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Meet Dennis Alexio in Waimanalo at Saturday's Big Bash.

Waimanalo Bash will be big, big, big

Waimanalo's the place to be Saturday when the first annual Big Waimanalo Bash fills the air with the lilt of music, the aroma of teriburgers and barbeque chicken and good fun.Performing will be Israel Kamakawiwio'ole, Willie K, Ka'au Crater Boys, Cyril Pahinui, Del Beasley, Teresa Bright and others. You can also meet kick-boxing champ Dennis Alexio.A highlight will be continuous boxing matches, appropriate since the bash is sponsored by the Oahu Youth Boxing Association as a benefit. There also will be crafts, food and drink booths and parking at the Polo Field.The bash runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children under 11, and are available at Shima's, Gas Express and Tempo Records locations, House of Music and Windward Mall. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Information: 259-9763.

Deep dancing

Halau Na Kamalei will celebrate its 21st anniversary and kumu hula Robert Cazimero his birthday at "Dance Deep" Sunday at the Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.The event begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon and the show at 1 p.m. Tickets are $37 and proceeds will benefit the halau. Information: 524-4845.

Battle of the bands

Twelve bands will compete on Sunday for a chance to play Carnegie Hall. The Hawaii Music Awards' competition from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Blue Zebra nightclub is the last preliminary contest before the finals April 14. The winning band will join other Hawaii musical stars for a show in New York in May.Tickets for Sunday's contest are $5 and will be available at the door. Information: 622-9069.

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