Our Picks for the Weekend
Recording artists earn honors for lifetime work
Three individuals and two duos will be honored Saturday at the 2008 Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards luncheon in the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
The honorees are Edna Farden Bakeart, jazz vocalist Jimmy Borges, the Brothers Cazimero, Cyrus Green, and Robert Beaumont and Jerry Santos of Olomana.
The award for lifetime achievement was called the Sidney Grayson Award until the name was changed in 1987. HARA has been honoring five individuals or groups each year since 2002.
Doors open at 9 a.m. for brunch at 10, followed by the awards show. Tickets are $85; $100 premium admission. Call 593-9424.
Cultural center to screen drama about 100th/442nd
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii will sponsor a special screening of "Only the Brave." The 2006 drama was the first to depict the story of the legendary Japanese-American 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team from the experiences of three of local-born playwright and actor Lane Nishikawa's uncles who served with the team.
The film captures their tragedies and sacrifices during the final days of their rescue of the Texas "Lost Battalion" who were trapped for more than a week on a high plateau in France's Vosges Mountains, surrounded by German soldiers.
The film stars Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, the late Pat Morita, Jeff Fahey and Guy Ecker.
The 7 p.m. Tuesday screening will be at the Hawaii Theatre, with a $10 general admission charge, $8 for JCCH members and veterans. Proceeds benefit the center, with DVD sales of the movie benefiting the local chapters of the 100th and 442nd. Call 945-7633, ext. 33, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic violence group holds party for teenagers
The Teen Alert Program at the Domestic Violence Action Center will be hosting its first Love and Courage Party on Sunday starting at 5 p.m. at the O Lounge on Kapiolani Boulevard
It's open to all Oahu high school students and will feature entertainment by DJ Kutmaster Spaz and reggae music from Conscious Roots. Free refreshments will also be offered, while they last, plus door prize giveaways.
Cover at the door will be $5, with all proceeds going directly back to the program, which provides services to teen survivors of dating/relationship abuse, and to improve its prevention education curriculum. Call 447-3549 or e-mail NicoleD@stoptheviolence.org.
Strive to be the best in kenjin kai karaoke
Who will be the next grand champion of kenjin kai karaoke?
The annual Kenjin Kai Karaoke Challenge at Dot's in Wahiawa, now in its fourth year, brings together contestants singing Japanese songs to celebrate the cultural heritage of their respective areas -- and prove who's got the best pipes.
Dress in happi coats, yukatas and kimonos to get in the spirit; contestants are also needed, so arrange ahead of time to grab a mic. Adding to the fun will be chief judge Frank De Lima, City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz, and state legislators Sen. Bobby Bunda and Rep. Marcus Oshiro.
Previous winners include Sumako Yamada of the Waialua-Wahiawa Kumamoto Kenjin Kai; Ryoko Ishii of the Niigata Kenjin Kai; and Joyce Henna of Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai.
The festivities start at 4 p.m. Sunday, with tickets going for $18 (including dinner), plus a $5 fee for singers. Call 306-1876.
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