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Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Hilo_Polynesian_voyaging_canoeThis weekend, the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea and sister vessel Hikianalia will sail into Hilo Bay for the first stop on the Malama Hawaii leg of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s ambitious four-year Worldwide Voyage.

The wa‘a kaulua (voyaging canoes) were launched on Wednesday in Honolulu Harbor. Over the next several months, the canoes will sail 1,000-miles statewide, with stops at 30 ports, before departing for Tahiti in May 2014. Click here for the Malama Hawaii sail plan.

Next week, while visiting Hilo, canoe crews will take part in koa tree plantings, presentations about voyaging, and other Big Island community outreach efforts.

The voyage’s awe-inspiring worldwide sail plan includes covering more than 46,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 20 countries, with some 60 stops during which crewmembers will connect with schoolchildren, educators, indigenous groups and others to exchange future-focused ideas and practices linked to environmental sustainability.Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Hilo_Polynesian_voyaging_canoe

The 62-foot by 20-foot Hokulea accommodates up to 14 voyagers, and the slightly larger Hikianalia can sail with up to 16 crewmembers. Neither uses fossil fuels. Both rely on wind in the sails and photovoltaics for their lights, communications and, in Hikianalia’s case, engines.

During the worldwide voyage, no single crewmember will be on board Hokulea for more than 30 consecutive days without taking a break. By the time the canoe completes its planned circumnavigation of the globe, an estimated 400 crew members from a total of 16 different countries will have sailed on the vessel. The crew will consist of navigators, students, educators, scientists, documenters, medics, and cultural leaders, including some of the voyaging society’s early members who are now in their 60s.

Founded in the early 1970s, the Hawaii-based Polynesian Voyaging Society’s early members set out to address unanswered questions about how Early Polynesians made their way to Hawai‘i and other far-flung islands in the Pacific Ocean.Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Hilo_Polynesian_voyaging_canoe

Among the matters debated by scholars and navigators: Was exploration and settlement intentional? The result of planned voyages? Or was it a case of “accidental drift” involving storm-wrecked canoes slipping off course, or aimless one-way exile voyages?

Critics of the “intentional voyages” theory doubted that the canoe’s spare design could hold up over vast distances. Among those countering that stance were voyaging society members inclined to believe that Polynesian maritime legends were likely based on fact, and that the canoe’s seaworthiness was at least equal to that of Europe’s first ocean-crossing ships.

The debate prompted the society to build a replica of an ancient voyaging canoe and retrace the storied path of discovery by sailing it from Hawai‘i to Tahiti. Hokulea’s first launch during the mid-1970s coincided with the start of the ongoing Hawaiian Renaissance, a revival of long-suppressed and neglected cultural identity expressed in music, language, hula, and other traditional practices, such as voyaging.

To date, Hokulea has sailed by way of traditional voyaging more than 135,000 miles of Pacific Ocean, traveling to the corners of the Polynesian Triangle as well as to the U.S. Mainland’s West Coast and Alaska, Japan and Micronesia, and other areas. The worldwide voyage, dubbed Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage will mark the voyaging canoe’s first venture into other oceans.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s around-the-Earth plan is detailed in a feature story titled “Around the World in 1,460 Days,” in the HAWAII Magazine’s May/June issue.

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Photos: (top and middle) Hokulea, (bottom) Hikinalia/Polynesian Voyaging Society

Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_art_museum_samuraiThese days, we glimpse the influence of samurai art in popular culture, from the look of anime characters in comic books and video games to the design of Darth Vader’s helmet in Star Wars movies.

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s “Samurai Summer” offers an in-depth look at the artwork and lifestyle tied to warrior culture of samurai, who served nobility from the 12th through 19th centuries, most notably during the reign of the Tokugawa shoguns (1603–1868). Among the summer’s highlights: one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on samurai ever created; a lecture about samurai armor given by the exhibition’s curator; and a film festival that pays tribute to Hollywood’s bygone Japanese film theaters.

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, a traveling exhibit that showcases 63 works by 30 master craftsmen, features full suits of armor, dramatic helmets and warrior hats, fierce face masks, long and short swords, daggers, rifles, and more.

During peaceful times, higher-standing samurai engaged in artistic pursuits, such as adorning armor with exquisite designs and crafting helmets that conveyed the owner’s sense of superhuman power. Samurai artists also memorialized battle scenes on canvases ranging from folding screens to sword fittings.

Integrated into the exhibit will be a selection of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese woodblock prints, including work by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1862), who is remembered as an archetypal samurai artist.

Lethal Beauty will be on view at the museum starting next Thursday (Jun 6) and continuing until Aug. 18. For additional information about the exhibit, click here.

• Lethal Beauty’s curator, Andreas Marks, will give a lecture titled Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor, 1 p.m. on June 6. Marks, who serves as director and chief curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, Calif., will focus on the design of suits of armor and will especially address helmet forms and often found elements like demonic Chinese lions.

• The Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre will host The Sword and the Screen: A Summer Samurai Film Festival. Described as “part additional programming for Lethal Beauty, part tribute to Honolulu’s bygone Japanese film theaters such as the Toyo Theater and the Nippon Theater, The Sword and the Screen offers a look at samurai life through seven Japanese classics directed by three masters of the genre—Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi and Kihachi Okamoto.

For more information about the Honolulu Museum of Art’s summertime offerings, click here.

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Photo: Suit of armor with a pink rib-bone cuirass, 18th centrury. Iron, lacquer, board fur and cord. Courtest of Private Collection/Photography by Forrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.com.


Bon dance season in Hawaii will get under way this week on Oahu with events at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu (pictured, above) and at the Hawaii State Library, situated between Iolani Palace and Honolulu Hale in Honolulu’s Capitol District.

The Japanese custom of o-bon — Hawaii shortens the word to bon —honors the spirits of family members who have passed away.

You'll find o-bon festivals slated for just about every weekend at Hawaii hongwanji missions and temples, from June through August. According to tradition, it is believed the summer months are when ancestral spirits return to visit family and friends.

If you're visiting the Islands this summer, we recommend taking part in at least one o-bon festival, especially if you have never experienced the annual Japanese Buddhist tradition in person. (The 2013 schedule for Hawaii bon dance events starts on the next page.)

In Japan, the tradition of summer o-bon festivals dates back more than 500 years. Here in the Islands, the festivals serve as both a ceremony of spiritual remembrance and a celebration of cultural heritage and community. Everyone is welcome at an o-bon festival, regardless of religious background or ethnicity. As such, each temple's festival — and there are dozens throughout summer — is often well attended.


O-bon festivals are best known for group dances known as bon-odori. The dance differs depending on the Japanese prefecture of origin, but generally involves dancers circling around a high wooden scaffold called a yagura (pictured, above) while swaying to the rhythms of folk songs and other music.

Note to novice dancers: the dance leaders are usually in the innermost circle. Just try to follow their moves. If the moves elude you, just walk with the dancers in your circle. Beginners and children are welcome to take part in the dancing, which is intended to invite the ancestral spirits to visit family for the duration of the festival, which often continues through two evenings.

The festivals are also known for serving up delicious Japanese foods such as andagi (sweet fried dough), grilled teri-beef and -chicken skewers, musubi (rice balls wrapped in dried seaweed), and stir-fry noodles. The menu is intends to both nourish dancers and raise money for the host hongwanji. So, bring your appetite. You may want to try all of it.

Also, make sure you bring a camera to capture some memories. Want some ideas for potential photo opportunities? Before heading out to a bon dance, check out photographer Luke Takayama’s online bon dance photo gallery.



Na Hoa, a traditional Hawaiian music trio, was among the big winners at the 36th annual 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony (Hawaii’s music industry equivalent to the Grammys) held over the weekend in Honolulu.The group won four awards, including album of the year for the group’s self-titled and first-ever album. The other awards: group of the year, most promising artist, and Hawaiian music album of the year. Na Hoa’s members include Ikaika Blackburn (ukulele), Keone Souza (bass) and Halehaku Seabury-Akaka (guitar). Na hoa, which translates as "the friends," formed in 2002.

Here's a listing of the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards winners.

Female Vocalist of the Year — Amy Hanaialii, My Father’s Granddaughter (UA)

Male Vocalist of the Year — Weldon Kekauoha, Pilialoha (‘Ohelo)

Most Promising Artists of the Year — Na Hoa, Na Hoa (Na Hoa)

Anthology Album of the Year (Producers Award) A 20 Year Collection Of The Mana‘o Company, The Mana‘o Company (Dan Pa), Danny Kennedy and Dave Tucciarone, producers
Alternative Album of the Year—“Contrast,” Sing The Body (‘Aumakua)

Group of the YearNa Hoa

Jazz Album of the YearI Wish You Love, Melveen Leed (ML Records)

Island Music Album of the Year‘Io, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)

Christmas Album of the YearHilo For The Holidays, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Religious Album of the YearGlory To God On High, Jeff Rasmussen and James Rubin (Glory To God)

Instrumental Composition of the Year (Composer Award)Tell U What, Brittni Paiva (Brittni Paiva)

Extended Play (EP) Release of the YearWahi Mahalo, Kamakakehau Fernandez (Kamakakehau)

Instrumental Album of the YearSteel’n Love, Bobby Ingano (Kuiʻouʻou)

Slack Key Album of the Year Slack Key Huaka‘i, Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)

Single of the Year Merry Christmas Darling, Waipuna (Poki)

Music Video/DVD The Hawaiian Legends: Live In Concert, various artists (Kuleana)

Rock Album of the YearThe Blinding Speed Of Trust, The Piranha Brothers (‘Aumakua)

Hip-Hop Album of the YearLive From Soul Sound, Evasive Species (‘Aumakua)

Reggae Album of the Year — The Change I’m Seeking, Mike Love (Love Not War)

Hawaiian Music Album of the Year — Na Hoa, Na Hoa (UA)

Contemporary Album Of The YearMy Father’s Granddaughter, Amy Hanaialii (UA)

• Ukulele Album of the Year Tell U What, Brittni Paiva (Brittni Paiva)

• Compilation Album of the Year (Producers Award) — Lanaʻi Slack Key Festival: Live Kiho‘alu At  Ke‘ele, various artists (Jazz Alley), Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, John Keawe, Kevin Brown, Brother Noland,
Kenneth Martinez Burgmaier, Cindy Combs, Benny Uyetake and Dave Lower, producers

• Album of the Year Na Hoa, Na Hoa and Dave Tucciarone, producers

• Song of the Year Uhiwai, Nathan Aweau (Bass Plus)

• Favorite Entertainer of the Year — Weldon Kekauoha

• Graphics Award — B. Kanaiʻa Nakamura for Haʻa, Na Palapalai (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes — Manu Boyd, Robert Cazimero and Shawn Livingston Moseley, Mele ʻAilana: Manu Boyd Island Music, Manu Boyd (Hui Waianuhea)

• Haku Mele (Composer Award)Kakaʻako Kuʻu ʻAina Aloha, Kaiponohea Hale, from “Ho’ola Lahui, Ho‘oulu Pae ‘Aina: Vibrant People, Thriving Lands,” various artists (Kamehameha Schools)

• Hawaiian Language Performance Manu Boyd, “Mele ʻAilana: Manu Boyd Island Music” (Hui Waianuhea)

• Engineering Award — Wendell Ching and Kapena De Lima for Shame On You, Kimie (Kimie Miner)

• International Album Recognition Award Noho Aloha, Maikaʻiloa (no label)

• Moe Keale “Aloha Is” Award for Community Service — Ku’uipo Kamukahi

• Ki Ho’alu Foundation Legacy Award — Dennis Kamakahi

• Maiki Aiu Steel Guitar Legacy Award — Jerry Byrd

For additional information about the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, click here.

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Photo: Na Hoa album cover


Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Maui_Kona_museums_palace_arboretumTen Hawaii institutions will be offering free admission to all active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Among the participating venues is Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum is closed on Mondays. (Because the Honolulu Museum of Art is closed on Mondays, its participation will start on May 28 and wrap up on Sept. 1.) The other Hawaii participants are: the African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, and Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu; the Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kona Historical Society, Laupahoehoe Train Museum and Lyman Museum and Mission House on the Big Island; and the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum on Maui.Hawaii_Oahu_Honolulu_Maui_Kona_museums_palace_arboretum

Across the country, more than 2,000 museums are participating in Blue Star Museums, with leadership support provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program aims to provide families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after completing a military move.

In a news release issued by the Honolulu Museum of Art, its director, Stephan Jost, said: “We gratefully open our arms to service men and women and their families. Relaxing in front of priceless works of art in two of the most beautiful settings in Honolulu for free is the least we can do for a group of people dedicated to serving our country.”

On view this summer at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s main location on Beretania Street are the exhibitions Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor and Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures. At Spalding House, the museum’s location in Makiki Heights, is Now Hear This, an exhibition of sound-related art.

For more information about Blue Star Museums, click here.

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Photos: (top) Honolulu Museum of Art's Spalding House; (bottom) Iolani Palace/Joe Solem (HTA) Hawaii Tourism Authority

Hawaii_Maui_photo_contestDo you have a stunning Hawaii photograph? One that captures the breathtaking beauty of our lush landscapes and shorelines. Or a memorable moment depicting people and culture in the Islands. How about an artistic abstract shot?

If so, enter your best photos in HAWAII Magazine’s 15th annual Photo Contest. Your photography could win you a grand-prize six-day/five-night stay at The Kapalua Villas on Maui’s west side, airfare and various other goodies, such as a chic digital camera fitted with a powerful 5x optical zoom, a 28 mm wide-angle lens, and an optical image stabilizer.

The contest is open to entries through Aug. 9, 2013. Prizes will be awarded for the most awe-inspiring, Hawaii-focused images. You may enter photos in the four categories listed here.

People — Photos depicting individuals or groups, residents or visitors doing anything or nothing at all (outdoors or indoors) on any island.

Outdoors — Photos depicting Hawaii’s landscapes/seascapes — natural or man-made, country or urban, mountain/beach (mauka/makai), close-up or at a distance.Hawaii_Maui_photo_contest

Culture — Photos depicting Hawaii’s diverse cultures — from Hawaiian to Japanese to Filipino and everything in between. Images may feature events, activities, artifacts, memorabilia, architecture, people, etc. Images may spotlight a single culture or many.

Abstract — Photos depicting Hawaii or elements of Hawaii in a creative or rarely seen way. This category serves as an invitation for you to get experimental.

Your submitted photos can be of anything that falls into any one of these categories, but all entries must have been photographed in Hawaii after May 2010. Entries that fail to comply with photo contest rules will be disqualified. Photos will not be returned.

The grand-prize (one winner) will get airfare for two to Maui from the winner’s nearest Hawaiian Airlines gateway city, plus a six-day/five-night stay at The Kapalua Villas on Maui. Also, the grand-prize winner will get: a three-day car rental from Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group; a $100 gift certificate for Star Noodle restaurant on Maui; a $50 gift certificate for The Gazebo restaurant on Maui; and a Jams Throw and Surf line Hawaii towel from Jams World. Finally, for taking the best in show title for HAWAII Magazine’s 15th annual Photo Contest, the grand-prize winner will get a Canon PowerShot A3400 IS digital camera and an 8GB SOHC card.Hawaii_Maui_photo_contest

First-place prizes (one winner in each category) will score an Oahu tour for two from Gray Line Hawaii/Polynesian Adventure Tours, a pillow from Jams World, a gift pack from Maui Preserved, two day passes for Waimea Valley on Oahu, and two day passes for Wet’n’Wild Hawaii on Oahu.

Second-place winners (one in each category) will pick up a Surf Line Hawaii towel from Jams World, a gift pack from Maui Preserved, two day passes for Waimea Valley on Oahu, and two day passes for Wet’n’Wild Hawaii on Oahu.

Click here to check out the official contest rules. And click here to take a look at the official entry form.

Need some visual inspiration? Check out photo galleries of our 2012 and 2011 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists by clicking the links below.

2013 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

2012 HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest winners and finalists

The winning photos will be published in the January/February 2014 issue of HAWAII Magazine. Additionally, winners and finalist photos will be published on HawaiiMagazine.com.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Fri., Aug. 9, 2013. That leaves you with about three months to sort through your best shots or to focus your lens on Hawaii.

Good luck, photographers! We’re looking forward to seeing your best shots!

A big mahalo to all of our 15th annual HAWAII Magazine Photo Contest sponsors. Please click on their links above to find out more about them.

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Photos: (top) second-place, people category (2013) Gavin Shigesato; (middle) second-place, Kauai category (2012), Lisa Boyer; (bottom) and grand-prize winner (2013), Christian Del Rosario.

Hawaii_Kauai_Polynesian_festival_hulaThe 12th annual Kauai Polynesian Festival, which features Tahitian, Maori, Samoan and Hawaiian entertainment as well as group and solo dancing competitions, will be held this weekend at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. The competitions will spotlight hula — ancient (kahiko) and modern (auana)  — hula as well as fireknife dancing.

The fireknife dance’s origins are tied to the Samoan ailao (warrior's knife dance) performed with the flaming nifo oti (tooth of death). The dance was displayed before battle to frighten the enemy and afterwards to celebrate victory. The modern fireknife performance involves high-speed spinning of a sharp knife, with both ends set ablaze. The fire is real-deal, and dancers — precise and agile in their rapid movements — sometimes intentionally make contact with the flames. Yikes!

In addition to various performances, the event includes the “Polynesian Experience,” hands-on arts-and-crafts activities; a Polynesian Farmers Market; Hawaiian games, food booths, workshops, and more. The three-day event will get under way on Friday and wrap up on Sunday, with festivities in the works from noon through 10 p.m.

The annual fest is presented by the Kamanawa Foundation, a Kauai-based nonprofit. The foundation’s mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the Native Hawaiian culture, including the language, social values, arts, crafts and music, primarily through the study of hula. The foundation hosts three annual events that highlight hula and Polynesian performing arts. In addition to this weekend’s fest, the group organizes Holiday Hula Celebration and Kauai Hula Exhibition.

The fest’s entrance fee is $10 per day or $25 for all three days. Children younger than age of 5 are free.

 For more information, click here or call (808) 335-6466. Click here to check out the fest’s schedule of events.

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Photo: Kauai Polynesian Festival/Tor Johnson and S. Read

Hawaii_Oahu_beach_lantern_MemorialAt sunset on Memorial Day, more than 5,000 glowing lanterns will illuminate the waters edging Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island on Oahu.

Inscribed with messages to loved ones who have passed away and prayers for a peaceful future, the lanterns—perched atop miniature floating boards—will be launched during the 15th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony before a large shoreline crowd. If you’ve never taken part in Honolulu's version of Toro Nagashi, a Japanese Buddhist tradition, which translates as “lantern offerings on water,” we recommend checking out this poignant Hawaii tradition.

The Toro Nagashi ceremony was founded by the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order in 1952. In Japan, it is traditionally held in July or August, coinciding with the end of annual Obon festivals, which honor the spirits of ancestors as well as those of family members who have recently passed away. Hawaii's Shinnyo-en order officiates the ceremony on Memorial Day to also honor lives lost in war.Hawaii_Oahu_beach_lantern_Memorial

This year’s free ceremony will get under way at 6 p.m. on Mon., May 28, with music performances followed by an address given by Her Holiness Shinjo Ito, head of Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order. The event is presented by Shinnyo-en Buddhist Order of Hawaii and its secular, community-building arm, Na Lei Aloha.

Organizers describe the symbolism of the drifting lanterns as “an experience that transcends all human divides of culture or belief. In that moment there is only peace, harmony, understanding, compassion, and warmth, without boundaries of race, religion or lifestyle.”

If you would like to float a lantern during the sunset ceremony, plan to swing by the beach several hours earlier. A limited number of lanterns will be distributed, beginning at 10 a.m., and will be snapped up quickly.

For additional information about the annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, click here.

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Photos: (top) David Hume Kennerly (bottom) Shinnyo-en Hawaii


This year’s Big Island Film Festival celebrity honorees are Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama Mad Men, and Kate McKinnon, a featured player on the legendary Saturday Night Live, known for her impressions of Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz. (Both honorees pictured above.)

Now in its eighth year, the five-day fest is set to get under way on Thursday on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. The screenings lineup includes 54 films, including 10 from Hawai‘i.

Known as the “talk story” film festival, organizers describe the event as a “celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking.” Among the highlights: free family films; nightly double features for grown-ups, with gourmet food and no-host bar; and “meet-the-stars” celebrity social events. The fest is staged at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Here’s the lineup for celebrity-related events.

Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood — Friday (May 24) 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., reception in the Kilohana Room. VIP admission ($75) includes The Fairmont Orchid’s “Legacy Menu” pupus, Kenwood wines and other beverages. The “Paparazzi Pass” ($15) permits taking photos as celebrities and filmmakers arrive on the red carpet, then mingling with the stars, and enjoying a no-host bar. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up in aloha wear for the “Aloha glam” event.

Reception & Salute to Kate McKinnon — Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., After the reception, Brian Kohne will talk story with Kate in a one-of-a-kind interview and Q&A. $35, advance tickets required. McKinnon joined the cast of Saturday Night Live last April. She had also performed at the Upright Citizens' Brigade Theatre and is known for three one-woman shows she wrote and performed at the UCB: "Disenchanted," "Best Actress" and "Kate McKinnon On Ice."

Reception & Salute to Vincent Kartheiser — Sunday, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The reception will feature a “Mad Men” theme. A video career retrospective and interview with the actor to follow the reception. $35, advance tickets required. Before his TV role on Mat Weiner’s Mad Men on AMC, Kartheiser starred in Joss Whedon’s Angel, and has guest-starred in other series including ER and The Cleveland Show. On the big screen, Kartheiser appeared in Untamed Heart (1993) with Marissa Tomei, Little Big League (1994), Ironwill (1994) and Another Day in Paradise (1998) with James Woods and Melanie Griffith. Most recently he appeared in the sci-fi thriller In Time (2011) with Justin Timberlake

Golden Honu Awards Brunch — Monday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  $50 per person, reservations required. Awards presentations and announcement of the Audience Choice films that will be screened at "Best of the Fest" on Monday evening.

For a complete listing of Big Island Film Festival events and screenings, click here or call (808) 883-0394. 

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Photos: Big Island Film Festival

Hawaii_Oahu_Waimea_concert_musicSome of Hawaii’s top musicians are slated to take part in Waimea Valley’s Generations summer concert series, which is slated to get under way next month on Oahu's North Shore.

The concerts are set for three Saturdays, June 22, July 27 and Aug. 31, with each event getting under way at 11 a.m. and wrapping up at 4 p.m. on Waimea Valley’s spacious Pikake Pavilion Lawn.

The Generations series lineup of musical groups spans three generations of style and story.

“Foundations” — (June 22) spotlights established and celebrated Hawaii musicians such as Puamana (Farden/Aluli musical heritage), Ledward Kaapana (pictured, above), Pomaika’i Lyman (Aunti Genoa Keawe musical heritage), also Jeff Rasmussen and Sistah Robi Kahakalau.

“Innovators” — (July 27) features musical groups and individuals who interpret the Hawaiian Experience through the melding of pop, jazz and rock music styles. This concert will feature:  Brother Noland Conjugacion, Ho’okena, John Cruz and Olomana. This concert is dedicated to the memory of legendary musical artist, Gabby Pahinui and his wife, Emily.

“Future” — (Aug. 31) showcases young groups that celebrate the old and new Hawaii. The performers include: Kaiholu, Abrigo ‘Ohana, Waipuna and Maunalua.

Pre-sale tickets for the concert series are available at $35 for adults and $20 for children and seniors (65 years and above). Pre-sale tickets for individual concerts are available at $15 for adults and $8 for children and seniors (65 years and above). Tickets will be available at the gate at $20 for adults and $10 for children and seniors (65 years and above).

Waimea Valley’s 1,875 leafy acres are managed and operated Hiipaka. The nonprofit’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the human, cultural and natural resources of the historic North Shore valley for generations through education and stewardship. For more information, call (808) 638-7766 or click here.

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Photo: Marsha Forsythe/Cover Look Photo Corps
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