|Members of Ga Ram dance troupe, from South Korea, will perform at 4:10 p.m. at Saturday's Korean Festival.|
An all-day Korean Festival, featuring entertainment, food booths, Korean products and kids' games, will take over a chunk of Kapi'olani Park 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. It's part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawai'i and the United States (the first Koreans disembarked in Hawai'i Jan. 13, 1903; an even bigger festival is planned for next year). Among the entertainment highlights will be the Halla Huhm dance studio (11:30 a.m. and 2:30, 5:10 and 5:45 p.m.), Chum Sa Rang dance (3:30 p.m.) and Ga Ram dance troupe, from South Korea (4:10 p.m.). A ceremony and parade are scheduled for 12:30 p.m., featuring Gov. Ben Cayetano, Mayor Jeremy Harris, Consul General Ji Doo Lee and centennial celebration committee chairman Donald Kim. Admission is free. 375-2799.
A pair of New Year's celebrations, Japanese-style, takes place this weekend:
- The city-sponsored series of cultural festivals continues with a Japanese Matsuri, 7 p.m. today at Honolulu Hale. Among the groups participating will be the Taiko Center of the Pacific, Miyazono Monyo Buyo Kai (an ensemble of 16 kimono-clad folk dancers), Kenshikan Kendo Club, Sawai Koto Kai (koto musicians) and Ryukyu Kobudo Taiko. A children's Good Fortune activity also is scheduled. Admission is free, and parking in the Civic Center parking garage is free, too. 523-4674.
- A New Year Festival, sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the United Japanese Society of Hawaii, takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the cultural center, 2454 S. Beretania St. Among the attractions will be taiko drummers, Okinawan drummers, koto concerts, butoh dance, martial-arts demonstrations, storytelling, mochi-pounding; a food bazaar that includes handmade soba, regional specialties and local favorites; a Good Fortune marketplace offering gifts, crafts and souvenirs; arts and crafts demonstrations, lectures, a Kikaida booth; and a noon Miss Umeboshi beauty contest, a tongue-in-cheek parody of the Cherry Blossom Queen contest, in which judges will choose the Sour Plum Seed "Queen." Admission is free. 945-7633.
From brunch to sunset at Waikiki
Food, music, big blue umbrellas and tables and chairs, artificial grass, the sun and the surf and all that is Waikiki call again as Brunch on the Beach returns to Kalakaua Avenue, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Details:
- Food and drink will be offered by Duke's Waikiki, the Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki, Seafood Village, Antonio's Steak, Seafood & Pasta, Keoni by Keo's, Miyako, Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, Skyline Cafe, and Tea Chest Hawaii. Scrip sales begin at 9:30 a.m.
- Entertainment includes strolling musicians Hawaiian Paradise and Gordon Freitas; the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club; Na Hoku Hanohano winners Olomana, and the keiki of Halau Hula Olana.
- Park your car for $1 all day at the Waikiki Trade Center, $2 for four hours at Princess Kaiulani Hotel, $1 an hour (five-hour maximum) at Ohana Reef Towers, Ohana Waikiki Hobron, Ohana Waikiki Village, Ohana Maile Sky Court, Outrigger East, King Kalakaua Plaza and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
- Mark your calendars for future brunches: Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 19 and June 9.
Admission is free. 523-CITY (2489).
And don't forget Saturday and Sunday's Sunset on the Beach events, 4-9 p.m. each day, which offer food (a la the brunch), entertainment and movies on a 30-foot screen at Queen's Surf. Saturday's event has a Korean theme, in conjunction with that day's Korean Festival at Kapi'olani Park. A South Korean film, "I Wish I Had a Wife," with English subtitles, will be screened at 6:15 p.m., followed by "Superman." Sunday's film, also screening at 6:15 p.m., is "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Eateries offering cuisine will include Davey Jones Ribs, Lobster & Crab House, Willows, Ocean Steak House, Pizza Hut, Skyline Cafe, Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog, Popcorn Express and Beach House Cart. Admission is free. 523-CITY (2489).
Jim Gamble and his puppets return to the University of Hawai'i-Manoa's Kennedy Theatre this weekend with the family show "Circus." Gamble has been entertaining kids for more than two decades with his collection of marionettes, rod puppets and hand puppets. "Circus" presents a variety of puppet animal acts, with Gamble as the ringmaster. Show are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 general, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $7 children and non-UHM students, $4 UHM students with valid ID; available at the box office and Ticket Plus outlets. 956-7655, 526-4400.
A little chamber music, anyone?
- The Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, above, will offer a program of Beethoven, Handel, Weber and Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Crossroads. Orchestra members in the spotlight include Stephanie Rolfe and Rachel Macke, violin; Stefanie Anderson, cello; and Robert Larm, clarinet. Tickets are $15 general, $10 senior citizens, $5 students, free for kids under 12; available at Bestsellers in downtown Honolulu, Hungry Ear Kailua and from the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society. 734-0397. The next concert is scheduled for Feb. 21.
- Chamber Music Hawaii kicks off its 2002 Academy Series with a concert featuring the Galliard String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Theater. The quartet, all members of the Honolulu Symphony, is composed of Claire Sakai Hazzard, first violin; Hung Wu, second violin; Mark Butin, viola; and Karen Bechtel, cello. On the "Folklorico" program will be pieces by Dvorak, Ives and Wolf. Tickets are $15 general, $13 students, seniors and military. Other concerts in the series include the Honolulu Brass March 18, the Spring Wind Quintet April 15, and The Tresemble May 13 all at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. 532-8700.
Guitarist Gene Bertoncini and bassist Byron Yasui team up for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts theater. Bertoncini, who was the lead guitarist on the "Tonight" show with Skitch Henderson, also has performed with Zubin Mehta, Luciano Pavarotti, Lena Horne, Buddy Rich, Burt Bacharach and many others. Yasui, a University of Hawai'i music professor, accomplished composer and arranger, also is the driving force behind the annual Hawai'i Guitar Festival. Tickets are $15 general, $12 for museum members. 532-8700.
Island musical favorites and slack-key masters Keola Beamer and Ozzie Kotani will offer a free mini concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Borders, Waikele. They will perform selections from their new compact discs Beamer's "Soliloquy" "Ka Leo O Loko") and Kotani's "To Honor a Queen" ("E Ho'ohiwahiwa I Ka Mo'i Wahine: The Music of Lili'oukalani"). Seating is limited. 676-6699.