Tonight's performance of the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre at the Waikiki Shell Amphitheater has been canceled due to airline seat unavailability. But since the company has now received full government approval to travel, tomorrow and Friday's performances are still on as rescheduled. Tickets sold for tonight's show will be honored at both tomorrow and Friday night's shows. Call 944-7177 for recorded updates.


Seeing underwater

Cool off this summer by plunging into underwater photography in a workshop Saturday and Sunday.

Wayne Levin teaches the Underwater Photography workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Krauss Hall, Room 16. The class includes two field sessions on Oahu's Windward and northern coastlines.

Levin will cover technical aspects of working underwater, as well as visual challenges. Students will need a waterproof housing for their own cameras or buy disposable cameras. Color or black-and-white film can be used.

Fee is $200. Register or acquire more information at or call 956-8400.

Levin will also give a free talk, "Through a Liquid Mirror: The Underwater Photography of Wayne Levin," 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Krauss Hall, Room 012.

Makeke at Kawaiaha'o

Kawaiaha'o Church will present a Kamehameha Day Makeke and Luau, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring food, a white elephant sale and craft sales, plus entertainment by Halau O Na Pua Kukui, Kealiika 'Apunihonua Ke 'Ena A 'O Hula, Al Machida & Friends, and the Kawaiha'o Church School Keiki.

Seatings for the luau are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at $15 per person. Take-out will be available between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at $12 per plate.

Tickets will be available between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow and Friday at the church's bookstore lanai. Call 522-1333.

Where's Toto?

The cast of Diamond Head Theatre's "The Wizard of Oz," opening July 18, is just about complete, save for one furry, four-legged creature.

Auditions for Toto -- a "toy terrier, spaniel or 'Toto-looking' poi dog" -- will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday on DHT's Garden Lanai.

Dogs should be well-trained and respond to hand signals, have a calm disposition and be available for all rehearsals -- that's 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Dogs must be able to respond to commands given by the director or another individual.

The owner or guardian of the selected dog will also be required to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Call DHT at 733-0277, ext. 309.

Tickets for the performances are on sale now at the DHT box office at $10 to $40. Discounts are available for students, seniors and military. Call 733-0274 to charge by phone.

The production will star Kimi Anderson as Dorothy, Julia Ogilvie as The Scarecrow, Jimi Wheeler as The Tinman and Agaton Pasion as the Cowardly Lion.



Calling all cookbooks

Two national organizations are searching for quality community cookbooks:

Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards: The Kona Outdoor Circle won this national competition last year. Top prize is $2,500; six regional winners earn $500 each. Cookbooks published for fund- raising purposes by nonprofit organizations in 2002 and 2003 are eligible. Enter by Sept. 30. For an entry form and instructions, visit or write Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards, care of Hunter Public Relations, 41 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10010.

Best of the Best State Cookbook Series: Quail Ridge Press is compiling the "Best of the Best from Hawaii Cookbooks: Selected Recipes from Hawaii's Favorite Cookbooks," to be published in May 2004. Clubs, churches, community groups, restaurants and individuals may submit or recommend cookbooks that are specific to Hawaii, and that are in print and available by mail-order. Call 800-343-1583 or e-mail

Animal activist talks

Gene Bauston, co-founder of the farm-animal shelter Farm Sanctuary, will discuss his animal-rights campaigns at the June meeting of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, 7 p.m. next Wednesday at the Ala Wai Golf Course clubhouse.

His talk is free. Call 944-VEGI.

Bauston will also speak on Maui, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kahului.

KCC teaches basics

Kapiolani Community College is offering evening classes in cooking fundamentals. All classes are 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays; the fee is $75 per class. Call 734-9211.

Knife skills and basic cutting techniques: Learn about parts of a knife, types of knives, how to sharpen one and basic cutting techniques. June 18.

Soups: Create soups in three classifications: clear, thick, and specialty. June 25.

Sauces: Make the four "mother sauces": bechamel, velouté, espagnole (demi-glace) and tomato. July 2.

Sautéing and quick sauces: Learn the correct way to sauté, deglaze and create quick sauces. July 9.

Braising and simmering: Prepare classic dishes. July 16.

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