If you think you can outrun a giant banana, head for Ala Moana Park on Saturday. CLICK FOR LARGE
Can you beat the bananas?
What are you doing Saturday? Why not chase a giant banana -- it'll get you up and moving, and you'll be helping to raise cash for a good cause.
The Sixth Annual Jamba 5K Banana Man Chase, sometimes called "Hawaii's Wackiest Race," hopes to raise $40,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii.
The object of the race: to pass the lead runners in their Jamba banana costumes. Smoothies for a year (valued at $260) go to the first three male and female participants to pass the bananas.
Afterward there'll be free smoothies, a rock-climbing wall, massage tables and entertainment.
Race entry forms are available at Oahu Jamba Juice stores or at www.jambahawaii.com. All donations go to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation to battle neuromuscular diseases.
» Place: Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park
» Time: 8 a.m.; late registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
» Cost: $25 for un-timed participants, $30 for timed
» Call: 593-4454
Pageant at the Tower
Six Miss Aloha Towers will be crowned in a pageant involving contestants ages 4 to 25. Divisions are Little Miss, Young Miss, Miss Pre-Teen, Miss Jr. Teen, Miss Teen and Miss Aloha Tower. Winners in the oldest two categories will compete in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA and Miss Hawaii USA pageants in December.
» Place: Aloha Tower Marketplace
» Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
» Admission: Free
» Call 566-2337
COURTESY HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO
Los Amigos de Hawaii -- Luis Montes and Dante Cajilig -- will be joined by Luisa Zacarias in their Atherton Performing Arts Center debut concert.
Give Mom a Mexican serenade
Why wait until Sunday? Honor Mom on Mother's Day eve with tickets to a performance by Los Amigos de Hawaii. The concert is in the Mexican tradition of honoring mothers with an early-morning serenade.
Los Amigos consists of Luis Montes and Dante Cajilig, known for their romantic boleros, serenades and lively fiesta music.
They'll be joined for this performance by Mariachi Loco director Luisa Zacarias.
» Place: Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Performing Arts Studio, 738 Kaheka St.
» Time: 7:30 p.m.
» Tickets: $20, $17.50 HPR members, $10 students
» Call 955-8821
A very special rodeo
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii hosts a rodeo for children with special needs, to demonstrate how riding and caring for horses can be used as therapy.
Saturday's 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.
» Place: Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii, Waimanalo Polo Field
» Time: 10 a.m. to noon
» Admission: Free
» Call: 342-9036
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Willie K, center, and Eric Gilliom will perform with Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band at the Diamond Head Crater Celebration next week. CLICK FOR LARGE
Join the Crater countdown
If you don't know what's happening inside Diamond Head next weekend, you just haven't been paying attention.
But should you need a reminder: Earth, Wind and Fire headlines the Diamond Head Crater Celebration, capping off an all-day lineup that includes the world premiere of Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band, Santana's original lead singer, Gregg Rolie, and Yvonne Elliman.
Crater Festivals were once a familiar part of the entertainment scene, but they ended in the '70s. Last year, promoter Ron Gibson revived the festival.
» Place: Diamond Head Crater
» Time: 2 p.m.
» Tickets: $69 general admission, $99 to $175 reserved, available at Blaisdell box office, Ticketmaster outlets or www.ticketmaster.com
» Call: 735-7000 or visit www.cratercelebration.com
Ballet to join season close of Chamber Music Hawaii
Chamber Music Hawaii ends its season in the French tradition, with a performance by the Onium Ballet Project.
The 19-member chamber ensemble will accompany the dancers in a version of Darius Milhaud's "La Creation du Monde," choreographed by Minou Lallemand.
The dancers: Mayuko Ayabe, Joshua Cho, Celia Chun, Michele Painter, Maryann Peterson, Keri Stugard, Carolyn Wilt and Malia Yamamoto.
The all-French program will also include "Nonet," by Martinu; "Mouvements Perpetuels," by Poulenc; and "Pastorale d'Ete," by Honegger.
Musicians from Chamber Music Hawaii's three resident ensembles -- wind, string and brass -- plus guest artists, will perform.
» Place: Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College
» Time: 7:30 p.m.
» Tickets: $20, $15 seniors and military, free for students
» Call: 489-5038 or visit www.chambermusichawaii.com
Gilliom to perform at police benefit
Amy Hanaialii Gilliom will sing at the Honolulu Police Department's Diamond Jubilee dinner, "Celebrating 75 Years of Serving and Protecting with Aloha."
The gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner and presentations. Proceeds benefit the Honolulu Police Community Foundation.
» Place: Sheraton Waikiki
» Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
» Tickets: $175, available at First Hawaiian Bank branches in Kahala, Kaneohe, Kapiolani, Mililani, Pearlridge, and Waipahu
» Call: 942-1400 or visit www.honolulupolicecommunityfoundation
Hawaiian artists to show and sell at festival
Maoli Arts Month wraps up with a two-day Native Hawaiian Arts Market and Festival, to feature the work of dozens of native artists.
The market will include performing arts and food booths, as well as the show and sale of feather work, wood carving, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, stonework, painting and works on paper.
Demonstrations, workshops and performances will take place throughout the day.
» Place: Bishop Museum
» Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
» Admission: $3, museum members free
» Call: 848-4190 or e-mail noelle. email@example.com
» Also: For information on other Maoli Arts Month events, call 847-3511 or visit www.maoliartsmonth.org.