Dancers perform the Saman Dance, which originated in the Gayo Highlands of Aceh, at the Indonesian Cultural Day at the East-West Center in 2004. This year's festival events include two movies, exhibits of crafts costumes, and traditional dance performances. Proceeds benefit the children of Aceh and North Sumatra.
Fairs, Kaimuki event scheduled
Hey parents, although the weather has been wet, spring is here and with it comes outdoor fairs and festivals. This weekend, families can learn about traditions in other parts of the world, or participate in activities to help "Celebrate Kaimuki!"
The Indonesian Cultural Event will have exhibits of traditional crafts and costumes; dance performances such as Balinese, Javanese and Samoan; martial arts; and two movies to view.
Proceeds from the event will support the education of children in Aceh and North Sumatra, two areas hit hard by the tsunami season in 2004. The funds will be delivered by Bengkel Amal, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles.
The festivities begin Friday and continue through April 1 at ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Here are some of the highlights:
» At 7:30 p.m. Friday, showing of the film "Joni's Promise" and 7:30 p.m. March 31, showing of "The Gathering." Suggested donation per film is $5.
» At 7 p.m. April 1, cultural performances. Suggested donation is $10.
» From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Friday through April 1, Indonesian exhibit.
For information, call 728-9129
If you live on the Windward side and want to get out of the rain, check out "Celebrate Kaimuki!"
Chaminade University and Saint Louis School are both celebrating anniversaries this year (50th and 160th respectively) and the shared grounds will serve as the setting for the festivities Saturday. Schools in the area and the Kaimuki Community Center will also participate in the celebration.
A fun run will start off the day's events at 9 a.m. at the combined campus, and will be followed by a fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with food booths, games and entertainment. Complimentary trolley tours are planned throughout the day, with service available from the campus to designated spots on Waialae Avenue.
As a tie-in, more than 30 stores in the Kaimuki area will hold specials in their stores all day long, and the Kaimuki Business Association will hold a drawing with prizes from participating merchants. For information, call 735-4797.
If you need more planning to get the family together, don't despair, there are two more festivals next weekend. Get ready for the Honolulu Centennial Family Festival, part of the City's 100th birthday celebration.
The party will fill Magic Island with E.K. Fernandez rides and games, food booths and The Backyard Circus. The World Famous Nock Thrill Show, featuring motorcycle high-wire acts 85 feet off the ground, will be the weekend's highlight.
Everything takes place 5 p.m. to midnight March 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to midnight April 1, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 2. For information, call 275-3030 or visit www.honolulupride. com.
Looking for more culture to learn about?
Stop by Punahou School's International Center from 1 to 5 p.m. April 1 for Chinese Cultural Day, sponsored by the Chinese Language Education Association of Hawaii. Enjoy a lion dance by the Maryknoll School Lion Dance Club and a martial arts performance by the Hawaii Wushu Center, all for free. For information, call 952-7231.