History of Obon on the radio
If bon dancing seems to you like a lot of drumming and prancing, you need the benefit of a Hawaii Public Radio documentary, "Obon," airing at 6 p.m. Sunday on KHPR 88.1.
Host Keith Haugen wrote and produced the documentary on the meaning and history of Obon.
He also explores the traditional songs, or minyo, and the instruments that accompany the songs.
Haugen became fascinated with bon dancing as a soldier in Japan in the 1950s. Obon, he says, despite its religous origins, holds cultural and community significance beyond its Buddhist roots.
The program can also be heard on KKUA 90.7 on Maui and KANO 91.1 on the Big Island -- Star-Bulletin
Friday and Saturday
» Shingon Mission of Hawaii, 915 Sheridan St., 7 p.m.
» Aiea Soto Mission Taiheiji, 99-045 Kauhale St., 7:30 p.m.
» Pearl City Hongwanji Temple, 858 2nd St., 7:30 p.m.
» Kahului Jodo Mission, 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11
» Hamakua Jodo Mission, 7 p.m. Aug. 11
» Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission, 7 p.m. Aug. 11
» Kona Koyasan Daishinji Mission, 8 p.m. Aug. 11
» West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple, 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11
Documentary to detail Maui biodiesel founders
"Revolution Green: A True Story of Biodiesel in America," a documentary about Bob and Kelly King, who founded one of the nation's first biodiesel refineries on Maui, will be screened at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Honolulu Design Center.
A question-and-answer session will follow with Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel and producer Jessica Kelly.
The film, narrated by actor/environmentalist Woody Harrelson, explores energy production and consumption in the United States and the importance of renewable energy.
The Kings and their business partner, country musician Willie Nelson, have built 10 biodiesel plants across the country since their first on Maui, turning waste such as cooking oil into fuel.
Tickets are $5. E-mail Katie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swap meet features slam dunk tournament
Prove the power of your slam Sunday at the Big Aloha Slam-O-Rama Milkcap Tournament at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.
The tournament will include minislams and qualifying rounds for the championship. Collectible milk cap prizes go to the winners.
For between-match entertainment there will be rides and inflatables.
It all takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in parking lot 4-D.
The swap meet is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1; children are free. Call 486-6704 or visit www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net.
O Lounge hosting event for back-to-school kids
The O Lounge is hosting a benefit back-to-school fair Sunday, with kids' activities, a toddler fashion show -- and showcasing local boutiques offering clothes, toys and accessories at discounts of at least 50 percent.
KGMB's interactive children's TV show, "Building Blocks for Tots," will be previewed, and kids can participate in crafts, games and such activities as cupcake decorating and minimakeovers.
Admission is $5, $3 with donation of school supplies for the Ohia Shelter. Proceeds benefit Seagull School Oceanpoint.
The O Lounge is at 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Call 944-THEO.