Palace seeks docents

Queen Emma Summer Palace is looking for volunteer museum guides and is offering a 10-week docent course to train prospective docents.

The palace was a favorite home of King Kamehameha IV and his wife, Queen Emma, who used it to escape the hot and dusty climate of Honolulu. It has a rich history that focuses on the Kamehameha Dynasty. The course will cover the history of the Hawaiian monarchy from unification under Kamehameha the Great to the overthrow in 1893.

Classes will run on Mondays and Tuesdays at the palace beginning March 17. The palace is at 2913 Pali Highway in Nuuanu. Hawaiian history experts will be guest speakers and there will be three days of field trips to other museums in the study of Hawaii's monarchs.

There is a fee to cover materials and honorariums to guest lecturers. For more information, call 595-3167.

Scholarships offered

Lodge Le Progres de l'Oceanie, a charitable fraternity, is offering two $2,500 scholarships to be awarded to Hawaii high school graduates this year.

Saturday is the last day for receipt of applications.

There will be one male and one female recipient. To be eligible, applicants of any age must have graduated from a Hawaii high school, and must attend an accredited Hawaii university, community college or business college.

Winners will be notified on May 15.

To apply, send a packet containing the following:

>> Resume including address and phone number where you can be reached.
>> Proof of graduation from a Hawaii high school.
>> Proof of attendance or acceptance at an approved academic institution (see above).
>> One-page essay stating your reasons for your pursuit of higher education.

Send your packet to: Lodge Le Progres de l'Oceanie, Scholarship Program, 1227 Makiki St., Honolulu, HI 96814.

Lodge Le Progres de l'Oceanie was founded in 1843. Based on the principles of fraternity, charity, and integrity, the goal of the 160-year-old service organization is to enrich Hawaii society. Past masters, or presidents, include Kings Kamehameha IV and Kalakaua and John Dominis.

Karaoke for class glory

McKinley High School graduates are invited to do the "American Idol" thing and sing -- out loud, in public, under competitive conditions.

The second-annual Karaoke Challenge takes place April 26 at the high school auditorium.

The McKinley Alumni Association is offering a perpetual trophy to the singer of the night.

Tickets to observe the singing battle are $15, and include dinner and pre-competition entertainment. Funds raised will support alumni association scholarships and special projects.

Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, with pre-show at 5 p.m. and the program starting at 6:30 p.m. Call Tom Katsuyoshi, 949-5659.

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