Larry Akana from McKinley's Class of 1957 channeled Elvis at last year's McKinley Karaoke Challenge. Backing him are fellow alumni who helped the Class of '57 take first place.

Who will be
the McKinley Idol?

Before there was "American Idol," there was good old-fashioned karaoke, and Hawaii was the leader in adopting the concept in the West. What else could we do with the pastime than turn it into competition a la "Hawaii Stars," and now, the search for the "McKinley Idol"?

Now 21 McKinley grads will vie for the perpetual trophy at the second annual Karaoke Challenge, taking place 4:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at their alma mater's auditorium, at 1039 S. King St., with dinner and the lure of door prizes awaiting guests.

You don't have to be a McKinley graduate to attend.

Classes ranging from 1933 to 1982 will be represented.

So get ready to hear Shigeru Goto (Class of '33) belt out his rendition of "Kitaguni No Haru," to out-vocalize Lawrence Ikezaki ('49) as he performs "Begin the Beguine." And will Carl Sato's ('62) "My Way" stand a chance against Albert Kia and Darryl Fukuji's ('76) "Born to be Wild"? We can hardly wait for the compilation disc!

Tickets to the event are $15, available by calling Tom Katsuyoshi at 949-5659.

The McKinley Alumni Association is sponsoring the competition to showcase alumni talent, promote fun and fellowship, and raise funds for the association's scholarship and special-projects fund.

Desert rose show

The Desert Rose plant show 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Ward Warehouse Amphitheater gives plant lovers a chance to show how well their plants have grown. An item last Friday listed an incorrect date.

The event will showcase newer varieties, including the coveted white rose.

The free show, sponsored by the Cactus and Succulent Society of Hawaii, offers workshops from 10 a.m., and experts will be on hand to answer questions about cultivating this beautiful plant.

Polo returns to North Shore

For a long time, polo has been synonymous with Waimanalo. Now, after a 10-year hiatus, the Hawaii Polo Club will trot over to the Mokuleia Polo Field.

The 2003 season opener, sponsored by Hawaii Polo Inn and Dillingham Ranch, takes place Sunday and will be followed by 10 consecutive Sunday games. Gates open at 11 a.m. for tailgating with the game starting at 2 p.m., with Sky Dive Hawaii jumping center-field at halftime.

A food booth manned by Haleiwa Smokehouse and refreshment booth run by Jameson's will serve through post-game entertainment by Dita Holifield. Deejay Charlie Garrett will provide live remote coverage.

During the 2003 season the Hawaii Polo Club will welcome high-goal guest players Miguel Torres, of Argentina and Santa Barbara; Ruben Gracida, of Mexico and the Palm Beach Polo Club; and his son Westin Gracida, who is one of the hottest young players in the country.

General admission is $5 per person for tailgate parking. Hawaii Polo Club members and guests will have a tented seating area with tables and chairs. Season membership, including 10 games and guest passes, is available.

For more information, call Murph Dailey at 637-4692.

Save cash and planet with a haircut or 2

In observance of Earth Month, Manoa Valley Salon & Spa, in connection with Aveda Corp., will be holding a Massage-a-Thon and a Cut-a-Thon on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the Greenhouse Network to Stop Global Warming.

Massages will be $1 per minute (a savings of up to 50 percent), and you can book up to 60 minutes. Haircuts will be $25 each with a limit of two haircuts per family.

Services will be provided on a first call/come basis only. The salon will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and only cash and checks will be accepted.

The salon is at 2801 E. Manoa Road. Call 988-0101 for more information.

'Once on This Island' staged in the round

Students from the Performing Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College are presenting the musical "Once on This Island" in the Maile Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $5 for the performance, which will be presented in the round and accompanied by an orchestra.

The theater is located on the corner of Kilauea and Makapuu avenues. For tickets, call Lina Doo at 734-9748.

Concert tickets on sale

Whether your musical tastes run to classic or current rock and pop, blues or rap, one of these concert acts may have you running to ticket offices today or tomorrow. So get ready for the following shows:

>> The Seventh Annual Rhythm & Blues Mele: Takes place May 16 at the Hawaiian Hut. The event will be headlined by the Derek Trucks Band. Trucks, a slide guitarist, is the son of former Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks. Tickets are $28 at Tower Records & Video, Hungry Ear in Kailua and Rainbow Books on University Avenue. For more information, call 808-896-4845.

>> Stephen Bishop: The pop singer-songwriter will perform at the Doris Duke at the Academy, Honolulu Academy of Arts, on May 17, with ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro opening. (Bishop's classic "On and On" can be heard on the soundtrack of the Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management.") Advance tickets, at $20, go on sale tomorrow at the academy's front desk and Tower Records. Call 532-8700.

>> 50 Cent: Tickets are $39.50 and $36.50 to witness this sizzling rapper's debut at the Blaisdell Arena May 27. Get hooked up through Ticketmaster outlets at the Blaisdell Arena box office, UH Campus Center, Pearl Harbor Bloch Arena, MWR Kunia and Foodland stores. Tickets are also available online at, or charge by phone at 877-750-4400.

>> Evanescence: Originally hailing from, of all places, Little Rock, Ark., the current radio fave will make also be making its Honolulu debut July 11 at Pipeline Cafe. Featuring the heavenly vocals of Amy Lee, the band's "Bring Me to Life" was recently featured in the "Daredevil" film and soundtrack. Tickets, at $20, go on sale tomorrow. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (see above for locations) for this Goldenvoice concert.

>> Van Morrison: On the heels of Brian Wilson's appearance at last year's Honolulu Marathon luau at the Waikiki Shell comes the Irish soulman and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. The combined early registration marathon fee and a luau-concert ticket will be $30 beginning tomorrow. Each runner may purchase six additional concert tickets for $20 apiece at Niketown in Waikiki, 2080 Kalakaua Ave. For more information about the race, visit

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