Paddles up on the Ala Wai
Sunday's 21st annual Ala Wai Challenge brings teams of rowers out for a day of races and Hawaiian games. Events begin at 8 a.m. at Ala Wai Neighborhood Park, with the double-hulled canoe procession and a performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band. The races follow, with six-person teams rowing quarter-mile sprints and competing in games such as stone bowling and spear throwing.
For observers there will also be food and craft booths, lomilomi (Hawaiian massage) and entertainment by Melveen Leed, Mike Kaaawa, Ernie Cruz Jr., Brother Noland and others.
The event this year honors legendary surfers Wally and Keali'ipu'aimoku "Moku" Froiseth, founders of the Waikiki Surf Club (pictured).
The Challenge is a benefit for the Waikiki Community Center's child-care center and normally raises more than $30,000. Call 923-1802.
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Johnathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johansson are entangled in a torrid affair in Woody Allen's "Match Point."
Movies opening Friday:
: A dream comes true for a young man from the wrong side of the tracks when he is accepted into the Naval Academy. But once there, he's not sure he measures up against the best and the brightest. James Franco (the "Spider-Man" movies, "Tristan & Isolde") stars in this movie directed by Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow" and the upcoming "The Fast and the Furious" sequel). (PG-13)
"Big Momma's House 2": Martin Lawrence goes back undercover in his disguise as a grandmother built like a brick house, this time to be a nanny for the three kids of a suspected killer. (PG-13)
"Match Point": Woody Allen's critically acclaimed film is the story of a former tennis pro who climbs into the world of the British upper class through his engagement to one of his wealthy tennis students. But then he falls for a sexy American actress who is dating his future brother-in-law. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Scarlett Johansson star. (R)
"Nanny McPhee": Emma Thompson stars as a magical but tough nanny who shapes up a family with seven badly behaved children. Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Kelly MacDonald co-star. (PG)