3/17 - SATURDAY
HPG puts its creations on sale
You may not have the drive for making arts and crafts, but don't let that stop you from snatching up works of art by talented artists from the Hawaii Potters' Guild at their pottery/craft sale.
There will be plenty of pieces to choose from, ranging from high-fired china to hand-built sculptures. If you're so inclined, there's also a public lecture on gas kiln firing with visiting professor Nils Lou of McMinnville, Ore.'s, Linfield College the night before.
» Place: Kuhio School, 2759 S. King St.
» Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
» Cost: Free
» Call: 941-8108 or visit www.hawaiipottersguild.org
» Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Friday, arts building auditorium, University of Hawaii-Manoa; potluck begins at 5:30
COURTESY HAWAII WOMEN'S RODEO ASSOCIATION
Tournament season gets underway with the first rodeo of the season to be held at Gunstock Ranch on Saturday.
3/17 - SATURDAY
Round up the gang and head out to the rodeo
The rodeo season gets off to a bucking start this Saturday at Gunstock Ranch (mauka of Kamehameha Highway) in Laie.
Sanctioned by the Hawaii Women's Rodeo Association, the rodeo will feature open, 3-D and keiki barrel racing and pole-bending and many other forms of competition. Cheer on your favorite rider during the first jackpot rodeo of the year, and see if Saturday indeed proves lucky.
» Place: Gunstock Ranch, 56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
» Time: 10 a.m.
» Admission: Free
» Call: 389-9884 or visit www.rodeooahu.com
3/17 & 18 - SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Naval Academy Glee Club graces local churches
The U.S. Naval Academy's Men's Glee Club will drop anchor in Honolulu for two concerts this weekend. The 75-member club, based in Annapolis, Md., has appeared on network television shows such as NBC's "The Today Show", ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The Early Show" on CBS.
Performing more than 100 performances annually at the naval base, the glee club will be singing a variety of tunes when it arrives in town, choosing selections ranging from barbershop harmony to classical music, and from patriotic tunes to sea chanties.
» Place and times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew's Cathedral, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Central Union Church
» Admission: $20
» Call: 235-4488
3/16 & 17 - FRIDAY & SATURDAY
'Making the Band' winners make it to carnival
The E.K. Fernandez Sports Carnival wraps up this weekend with a pair of concerts by made-for-TV pop stars Danity Kane.
Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O'Day, Dawn Richard and Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgette were all contestants on the reality show "Making the Band," which had previously launched the careers of boy band O-Town and hip-hop group Da Band. Superproducer Sean "Diddy" Combs chose the group's lineup in December 2005, and the quintet released its self-titled debut the following summer to strong sales and platinum certification by the RIAA.
Danity Kane arrives in Honolulu after concerts this week in Sacramento and San Jose, Calif., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where they served as the opening act for Christina Aguilera and the Pussycat Dolls. Gates will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday; Friday's and Saturday's 7:30 p.m. performances are free with paid admission.
» Place: Aloha Stadium
» Time: 7:30 p.m.
» Tickets: $5
» Call: 682-5767
COURTESY LEIGHTON MEDIA
Tower of Power returns to Hawaii with one of its key members, guitarist Bruce Conte, returning to the fold. CLICK FOR LARGE
3/25 - SUNDAY
Putting the power back into the Tower
Tower of Power is back with a reinvigorated lineup. Guitarist Bruce Conte rejoins the band after a 20-year absence (though he's played on fellow TOP Rocco Prestia's solo album).
Conte helped make songs such as "What is Hip?" and "Don't Change Horses in the Middle of a Stream" hits with his guitar work.
But you can't forget about TOP's horn section working such songs as "You're Still a Young Man."
» Place: Aloha Tower Marketplace
» Time: 7:30 p.m. March 25
» Tickets: $45
» Call: (877) 750-4400
5/19 - SATURDAY
Crater show gets natural with Earth, Wind and Fire
Last year's Diamond Head Celebration went over well with fans (a sold-out show), and this year's lineup is sure to gather its share of fans as well. Stalwarts Earth, Wind and Fire will perform inside the crater, drawing upon their 35 years of history in the music biz.
Also on board for the big bash are Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band (making its world premiere); Gregg Rolie (former lead singer of Journey and of course, Santana's original lead singer); and Hawaii's own Yvonne Elliman.
» Place: Waikiki Shell
» Time: 2 p.m. May 19
» Tickets: General admission $125; reserved seating $135, $150 and $175
» Call: (877) 750-4400
3/24 - SATURDAY
Community to strut its stuff in pageant
The nonprofit organization Kulia Na Mamo is hosting the 2007 Diva of Polynesia pageant at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
Participants will don their finest in support of Kulia Na Mamo, which serves Hawaii's transgendered community.
» Place: JCCH, 2454 South Beretania St.
» Time: 7 p.m. March 24
» Tickets: $35, $50 and $100
» Call: 791-2020 ext. 22
3/24 & 25 - SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Celebrate slack-key guitar and Prince Kuhio's birthday
The Great Hawaiian Folk Life Festival pays tribute to Prince Kuhio's 135th birthday with a roster filled with events centering around the slack-key guitar. (Workshops and demonstrations on musical instruments will be held March 22, 23 and 24 at the Outrigger Waikiki.) Other events include a weekend full of entertainment at Kapiolani Park during the day and back-to-back Sunset at the Beach at night. Featured movies are "The Little Mermaid" on March 24 with music by Makana and Kaukahi, and "Shark Tale" on March 25 with music by Pali and Tony Conjugacion.
Entertainment at the park features Al Kaai and Friends, Brother Noland, Ho'okena, Kuuipo Kumukahi, Pilioha, Pali, Maunalua, Michael Kaawa and Friends, Tony Conjugacion, Steve Inglis, Keale, Ledward Kaapana, Sean Naauao, Makana, Donald Kaulia and LT Smooth, Dennis Kamakahi, Kaukahi and up to 10 hula halau.
» Place: Queen's Beach and Kapiolani Park
» Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 and 25 at the park, 5 to 9 p.m. each night at Queen's Beach
» Call: 921-9731 for workshop information at the Outrigger Waikiki
» Also: Prince Kuhio Parade, 4 p.m. March 24 beginning at Fort DeRussy and continuing on to Kapiolani Park.