers Cazimero, Nā Leo Pilimehana, Kapena, the Pandanus Club, and Amy Hānaiali‘i Gilliom.

On Saturday, February 7, he performs in a rare solo concert at Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s intimate Atherton Studio. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. Reservations may be made at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Fighting Eel celebrates grand opening; debuts new spring line at Kahala Mall

Fighting Eel celebrates grand opening; debuts new spring line at Kahala Mall

HONOLULU – Kahala Mall today announced its new tenant, Fighting Eel, will hold a grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while debuting its new spring line Saturday, January 24. During the celebration, Fighting Eel shoppers will be treated to giveaways and special grand opening discounts, as well as memorialize the day with a picture from the Fighting Eel custom photo booth at the front of the store located near Center Court, between Up & Riding and T&C Surf Design. Pupus and drinks also will be served, with champagne and cupcakes by Sweet Temptations Cupcakery.

“Spring 2015 has a touch of prep with our exclusive remix on the classic leopard print. Fighting Eel Designer Rona Bennett kept the collection rich with hues of blues, purples and darker tones. Overall very versatile, this collection lends a chance for our clientele to step out of the box,” said Kerrie Inouye, Manager of the Fighting Eel location at Kahala Mall.