Are you 'Fantastick?'

Diamond Head Theatre is holding auditions for "The Fantasticks" this weekend at the DHT Rehearsal Hall at 520 Makapuu Ave.

Auditions will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The initial audition will be singing and basic movement for dance. Wear comfortable clothing. Performers should prepare an appropriate musical selection in their key. There will be no transpositions on site. Karaoke is acceptable, but bring your own equipment.

"The Fantasticks" holds the record for the longest-running musical in the world. In it, young lovers become disillusioned only to discover a more mature, meaningful love punctuated by catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become standards.

For more information, call 733-0277, ext. 309.

'Aloha Betrayed'

Noenoe Silva, author of "Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to U.S. Colonialism," will be the guest at the monthly "2nd Sunday" event at Revolution Books taking place at 3 p.m. Sunday.

By analyzing 19th-century Hawaiian-language newspapers and other texts, Silva refutes the belief that native Hawaiians passively accepted the erosion of their culture and loss of their nation, showing instead that they actively resisted political, economic, linguistic and cultural domination.

The event is free. The bookstore is at 2626 S. King St. For more information, call 944-3106.


Love and fortune

Have trouble saying "I love you" for Valentine's Day? Then let the fortune cookie speak.

Emily's Chocolate-Covered Fortune Cookies are an alternative to the usual heart-shaped box. Instead, six cookies come in a red Chinese restaurant-style takeout box, with black kanji spelling out "love."

Each cookie is individually wrapped to maintain freshness, with fortunes such as "Your heart's desire will be fulfilled," "Destiny works ... give it time" and "Your efforts to win someone's heart have not gone unnoticed."

One box sells for $4.99. For more information, go to www.emilyschocolates.com.

What's in the water?

Dr. Masaru Emoto, the researcher whose "Hidden Messages in Water" were featured in the film "What The #$*! Do We Know!?" will be making an appearance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St.

He will help people understand his unique water research and its global implications for humanity, in demonstrating the dramatic effects of thoughts and words on water molecules.

Tickets for his talk are $25 advance and $30 at the door. Call 875-8820.



Butterfly gardening

With their beautiful multicolored wings and dizzying aerial ballet, butterflies remind us of the world's beauty. Enhance your garden with these suggestions from Ruthann Spears, manager of Cincinnati Parks' Krohn Conservatory, and you'll attract butterflies:

» Avoid chemicals. If you want butterflies to frequent your yard, avoid toxic lawn-care chemicals. Conversely, your yard is eco-friendly if there are a lot of butterflies.

» Offer caterpillar food. Butterflies come from caterpillars and caterpillars have to eat. Crown flowers are the food of choice for Monarchs.

» Provide landing pads. They like plants and flowers that offer flat landing surfaces. A butterfly can land on a plant and drink the nourishing nectar.

» Try warming stones. Butterflies like dark-colored stones where they can land in the morning and warm up in radiated heat. They have to be at 80 degrees before they can fly.

» Make mud puddles. Butterflies are attracted to these sources of water and minerals.

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