Slam the Vote

The Hawaii Democratic Party takes its shot at getting out the youth vote with a slam poetry contest 8 to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Studio 1 "to bring attention to this election and the importance of voting."

The "Slam the Vote!" competition will have three categories: "Why Vote?", "What is a Leader?" and "I Believe ..." Poems must be political in nature and must not exceed a time limit of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Winners will receive cash and prizes.

Hawaiian Ryan of 104XME will be the night's emcee.

Admission is free, and contestants -- limited to the first 30 -- can sign up at the front door from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

The gallery is at 1 N. King St., downtown. Call 550-8700.

Savor many 'Flavors'

Wine experts will be on hand to lead you through "Flavors," a benefit tasting seminar at 6 p.m. Friday in the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom.

The event will include more than 100 wines to sample and, to keep you on your feet, plenty of pupu.

There will be door prizes and a silent auction as well, featuring such items as a trip for two to Australia on Hawaiian Airlines, a first-class trip for two to anywhere in the continental United States on Delta Airlines, hotel stays in Las Vegas, the Sheraton Princeville and The Palace in San Francisco, and more.

Proceeds from this Sheraton Hawaii Bowl event will go to HFIA/Rainbow Fever, which provides scholarships for University of Hawaii athletes.

Tickets, at $50, are available at the UH ticket office and at www.etickethawaii.com or by calling 944-BOWS (2697).

The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl takes place Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium.

Mary Ann Lynch's image of Sam Oulu Konanui is among the photographs that make up her exhibit, "Kalapana, A Hawaiian Place."

'Kalapana' extended

The "Kalapana, A Hawaiian Place" photography exhibit by Mary Ann Lynch has been extended through Oct. 3 at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Ward Warehouse.

Lynch photographed the people of Kalapana over several visits. Her show consists of black-and-white photographs of the community taken between 1971 and 1975, before much of the area was buried under lava.

Call 596-8885.

Queen search still on

The deadline for applications for the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contest has been extended to Oct. 8 (postmark date).

The contest is open to women between ages 19 and 26, with a least 50 percent Japanese ancestry. Contestants must be single residents of Hawaii with United States citizenship.

Applicants will have many opportunities to learn more about their culture and heritage, learn public speaking and leadership, and be of service to the community.

The festival, entering its 53rd year, is organized by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Applications are available by calling 949-2255, or online at www.cbfhawaii.com.

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