Friday, February 4, 2005


A pirate’s life
for all! Aarghh!

The annual Punahou School Carnival is back, running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow.

Punahou Carnival

When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow

Where: 1601 Punahou St.

Admission: Free

Call: 944-5711

This year's theme is "A Pirate's Life for Me!," sponsored by the school's junior class to benefit Punahou's financial aid program and student activities.

As always, the carnival will include rides, a midway and Kiddie Land games for the younger set, plus art sales, a White Elephant tent (Pirate's Cove), book tent (Hook's Books) and plant booth offering fresh produce, lei and flowers for the adults who can't pass up bargains.

Punahou Carnival is known for its food offerings as well, including its famous malasadas (Capt. Hook's Cannonballs), Hawaiian Plate, Portuguese Bean Soup (Blackbeard's Bean Brew), corn, hamburgers, refreshing smoothies, chili, noodles, nachos and Greek gyros sandwiches.

The Carnival Art Gallery, in the Gates Workshop of the Punahou Science Center, will feature works by more than 200 island artists, with more than 2,000 items for sale.

A silent auction, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Science Center, will offer travel and vacation packages, comic book collections, electronics, jewelry, designer clothing and more.

The school is at the corner of Punahou Street and Wilder Avenue. Admission is free. Parking on campus is limited; additional parking for a fee may be found at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St.; St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 1515 Wilder Ave.; Central Union Church or Maryknoll School. Or catch TheBus Nos. 4, 5 or 18.

The annual event was started in 1932 by students to pay the printing costs for their yearbook. It has become one of the largest school fund-raisers in Hawaii, bringing together more than 4,500 students, parents, alumni and Carnival boosters.




Chinese New Year:
Year of the Rooster

Last week's Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown were rained out, so we're hoping the second round of festivities will be the charm as The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii welcomes the Year of the Rooster with two nights of events.


What: Chinese New Year

When: 5 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow (with a parade at 4 p.m. Saturday)

Where: Downtown

And on the other side of the island ...

What: Lion dance

When: 5:15 p.m. Sunday

Where: In front of Goodfriend Chinese Restaurant at the Wahiawa Town Center, 935 California Ave.

Tonight, from 5 to 10 p.m. at Fort Street Mall, the Honolulu Culture and Arts District, Fort Street Business Improvement District and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii host lion dancing (from Pauahi Street and down Fort Street to Wilcox Park), food booths, arts and crafts, fireworks, Narcissus bulbs for purchase, souvenirs, and more. There will also be entertainment by the Hawaii Tai Chi Association, Asia Arts and an appearance by the 2005 Narcissus Queen and Court.

On Saturday, return to the streets of Chinatown (Maunakea, King and Pauahi ) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to see lion dances, fireworks, and a street festival with vendors and merchants displaying their foods, clothing, arts, crafts, games and gifts. There's also a parade at 4 p.m. from the State Capitol to Hotel Street, ending at River Street.

Food booths will feature such New Year treats and sweets as jai (monk's food), jin dui and gau. Two stages on King Street and Pauahi Street will feature performances by the Hawaii Tai Chi Association, Kong Siu Lum Pai, the Lin Shu Fang Chinese Folk Art Dance Group, Gee Yung International Martial Arts Dragon & Lion Dance Association, Asia Arts, Frank DeLima and the Chinese Physical Culture Association. There will also be an appearance by the 2005 Narcissus Queen and Court.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 533-3181.

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Activities are not restricted to Chinatown.

At Ward Warehouse on Saturday, celebrations include lion dances on the amphitheater stage from 10 a.m., with food and product booths open until 3 p.m. A highlight is a 2 p.m. feng shui presentation by Alan S.F. Lum. Admission is free.

Over in Wahiawa on Sunday, there will be lion dances, food and firecrackers as well.

Year of the Rooster celebrations start at the Wahiawa Town Center, at 935 California Ave., where lions from the Gee Yung International Martial Arts Dragon & Lion Dance Association will dance at 5:15 p.m. in front of Goodfriend Chinese Restaurant. The lion will continue to the Wahiawa Shopping Center at 823 California Ave.

Lucky number giveaways will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in front of Goodfriend, and there will be mahjong fortune readings available on a first-come basis to answer one of your life's questions. Each reading is approximately 10 to 15 minutes long.

Next week: Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center welcomes the Chinese New Year in its Hibiscus Court, with lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and classical Chinese dances, and an appearance and autograph session by the Narcissus Queen & Court. The celebration will also include calligraphy, feng shui, and Chinese furniture and art demonstrations and displays. The celebration runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12.

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