Our Picks for the Weekend
Kids will try capitalism during Keiki Swap Meet
The Keiki Swap Meet is designed to teach children "the value of money, economics and trade in a fun and educational way."
At the Children's Discovery Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, shoppers are invited to support these young entrepreneurs.
The keiki sellers are be responsible for collecting all their items for sale, pricing each item and handling the cash transactions.
This special swap meet is free for buyers and open to the public at Kakaako Gateway Park, directly across the street from the center at 111 Ohe St. Call 524-5437 or visit www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.
Grab universe's energy and attend Wahine Fest
Describing itself as the "intimate event venue" -- with a definite feminine touch, as well -- Studio Be downtown has a couple of interesting things happening at its place at 63 N. Beretania St. There's a Theta Healing workshop starting at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, teaching "the method of supercharged meditation and prayer utilizing the fundamental creative energy of the universe to change limiting conscious and subconscious beliefs." Cost is $400, including books. And for $15, you can get into the Wahine Fest going from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, featuring musical guests Mihana, Cindy Combs, Millicent Cummings and more. Call 351-4960 or visit studiobehawaii.com
Polynesian Center offers special kamaaina rates
If you haven't been to the Polynesian Cultural Center out at Laie in some time, maybe now's the time to do so.
That's because, in celebration of its 45th anniversary, the center is offering special admission rates for kamaaina and their keiki.
Through April 30, children 3 to 11 years of age can go for free, when accompanied each by a paying adult.
And the savings continue if you decide to purchase an annual pass, with a kamaaina rate of 50 percent off the regular price of $40. Pass holders can then extend a 20 percent discount off an admission ticket for up to four visiting family and friends at a time when they use their pass to book a visit to the center through 2008.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is known for its eight island villages and exhibits with its interactive activities and shows, plus its Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant, the IMAX film "Coral Reef Adventure," a Laie tram tour and a canoe tour along the winding lagoon throughout the park.
Call 293-3333 or visit www.polynesia.com.
Dresser will perform at Contrabass Festival
One of the most exciting musicians around, Mark Dresser, will perform as part of the 5th Biennial Hawaii Contrabass Festival.
He'll be the featured solo artist 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Studio 949 in the Musicians Association of Hawaii building on Kapiolani Boulevard. Dresser is known to push the technical limits of his instrument, and has played with notables in the jazz, modern classical, and improvised and composed music fields worldwide.
Also on the program will be fellow bassists Peter Askim and Michael Gorman, plus soprano Vicki Gorman.
Tickets are $20 and $25. Visit hawaiicbfest.org.
(Dresser also will be part of a multimedia event, combining painting with music, March 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Studio Maui on the Valley Isle.)
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