The Pineapple Garden Maze at Dole Plantation celebrates its third birthday with a free community event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Na Leo Pilimehana will lead an entertainment lineup that includes Hypersquad, Ka Hula O Ululani, the Leilehua High School Concert Band and the Fire House Band. Other highlights include keiki crafts, a massive dinosaur "bouncer" and an appearance by Hello Kitty. Of course, food will be sold, and admission to the maze will be on a two-for-one basis; $4 kama'aina adults, $3 keiki. 621-8408.
Bark it up
Support the Bark Park at the annual fund-raising lunch, noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the dog haven at the corner of Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue. Dixie Grill will provide barbeque plates and brownies for humans ($20 tax-deductible, at the park); doggies will be given free treats (woof!). Proceeds go toward maintenance of the park, which is a fenced patch of land where doggies can roam free and meet other doggies. 737-7264, barkpark-honolulu.org. Hey, if you can't make it to the fund-raiser, check out the Web site anyway for photos of the canine friends (and some of their human companions) of the park.
If DJs are your thing, they will be out in force at "The Freaks Come Out," a blowout featuring Dave Ralph from Britain, DJ Funk and Lovecraft, both from Chicago, Alex Whalen from Washington, D.C., and other local and off-island spinners at the Laniakea YWCA on Richards Street. It starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20; $17 advance, at Tower Records (Kahala, Pearl Kai), Tower Video, Hungry Ear (Kailua), Music Mac (Pearlridge, Windward Mall), House of Flys, Hawaii's Natural High, Linea, Radio Free Music Center, Cheapos Music (formerly Jelly's), Wireless Paradise (Ward Avenue), University of Hawai'i-Manoa Campus Center, Too Gruvz, The Beat. 591-3500. And for those who can't get enough groove time, there's an after-party party at Virus.
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The folks of Palolo are throwing their annual Palolo Pride party, and everyone's invited. It's a celebration that offers crafts, games, food, informational booths, lots of entertainment and camaraderie, with the theme "Ka Ua Lililehua o Palolo" (The Rain of Palolo), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Palolo District Park. The entertainment lineup includes the Ka'au Crater Boys, Pacific Island Band, Ooklah the Moc, Simplisity, Kalihi Kane, John Feary & Friends, Albert Ka'ai, Three Man Army and The Amosa Band. Admission is free, and theres lots of free parking. 738-0084.
"Sweet and Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen" will be offered by Manoa Valley Theatre and The Company Singers as part of the theater's Studio Series. Among the tunes during the two-hour songfest will be "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "I Love a Parade," "Old Black Magic," "Stormy Weather" and other favorites. Show times are 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at the theater. Tickets are $15 general, $13 for MVT season subscribers and seniors. 988-6131.
If you love reggae, the place to be this weekend has to be World Cafe. That's where British reggae star Tippa Irie will headline Reggae Fest 2001, which also will feature Half Pint, Jarobi and DJ Rasta Roots of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife, Humble Soul, THC and other special guests. Irie's 11th full-length release, "I Miss," is a tribute to Avril Elaine Henry, his sister, who was killed in England in a shooting incident. He formerly toured with another reggae favorite, Pato Banton, who's among the guest performers on "I Miss." The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. today; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 advance, available at World Cafe, Hungry Ear Kailua, Tower Video, Tower Records (Kahala and Pearl Kai), Ticket Plus outlets, Cheapo Music (formerly Jelly's); $20 at the door; charge-by-phone, 526-4400.
Get ready to dance the night away at the 13th annual Hawaii International Latin-Salsa Music Festival, which will feature the California band Mystique, Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii (featuring Cynthia Romero), other special guests and, of course, lots of dancing. Mystique specializes in Latin rock, Latin jazz, disco, Tex-Mex and has a new compact disc titled "Musica Caliente." The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. 922-6611.