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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.

Westin Resorts in Hawaii hold well-being open houses to kick off global wellness movement

HONOLULU (March 20, 2014) – Starwood Hawaii’s four Westin Resorts on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai are opening their doors to the public as part of the global launch of the Westin Well-being Movement, a campaign designed to enhance the well-being of guests and associates around the world.  The yearlong initiative by the Westin brand globally is a $15 million campaign that will introduce a string of innovative partnerships and programs across Westin’s six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well.  This launch coincides with the International Day of Happiness and Well-being and the Spring Equinox – traditionally recognized as the season of renewal.   


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.

Serious job seekers can discover serious opportunities at the Hawaii Career Expo

HONOLULU – The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, with monster.com and Alternate Energy, will host the Hawaii Career Expo to provide “serious opportunities for serious job seekers.”

The Career Expo will take place on Wednesday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall (777 Ward Avenue). The event is free for the first 1,000 who pre-register online at HawaiiCareerExpo.com and who are dressed in business attire. There will also be a drawing at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser booth for a free trip for two to Las Vegas, sponsored by Vacations Hawaii.