Show and Tell Hawai'i

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August 25th, 2009

Got leisure time? Got film stuff — and more — to explore:

‘Sunset on the Beach’ to honor its sponsor, Tesoro

“Sunset on the Beach,” the frequent beachside event with movies, food and family-friendly fun, will honor Tesoro Hawaii, its sponsoring organization of the past three years, in two special nights Saturday (Aug. 29) and Sunday (Aug. 30) in Waikiki.
Two film blockbusters are set to unreel: “Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian” on Aug. 29 and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” on Aug. 30.
“We really want to honor Tesoro...for being our presenting sponsor for three years,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann, in a statement. In wavering economic times, Tesoro has stepped up to the plate and has supported the periodic beach events, in a public-private sector partnership that has “been a hallmark of our administration,” said the mayor.
Food booths open at 4 p.m. both days, with live entertainment from 5:30 p.m. and films screening at 7:30 p.m.
Roots Rising provides music on Sunday; a Saturday act has not yet been confirmed.
The city presents the Sunset series with the kokua of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority and the Waikiki Improvement Assn., with Tesoro as the presenting sponsor. Cox Radio Hawaii also is a participant.
Admission is free.

Statehood classics from Steven Fredrick

“Statehood Hawaii Movies,” a compilation of classic travel films on the Islands, will be screened at 7 p.m. today (Aug. 25) in a VIP screening room. To attend, advance reservations are required; meet at the Hawai’i Kai public library where you will learn of the viewing destination.
Steven Fredrick, a local film historian known for his collection of rare films related to Hawai’i, will host.
Call him at 395-0674 or email to reserve space, since seating is limited.
Admission: $7.50.

Interactive ‘Charlie Chan Mystery Tour’

To mark the 125th birthday of mystery writer Earl Derr Biggers, who created the immortal Honolulu detective Charlie Chan in his “The House Without a Key Novel,” film historian and tour director Steven Fredrick will host The Charline Chan Mystery Tour” Sunday (Aug. 30) in Chinatown.
Meet at 1 p.m. at the Fort Street Mall.
The tour examines Chang Apana’s old Chinatown neighborhood in search of a missing Charlie Chan. Apana was a real-life Hawaiian-Chinese member of the Honolulu Police Department, and the inspiration for the fictional Chan character, who was the subject of five additional novels.
Over three hours, the two-mile interactive walk inclubes visits to sites frequented by the detective, such as the old police station, coffee shops gambling houses and movie theaters. The residence of “Number One Son” also is on the agenda.
Earl Derr Biggers was born Aug. 26, 1885, in Warren, Ohio.
The tour includes a half-hour lunch break. Wear walking shoes and bring sun protection.
Cost is $30 ($20 for military with ID), and reservations are required 24 hours prior to the tour date. Walk-ins will not be accommodated.
Call Fredrick at 395-0674, e-mail him at filmguy54@hotmailcom
or visit

All local stations to air Kapi’olani Med Center documentary

In a historic show of community support, all five of Hawai’i’s local TV stations will broadcast a one-hour special marking Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children’s 100th anniversary.
The show, “100 Years, Over 1 Million Lives: A Century of Care at Hawaii’s Children’s Hospital,” will be televised from 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 26) on KGMB9, KITV4, KHNL8 and KFVE, with a rebroadcast from 9 to 10 p.m. on KHON2.
The documentary, co-produced by Lisa Altieri and Kim Gennaula, puts faces and to life-saving stories from families who have benefitted from Kapi’olani’s care. Among the personal tales shared: How navigator Nainoa Thompson’s and TV anchor Kathy Muneno’s son was saved with care, how a 3 year-old boy from Moloka’i had open heart surgery to add a ventricle to his heart, how a Kapi’olani physician’s own son got emergency room treatment.
“Nearly every family in Hawai’i has been touched in some way by Kapi’olani Medical Center,” said Martha Smith, chief operating officer of the hospital. “This television special isn’t just our hospital’s story; it’s every family in Hawai’i’s story.”
Not since film-maker Edgy Lee’s “Ice: Hawai’i’s Crystal Meth Epidemic” documentary in 2003 has the TV community united to deliver a story of widespread interest.
The special also examines how Tucker the Therapy Dog brings smiles to little faces to speed healing, how the Beads of Courage Program assists kids in marking milestones in their cancer recovery, and how the non-profit hospital is meeting the growing needs of children beyond Hawai’i’s shores.
During the broadcasts, viewers will be able to call 951-KIDS or long on to to pledge a gift to support Kapi’olani Medical Center in the next 100 years.

Manawale’a fundraiser in Waimanalo

Manawale`a Riding Center, a therapeutic horseback riding center for children and adults with disabilities, will hold a fundraising even from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) in Waimanalo. Melveen Leed, Touch of Gold, One Heart, Pacific Island Band, Bobby King, Randy Cazimero and Ken Irvine will perform.
Tickets: $6.

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