Our Picks for the Weekend
Halau Na Wainohia and Tony C celebrate
Tony "Tony C" Conjugacion and Halau Na Wainohia are celebrating an anniversary Friday with "Kamau Pono -- Our Tenth!" a benefit concert at the Hawaii Theatre.
Halau Na Wainohia is almost certainly the only halau that is under the direction of a member of the original Broadway cast of "Miss Saigon" -- Conjugacion is a singer, composer, teacher, Broadway performer and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist.
His guests in the show are almost as diverse, including Hoku winners Teresa Bright, Brother Noland, O'Brien Eselu, Raiatea Helm, Aaron Sala and Guy Cruz (who won in 2001 as a member of Colón). Hula guests will include Joan Lindsey, Piolani Motta and April Villa of Lena Machado's Ladies of Kaulumau, and also kumu hula Healani Young.
And, yes, Mr. C is certain to take the stage with his halau as well.
Tickets are $25, available at the Hawaii Theatre box office. Call 528-0506 or visit www.hawaiitheatre.com.
Falsetto contest kicks off at Sheraton Waikiki
The 13th Annual Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Contest, formerly the Frank B. Shaner Hawaiian Falsetto Contest, gets under way at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Waikiki.
Harry B. Soria Jr. and Karen Keawehawai'i will emcee as a carefully screened field of male amateur falsetto singers compete solo for $500 cash, a recording contract with Hula Records and a gift basket. Three runners-up will receive smaller cash prizes and guaranteed entry into one of the three neighbor island falsetto singing contests. There is also a $300 "Language Award."
Contestants are required to sing in Hawaiian and perform with backing musicians provided by the contest sponsors. Their performance must include an introduction segment in English explaining the song's history and cultural significance.
Tickets are $25. Call 853-0555.
Pipeline brings back grooves from the '90s
This weekend, forget about partying like it's 1999. Instead, skank like it's 1997 with Big Ben Productions and the "Back to Old School Jam" at Pipeline Cafe.
Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday for the 18-and-over crowd, but the evening's lineup should be just as recognizable to someone in their late 20s or 30s.
With his band Island Afternoon, Walter "Bruddah Waltah" Aipolani was one of the forefathers of modern Jawaiian music. The Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician is best known for songs like "Sweet Lady of Waiahole" and "Church in an Old Hawaiian Town." He'll be joined by the original lineups of Ho'aikane and the Mana'o Company, two other bands well-known for keeping parties jumping throughout the '90s.
Capping off the evening will be Natural Vibrations. The group has enjoyed tremendous success in the past decade. Their latest album, "From the Heart," was released this year.
Ladies of Sunday night return for a new season
Attention prime-time soap lovers: Sunday marks the return of "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters" to the ABC line-up.
The network offers this tease to the 8 p.m. "DH" season premiere: "The neighborhood is shocked when news about Edie spreads though Fairview, Lynette battles with the effects of chemotherapy, and a new family moves to Wisteria Lane ..."
On "B&S": "Nora and the Walker family desperately await word from Justin ..." The show airs at 9 p.m.
Need to catch? up before the new season begins? Visit www.abc.go.com for message boards, blogs and to download whole episodes.
Also on Sunday is the premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which was filmed in Hawaii. Remember all that hullabaloo in Kalihi Valley in June, when the home of Momi Akana and her family was rebuilt? Now you can see what it looks like inside. The show airs at 7 p.m., also on KITV/ABC.
NADINE KAM / NKAM@STARBULLETIN.COM
Let them eat mochi moon cake at New Lin Fong, with an option of one egg yolk or two.
New Lin Fong
In case you missed your opportunity to gaze at the moon while snacking on a moon cake yesterday, it's not too late to catch a nearly full moon and get your hands on one of the sweet bean cakes ... with a twist.
Shung Chong Yuein's closing earlier this year left a void in the Chinese sweets niche, but New Lin Fong, over at 1132 Maunakea St., has taken up some of the slack, offering tea cakes as well as moon cakes with an exterior of mochi rather than cake.
The cakes are $4 with one egg yolk, and $5 with two, with black sugar or lotus seed options.
I'm not entirely sold on the mochi exterior, which adds a layer of sugar over sugar, and gummy texture over gummy texture. The cake offered some contrast.
But, times change and the only other option is to pick up a tin of moon cakes (Hong Kong ones are preferable to those imported from China) in Chinatown. Don Quijote also brought in a batch but it sold out quickly.
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