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Ukulele Picnic Releases Updated Musical Lineup for 2014

Ukulele Picnic Releases Updated Musical Lineup for 2014

As plans for this year’s sixth annual Ukulele Picnic continue to strum along new performers and elements have been confirmed, promising that this year’s event will top the charts. Scheduled to take place May 23 – 25, 2014, Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii will share the ukulele with people of all ages, from around the world.

“For those planning to make it down to the main event on Sunday, May 25 we have added a number of exciting new performers including Abe Lagrimas Jr. from Los Angeles, Aparik Sirinanthakul from Thailand, Ayano Tsuji, Kris Fuchigami, Taimane Gardner and Tony Liu Zong from China,” said Ukulele Picnic promoter Kazuyuki Sekiguchi. “Each year we continue to receive interest from new entertainers who are interested in participating, allowing us to build excitement and put on a bigger and better event!”

Elements of the three-day event include:

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Good Friday Holiday and Easter

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Good Friday Holiday and Easter

All public libraries will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of the Good Friday 2014 Holiday and on Sunday, April 20 for Easter.  Four libraries normally closed on Fridays will also be closed on Saturday, April 19: Aiea, Hawaii Kai, Liliha, and Makawao (Maui). 

Twenty-four public libraries will be open on Saturday, April 19:

Oahu – Aina Haina, Hawaii State Library, Kailua, Kalihi-Palama, Kapolei, Manoa, McCully-Moiliili, Mililani, Salt Lake-Moanalua, Wahiawa, Waialua, Waianae, Waikiki-Kapahulu, Waimanalo, Waipahu;

Big Island – Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Thelma Parker;

Kauai – Hanapepe, Princeville;

Maui – Kahului, Kihei, and Lahaina.          

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Hawaiian music master Ernie Cruz jr. brings soulful vocals and guitar work to ‘Kanikapila in Kailua

KAILUA – Ernie Cruz Jr., Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys, will take the stage on Saturday, April 19, to continue the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s popular free monthly “Kanikapila In Kailua” Hawaiian music series.

“We are so lucky to have great Hawaiian music talents like Ernie Cruz Jr. perform at ‘Kanikapila in Kailua,’ the Windward side’s showcase series of free Island entertainment,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO. “Following Ernie Cruz Jr., in May and June, will be slack key virtuoso Makana and Kawika Kahiapo, another Hōkū Award winner.”

Bank of Hawaii Presents 9th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival in May

Bank of Hawaii Presents 9th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival in May

On Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2014, Bank of Hawaii Presents the Hawaii Book & Music Festival – the 9th edition of this annual celebration of story and song. The Festival takes place on the spacious Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds at Honolulu Hale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with FREE admission and FREE parking in several nearby locations.

The two days will be packed with readings and presentations by local, national and internationally celebrated authors and illustrators; a robust offering of music and stage performances; stimulating panel discussions on a variety of topics; story-telling and poetry slams; as well as activities and entertainment for the kids. Attendees also will enjoy the popular Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, book-seller booths and a multi-ethnic food court.

Among the nationally published authors on the schedule are:

• Adam Johnson, whose novel The Orphan Master’s Son, earned the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble presents new take on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble presents new take on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

What if Much Ado About Nothing was written to appease an angry queen? And what if it was written not by William Shakespeare, but rather, as some have speculated, by Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford? Diving into the Shakespeare authorship question, that’s the premise behind the not-so-conventional approach that Hawaii Theatre Center Education Director Eden Lee Murray takes in directing the 20-member Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble in this romantic comedy, complete with the undertone of intrigue that links Lord Oxford and Elizabeth as lovers.

The production, appropriate for audiences in grade 6 and older, opens at Hawaii Theatre on April 23 with student matinee performances; public performances will be on April 25 and 26.

Learn How to Be Money Smart at Hawaii State Library in April

Learn How to Be Money Smart at Hawaii State Library in April

The Hawaii State Library will offer free programs in observance of Money Smart Week @ your library (April 5-12), a public awareness campaign of the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  Programs include:

•             April 5 (Saturday), 2 p.m., First Floor Reading Room – “Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft.”  Karen Ho, a financial educator with one of Hawaii’s largest federal credit unions, will provide information about identity theft and how individuals can protect themselves.  This program is for ages 18 and older and will include a question-and-answer session.  For more information, call the Library’s Business, Science & Technology Section at 586-3481.