Walk for lupus

The Hawaii Lupus Foundation is inviting the public to join in launching the organization's first "Shine a Light on Lupus" Walk.

A kickoff event will be held at the Ala Moana CenterStage at 3 p.m. tomorrow to invite the community to register for the walk -- choose a 1.5- or 2.75-mile route -- to be held at Ala Moana Beach Park on Oct. 9.

Justin Cruz of BOB-FM will host the drive, also featuring performances by local bands Epic Session and Dusty 45's.

The foundation hopes the walk will help to promote lupus awareness within the community and raise funds for programs for education and early awareness for the disease, as well as youth programs.

The foundation will provide registration forms, pledge sheets and packets until 5 p.m. Participants can pledge a minimum amount of $25, and those who turn in their forms and pledges before the Sept. 17 deadline will receive a free T-shirt and a chance to win prizes at a special drawing during the walk.

For more information, visit

Be careful out there

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is offering a series of free hunter education classes for anyone at least 10 years old who enjoys and wants to feel safe outdoors.

Topics covered include firearm and archery safety, survival and first aid, wildlife identification and conservation, rules and regulations, game care and outdoor responsibility.

Classes take place at the Nimitz Business Center, 1130 N. Nimitz Highway A-212. (Drive up the ramp; classroom is the first on the right.) To sign up, call 587-0200. Students are required to show a photo ID at the door.

The sessions:

Next Friday: 5:45 to 10 p.m.
Aug. 14: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 17: 5:45 to 10 p.m.
Sept. 18: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sept. 24: 5:45 to 10 p.m.
Sept. 25: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for the 33rd National Hunting and Fishing Day being celebrated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 at Kokohead Shooting Range, where there will be demonstrations, food and opportunities to participate in skeet and rifle shooting, archery and a fish-casting contest.

Archery safety will be one of the many topics in free hunter education classes sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources at the Nimitz Business Center. Chris Stanley, left, takes aim with his hi-tech bow at archery targets in Kapiolani Park.

A fish with a beard

Bearded fish are on exhibit at the Waikiki Aquarium beginning this week.

The creature -- the bearded armorhead, or Evistias acutirostris -- is rarely seen in local waters, and little is known of its biology and behaviors.

Researchers have found that the "beard," or sensory barbels beneath the fishes' chins, assist them in finding food. The fish were donated by an aquarium in Tokyo.

The Waikiki Aquarium is the only facility in the United States where these unusual animals can be viewed.

Call 923-9741 or visit

Ribbons for sale

Aloha Festivals ribbons are now on sale, offering bearers discounts at participating restaurants and retailers, as well as free admission to select Aloha Festivals events.

The festival has sold ribbons to fund the annual celebration of Hawaiian culture for 58 years. Cost is $5 and includes a program guide. Call 589-1771 or visit for a schedule of events.

Child care at the mall

The Kids Club at Ala Moana Center is making it easier for parents to shop till they drop. The new drop-in child care center provides hourly care for children 2 to 12.

The facility is on the center's upper level, near Tommy Bahama, and is open during mall hours.

Cost is $22 per hour; kamaaina rate is $15. For shoppers with two or more children, a 10 percent discount is applied. Walk-ins welcome. Call 942-9194.


Enter your bright idea

Your made-for-the-"Jetsons" idea may just pay off.

Smarthome challenges you to submit your idea to it's Automate This! contest for the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 worth of merchandise from, which markets goodies such as home theater systems, lighting and home security systems.

The best new idea for improving everyday life in the home through automation wins.

Contestants should go to, complete the entry form and describe an automated home improvement they wish was available today and how that would make life more convenient, safe or fun.

Ideas can involve remote and/or automated control of lighting, security, home entetainment system, pool and spa, climate, pet care and more. It could also include new ways to entertain friends at home or more convenient ways to care for an elderly family member or infant.

Second and third runners-up will receive Smarthome gift certificates for $500 and $250 respectively.

Deadline for entries is Aug. 31. Winners will be announced Sept. 15.

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