Birthday bash to offer diverse entertainment
Diversity is the word for the entertainment planned for the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin "Birthday Bash" tomorrow.
Demonstrations of ballroom dancing and "kyudo," the ritualistic archery of samurai warriors, are on the program for the festivities from 9 a.m. to noon. A jazz band and taiko drummers are also scheduled to perform.
The event at 1727 Pali Highway will highlight the work of students in classes offered at the temple and its affiliated schools. Other free classes open to the public include Japanese language, calligraphy and Buddhist studies.
A free lunch will be served, and door prizes will be given away. It is open to the public.
Temple members are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the temple's status as Betsuin, a special category of temple that identifies it as the official representative of the Hongwanji denomination's home temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Annual church luau takes place July 15
Members of Kaumakapili Church have been working for weeks to prepare their annual luau, now in its 35th year.
The church at 766 N. King St. is one of the last places where an old-fashioned homemade Hawaiian feast is available to the public. More than 200 people participate in preparing the full traditional menu of kalua pig, squid luau, lomi salmon, chicken long rice, sweet potato, raw fish and opihi. Pineapple, cake and haupia will be served for dessert.
Seating will be at 5:30 p.m. for the July 15 luau on the church grounds. Hawaiian entertainment will continue through the evening. Tickets are $25.
Boxed meals will be available for $15. The takeout servings may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Kanoa Street at the back of the church property.
Tickets are available by calling the office, 845-0908.