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Yo-yo contest needs challengers

The Hawaii Yo-yo State Championships continue from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Mililani Town Center.

Contestants can register on the spot, and there will be prizes for the top five winners, who will qualify for the Hawaii State and Pacific Regional Contest taking place noon to 6 p.m. June 15 at Ala Moana Center's Center Stage.

This year the regional contest is sanctioned by the American Yo-Yo Association, which means the state champions in the single-handed and double-handed divisions qualify for the United States National Championship in California.

Kids from Hawaii have placed in the top three every year since 1996.

For more information, call 834-2828.

Sunset on the Beach

Queen's Surf Beach is the place to be this weekend when Sunset on the Beach continues in Waikiki. With the Kamehameha Day holiday, you can stay up late all weekend, all the better to take in Sunset at the Beach tomorrow and Sunday nights.

The night of food and entertainment also features open-air film screenings.

Whether you choose to picnic on the beach or dine at tables with bright blue umbrellas on the Kapahulu pier, a wide assortment of food will be available for purchase from booths set up by Hau Tree Lanai, Furusato's, Ocean Seafood and Steak House, Davey Jones Ribs, Mr. Pizza, Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog, Ghiradelli's Ice Cream, Fort Ruger Market, Nutty Hawaiian, Popcorn Express and Beach House Cart.

Live entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. Tomorrow, refresh your memory for the upcoming "Men in Black II" by taking in the original action-packed, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi adventure, "Men in Black," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. On Sunday, "Mrs. Doubtfire," starring Robin Williams and Sally Field, will be shown.

>> Place: Queen's Surf Beach
>> Time: From 4 p.m. tomorrow, with films starting at 7 p.m.; repeats Sunday
>> Admission: Free
>> Call: 523-CITY (2489) or the Waikiki Improvement Association at 923-1094

Bruce Willis -- moonlighting as a crooner

Action star Bruce Willis will moonlight as a blues-rock crooner with his nine-member band, the Accelerators, at World Cafe.

Willis, who is in Hawaii starring in a Revolution Studio film, has been considering doing concerts here at World Cafe and the Kaneohe Marine base since arriving on Oahu in March.

In 1987, Willis organized the band, which the same year recorded the album "The Return of Bruno" for Motown Records, which produced a top 10 hit, a remake of "Respect Yourself." The band was featured in the 1988 movie "The Return of Bruno." The band made another album, "If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger," in 1989.

Band members include John Bazz, Stephen Hodges, Miles Joseph and Doug Hamblin. Aaron Neville's son, New Orleans funk king Ivan, who has often performed with the band, has not been confirmed for the Hawaii concert.

>> Place: World Cafe
>> Time: 8 p.m. tomorrow
>> Admission: $22.50, all ages
>> Call: 585-2877

Where’s Place Lift?

The spirit of Vagabond House lives on through Place Lift and Patty Kincaid. Kincaid, proprietor of the store at Ward Warehouse that sold eclectic home accessories, started home consultations as a service to patrons who were in need of advice about interior design. Although the store closed in January, Kincaid has kept Place Lift going through word of mouth from loyal customers.

Those who had trouble finding her sought the Star-Bulletin's help, referring to a story we published in November about her service.

A call to Vagabond House co-owner Daphne Chu at Ostrander-Chu, a graphics arts company, lead us to Kincaid, who said, "I feel bad for the (store) customers who miss us, but I'm glad we could give them something they liked for 10 years."

Kincaid is keeping busy thanks to her Place Lift customers, and she's got her hands on several projects, including adding her expertise to construction of a Big Island home from ground up. "Those kind of projects are really fun because we discuss everything, including bathroom fixtures," she said.

Although she's obviously comfortable with big projects, she said no job is too small, and she still enjoys dispensing advice on upholstery and throw pillows as well.

Her fee remains $75 per hour, with the first hour of consultation free. Call her at 306-3112.


The right way
to remodel

Check out the "Remodel It Right" seminar 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Kahala Mall.

Remodeling vendors will also stage a mini-expo from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with experts offering tips on financing and hiring an architect, remodeler or landscaper.

Representatives from the city Department of Planning & Permitting and State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs will talk about permits and other contractor issues.

Registration is recommended. Call Sonya Kimura at the Building Industry Association, 847-4666, Ext. 206, or register online at

Other seminars will be held, with 10 a.m to 9 p.m. expos at shopping malls through summer as follows:

>> July 27-- Windward Mall, noon to 2 p.m.

>> Aug. 24 -- Pearlridge Mall, Uptown Center Stage, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Home & Garden Show

Make those home improvements you've been putting off, but first, take in the Finance Factors 2002 Home & Garden Show for ideas Thursday to June 16 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

The show offers extensive exhibits, home improvement seminars, product and cooking demonstrations and live entertainment and prizes. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and June 14; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 15; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2.50 seniors and children under 12, and free for children under 7. Discount coupons available at Finance Factors.

Call 945-3594 or visit

Deck class at the Depot

Home Depot offers deck building workshops throughout June as part of its Home Depot University series. The classes will be held 7 p.m. Fridays at the Home Depot in Pearl City.

The two-hour classes will cover deck planning, building, stairs and railings, finishing and container gardening. Registration is required at the special services desk. For more information call 455-1200.


Look like an alien?

A "Lilo & Stitch" look-alike contest will be held tomorrow at Ala Moana Center's CenterStage, with prizes for those who most closely resemble and act like the animated title characters from the Disney film set to open nationwide June 21.

The Kamehameha Schools Children's Chorus will sing their two songs from the film at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Stitch contest at 11 and the Lilo contest at 11:30. Stitch is the ugly alien "dog" who escapes scientists and is befriended by Kauai girl Lilo.

People of all ages are invited to enter, although the contest is limited to the first 100 people per character who check in at the Ala Moana CenterStage by 9:30 a.m.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive four tickets to the Honolulu advance screening of the film on June 18. In addition, the first-place winner will receive a $250 Hilo Hattie gift certificate. Second-place winners will get a $75 Hilo Hattie gift certificate, and third-place winners will go home with a $50 Hilo Hattie gift certificate.

How are your moves?

Are you the picture of grace on a dance floor, or are the visions of Astaire and Rogers in your mind only? Find out June 22 when the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association hosts a ballroom dance competition at the Ala Wai Golf Course Palladium.

The cost to enter is $30 per person; watching's free. Competitions begin at 12:30 p.m., and dancers can find more information and an application at

There will be a dance following the competition, and the cost is $10. Call 395-6320.

Shape up for PetWalk

Bring your pet or come on your own to PetWalk 2002, the annual Hawaiian Humane Society fund-raiser taking place June 23, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

PetWalk brings people and pets together for a 2-mile walk beginning at 8 a.m., then back to the bandstand for refreshments and entertainment, including a pet costume contest, games and picnic lunch.

Prizes will be awarded to participants who raise $50 or more. This year, participants are encouraged to "form a pack" by teaming up with others to raise $500 or more. Pack members can qualify for special prizes, including a group photo at the event.

For more information or a registration form, call 946-2187, ext. 370, or visit (see News & Events section, Calendar of Events).

Note: Dogs are usually not allowed in Kapiolani Park, but a special permit allows them to attend PetWalk.

Funds raised will help provide care for Oahu's homeless animals.

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