School recycling to raise funds for trip
Eighth-graders at Hongwanji Mission School and their families are holding a HI-5 Recycling Drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pali Safeway parking lot.
Empty, clean plastic bottles, with caps removed, and aluminum cans, crushed or whole, will be accepted.
Proceeds will help fund a student study tour to Japan in the spring, during which they'll visit 25 students at sister Buddhist schools in Fukuoka and Kyoto.
Beach cleanup set for Makapuu
Hit the beach on Saturday and bag some trash.
The Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii is holding the cleanup at Makapuu Beach from 3 to 5 p.m. as part of "Get the Drift and Bag It" -- the local version of International Coastal Cleanup Day.
The worldwide event involves collecting debris on beaches and recording what's found, so the Ocean Conservancy can track the data yearly in an attempt to uncover the main sources of beach trash.
Bags, gloves and water will be provided. Bring tennis shoes, leather gardening gloves, a bucket, hat and sunscreen.
Prizes will be awarded after the cleanup, donated by Kale's Natural Foods, Ben & Jerry's Hawaii and Wet Feet Aina Haina.
Registration required. Call 393-2168 or 554-2902 by tomorrow or visit www.b-e-a-c-h.org.
Seminar teaches qigong practices
A seminar on qigong -- the Brief Secret Retreat Course -- will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
It will be taught by John Chen in the Qinway Qigong office, 1188 Bishop St. (Century Square), No. 1906. The seminar was rescheduled from Sept. 1.
Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Online pre-registration is required. Visit www.qinway.org or call 255-7033.
Event celebrates local physicians
The Hawaii Medical Association will honor local physicians at its sixth annual Ola Pono Ike Medical Ball tomorrow at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Ola Pono Ike, which means "health is knowledge," raises funds to increase the awareness of local health care issues.
Awardees include S. Kalani Brady, physician of the year, and Myron Shirasu, receiving the President's Award for contributions to the medical community.
Tickets are $150; tables of 10 are $1,500. Ticket prices include wine and martini tasting and a live auction.
Call 536-7702, ext. 112, visit www.hmaonline.net or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater solicits playwright entries
Kumu Kahua Theatre is seeking entries for a play-writing contest sponsored by the University of Hawaii Theatre and Dance Department.
Prizes are awarded in three categories:
» The Hawaii Prize, $600, for a play set in Hawaii or dealing with the local experience.
» The Pacific Rim prize, $450, for a play set in the Pacific islands, Pacific Rim or dealing with the Pacific/Asian-American experience.
» The Resident prize, $250, open to Hawaii residents only, on any topic.
All plays must be original and entries must be postmarked by Jan. 2. For rules, call 536-4222 or visit www.kumukahua.org.
Japanese center to honor educators
Jane Komeiji, Richard Kosaki, Margaret Oda and Dennis Ogawa will be honored as "esteemed educators" by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at the Celebration of Leadership and Achievement Dinner Sept. 29.
The evening, which includes a silent auction and dinner, begins at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Komeiji, a retired teacher, is author of "Okage Sama De: The Japanese in Hawaii, 1885-1985"; Kosaki, chancellor emeritus of the University of Hawaii, is architect of the University of Hawaii's community college system; Oda, the first graduate of the doctoral program of UH College of Education, introduced and implemented the middle school concept in Hawaii schools; and Ogawa, professor of American studies at UH, is the author of "JanKenPo: The World of Hawaii's Japanese Americans."
Tickets are $150, to benefit JCCH's educational programs. Call 945-7633 or e-mail email@example.com.