Glow while you bowl
Advertiser Staff and News Services
Never before have gutter balls looked so cool.
Bowling is reinventing itself yet again. And if you're in the dark about it, that's just where to begin: bowling in the dark, with fluorescent balls and pins, fog machines and laser light shows.
Somebody added mirrored globes, music and special effects to the sport formerly known as bowling a decade ago and started calling it "disco bowling" (think disco balls and John Travolta). But that wasn't enough, so people started calling it "cosmic bowling" (think disco meets "Star Trek"). Then the "in" bowlers started calling it "glow bowling" (think disco meets glow sticks).
Now it's getting names like Thunder Alley and Rock'It Bowling.
Who knew bowling could be so revolutionary?
Blaisdell area brimming with summer bargains
Park once, shop twice or three times! The Blaisdell Center area will be overflowing with activities this weekend, including plants, books and crafts, all with free admission.
- Lyon Arboretum's plant sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Blaisdell exhibition hall; includes greenery from more than 30 nurseries, lei, jams and jellies, advice from experts and activities for the kids.
- The Friends of the Library book sale at McKinley High School is a treasure trove for readers. Immerse yourself in fiction, nonfiction, the ever-popular kids books, travel stuff, cookbooks, Hawaiiana must we go on? all at bargain prices. Today through Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19.
- The Pacific Handcrafters Guild's summer festival at Thomas Square is a showcase for island artisans offering jewelry, ceramics, clothing, gift items and more. Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., tomorrow 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go to Waikiki for hot, new tech
Hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. There's validated parking, too. 834-6611.
Silver screen back up at Queen's Surf
Tonight's featured movie on that 30-foot screen is the fantasy adventure "Tuck Everlasting" (pictured right). Tomorrow's is the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Admission is free.
Regatta expected to draw thousands
Thousands of spectators and participants are expected for the Waikiki Beach Boys Invitational Regatta and Canoe Surfing Contest, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow just diamondhead of Duke's Canoe Club.
Six-man teams will paddle outrigger canoes and then ride the waves in a race back to shore. After the regatta, a wave-surfing event will give participating clubs a chance to show off their riding skills in four-man canoes. An unofficial after-party takes place at Duke's.
'101' may inspire the decorator in you
Sometimes all your next decorating project needs is a jolt of inspiration.
That's what you get with Hydra Publishing's new "101 Series," four little books that each contain 101 suggestions for decorating schemes for a particular type of room.
The $9.95 books "101 Bedrooms," "101 Living Rooms," "101 Kitchens" and "101 Bathrooms" give the reader a single photo for each scheme and a bit of information about the elements that went into creating the look. The "101 Series" was written by Julie Savill.
Pearlridge maze attraction gets bigger, better
The interactive exhibit aims to help youngsters in preschool and older to develop critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills. And there's lots of fun thrown in, too.
Attractions include a giant walk-through maze, color mazes of interlocking tiles, life-sized games including checkers, tic-tac-toe and pickup sticks, kiosks of magnetic puzzles and other games, and computers.
Hours are 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3 throughout Uptown and Downtown, but concentrated around the Center Court areas of the shopping center. Admission is free. 488-0981.
'Much Ado' as the Big Island celebrates Shakespeare, tattoos and animal tours
The Big Island is a beacon of activity, with celebrations and a Shakespeare production to liven up the weekend:
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park presents the annual Kilauea Cultural Festival 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today on the front lawn of the Kilauea Military Camp on Crater Rim Drive. Among the attractions: Hawaiian music, hula by keiki and kupuna, arts and crafts, cultural experts on tattoos, canoes, lomilomi massage and more.
Bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, mats, snacks, water and a rain jacket.
Admission is free; park entrance fees will be waived, too. (808) 985-6011, www.nps.gov/havo.
- Join animal fans in Hilo as they celebrate the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo's 25th anniversary with a entertainment, games, a coconut-frond weaving demonstration, tours and a petting zoo.
Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today.
Admission is free. (808) 959-9233.
- The comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" is the featured presentation at the 26th annual Shakespeare in the Park, continuing at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 26 in Hilo's Kalakaua Park.
It's a tale of love, deception and reconciliation in Messina, Sicily, long, long ago. The production is directed by Justina Mattos. Free. Bring umbrellas in case of rain and something comfy to sit on.