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Seventh Annual Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii Returns to Its Roots

In its seventh year the popular Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii celebration is jamming its way back to the place where it all started. This year’s event will take place Feb. 7 – 8, 2015, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Make your way down and spend the morning soaking in an enchanting live hula show on Saturday, Feb. 7. Or bring the family to enjoy the lively sounds of top local and Japanese ukulele performers, including Mark Yamanaka, Kris Fuchigami, Brittni Paiva and many more.

HSO Brings Disney Magic To Honolulu

HSO Brings Disney Magic To Honolulu

Disney musicals to be performed with high-definition video

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will perform “Disney in Concert – Magical Music From the Movies,” featuring video from iconic films including The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and many more, on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Guest conductor Ann Krinitsky will lead the HSO and four noted guest vocalists in live performances of these Disney favorites. The vocal soloists are Juliana Hansen, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Johnson and Aaron Phillips, whose accolades have been earned on Broadway tours including Mama Mia and Les Miserables, video game voice-overs in World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings, and TV appearances on The X Factor and Modern Family, to name a few.

AMA Hawaii and PRSA Hawaii Kick off New Year with presentation by national speaker Chris Malone

Join the AMA Hawaii Chapter and the PRSA Hawaii Chapter as we kick off the New Year by welcoming world-renowned consultant, keynote speaker and author of The Human Brand, Chris Malone. 

When it comes to selecting products and brands, we all have our own perception and opinions. Now ask yourself, what drives these behaviors to make a decision? How do we decide between an Android and an iPhone? Nike or Under Armour? Why are we so devoted to certain companies? Chris Malone identifies the choices we make, our brand preferences, how our loyalties develop and how they are maintained in this digital world. 

Where:

Gordon Biersch

Aloha Tower Marketplace

1 Aloha Tower Drive #1123

Honolulu, HI 96813

When:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

11:30am- 1:30pm 

HAWAII SOCIETY OF BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS TAKES ON ‘THE IMPORT & EXPORT OF RETAIL — HAWAII STYLE’

The Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP) will explore the import of Mainland retail chains to Hawaii and the export of local companies to the Mainland at its January 15 program “The Import & Export of Retail — Hawaii Style” at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. The panel features experts in shopping and dining, as well as a commercial real estate professional familiar with the process of bringing Mainland retail brands to Hawaii. The public is invited.

When Costco opened its first store in Hawaii in 1988, it became one of a few Mainland retail chains with Hawaii operations (Longs Drugs doesn’t count as many of us see it as a local Hawaii store). Kmart followed a few years later and the import of Mainland retailers was on. Many of these Hawaii stores now rank among the top tier in revenue of their chain’s U.S. operations.

Battleship Missouri Memorial to Host Living History Day, January 31

Battleship Missouri Memorial to Host Living History Day, January 31

America’s last battleship to open for free to Hawaii residents and Armed Forces community

WHAT: Living History Day at the Battleship Missouri

WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Battleship Missouri Memorial
Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

COST: Free admission for kamaaina (Hawaii residents), members of the Armed Forces and Mighty Mo members with valid I.D. The event is open to the public.

ADMISSION: Visit the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to get tickets on the day of the event.

BASE ACCESS: Complimentary round-trip shuttle service for the event will be offered from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. for those without base access.

Kaiser Permanente Presents January Senior Summit Seminars

The Senior Summit Seminars, presented by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, provide ongoing educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics specific to seniors. The emphasis is on prevention, personal growth, and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. All lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required; call the respective location.

TOPIC: STAY HEALTHY AND INJURY-FREE WHILE EXERCISING

Exercise is important to your health and wellbeing but injuries can cause severe pain and keep you from the activities you love. Give you body all the tools it needs to avoid injury. Learn how to stay active and injury-free.

Speakers: Machelle Lee, Program Manager, Silver&Fit American Specialty Health

Holiday Events at The Kahala Hotel & Resort Include Hawaiian Music Concert, New Year's Eve Fireworks

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is proud to kick off the 5th annual Mele Mei celebration of Hawaii music, dance and culture with a special holiday preview concert on December 28 from 5 to 10 p.m. The dinner show will feature multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artists Maunalua, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and Natalie Ai Kamau‘u. Tickets are $70 and can be reserved by calling (808) 739-8760.

Following the concert at The Kahala, Mele Mei month kicks off in May with a host of events and performances by Hanohano Award-winning artists and Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. From ukulele to steel guitar, traditional Hawaiian music to slack key, island reggae to rock and everything in between, Mele Mei will be a premier event for national and international participants and visitors. Other events will include Creative Lab workshops with the Hawaii International Film Festival and the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.