2 fundraisers fall from luau roster
People who seek out the church luau as a source of the best Hawaiian food will have slimmer pickings this year.
The Pearl City Community Church, which served 3,200 full meals last year, decided to forgo its annual April fundraiser. And Kawaiahao Church has suspended its annual Kamehameha Day luau because construction is under way to replace the old parish hall with a new multipurpose building.
"The congregation just decided to rest," said Pearl City Community Church administrator Cheryl Uechi. The luau involves dozens of volunteers doing four months of planning and "a very intense effort of food preparation for the last week," Uechi said. "We will decide later this year whether to continue."
The good news is that tickets are on sale for the Kaumakapili Church benefit luau, now in its 37th year. The July 19 luau offers the complete traditional menu, from kalua pig to raw fish to haupia, at a 5 p.m. all-you-can-eat feast with Hawaiian entertainment. The cost is $25. Take-out meals for $15 may be picked up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 845-0908.
Two other favorite luaus are coming up in August.
Liliuokalani Protestant Church in Haleiwa will put tickets on sale next month for the Aug. 2 luau, a sit-down event with entertainment. Call 637-9364 for reservations.
United Church of Christ at 467 N. Judd St., Liliha, will present its annual "take-out luau" on Aug. 16. For ticket information, call 536-8418.
Concerts offer musical variety
From hip-hop to taiko drumming to classical organ music, church concerts will offer a variety of entertainment this month.
» Saxophonist Gordon Tokishi will join organist John Renke in the 12:30 p.m. Wednesday free lunchtime recital at St. Andrew's Cathedral, at Beretania and Queen Emma streets. People are welcome to bring lunch. The weekly recitals are preceded by celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 12:05 p.m.
» A breakdancing competition for all ages will be under way from noon to 5 p.m. next Saturday in a fundraiser for Grace Bible Church Youth Ministries in Pearl City. The "Inertia 5: All for One" concert will feature a live performance by Audible Lab Rats and music played by several DJs, as well as painting, cash prizes and giveaways, food and fellowship. It will be at Momilani Elementary School cafeteria, 2130 Hookiekie St., Pearl City. Cost is $5.
» Pacific Buddhist Academy will present the second Taiko & Karaoke Festival at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at the Pearl City Cultural Center, Waimano Home Road. The school's Performance Taiko Ensemble will perform, as will the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Dharma School Taiko Ensemble and singers Talia Char, Craig Shimizu, Amy Katsumoto and Charlyne Tom. There will also be an Okinawan Lion Dance by Jon and Darlene Itomura and Okinawan dance by Ann Moribe and family. Cost is $10 at the door, to benefit the academy's taiko program.