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Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Celebrate the Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival at Waikiki Beach Walk

Legendary steel guitarists and up-and-coming students return to Waikiki Beach Walk in July for the 5th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival. The Festival celebrates the island culture by the beautifull sounds of the Hawaiian steel guitar.

"Hawaiian steel guitar is truly synonymous with our islands and we're thrilled to be back at Waikiki Beach Walk to celebrate and showcase this wonderful intstrument that was created right here in Hawaii," renowned Hawaiian steel guitarist, music teacher, and director of Ke Kula Mele Hawaii, Alan Akaka, said. "It's an honor and joy for all of us in the steel guitar community to participate in the Festival and we hope that both visitors and kama'aina will join us."

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe Independence Day Holiday; 15 Libraries Offer Special Hours

         In observance of the Independence Day 2014 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed from Friday through Sunday, July 4 – 6. 

        Prior to the holiday observance, the following 15 public libraries will be open with special hours on these days:

  • June 30 (Monday):

          Oahu – Aina Haina Public Library, McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Waialua Public Library, Wahiawa Public Library, Waikiki-Kapahulu Public Library, Waipahu Public Library;

          Big Island – 

          Hilo Public Library, Kailua-Kona Public Library, Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library;

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

Spike in Luxury Home Market Sales on Oahu in May

HONOLULU – Oahu home and condominium sales saw a significant spike in the luxury market in May, with the strongest movement in the $1 to $2 million range, according to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBP), Hawaii’s leading residential real estate firm and a specialist in high-end real estate sales.

 

The figures are based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data of all single-family homes and condominiums sold for more than $1 million in May 2014 on Oahu.

 

Oahu saw 84 luxury sales close last month. Oahu’s housing market is on an upward trend compared to the average number of homes sold in January through April 2014 (56 homes sales per month) and 62 home sales in May 2013.

 

State Librarian Richard Burns Announces Retirement

State Librarian Richard Burns Announces Retirement

Richard Burns, who has served with distinction as the State Librarian of the Hawaii State Public Library System since January 2008, has informed the Board of Education of his retirement at the end of the year, completing more than 30 years of dedicated service, the last seven as Hawaii’s State Librarian.

Keiki Invited to Balloon Science Event at Hawaii State Library June 21

Keiki Invited to Balloon Science Event at Hawaii State Library June 21

In celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Children’s Summer Reading Program, a special event – “Balloon Science with Professor MAD” – will be presented at the Hawaii State Library on Saturday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Edna Allyn Room for Children.  Keiki ages 4 and older are invited to attend this free event which will be conducted in place of the regular storytime. 

Keiki will learn about air pressure, chemistry, temperature, resistance, static electricity, thermal conductivity, and Newton’s Three Laws of Motion through demonstrations involving balloons.  Each experiment is designed to be fun, exciting, and safe, while teaching basic laws of science at a level young school-age children can appreciate. 

Hawaii Theatre to hold auditions for youth acting programs

Hawaii Theatre to hold auditions for youth acting programs

Hawaii Theatre Center will hold auditions on July 21 and August 4 for its 2014-2015 Hawaii Theatre Young Actors Ensemble, a pre-professional acting program open to all Oahu high-school students, grades 9-12. The auditions will be held onstage at the Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street. Callbacks will be Monday, August 25, also onstage at Hawaii Theatre.

The Theatre also is scheduling interviews for the Technical Theatre Apprenticeship program for teens ages 13-19, and the Junior and Intermediate Ensembles for middle school students, ages 10-12.

For information or to register for an audition date, call HTC Education Director Eden Lee Murray at 791-1397 or email edenleemurray@hawaiitheatre.com