What makes Mom so special?
Several shopping centers are trying to find out what's great about moms.
The Waipio Center is sponsoring an essay contest, "Why My Mom Is So Special," to be judged at 10 a.m. Thursday. Entry forms may be picked up at the customer service department in Foodland.
Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center wants to know "What I Learned from My Mom," with judging at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Prizes for both contests are $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.
Kunia Shopping Center's essay topic is "Why I Love My Mom," with judging at 10 a.m. Friday. The first-place winner receives $25 gift cards from Auntie Pasto's gift card and Planet Fun; second prize is $20 gift cards; and third place is a $15 gift card.
Age categories for all three contests are 8 and under, 8 to 12 and 13 to 18.
IONA to hold dance workshops
IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre's annual dance workshops begin Sunday and continue weekly through May 27.
Classes will be held at the YWCA on Richards Street from 1 to 4 p.m. and include a warm-up, meditation exercises and movement improvisation geared toward individual expression.
Call 262-0110 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodeo riding is good therapy
A rodeo for children with special needs will be held May 12 at the Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii facility at the Waimanalo Polo Field.
The event will include riders performing on horseback, free food, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Shave ice, drinks, T-shirts and stick ponies will be sold to support the program, which aims to strengthen the minds and bodies of youngsters, using the grooming and riding of horses as therapy.
Instruction focuses on the disabled, but riders of all abilities are welcome.
Cleanup comes to Hawaii Kai
Dispose of bulky items at the second annual Hui Nalu Canoe Club Clean-Up Project, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
The following recyclable products are wanted: scrap metal, auto parts, metal appliances, lawn mowers, pipes, beams, newspaper, cardboard, beverage containers, green waste, car batteries, reusable household items, clothing, cellular phones and printer cartridges. One computer or a load of old passenger tires can be dropped off, per car.
Bring items to the Hui Nalu Canoe Club Halau at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.
For curbside pickup call Lyla Berg at 586-6510 or Rene Mansho at 306-1876. No curbside pickup is available for computers.
Reign over the rodeo
The Hawaii Women's Rodeo Association is looking for someone to reign as Miss Rodeo Hawaii -- and perhaps go on to the title of Miss Rodeo America.
The crown is open to women between ages 19 and 26 who have never been married or pregnant.
The pageant will be held on June 30, following the association's Jackpot competition at Kawailoa Ranch in Haleiwa. Deadline for applications is May 31. For contest rules call 696-5055. Download an application at www.rodeooahu.com (click on "News").
A day in honor of the lei
Tomorrow is the first of May -- Lei Day -- and the Kapiolani Park Bandstand will be properly attired in florals to mark the occasion.
The city's annual Lei Day Celebration runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., opening with a concert by the Royal Hawaiian Band, the crowning of the Lei Day court at 11 a.m. and viewing of entries in the lei competition beginning at noon.
Hula, Hawaiian music and steel guitar performances are all free. Plus, arts and crafts, food and lei vendors will be open all day.
On Wednesday the leis will be displayed outside Mauna Ala, the Royal Mausoleum, at 9 a.m., then will be taken to drape over the tombs of Hawaii's alii.