Star-Bulletin Features

Monday, May 14, 2001

With old-fashioned lights comes old-fashioned lighting.

City sheds light
on a sidewalk puzzler

All that construction along Punchbowl is proving to be a goldmine for the WatDat-inclined.

And why not? We've got government buildings, a giant hospital, private homes and small businesses all pooched together on one of the busiest downtown streets in Honolulu. Not to mention City Hall!

The headscratcher du jour are the streetlights recently installed aloing the new stretch of sidewalk by The Queens Hospital. They are ornate and old-fashioned and rather nice.

The thing is, directly across the street are fairly new streetlights of a completely different, modern and sleek design.

According to the engineers at the City's Department of Design and Construction, this is temporary.

The old "new" streetlights on the Ewa side will be replaced with the new "old" streetlights. Got that?

In the City's ongoing attempt to make our neighborhoods more like theme parks, a variety of streetlights are being placed.

The Punchbowl lights are similar to, but not identical, to those in Chinatown. And Kailua will soon start installing a third type.

What lights in your neighborhood? Influence your neighborhood board.

One observation: The new lights actually illuminate the sidewalks better at night.

Burl Burlingame

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Wish upon a ‘Star’

The creators of the "Once Upon One Time" trilogy and "The Princess and the Iso Peanut" will make a little more magic again in "Once Upon A Star," a benefit concert with Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn performing the songs that have brought laughter and joy to audiences for the past 10 years.

The event takes place 5:30 p.m. May 20, with wine and hors d'oeuvres served under the stars at Leeward Community College Theatre. Patrick Fujioka will reprise the Mean Mongoose along with the Mongoosettes. The Menehunes, Who, Wat, Wen, Why & How Come join Prince Yoshi and Princess Alexis, the Three Pigs, & Da Wicked Queen, recreating "Magic of Da Mind."

Audiences will also revisit the spider, bat, birds, and fish characters from "Beneath the Ocean Blue," "Voices of the Rainforest," "Under the Hawaiian Sky," "In the Clear Blue Sea" and "Wings of the Islands."

There will also be a sneak preview of Lisa and Roslyn's newest Broadway-style musical, "On Dragonfly Wings," an original stage musical adaptation of the 2000 Ka Pala Pala Po'okela Award-winning children's book "Wailana the Waterbug." Janel Parrish and Joesph Morales will sing "World to Explore" and George Benevente, Megan Mount and Company will perform "Parade in the Sky," two new songs from the musical.

"Once Upon A Star" is a benefit for the nonprofit 'Ohi'a Productions, whose mission is to provide creative, educational and inspiring theatrical experiences for Hawaii's children and families.

Order tickets online at or call 261-9722.

Family 'Magic' on stage

Tickets are on sale for "It's Magic," a family show taking place at the Hawaii Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 25 and 26 and 2 p.m. May 27.

Produced by Milt Larson of The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, "It's Magic" features headliner Japan's No. 1 magic star Shimada.

Others on the bill include Ed Alonzo, co-star of the hit TV series "Saved by the Bell" and star of his own HBO magic special; Paris headliner Rudy Coby, who has been seen on two magical comedy specials for Fox TV; Julianna Chen, who has starred on TV's "World's Greatest Magic" show; Dana Daniels, who performs with "Luigi the Psychic Parrot"; and Christopher Hart, named "Stage Magician of the Year" and "Grand Prix Magique" whose hand played "Thing" in the movie "The Addams Family."

Tickets are $20 to $27.50 at the HTC Box Office, 1130 Bethel St. There are $5 discounts for students 17 and under, seniors 62 and over, and military personnel with ID. Student and senior rush tickets are half price for any seat on the day of the performance only.

In addition, May 25 is "Family Night," with children 17 and under admitted for $10.

To charge tickets by phone, call 528-0506.

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