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It's o-bon season, when ancestors are honored in the Japanese tradition. Hawaii's Plantation Village 94-695 Waipahu St. will be among the first to celebrate with a bon dance that includes participants from Mililani Hongwanji, Young Okinawans, Aiea Taiheiji Yagura, Iwakuni Dance Group and the Yamada Dance Group. Join in the dance, eat up with $6 food plates. The festival, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, is free. 677-0110.
A bon dance is also part of the Pan-Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii celebration. The dance, 6:30-9 p.m Sunday, will take place at Kapi'olani Park. 926-8177.
And on Maui there's the Okinawan Festival Bon Dance, 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Rinzai Zen Mission, Pa'ia. (808) 242-1560.
Words to the Wilde
"Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," premieres at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Yellow Brick Studio, 625 Keawe St. in Kaka'ako. Richard MacPherson stars in the title role in the retelling of the litigation that ended Wilde's career and landed him in prison. The play continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays through July 8. Tickets are $10. 591-7999.
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Then slip on those dancing shoes and head for "Time to Dance!," part of the Let's Dance series that begins its sixth year with more of the same. But that's a good thing with Diamond Head in the distance, the swinging sounds of the Willie Barton Orchestra, special guest Jan Brenner, Na Hoku Hanohano lifetime achievement winner George Chun, Sonny Maguire and host Rene Mansho. It all begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Tickets are $15 (plus a one-drink minimum), part of which goes to the Hawaii Lupus Foundation; available at Tower Records (Kahala, Pearl Kai), Tower Video on Keeaumoku, Hawaii Lupus Foundation, Royal Hawaiian Service Center at the hotel, and the Sheraton Waikiki, Princess Ka'iulani and Moana Surfrider hotels. 931-7194, 538-1522.
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The Mission Houses Museum offers a triple-play of attractions this weekend. First, there's the annual Fancy Fair that features Island-made crafts including ceramics, clothing, hats, lei, plants and other household goods, food and entertainment. Then there's a history fair, Ka Ho'ike Mo'olelo, offering demonstrations, poi-pounding and weaving displays. Last but certainly not least, there's the annual Hawaiian Quilt Exhibition, in the historic Chamberlain House, that's in its 23rd year and continues through July 7. It all happens 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the grounds for the fairs is free; the quilt exhibit is $4, but is included in the tour admission price ($10 single tour, $15 double tour general admission; $9, $14 kama'aina/military; $8, $12 seniors over 55; $6, $10 students 6-18; free for kids 5 and younger). 531-0481.
Of the Pacific
"Ku'u One Hanau: The Sands of My Birth" is the name of a music and dance festival on the grounds of Bishop Museum. Saturday offers cultural gems from the Pacific Rim, including the bamboo dance of the Philippines, songs of Samoa, drumbeats of Tahiti and the Cook Islands, Indonesian puppetry, Chinese lion dance, fan-making of Japan. Sunday features Hawai'i, with crafts, food, music by Natural Vibrations, Ho'onu'a, Colon, B.E.T. and Na Palapalai. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. $5 admission buttons are good for both days, available at any Outrigger Hotel Activities Desk, Papa John's Pizza Hawaii or at the museum. 848-4160.
The sweet harmonies of Ho'okena will fill the Academy of Arts theater, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Also on the program are hula soloist Nani Dudoit and hula dancers, sure to make this concert an Island-style treat. Tickets are $15. 532-8700.
Our cultural heritage
Honolulu Hale, also known as City Hall, opens wide those heavy doors for a series of free cultural festivals. The first, from 7 p.m. today, is the Hawaiian Festival, featuring the Aloha Festivals Royal Court, Halau Hula O Kawaili'ula with kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, and the Makaha Sons. Next up will be the Filipino Festival, 7 p.m. Sunday: "Alamat At Kasaysayan Ng Lahi" is a cultural celebration of Philippines independence, featuring songs and dances. July 20 will feature the Samoan Festival, a prelude to Samoan Flag Day, with songs and dances of Samoa. Not only are all events in the courtyard free free free, but parking also will be free in the civic center parking garage. 523-4674.
Feather that nest
The Finance Factors Home & Garden Show will feature more than 200 exhibits, home-improvement seminars, demonstrations and entertainment. The hours are 5-10 p.m. Wednesday through June 15, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17 in the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Admission is $3 general, $2.50 for seniors and kids 7-12, free for keiki 6 and under with paying adult. 945-3594.