Iolani Palace event marks Kalakaua's coronation
Friends of Iolani Palace marks the 125th anniversary of the coronation of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani tomorrow with a ceremony at the Coronation Pavilion on the grounds of Iolani Palace.
The program, from noon to 2 p.m., will include an account of the 1883 ceremony by Niklaus Schweizer of the University of Hawaii, as well as performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and St. Andrew's Cathedral Choir. The Navy Region Hawaii Ceremonial Guard will give a 21-gun salute (the Navy was the only military branch represented at the original ceremonies).
Following the ceremony, until 4:30 p.m., the first floor and galleries of Iolani Palace will be open free of charge. Call 522-0822 or visit www.iolanipalace.org.
Isle golfer Fujikawa to appear at benefit
Share an evening with Tadd Fujikawa and a group of LPGA professionals at Sunday's "An Evening with Champions" benefit for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association.
Chef Beverly Gannon of Haliimaile General Store on Maui is preparing the food for the event, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom.
Also in attendance will be LPGA tour professionals Paula Creamer, Christina Kim, Dottie Pepper, Kay Cockerill, Britney Lincicome, Sherri Steinhauer and Pat Hurst.
Cost is $500. Call 532-0559.
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Chorus fundraiser will star De Lima
Comedian Frank De Lima will be featured at a benefit dinner Saturday for the Na Keiki O Manana chorus.
Also performing will be the Pearl City High School marching band, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii taiko drummers, Rainbow Pigeons of Hawaii and the chorus.
The free concert takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Manana Elementary School Campus in Pearl City.
Tickets for a steak dinner are $13 to help fund the chorus' spring concert tour to Seattle. E-mail Nakeikiomanana@hotmail.com or visit www.Mananachorus.blogspot.com.
Win trip to Japan in haiku contest
Japan Airlines is offering a grand prize of two round-trip tickets to Tokyo in its 10th World Children's Haiku Contest 2008. Hawaii students up to age 15 are invited to enter haiku with the theme "Winds."
Entries must include a drawing by the writer on the same piece of letter-size paper. Write name, age, grade, teacher's name and school on back.
Deadline to enter is Feb. 29. Mail entries to Haiku Contest, Japan Airlines Public Relations Honolulu Office, Japan Airlines, Honolulu Airport, 300 Rodgers Blvd., Box 21, Honolulu 96819. For details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum spotlights Hawaiian artisans
Bishop Museum begins a series of demonstrations by native Hawaiian artists this weekend. The series, "Na Hana No'eau," will run through June 29, with sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Artisans will demonstrate their work in the new Atrium Lobby in the main Hawaiian Hall complex. Among those to be featured are carver and weapons-maker Umi Kai, weaver Janice Kai, lei maker Dorothy Sakamoto and weaver and painter Kawahine Tokunaga.
The demonstrations are included as part of museum admission. Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Artists interested in participating should contact Hiilani Shibata at 848-4149 or e-mail email@example.com.
Kumu Kahua offers lessons on acting
Kumu Kahua Theatre is offering two acting classes for adults:
"Body and Voice": Betty Burdick leads vocal exercises and methods, with lessons applied to Shakespearean monologues. Classes are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, this weekend through March 22. Cost is $100.
"Introduction to Acting": Scott Rogers covers the process from audition through rehearsals and the opening and run of a show -- including analyzing types of text and how to learn dialogue. Classes are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 21 to March 27. Cost is $100.
Both classes will be held at the Academy of Film and Television. Call 536-4222 or visit www.KumuKahua.org.
Art center hosts writing workshops
Volcano Art Center hosts its 10th Annual Weekend Writer's Retreat from Feb. 22 to 24, with writer-instructor Tom Peek leading sessions on "Writing for Power, Heart & Vision."
The retreat is limited to 14 writers of all genres and experience levels. It will include writing exercises, discussion of the writing process and sharing of work.
Peek has facilitated writing workshops locally since 1991 and has been a professional writer for 30 years, with work ranging from newspaper and magazine pieces to late-night radio comedy. He served as primary writer for the Kilauea Visitor Center exhibits at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Retreat fee is $225, which includes meals at Volcano Hale. Optional housing is an additional $130. Subsidies available. Call 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.