Puerto Rican festival to celebrate Epiphany
The finale of the Christmas season will be celebrated tomorrow as some churches mark the feast of Epiphany, the arrival of three kings or wise men who brought gifts to the Christ Child.
The United Puerto Rican Association of Hawaii will hold its "Three Kings Day" fiesta tomorrow after the noon Spanish-language Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 2324 Omilo Lane.
A costumed Nativity play, Latin music and a Puerto Rican lunch will be presented at the annual celebration from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the association's social hall, 1249 N. School St. Admission is $5.
The Three Kings will distribute gifts to children at the party. In the Puerto Rican tradition, children wake up on "El Dia de los Tres Reyes" to find their shoes stuffed with gifts, recalling the gifts of the Magi, said Nancy Ortiz, fiesta coordinator.
Entertainment will include the Son Caribe salsa band, El Mariachi Loco and Wally Rita and Friends dance band.
Multichurch 'Prayer Watch' set for Tuesday
Members of more than 100 island churches are expected to join in the annual "Prayer Watch" Tuesday at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii.
The 7 p.m. event, sponsored by the Prayer Center of the Pacific, is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona will speak, and 15 pastors will direct prayers for targeted problems such as drug abuse and the plight of homeless families, said the Rev. Virginia Domligan, pastor of the Prayer Center at 941 Kamehameha Highway, Pearl City. She said there will be simultaneous prayer meetings on the other major islands.
Information is available by calling 456-7729 or at www. prayercenterofthepacific.org.
2,000 expected at Christian camp
About 1,800 international students and 200 staff and administrators are coming to Hawaii for a Christian youth camp.
About 300 of the students are asking Hawaii residents to open their homes to them for a cultural experience while they attend the camp Jan. 17 to 27 at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
The camp, presented by the International Youth Fellowship, will feature Bible seminars, cultural presentations, entertainment, group fellowships and a short marathon, according to a news release.
The entertainers will include Russian opera singers Larissa Tedtoeva and Veronika Dzhioeva, Russian pianist Izabella Krasnova and Korean opera singer Ma Mei.
The International Youth Fellowship, a South Korean Christian organization, works to develop exchange and fellowship among youths from 45 countries, according to the group.
For information, contact Bliss Kim at 486-0102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.