'Mele' moves to Mondays
PBS Hawaii's "Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song" is moving from its Thursday slot to Mondays beginning tonight at 7:30.
Tonight's show features the late Kawai Cockett and Darlene Ahuna.
Replacing "Na Mele" on Thursdays will be a revamped, live "Island Insights," an hourlong public affairs call-in show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Recycling is KEY on Saturday
Bring recyclable materials to Kahaluu Regional Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, to benefit the KEY Project in its efforts to support the needs of the Kualoa-Heeia area.
Items needed include scrap metal, appliances, auto parts, beams, bicycles, newspaper, cardboard, beverage containers (plastic, glass, aluminum), old tires (one load per household), green waste, car batteries, cellular phones, computer printer cartridges and computers.
Local recylers will collect the items, then make donations to the KEY Project. Goodwill Industries will also accept usable clothing and household items.
Call for curbside pickup, or if you can volunteer on collection day: 239-5777 or 306-1876.
Celebrate rite of renewal
The ancient Japanese ritual of renewal, Chinowa Kuguri, takes place Saturday at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu.
The rite involves stepping through a "chinowa," a large ring made of reeds, to heal and rejuvenate the physical, emotional and spiritual life force for the second half of the year. For Saturday's service, the ring will be woven of ti leaves for the cultural significance to Hawaii.
Chinowa Kuguri takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. and will include traditional Japanese summer games and the making of Tanabata Star Festival "sasa," a bamboo decoration.
The Shinto temple is at 1239 Olomea St. in Kalihi. Free shuttle service is offered from Damien Memorial High School. Call 841-4755.
Help pay homage to Hanauma
The Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation is looking for photographs and stories to help celebrate 40 years of state stewardship of the bay.
The public is asked to contribute photos of Hanauma Bay (all photos will be returned), stories about experiences at the bay (200 words or less) and artwork from children about how they view Hanauma Bay (maximum size is 8 1/2 by 11 inches).
Submit materials by July 28 to Shawn Carrier, Outreach Specialist, Hanauma Bay Education Program, 100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu 96825; or e-mail email@example.com. Include name and contact information.
Narcissus contestants sought
Contestants are being sought for the 2008 Narcissus Queen Pageant.
Contestants must be between the ages of 19 and 26 on the date of the pageant, Jan. 5, at least half-Chinese, a Hawaii resident and single (never married or given birth). Contestants compete in judge's interview, talent, Chinese evening gown and speech. The queen and her court of four princesses serve as representatives of the Chinese community at various activities and act as ambassadors of aloha during the Narcissus Goodwill Tour to China in the summer.
Deadline for submissions is July 31. For information or an application, call the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, 533-3181.