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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2001

The Buzz

"Okwangdae" begins its U.S. tour in Honolulu on Saturday.

From Korea

"Okwangdae" ("Five Clowns Play"), a traditional masked dance of Korea, kicks off a U.S. tour at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa. "Okwangdae" employs an art form that blends music, drama and dance, and is unique to Kosung village, South Kyongsan province. The clowns of the title refer to the directions east, west, south, north and center. After Honolulu, the cast of 14 farmers heads for San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Tickets are $25 general, $20 advance; at the UH Campus Center ticket office. www.outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-6878, 956-3836.

Take a tree home and love it

The early plant lovers will get the free trees and shrubs on Arbor Day — that's Saturday — at a giveaway of more than 2,000 green things at five O'ahu sites. In addition, you can get expert advice and a free book of information on tree and shrub species and how to select and care for them. Here are the sites:

• Kahe Power Plant, 92-200 Farrington Highway

• Wahiawa Botanic Garden, 1396 California Ave., next to Wahiawa District Park

• Pearl City Urban Garden Center, 926 Second St.

• Hawaiian Electric Co.'s mid-town facility at 820 Ward Ave., across from the Blaisdell Center

• HECO's Ko'olau base yard, 1387 Ulupi'i St., across from Maunawili Elementary School.

The giveaway begins at 7 a.m. It's sponsored by HECO, the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, the Pearl City Urban Garden Center, the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Giveaways Saturday on the Neighbor Islands will take place:

• From 9 a.m. at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook, on the field across from the Manago Hotel on the Big Island

• From 7 a.m. at Maui Electric Co.'s parking lot, 210 W. Kamehameha Ave.

• From 9 a.m. at the Kmart parking lot in Lihu'e and at Kamalani playground on Kaua'i. Kaua'i residents are asked to bring a bag to receive a shovelful of compost to help with their planting. 543-7804.

From left, Sheena Mendonca, Bobbie Villamor and Nikita Mendonca rehearse a scene from the play "Babies Having Babies."

Festival at Nanakuli

"Babies Having Babies," is part of Nanakuli High and Intermediate Performing Arts Club's production titled "Festival." "Babies," about five teenage girls who must learn to deal with their pregnancies, takes up the first half of the program. The second half is a musical revue showcasing genres including oldies, country, cabaret and contemporary. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the schools' cafeteria. Tickets are $6; $5 pre-sale. 668-5823. Note: Robin Kitsu, Nanakuli performing arts adviser, recently won a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Going ape

Monkey see, monkey ... be seen at the Honolulu Zoo's Primate Day, which celebrates some of the inhabitants with all kinds of activities for those of us who are higher on the evolutionary scale. In addition to keiki attractions such as face-painting, storytelling and a musical puppet show, zookeepers will offer talks and educational activities that give insight into the daily lives of the chimpanzee, orangutan, howler monkeys and others. It all takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the zoo is $6 general, $4 kama'aina, $1 children ages 6-12, free for those under 5. 971-7174.

Storyteller Diane Ferlatte performs at 14 public libraries this month.

Tales to tell

Diane Ferlatte, an award-winning storyteller, offers a series of free performances at 14 public libraries in celebration of 2001 Children's Book Week (Nov. 13-17). Traditional folk tales, brought to life through dialect, movement and music, are her specialty. Here's the schedule, subject to change:

• Wednesday: 2:30 p.m., Kalihi-Palama library; 5:30 p.m., Salt Lake/Moanalua library

• Thursday: 3 p.m., Waikiki-Kapahulu library; 6:30 p.m., 'Aiea library

• Friday: 3 p.m., Pahoa public and school library, Big Island

• Nov. 13: 10:15 a.m., Kane'ohe library; 6 p.m., Kihei library, Maui

• Nov. 14: 2 p.m., Moloka'i library

• Nov. 15: 10:30 a.m., 'Aina Haina library; 3 p.m., Waipahu library; 6:30 p.m., Liliha library

• Nov. 17: 9:30 a.m., Kailua-Kona library

• Nov. 18: 2 p.m. Mililani library

• Nov. 19: 4 p.m., Kaimuki library


In orbit

John Gray, the communication and relationships guru whose book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" has sold more than 7 million copies in the United States, is heading this way for a seminar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Waikiki ballroom. Admission is $30, with a portion to benefit Parents and Children Together; available at Ticket Plus outlets. 923-Kssk (5775), 526-4400.

Celebrating the traditions of Tonga

Song and dance, food and crafts will be part of the Tongan Festival at 7 p.m. today at Honolulu Hale). It's part of the city's free, Hawai'i Ethnic Heritage Series. Among the participants will be Timo and Tiva Tatofi of Kapena; the Honolulu Methodist Church Choir; La'ie, Kahuku and Hau'ula Community Group; Tamarii O' Patitifa Tahitian Dancers; Queen Salote College Alumni Choir; Tae Feliha'a Akau Military Group; BYU Student Tongan Club; Kahuku High School football team; S.U.T.T. church members of Honolulu; Vaikau'aki Group of the Waimanalo Methodist Church. Free parking is available at the civic center parking garage. 523-4674. Next up: Puerto Rican Festival, Nov. 9.