Ohana Fest in town

The Civic Center lightens up tomorrow when the second annual Ohana Festival brings family fun to the heart of town from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., near Honolulu Hale.

Oceanic Time Warner will be setting up its Play Zone next to Xtreme Fun Rides. Bring a canned food donation and play on the rides for free.

There will also be food booths; a concert featuring the Pacific Artist Academy, Kawa Music and SugahDaddy; as well as craft booths, a 5,000-egg giveaway and prizes including bicycles, jumper rentals from Xtreme Fun and Meadow Gold coupons.

The benefit for Hawaii Food Bank is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, Xtreme Fun Rentals, Oceanic Time Warner, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Meadow Gold and Pizza Hut.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Isaac Hokama at 527-6090.

Hepatitis talk slated

Dr. Naoky Tsai will give a free hour-long talk about "Hepatitis B in Asia, the Pacific Islands, the U.S. mainland and Hawai'i" beginning at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd.

Tsai is affiliated with the Liver Center, St. Francis Medical Center, and is a professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The public is invited to find out about who is at risk for this disease, how it is spread and how to medically treat it. Many who have chronic hepatitis do not feel ill until it may be too late to be treated.

Legend of 'La'ieikawai'

A Hawaiian legend comes to life in a one-act opera to be staged in two performances by the St. Andrew's Priory Choirs, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and next Friday at Tenney Theatre. Admission is free.

The opera, "La'ieikawai, Princess of Paliuli," was composed by Neil McKay on commission by the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus for its 1996 summer opera program.

This production features 70 girls, grades 2 to 12, under the direction of Diane Koshi, director of choirs at St. Andrew's Priory.

The 45-minute composition is based on the Hawaiian legend of La'ieikawai, sometimes referred to as the goddess of the rainbow. In this version, she is the Princess of Paliuli, in the Big Island's Puna district. The story opens when La'ieikawai meets 'Onohiokala and the two fall in love.

While 'Onohiokala talks about La'ieikawai with his mother, his eavesdropping brother 'Aiwohi enlists the help of his five sisters to seek out the lovely princess for himself. The journey takes them through Mauna Kea, the domain of snow goddess Poli'ahu, and finally to Paliuli, where the princess refuses 'Aiwohi and is reunited with 'Onohiokala.

Throughout the opera, the audience is treated to the music of snowflakes, the princess's beloved guardian 'o'o birds and other magical characters.

For more information, call 532-2436.

Dancing toward degree

An audition for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in dance at the University of Hawaii will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Temporary Dance Building, on the lower UH campus.

The dance faculty will lead participants in a ballet barre, modern-dance combinations and a group improvisation, as well as provide information about the undergraduate dance degree programs.

For more information, call 956-3264.

'Fables come to life'

'Ohi'a Productions will be bringing "Fun With Fables 2," the newest creation from Lisa Matsumoto and Roslyn, to the Honolulu Zoo Meadow Stage, beginning April 17.

There'll be fun and laughter as Aesop's fables come to life through song, humor and an array of colorful and comical characters. Enjoy the stories of "The Milkmaid and Her Pail," "The Tortoise and the Hare" and others, as they entertain while teaching important life lessons.

Shows will be at 6 p.m. April 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25, weather permitting. Tickets are $5, sold only at the door. For more information, e-mail

'Pacific Tales' staged

Honolulu Theatre for Youth presents the world premiere of "Pacific Tales for Young People," Saturdays, April 17 and 24, and May 1 and 8 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park. Show times are 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. A sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for May 1 at 11:30 a.m.

Three stories are presented in "Pacific Tales," adapted and directed by local playwright, storyteller and drama educator Daniel A. Kelin II. "Cry of the Baby Crocodile" is from the Philippines, with brother piggies Cheerful and Selfish baby-sitting a baby crocodile. Cheerful cares lovingly for the howling baby croc and is given baskets full of fish by a grateful mother crocodile. Selfish, jealous of his brother, is mean to the baby and ends up with a gift of spiders and rats. Cheerful rescues Selfish and guides him down a path of kindness.

"The Really Big Frog" is an Australian tale about a thirsty giant frog who drinks all the world's water. All the other plants and animals of the world try to trick him into opening his mouth so the water will flow out. Children in the audience help the actor decide what animals to play and how to solve the dilemma of the big frog.

The third story, "A Brand New Tale," magically appears during the presentation. Performed as it is created, this story adventure is filled with as many of the children's ideas as possible and is completely original with each new show.

Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for ages 18 and under, and seniors over 60. The play is recommended for ages 3 and up. To order tickets, call HTY at 839-9885 or go to

The theater group will also be presenting Russell Davis' "The Little Little Red Riding Hood Show" at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 17 and 24 and May 1, 8 and 15 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park.

The story delves deep into the old Grimms' fairy tale of the naive little girl, the wily wolf and the ailing grandmother, exploring new perspectives and cleverly turning tradition inside out.

Ticket prices are the same as above.

Janice Terukina is Little Red and Moses Goods III is the Wolf in Honolulu Theatre for Youth's "The Little Little Red Riding Hood Show."


Isle designer on HGTV

PeterVincent and Associates is the design firm behind the the Local Motion Waikiki store and Brew Moon at Ward Centre. Vicent will appear on HGTV.

Peter Vincent, of Peter Vincent and Associates LLC, will appear on HGTV's "Designer's Challenge," a show in which three designers each pitch a proposal in hopes of being the chosen problem-solver to a homeowner's design dilemma.

Taping is scheduled for Thursday to April 17 at the firm's Chinatown penthouse studio and at the client's residence, with air date tentatively scheduled for August.

Vincent's firm has received awards from the American Society of Interior Designers and American Institute of Architects. Among its prominent projects are the Local Motion flagship store in Waikiki, which served as headquarters for MTV's "Real World Hawaii" series, Brew Moon Restaurant & Microbrewery at Ward Warehouse, and Assaggio Ristorante in Ala Moana Center.

Thanks for assist

Nominations for the Eukanuba Assistance Dog of the Year are being accepted through June 8.

The search, sponsored by the Iams Co. and international assistance dog organizations Mira and Assistance Dogs International, is designed to recognize the dogs that give meaning to the saying "Dog is a man's best friend."

Entries may be made by visiting and submitting a brief essay, along with a photo of the dog. The essay should focus on how an assistance dog has gone above and beyond to positively affect the life of its human partner. Nominations are accepted from owners of assistance dogs, as well as people who have observed the value of an assistance dog in another person's life.

One dog-and-owner team will win a lifetime supply of Eukanuba and an all-expenses-paid trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla., in January 2005. Two additional teams will receive a year's supply of Eukanuba.

Throughout the program, Eukanuba will donate a portion of its sales -- for a total of $50,000 -- to international assistance dog organizations. For more information, call 800-446-3075.

Garden awards

Residential gardeners will have their moment in the sun when Scenic Hawaii presents its Betty Crocker 2004 Outstanding Landscape and Gardens awards June 28.

Nominations for the second annual awards are being sought in four categories:

» Professional landscapers and businesses for a one-time or continuing landscape design seen or used regularly by the public.

» Private gardeners who have created beauty in their own yards or neighborhoods.

» Community gardens and public spaces or areas maintained by volunteer groups or community associations.

» Professional or private xeriscape gardens.

Send nominations, supporting information and photos by May 15 to Scenic Hawaii, Landscape Awards, P.O. Box 10501, Honolulu, HI 96813. Call 254-8702 for more information.

New showroom hours

Martin & MacArthur, known for its fine koa craftsmanship, has extended its showroom hours at 1815 Kahai St.

In addition to its regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, the showroom is also open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 845-6688.

Orchid show

What mom wouldn't want a gift of flowers and an evening away from the stove? Just in time for Mother's Day, the Mililani Orchid Club Inc. will be having its annual orchid show May 8 at the Mililani Uka Elementary School cafeteria.

Those taking in the floral and plant display and sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. can also enjoy a Mother's Day barbecue chicken sale. Admission is free. Call 623-1114 for more information.

Lawn redo contest

Compete to be the owner of the worst lawn in the nation and win a free lawn makeover, with advice from Trey Rogers, also known as the Yard Doctor.

Enter the Problem Lawn Makeover contest by submitting an essay of 200 words or less, explaining how the lawn reached its current state and how you plan to use the new lawn and maintain its condition. Include three 5-by-7-inch photos of the lawn, and fill out an entry form that can be found on www.yarddoctor. com. Send entries to Problem Lawn Makeover Contest, P.O. Box 2221, Maple Plain, MN 55593-2221. The deadline for entries is May 15.

A grand-prize winner will be awarded a lawn makeover valued at $10,000 and a Briggs & Stratton Touch-N-Mow lawn mower. Second- and third-place winners receive the Touch-N-Mow lawn mower.

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