Explore Mauna Kea
Visitors to the Bishop Museum Planetarium can explore the tallest mountain on Earth through the eyes of ancient Hawaiians and the astronomers of today during the "Explorers of Mauna Kea" program, presented at 1 p.m. daily. (The program is also offered at 12:30 p.m. daily in Japanese.)
The 30-minute presenta-tion takes planetarium-goers to the Big Island 14,000 feet above sea level, to learn about Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, and listen to the legends of Pele and Poli'ahu for ancients' take on how the mountains were formed.
The museum is at 1525 Bernice St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for ages 4 through 12, with special rates for kamaaina, seniors and military. Keiki under 4 are admitted free. Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Celebrate art, food
Big Island art will be celebrated during "Bubbles to Brushes," a champagne and cocktail reception taking place 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 as part of the fourth annual Hawaii's Big Island Festival.
Works -- including paintings, glass, sculpture, photography, fine jewelry and traditional Hawaiian crafts -- will be on view and available for purchase at the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Water's Edge and Kona ballrooms. Browse while sipping sparkling wines and cocktails, nibbling on hors d'oeuvres and enjoying live music. Admission is $30.
The festival runs Nov. 9-12 for connoisseurs of the arts, food and fine wine. It features Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs, wine and spirit masters, farm tours, tastings and demonstrations.
The fest ends with a gala dinner, "The Big Taste," from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Water's Edge Ballroom. The cost is $125 per person.
Tickets are available online or by calling toll-free 800-866-FEST (3378). Visit www.bigislandfestival.com.