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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.

"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. 

Give Back and Get More at Ward Centers from May 2 to 4

Give Back and Get More at Ward Centers from May 2 to 4

This spring, shoppers will have a chance to give back to their local community while getting more from Ward Centers with Give & Get Weekend from May 2 to 4. The annual event will allow the public to purchase $5 Give & Get passports from one of more than 35 participating nonprofits and groups, complete with access to exclusive center-wide and store-specific offers.

“Our Give & Get Weekend provides our shoppers with a fantastic opportunity to support a variety of different causes in our community while also taking full advantage of everything Ward Centers has to offer,” said Katie Ka‘anapu, Ward Centers’ senior marketing manager. “We invite the public to join us for a fun-filled weekend of guilt-free shopping, activities and entertainment by purchasing a passport to help raise much needed funds for local nonprofits.” 

Island Sole and OluKai Pair Up to Donate Footwear to Hawai‘i’s Lifeguards

Hawai‘i footwear retailer Island Sole and popular brand OluKai have teamed up to give back to the true lifesavers of our communities – our local lifeguards. As part of OluKai’s partnership with the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association (HLA), Island Sole will host a product donation event on Wednesday, April 16, where local lifeguards will be invited to stop by Island Sole’s Kahala Mall store to receive complimentary footwear from OluKai’s HLA-inspired collection. The event details are as follows:

When: Wednesday, April 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Island Sole Kahala Mall

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.”