Baton twirlers spin winning routines
Eleven young twirlers from Baton Hawaii participated in the recent Western Regional Contest held in Hayward, Calif., competing among nearly 150 twirlers from California, Oregon and Washington states.
Baton Hawaii was the only group from the islands to participate, and it was the first time in nearly 20 years that Hawaii had been represented.
The Baton Hawaii Shining Stars placed first in the category of juvenile dance twirl; the Starlights team placed second in junior dance twirl.
Solo twirlers also placed in several categories, with first-place finishes for Riho Takahashi in military and basic strut; Kotone Narihusa, basic strut; and Riina Kawakita, two-baton twirl.
COURTESY BATON HAWAII
Baton Hawaii sent its two teams of twirlers, the Shining Stars and the Starlights, to the recent Western Regional Contest.
Doctor advocates a diet of raw food
Dr. William Harris, director of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, will speak on the benefits of a raw-food diet, 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse.
Harris, a vegan for more than 40 years, will also critique the high-carb, low-fat diet trend.
The author of "The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism," Harris recently retired as director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle Clinic.
His lecture is free. Call 944-8344 or e-mail info@VSH.org.
Protect privacy on shredding day
Destroy confidential documents and protect yourself from identity theft at a free shredding day sponsored by the Hawaii chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.
AARP and the document-destruction company Shred-it will hold the event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the state Capitol (drop-off area is on Beretania Street) and the parking lot at Home Depot in Kapolei.
You can drop off such items as pre-approved credit offers, charge receipts or credit applications; old insurance forms, bank statements, employment contracts or tax forms; and expired charge cards or warranty papers.
There is a limit of four boxes or bags of papers per person.
For information on protecting yourself from identity theft and financial fraud, call 545-6006.
Veterans to speak on volunteering
Speakers from U.S. Vets Hawaii will explain the organization's need for volunteers at a July 30 meeting of the Hawaii Society of Volunteers.
The group meets at Moanalua Community Center, 2500 Radford Drive.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $5. RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-3014.
The newly formed Hawaii Society of Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that works with a different charity each month.
Past efforts have included supporting the March for Meals program of Lanakila Rehabilitation Center, the Teddy Bear Round Up of Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii and a Project Visitation Family Day for 100 foster children.
Expert will discuss ritual art of Bhutan
A free lecture tomorrow at the Honolulu Academy of Arts will explore one of the sacred arts of Bhutan.
John Johnston, who has been conducting research in Bhutan for two years, will speak on "The Ritual Use of Portraiture in Bhutan," at 7:30 p.m. at the academy's Doris Duke Theatre.
Johnston will focus on images of religious personalities from the Drukpa Kagyu school. Video footage and photographs will illustrate the ritual use of these portraits in one of Bhutan's most important religious occasions, Zhabdrung Ku Choe.
Johnston is assistant curator for the exhibition "The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan," which opens at the Academy of Arts next February. Call 532-8700.
2 musicians to perform in a concert by the sea
Brother Noland and Tony Conjugacion take the stage in tomorrow's "Ke Kani O Ke Kai" concert series at the Waikiki Aquarium.
The performance on the aquarium lawn begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m., with Yama's Fish Market selling Hawaiian food favorites for picnickers.
The aquarium's galleries and exhibits will remain open throughout the evening.
Tickets are $20, $10 ages 7 to 12. Aquarium members pay $15 and $7.
Call 923-9741, option 3, or visit www.waquarium.org.
The concert series continues with Cyril Pahinui and Dennis Kamakahi on July 24, and Natalie Ai Kamauu and Auntie Genoa Keawe on Aug. 7.