Friday, October 3, 2003



Queen Emma Summer Palace home to festivities tomorrow

For a peek into a royal residence, make plans to spend "A Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow when the Daughters of Hawaii stages its annual family event, this year marking the Daughters' 100th anniversary.

There will be guided tours of the palace, where period furnishings include Prince Albert's handcrafted cradle, Emma's koa sleigh bed inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl, and her baby grand piano.

During the event, there will be food; entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band, Olomana and Halau Hula Olana; and a display of vintage attire and fashions by Princess Kaiulani, Mamo Howell and Nake'u Awai.

There also will be a white elephant boutique featuring items donated by the Daughters, including an antique wood-framed mirror; punchbowls and glassware; and handmade koa calabashes.

Daughters of Hawaii members comprise women who can trace their lineage to a person who was a Hawaii resident before 1880.

The palace is at 2913 Pali Highway in Nuuanu. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 to 17, and $1 for ages 5 to 11.

For more information, call 595-3167.

The Daughter of Hawaii hosts its yearly "Day at Queen Emma Summer Palace" tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ashanti tickets going on sale

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for Ashanti, the princess of hip-hop and R&B, who will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Blaisdell Arena.

Tickets, at $39.50, will be available beginning 9 a.m. at the Blaisdell Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets, including Foodland and Sack N' Save, or charge by phone at 1-877-750-4400.

Ashanti, last name Douglas, 23, broke the mold of the hip-hop-oriented Murder Inc. record label as its first R&B vocalist. Her debut album sold more than 50,000 units in its first week. She became the first artist since the Beatles to have three singles in the Top 10 simultaneously. Her collaboration with Ja Rule on "Always on Time" became the best-selling single ever for the label.

Ashanti's new hits off her latest album, "Chapter II," include "Rock Wit You (Aww Baby)," "Breakup 2 Makeup" and "Rain On Me."



Parade of Homes

Get set for the Building Industry Association of Hawaii's 47th annual Parade of Homes, which kicks off tomorrow and showcases the latest trends, technology, and design in new home construction.

Homes entered are featured in the official guidebook with location and description of featured homes. It was distributed with the latest issue of Midweek, but you can also pick one up at Hardware Hawaii or City Mill.

For more information, call 847-4666 ext. 206 or send e-mail to

Those who can't make the open home from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday will have one more chance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12.

Home Depot for kids

Bring the kids to Home Depot Pearl City from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, when Fire Safety Awareness Day includes a kids clinic project that will have them building wooden fire engines.

The event will also take place at Home Depot, 421 Alakawa (521-7355) beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Pearl City store is at 98-1021 Kamehameha Highway (455-1200).

Lladro at Macy's

Collectors of Lladro porcelain sculptures will be treated to an appearance Sunday at Macy's Ala Moana by Juan Vincente Lladro, the eldest of the Lladro company's three founding brothers.

He will travel from Valencia, Spain, to sign a collection of six specially designed porcelain pieces reflecting Hawaii's Polynesian culture. One of the pieces, from Lladro's Elite collection, is titled "Hawaiian Ceremony," and is valued at $10,000. Other pieces are priced from $500.

The signings will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Level 4. The event is free. For more information, call 941-2345, Ext. 3625.

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