June 25th, 2009
Hoku winner: Two outdoor concerts
Taking advantage of his Na Hoku Hanohano Award wins, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole will give two public concerts, one tonight, another on July 16, at not so conventional stages.
Kanaka’ole headlines at 6 tonight at Moonlight Mele on the Lawn at Bishop Museum, where gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $10 for museum members and military with ID. Information: 847-3511, www.bishopmuseum.org.
He also will appear at 7 p.m. July 16 (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), at Ke Kani O Ke Kai, the summer music series at Waikiki Aquarium. Tickts: $25 adults, $10 youths 7 through 12, free for keiki under 6. Tickets: 550-8457, www.honoluluboxoffice.com.
Moonlight movies: A pool idea
You can watch a movie from the swimming pool, when Embassy Suites-Wakiki Beach Walk screens Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun,” at 8 p.m. July 3, at the hotel’s Grand Lanai.
It’s a Fourth of July weekend specialk open to locals and visitors alike.
Inflatable rafts of red, white and blue, will be available for from-the-pool viewing, or score a chaise lounge poolside and sip beverages and indulge in hot dogs for sale.
Admission is free. Information: www.embassysuiteswaikiki.com.
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Hula hubbub: 35 and counting
Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand marks its 35th anniversary with “Out & Proud for 35 Years and ... Still Dancing,” from 7 p.m. July 9, on the second floor of the Waikiki Grand Hotel, 134 Kapahulu Ave.
Flash (Hot 93.9, BampProject, F&M) and Maleko (HNLNow.com, Hot 93.9, Maleko’s Room) will be guest hosts.
The dance card will include Tahitian, breakdacning, bellydancing, tango, burlesque and modern, with additional entertainment by the IONA Contemporary Dance, Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Brian Evans, and Daniel Daniels Production.
Even the Hula’s staff will take the spotlight.
Wildest Show: Humpday fun at sundown
The annual Wildest Show in Town, a Wednesday-only summertime event at the Honolulu Zoo lawn, is in full swing.
Gates open at 4:35 p.m.; admission is $3 at the gate.
The remaining roster of performers:
• July 1 — Roy Sakuma & Super Keiki.
• July 8 — The Hot Club of Hulaville.
• July 15 — Manoa DNA.
• July 22 — Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii.
• July 29 — Jake Shimabukuro.
• Aug. 5 — Natalie Ai Kamauu.
• Aug. 12 — Jimmy Borges & His All Star Jazz Band.
Weekly ‘ukulele give-aways will be held at each event.
Summer treat: Spooky tales on radio taping
Aloha Shorts, the Hawaii Public Radio show, will feature a “Spooky Stories” theme at 7 p.m. July 5 at the Atherton Performing Arts Theatre. It’s free to the public.
The Halloween theme prevails, since the show we broadcast in October.
Audience members are encouraged to come in home-made costume, since a contest is set with judging by stylist Amos Kotomori and Sandra Finney of Kennedy Theatre.
Hamajang, the Aloha Shorts house band, does a pre-show warm-up session at 6:45 p.m.
Works by local authors Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Darrell H.Y. Lum, Nora Okja Keller and others will be read by folks like Devon Nekoba, David Furumoto and Blossom Lam Hoffman.
Reservations are recommended to assure seating. Call 955-8821.