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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

 Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Sara Davis Buechner and conductor Maximiano Valdés back to the Islands for a program of Gershwin, Beethoven and Ravel on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. This will be the third program in the HSO’s Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series.

Buechner, who may well hold the world title for having the most piano concertos in her repertoire (more than 100!) and is noted for her interpretations of American and jazz-influenced works, will perform George Gershwin’s Concerto in F. More of a traditional, although jazzy, piano concerto than his earlier Rhapsody in Blue, which was actually orchestrated by fellow composer Ferde Grofé, the Concerto in F showcases Gershwin’s own mastery of orchestration.

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

Manoa Library Celebrates Earth Day with Free Events in April

The Manoa Public Library will celebrate Earth Day 2014 with free programs and events for the whole family in April 2014:

•             April 19 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon – “Urban Farming with Malama Manoa.”  Malama Manoa, a non-profit organization, will present the following Earth Day activities:

               >             Laying Hens: Meet Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Cuckoo Maran (also known as ‘Chocolate Eggers’) and see their eggs

               >             Beehives and Honey: Experience an (empty) backyard beehive and taste homegrown honeycomb

"Experience Easter" Event at Manoa Valley Church on April 20

“Experience Easter,” a unique interactive, multi-sensory event, will be presented at Manoa Valley Church (MVC) on Sunday, April 20 at 7 a.m.  The public is invited to see Jesus and other Biblical characters “come to life” in this free event for the whole family.

Walk with Jesus through his final days and experience the excited crowds of Palm Sunday, the love of the Last Supper, the fatigue of the Garden of Gethsemane, the unfairness of the trial, the pain of the crucifixion, the emptiness of the tomb, and the joy of the resurrection.  The 75-minute experience begins in the church’s first floor elevator lobby and ends in the Hiro Higuchi Christian Life Center.

Your Easter Experience will also include:

•             A Continental Breakfast served from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 

"Strange Case of Origami Yoda" Selected 2014 Nene Award Winner

"Strange Case of Origami Yoda" Selected 2014 Nene Award Winner

 “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger has been chosen by the children of Hawaii as the winner of the 2014 Nene Award.  The Nene Honor Book Award (runner-up) is “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio.  

The annual Nene Award is presented to the favorite fiction book based on a vote by the children of Hawaii in grades 4 through 6.  This year, a total of 6,308 students from 73 public libraries, private and public schools statewide voted.

Linda Jackson, the daughter of Nancy Brooks, who began the Nene Award, was a special guest and made the announcement this morning before an audience of more than 400 invited dignitaries, students, teachers, and other guests at the 50th Anniversary Nene Award Presentation Ceremony at Sacred Hearts Academy Auditorium.

maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

 maluhia honua – 2014 aloha festivals to honor polynesian voyaging society’s world voyage

Hawaiʻi Students Encouraged to Participate in Poster Design Contest

HONOLULU – This year’s Aloha Festivals pays tribute to the upcoming worldwide voyage of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hōkūleʻa and its mission to promote world peace with its theme, “Maluhia Honua – World Peace With Aloha.”

“The 2014 theme was inspired by a song composed by Irmgard Farden Aluli entitled ‘For a Peaceful World’ and honors the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission to promote world peace,” said Helene “Sam” Shenkus, co-chair of the Aloha Festivals board of directors. “The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the Aloha Spirit through the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawaiʻi.”

Meet Author Emmy Laybourne at McCully-Moiliili Library on April 15

Meet Author Emmy Laybourne at McCully-Moiliili Library on April 15

Come and meet Emmy Laybourne, author of the “Monument 14 Trilogy,” at McCully-Moiliili Public Library on April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium.

“Monument 14”, the story of 14 kids from Monument, Colo. trapped in a superstore as civilization collapses, was called “Frighteningly real . . . riveting” by The New York Times.

Laybourne, who resides outside New York City, is also a screenwriter, lyricist, and former character actress.  She began her writing career as a playwright, and has also acted in movies (featured roles in “Nancy Drew”, and others), television and improv groups, including Chicago City Limits.  One of her plays, “Smorgas-Bourne,” landed Laybourne a starring role in “Superstar,” a Paramount feature film opposite Molly Shannon. 

Hawaiian music master Ernie Cruz jr. brings soulful vocals and guitar work to ‘Kanikapila in Kailua

KAILUA – Ernie Cruz Jr., Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys, will take the stage on Saturday, April 19, to continue the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s popular free monthly “Kanikapila In Kailua” Hawaiian music series.

“We are so lucky to have great Hawaiian music talents like Ernie Cruz Jr. perform at ‘Kanikapila in Kailua,’ the Windward side’s showcase series of free Island entertainment,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO. “Following Ernie Cruz Jr., in May and June, will be slack key virtuoso Makana and Kawika Kahiapo, another Hōkū Award winner.”