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See Steel Drum Performance at Kaimuki Library on November 2

See Steel Drum Performance at Kaimuki Library on November 2

The award-winning Greg and Junko MacDonald, who have been featured as the opening act for Harry Belafonte, Julio Iglesias, Jimmy Buffet, and Kenny Loggins, will perform steel drum music from a variety of genres including Latin, Hawaiian, calypso, classical, jazz, and vintage rock at Kaimuki Public Library on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.  The free performance will be conducted in the Adult Reading Section.

The MacDonalds, eight-time Hawaii Music Award winners, will also share background information about the history of the steel drum.  The duo has performed on Hawaii Public Radio, at major conventions and various retail outlets.          

The Friends of Kaimuki Public Library is sponsoring this one-hour program for adults.  CD albums of the MacDonald’s will be available for purchase from the Friends group following the performance.       

New Orleans Storyteller Featured Performer this Fall at 12 Selected Libraries

New Orleans Storyteller Featured Performer this Fall at 12 Selected Libraries

Storyteller Diane Ferlatte will be the featured artist at 12 selected public libraries during the months of October and November in celebration of the 2014 HSPLS Fall Programs for Children and Teens.

Ferlatte, a New Orleans native, is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning storyteller, sharing her tales in a multitude of countries on six continents as well as throughout the U.S.A., including previous visits to Hawaii.

In addition to receiving numerous honors for her performances, all eight of her recordings have won awards including Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, National Parenting Publications, and Children’s Music Web Award. Ferlatte was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008.

Ferlatte will present the following four programs: 

“Haunted Bayou” at five Neighbor Island libraries, just in time for Halloween:

New Orleans’ Pianist-Singer Jon Cleary opens Atherton Winter Concert Season Nov. 7

New Orleans’ Pianist-Singer Jon Cleary opens Atherton Winter Concert Season Nov. 7

Hawai‘i Public Radio is thrilled to open its Atherton Performing Arts Studio 2014-15 Winter Season on Friday, November 7 with multi-talented New Orleans pianist-singer Jon Cleary. Born in England and bred in New Orleans, Jon Cleary is a triple threat who combines soulful vocals, masterful piano skills, and a knack for composing infectious grooves, melodic hooks and sharp lyrics. His solo performance in the  intimate 75-seat Atherton will feature songs from his latest, critically acclaimed album Occapella! (all from the catalog of Allen Toussaint), and insights about the music of New Orleans.

Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. They may be purchased online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawai‘i Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

HONOLULU Fashion Week Announces Final Event Lineup

HONOLULU Fashion Week, a first-of-its-kind fashion event highlighting local and national design talent will hit Honolulu next month. Presented by HONOLULU Magazine, the weekend of events from November 6 – 9 announces the final designer lineup along with supporting sponsors. More than 30 designers and a diverse group of New York-based industry experts will come together for this premier event to showcase Hawaii’s unique fashion talents.

“Fashion has been a part of the Hawaiian culture for years. Our rich heritage has influenced not only the designers that reside in the islands but also those designs seen on international runways this past spring,” explains Alyson Helwagen, HONOLULU Magazine publisher. “We couldn’t be happier to champion our influence on the industry with this event that would not be possible without our many partners and sponsors, who are helping to catapult Hawaii’s own fashion industry into an international spotlight.”

Teens - Enter Word Cloud Contest at Manoa Public Library

Teens - Enter Word Cloud Contest at Manoa Public Library

In celebration of Teen Read Week 2014 (October 12-18), the Manoa  Public Library invites teens to describe a book that inspired them this year by using a Word Cloud and entering a Word Cloud Contest for a chance to win a $25 Amazon.com gift card! 

‘Rock the Box’ Art Contest Showcases Honolulu's Creative Talent

‘Rock the Box’ Art Contest Showcases Honolulu's Creative Talent

HONOLULU – Oahu Publications, Inc. (OPI), the publisher of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, invited local artists to “Rock The Box,” the newspaper boxes for its new weekly publication Metro that will launch on Oct. 1. Forty creative individuals were given the opportunity to use the Metro newspaper boxes as their personal canvases. All forty boxes will be displayed throughout the Honolulu area with free copies of the new Metro publication.

“Oahu Publications is thrilled by the tremendous responses and creativity for the ‘Rock The Box’ contest,” said Dennis Francis, OPI president and Honolulu Star-Advertiser publisher. “The variety of one-of-a-kind designs and artwork from the community really reflect the edgy, artistic and quirky style of our new Metro publication.”