Wednesday, August 13, 1997 The $1,000 first prize in the "Ka Himeni Ana" Hawaiian song contest went to Na Pu'ukani, a trio featuring Tweety Kaluahine-Juarez on ukulele, Jeniel Kanahele-Sika on bass and Benny Kai on guitar. The trio performed "Manu 'O'o" and "Kauai Medley."
'Ka Himeni' winners named
The 15th annual contest, held on Saturday, recognizes music performed without amplification.
In second place, Ho'onanea -- Brian Mersberg, Karl Zinsman Jr. and Eric Lee -- won a $600 award for performances of "Nani Haili Po I Ka Lehua" and "Sanoe."
Third place winner Punahele 'O Kahaku -- Kaleo Gottschalk, Alapai Chang and Roland Chang -- won $400 for performances of "My Sweet Sweetie/Moloka'i Waltz" and "Tutu."
A fourth prize of $200 was awarded to Naluhoe, a duo featuring Vicky Hollinger and Kawika McGuire, who performed "Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua" and "Ua Like No A Like."
The fifth place prize of $100 went to Kordell Kekoa and Tymmie Kekoa, who performed "Ku'u Pua Lehua" and "Ku'u Wali'ili'i."
The purpose of the competition is to encourage the singing of Hawaiian music to play up the beauty of the human voice, as in days before loud speakers existed.
When Chinese folk dance educator Yang Meiqi first attended the American Dance Festival in 1987 as a guest choreographer, she decided to take what she learned back to China.
dances into Honolulu
Now, a decade later, Meiqi is returning to the United States with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company -- China's first and only professional modern dance company. They will open at the Hawaii Theatre on Oct. 10.
The performance will feature such dances as "Undetermined Domain," a high-energy work that depicts the human reaction to uncontrollable circumstances; "Light," which was inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler; "Strong Wind," a reinterpretation of Chinese classical movement; and "Distant Sound," a contemporary piece about the passage of suffering.
Tickets for the Oct. 10 and 11 performances will be available for $15 to $25 at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office and all Connection outlets beginning Aug. 15.
The dance concerts begin at 7:30 each night.
In addition to the performances, a workshop will also be offered on from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 at the UHM Temporary Dance Building.
Led by company director, Gao Cheng Ming, the workshops will feature a discussion by the dancers on performing in China, and they will demonstrate several dances. Admission is $14 at the door.
Artful grazing and imbibing are on tap 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Chef/restaurateurs Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurant, Jean-Marie Josselin of A Pacific Cafe, and Chai Chaowasaree of Singha Thai Cuisine headline the food and wine "Showcase" to benefit children's programs at the Academy.
Chefs support art for children
The event features chefs at cooking stations representing nine restaurants and hotels.
World-class wines, selected by master sommelier Chuck Furuya, and wine personalities represent more than 15 wineries. Tickets are $55. Call 532-6099.
Tuesday, August 12, 1997 What would you do with one extra day of summer vacation?
Write, and win shopping spree
Describe your "extra day" in 50 words or less and win a $150 shopping spree at Wahiawa Town and Wahiawa Shopping centers. Second- and third- place winners will receive $75 and $50 gift certificates.
Entry forms are available at all participating merchants at the Wahiawa Shopping and Wahiawa Town centers.
The deadline is noon, Aug. 27. For more information, call 262-0687.
Academic Year in the USA is sponsoring a 1998-99 academic scholarship for high school students to study in Italy.
Study in Italy
Students will be placed with an Italian host family and will be enrolled in a local high school. Program participants will be provided with local support and cultural orientations.
For more information, call Regional Manager Carol Reanier at (800) 388-3013.
Monday, August 11, 1997
The interior of the Waikiki No. 3 Theater
once featured a rainbow over the stage.
Now that the classic Waikiki No. 3 Theatre is about to become history, it's a good time to find out about other historic theaters in Hawaii. The Historic Hawaii Foundation's "Preservation Presentation" series this week has preservationist Lowell Angell giving a slide lecture on the subject.
Theatrical history preserved
"The Waikiki No.3 theater was one of the grandest theaters in the country, the only tropical art-deco theater ever built," said Angell. "Theaters are important, not only as architecture, but because of their cultural heritage."
The presentation runs 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of Group 70, McCandless Building at 925 Bethel Street. Admission is $2; free for HHF members. Bring your own chewables, drinks are provided.
Finishing up its second decade, Da Car Show runs 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10, noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show is a benefit for the Easter Seal Society of Hawaii, and sponsors include Nissan, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Fujikami Florist and Anheuser Busch.
Da cars, dey coming
The show features vintage and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, plus modern customized vehicles such as "low-rider" cars and bicycles. Also on display will be model cars, go-karts and pedal cars. Events include "People's Choice" awards for favorite cars, bikini contests and entertainment from artists such as Amy and Willie K.
"Mini-Car Shows" will occur Sept. 13 at Wai'anae Shopping Center, Sept. 27 and 28 at Windward Mall and Oct. 4 and 5 at Sam's Club.
Admission to the Blaisdell show is $6; children 5 to 12 are $2; $1 discount coupons available at CarQuest stores. Information: 536-1015.
A "Tribute to a Queen" that features new songs about Queen Lili'uokalani highlights this year's edition of The Queen's Serenade, beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 on the front steps of 'Iolani Palace.
New songs are courtesy Willie K and Amy Hanaial'i Gilliom, who wrote "Hale Ali'i O Waimaka" following a visit to the palace, and by James Wong, whose classic piece will be performed by the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Also appearing will be Aunty Genoa Keawe, Anthony Lenchanko, the 'Iolani Palace 'Ukulele Band and the Ladies of Malanai.
Free admission. Information: 522-0827.
Cecilio and Kapono will reunite for a 25th anniversary aloha celebration at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Waikiki Shell.
Reserved tickets are $37.50, $27.50 and $22.50 and are available at the Blaisdell box office and Connection outlets. Tickets can also be charged by phone at 545-4000, or 1-(800)-333-3388.
Coupons for a $2.50 discount, available at Oahu Shell stations, are redeemable at the Blaisdell box office.
Little Charlie and the Nightcats, a West Coast "jump blues" band, will perform a weekend tour through the islands in late August. The dates are:
Nightcats perform blues
<img src="bu.gif"> 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Casanova's in Makawao, Maui. Admission is $18. Information: 1-(808)-925-3514.
<img src="bu.gif"> 9 p.m. Aug. 22 at The Hawaiian Hut in Honolulu. Guest band is Al Rapone and the Zydeco Express. Admission is $20. Information: 941-5205.
<img src="bu.gif"> 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Shooter's in Hilo, Hawaii. Guest band is Al Rapone and the Zydeco Express. Admission is $20. Information: 1-(808)-969-7069.
<img src="bu.gif"> 8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at The Kona Surf Resort Poi Pounder Room, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Admission is $18. Information: 1 (808)-322-3411.
The steel guitar was invented in Hawaii, so it's apropos that there's a "Steel Guitar Week" occurring during this fall's Aloha Festival.
Steel guitars play
There will be steel guitarists featured at 7 p.m. each night at the Halekulani Hotel's House Without a Key. They include Jerry Byrd on Sept. 13, a jam session featuring John Ely, Hanalei deWilligen, Casey Olsen and Alan Akaka on Sept. 14, Hanalei deWilligen on Sept. 15 and 16, BB Shawn and Bobby Ingano on Sept. 17, John Ely on Sept. 18, Al Greene Jr., Kona Lau and Benjamin Cheney on Sept. 19 and Jerry Byrd on Sept. 20.
From noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 there's a "Hot Lix" concert at Ala Moana Center Stage, featuring Po'okela's Greg Sardinha, Baba Alimoot and Rick Rickard, Ken Emerson, Michaelle Edwards, Imua Garza, George Kuo, Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, Ocean Kawili, John Ely, Hanalei deWilligen, Casey Olsen, Alan Akaka, BB Shawn, Bobby Ingano, Al Greene Jr., Hiram Olsen, Benny Kalama and Gary Aiko.
Free. Information: 235-4742.
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