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Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

 Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will feature guest violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and acclaimed Japanese conductor Junichi Hirokami this Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., April 5 and 6, at the Neal Blaisdell Center. This highly anticipated Prokofiev and Strauss concert, the second of the Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series, has Meyers performing on her priceless 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu.

A California native, Meyers is one of the world’s premier concert violinists. She is widely praised for her elegance and technical mastery of the instrument, showcasing her passion for classical music. Meyers is a top-selling recording artist with close to 30 albums to her credit, including her 2014 No. 1 classical bestseller, “The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album.”

Hawaii International Film festival 15th annual spring showcase presented by Halekulani April 4-10

HONOLULU – (March 28, 2014) - Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani, presents the 15th Annual Spring Showcase. Running from April 4 – 10, HIFF brings various world and international film premieres to Hawaii. Over 30 films will be screened at this year’s Spring Showcase at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX, Hawaii Theatre Center and Doris Duke Theatre.

The 15th Annual Spring Showcase opens with the film, ON MY WAY, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Screening will be held on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Hawaii Theatre. Below is a synopsis of the film:

Family Story Time Series Kicks off at Hawaii State Library on April 5

Family Story Time Series Kicks off at Hawaii State Library on April 5

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a special Family Story Time series will be offered at four Oahu public libraries in April 2014.  Child and Family Services, a private nonprofit organization, is sponsoring these annual free storytimes.        

A kick-off event featuring Special Guest Readers including Jessica Cheng, Miss Chinatown Hawaii 2014, will be conducted at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.  Keiki ages 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, are invited to listen to a variety of age-appropriate stories at this event as well as at the other participating public libraries.

Toyota Hawaii announces people's choice winners of 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

Toyota Hawaii announces people's choice winners of 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

TOYOTA HAWAII ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF TOYOTA’S 2014 DREAM CAR ART CONTEST PEOPLE’S CHOICE COMPETITION Three local keiki to receive $100 cash prize HONOLULU – ToyotaHawaii.com – From February 17 to March 9, Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook friends had the opportunity to view all eligible Toyota Dream Car Art Contest entries and vote daily for their favorites. The following entrants received the most votes in each category and will each be awarded a $100 cash prize at an awards ceremony on April 19th: •Category 1: Jackson Endo, age 7, Aina Haina Elementary School (Oahu) •Category 2: Charlize Agag, age 8, Kalihi Waena Elementary School (Oahu) •Category 3: Teah Laupapa, age 12, Kapolei Middle School (Oahu) “Family and friends rallied for their loved ones by encouraging the public to vote for their favorite entries in the People’s Choice Competition,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President of Servco and representing the Toyota Hawaii Dealers.

35th ANNIVERSARY PAN-PACIFIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2014 EVENT DATES

HONOLULU – The 35th Anniversary Pan-Pacific Festival, which brings people from around the world to Hawaii to celebrate and share international culture and traditions, is set for June 13 to 15 at various locations throughout Honolulu.

A ho‘olaule‘a (block party) kicks off the three-day Pan-Pacific Festival with live entertainment on multiple stages, food trucks and crafts throughout Waikiki. The celebration continues with the Performing Arts Showcase featuring cultural performances and demonstrations; Pan-Pacific Hula Festival with dozens of hula hālau (troupes) performing on Waikīkī Beach, and a Food & Product Fair showcasing delicious food and products from Japan. The festival culminates with a colorful parade where thousands of participants in lively costumes, local and national high school bands and ethnic groups march up Kalākaua Avenue.

What:  35th Anniversary Pan-Pacific Festival

Award-winning Author of "Aloha, Mozart" will Speak at Hawaii State Library Mar. 22

Award-winning Author of "Aloha, Mozart" will Speak at Hawaii State Library Mar. 22

Meet Waimea Williams, the award-winning author of “Aloha, Mozart” in a free program at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m.   in the First Floor Reading Room.  

“Aloha, Mozart,” a 2013 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award winner for “excellence in print,” is a tale of passion, travel, and beauty set amidst tragedy.  The author will read selections from her book and discuss the creative processes involved in writing and music. 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Williams traveled to Europe and performed as an opera singer for 10 years.  Williams then studied creative writing at the University of California at Berkeley and wrote for a few years in San Francisco.  She then returned home to Hawaii where she is still active as a writer and editor.

This one-hour program is suitable for ages 12 and older.  Contact the Library as soon as possible if a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation is needed.

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Prince Kuhio Day Holiday on Mar. 26

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Prince Kuhio Day Holiday on Mar. 26

All public libraries will be closed on Wednesday, March 26 in observance of the Prince Kuhio Day 2014 Holiday.  Due to system maintenance, all library services will be unavailable including access to the HSPLS catalog, Internet reservation scheduling, and online renewals.   

On any other day, please visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for public service hours.