Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, May 11, 2001

A bronze scuplture at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach
Resort & Spa is of a male hula dancer in a stance that
represents the Hawaiian hawk, the spirit of Hawaii,
poised to take flight.

Hilton unveils sculptures

Bronze sculptures by Kim Duffett will be unveiled Wednesday to mark the soft opening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa's new Kalia Tower. A more formal opening will be held in the fall.

The larger-than-life sculpture, standing at 15 feet tall, features one male and two female hula dancers performing hula kahiko over the edge of a lava rock waterfall.

The piece is entitled "Kaha Ka 'Io Me Na Makani" ("the hawk soars with the winds"). The male dancer represents the hawk, the spirit of Hawaii, poised to take flight. The women represent the winds and invisible energy that gently lift the 'io.

After consulting with the University of Hawaii's Hawaiian Studies Department, Duffett began work on the sculptures in August 1999, and for several months had to relocate to Ashland, Ore., and the San Francisco Bay area because his Hawaii studio could not accommodate the project. The male dancer alone weighs 1,600 pounds.

For more information, call the Hilton at 949-4321.

Jets at Gussie’s

Guess they must be grown up now, because the Jets are jetting our way once more, performing at Gussie L'Amour's at 8:30 p.m. May 27 through 29.

The Wolfgramm sibling act debuted in the '80s and delivered such Top 40 hits as "Crush on You," "You Got It All" and "Cross My Broken Heart."

A $20 advance pass good for all three nights is available at Gussie's and Gold Zone in Wahiawa. Tickets will be $23 at the door for the 21-and-older show.

For more information, call the club at 836-7883. Gussie's is at 3251 N. Nimitz Hwy.

Calling junior lifeguards

Sign-ups for the City and County of Honolulu's popular Junior Lifeguard Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the following locations:

>> The City Store, Ala Moana Center
>> Kalama Beach Park, 248 N. Kalaheo Ave.
>> Foodland Pupukea, 59-720 Kamehameha Hwy.
>> Waianae Store, 85-863 Farrington Hwy.

The seven one-week sessions will begin June 18, ending with the Junior Guard Championships at Ala Moana Beach Park Aug. 11.

Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 17 by June 1, with strong swimming skills. Instructors are certified City and County of Honolulu ocean lifeguards who will teach ocean safety, CPR, first aid and surf rescue techniques.

The sessions will take place at four sites on Oahu: Ala Moana Beach Park, Kalama Beach Park, Ehukai Beach Park and Pokai Bay.

For more information, call coordinator Lt. Mark Cunningham at 589-2251.

Got plenny milk

School and corporate teams will race on rafts fashioned from milk cartons and jugs during the fifth annual Meadow Gold Milk Carton Regatta, taking place tomorrow at Ala Moana Beach Park's Magic Island.

The milk carton races begin at 9 a.m. with intermediate and high school teams racing to the finish line -- that is, if their vessels float at all. There will be a vessel inspection at 8 a.m.

The corporate challenge begins at 12:30 p.m. with teams from Budweiser, Outback Steakhouse, Zippy's, First Insurance, Coca-Cola, Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright and more, racing on two-person "boats" made from milk jugs, wood, rope and hope.

The Waikiki entrance of the park will be closed between 8:30 and 8:45 before a 9 a.m. parade. The entrance will reopen at about 10 a.m.

Proceeds from corporate donations will benefit Hawaii Foodbank.

Chips off the block

Cinnamon Girl has named the five finalists in the "Mommy-Daughter Look-Alike Contest," which will be held at noon to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mother's Day, at the Ala Moana Centerstage.

They are Carey Ann Sasaki and 3 1/2-year-old Katelyn, Elaine Valencia and 1-year-old Rusty, Elisha Hirakawa and 20-month-old Chasie, Gloria Ogata and 5-year-old Tiare, and Tammie Oki and 2-year-old Tristyn.

The grand-prize winners will receive a Cinnamon Girl wardrobe for a year, a mom-and-daughter spa package from Malama -- An Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, and a naupaka pendant and earring set from the Rainbow Collection. All finalists will receive prizes as well.

For more information, call Elisa Tanabe at Cinnamon Girl, 596-0423, ext. 16.

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