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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 23, 2003

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Advertiser Staff

DANCE: May 30-31

Local favorite
BayFest bash

I hate myself for loving you? Hardly. As time goes by we love the rebel style of Joan Jett and the Blackearts more each year. The longtime rocker is one of three headliners at the Bayfest 2003 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on July 4-6, along with country's Neal McCoy and alternative rockers Everclear. More than 30,000 visitors attended last year's event.

Consider it fate that "Destiny" has returned. After its world premiere at the Hawai'i Theatre last May, Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre brings back the production based on the maternal strengths of the Earth and the forces of change. The dreamlike sequences blend butoh and modern dance, with fantastic costumes and one-of-a-kind production elements. Tickets: $25-$45 ($5 discount for students, seniors and military).
  • 8 p.m. May 30-31 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506
  • On Maui: 7:30 p.m. June 7, Castle Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center. $25-$40 ($5 discount for seniors, students)

DANCE: May 30

Dancing queens (and kings) can get down and boogie at the Disco Fever dance party. Dust off your bell bottoms, polyester suits and platform shoes and groove to the beats of Aura, Phase 7, Asian Blend and Power Point. There'll be guest performances by Tino and the Rhythm Klub, Infusion and eightOeight. Yvonne Elliman stars, with the J. Michael Band performing some of her hits. Tiny Tadani hosts. Tickets: $35 and $45 pre-sale, with an additional $10 for those purchased at the door. All tickets include one drink.

  • 7:30 p.m. May 30 / Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Hawaii Ballroom / 526-4400

STAGE: May 30-June 1

Splish splash with some watery wonders when The Saigon Water Puppet Theatre brings about its magical delights. The company, from Ho Chi Minh City, is considered one of Vietnam's national treasures. Using puppetry on water, the troupe uses a backdrop of traditional music to highlight the playful action and comic scenes. Colorful costumes and inspired choreography add to the artistry. Tickets: $12 general, $8 students, seniors and Friends of the East-West Center members.

  • 7 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m., 4 and 7 p.m. May 31, noon and 4 p.m. June 1 / Waikiki Shell / 526-4400, 591-2211, 944-7177


Enterprising Trekkies can see some of their heroes up close during the Hawaiian Sci-Fi Convention, which features George Takei, Wil Wheaton, Chase Masterson and others. Bring your 21st-century dollars: There will be tables featuring "Star Trek," "Star Wars" and other sci-fi merchandise plus video and slide presentations. Tickets: $20 general, $35 preferred seating.

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31 / Sheraton Moana Surfrider / (310) 456-7544, 732-1292, 943-0500

CONCERT: June 4-Aug. 27

Untame your inner musical beast when the AT&T's Wildest Show in Town returns this summer. For 13 weeks beginning June 4, spend your Wednesday pau hana listening to local faves including Kapena, Frank DeLima, Jake Shimabukuro, Jimmy Borges and his Jazzy Friends and Raiatea Helm. The 'Ohi'a Productions children's play "Peril in Paradise" will be performed. Doors open at 4:35 p.m., and early arrivals can take a 30-minute guided tour of the zoo before the entertainment begins. Tickets: $1.

  • 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 4-Aug. 27 / Honolulu Zoo / 531-0101

FESTIVAL: June 6-8

The 24th annual Pan-Pacific Festival-Matsuri in Hawaii is back, cultivating the relationship between Japan and Hawai'i with a multitude of cultural activities. The celebration kicks off that Friday with an entertainment-packed ho'olaule'a in Waikiki and ends Sunday with a colorful parade down Kalakaua Avenue. Weekend activities include a half-marathon through Honolulu and performing arts showcases at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Ala Moana Center. Most events are free.

CONCERT: June 6-7

Contemporary Christian music fans can rejoice when MercyMe and Mark Schultz perform in concert. Male vocalist Schultz opens for five-piece band MercyMe, whose newest album "Spoken For" debuted at No. 1 on the Christian charts. Local band 7 Simple Pieces, featuring musicians from a variety of churches, is also featured. Tickets: $20-$35.

  • 7:30 p.m. June 6-7 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506, 923-SONG


You say ... Lisa Loeb, geeky cute singer/songwriter of "Stay (I Missed You)" fame, is heading our way. Known for her fun, stylish glasses as well as her hit song featured in the Gen-Xer cult movie "Reality Bites," Loeb will be crooning minus her band, the Nine Stories. Barry Flanagan opens. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door.

  • 7:30 p.m. June 7 / Kaimuki High School Theatre / 732-6699


Santa Barbara, Calif.,-based punk band The Ataris rock this way with a concert at Pipeline CafŽ. Influenced by Lagwagon, NOFX, Jawbreaker and Mineral, band members Kris Roe (lead vocals/guitar), Mike Davenport (bass/vocals), John Collura (guitar/vocals) and Chris Knapp (drums) are ready to jam with their indie sounds. Tickets: $17.50.

  • 7 p.m. June 7 / Pipeline CafŽ / 526-4400

STAGE: June 12-22

Go to where the air is sweet when Sesame Street Live returns to Hawai'i with "1-2-3 ... Imagine!" It's a Broadway-style musical for the keiki featuring cuddly favorites Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie and the rest of the gang as they use their imaginations to take them to places like a fiesta in Mexico, on a deep-sea adventure or a jungle exploration in Africa. Tickets: $11, $15 and $19. All seats on opening night are $11.

  • 7 p.m. June 12, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 13, 19 and 20, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 14, 15, 21 and 22 / Blaisdell Concert Hall / 526-4400

FESTIVAL: June 12-15

Summer is just around the corner, so turn up the heat during the Summer Fire Tribe Gathering, a fire, drum, dance and song celebration. Spoken offerings, prayers, poems and ritual theater are invited and encouraged during this spiritual ceremony. Explore chanting, trance dance, rattling, body adornment and sacred sounds. You must be registered by May 30 to attend. Festival registration includes a gathering fee of $50, plus an optional meal plan for $20 each day. Accommodations fees are $8 a day for tent camping or $20 a day for a bunkhouse. Children 5 and under receive a discount.

  • 10 a.m. June 12-1 p.m. June 15 / Leeward O'ahu / 293-2641, www.geckomoon.com/firetribe

CONCERT: June 13

With a full moon, sea breezes and local tunes to relax to, the Aston Hawaii Full Moon Concert is just one of many reasons to remind us why we're lucky we live Hawai'i. This month's show features original songs with Native Blend and Hawaiian-language songs with Keawe Lopes. Sweet songstress Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom headlines. Free.

  • 6:30-9 p.m. June 13 / Kapi'olani Park bandstand / 931-1435

EXHIBIT: June 14-Sept. 2

Bishop Museum will soon unveil its latest interactive exhibit, "Robotics." Discover the differences and connections between people and these machines in how they sense, think and act. Visitors can shoot hoops with a robot, learn why a robot can't tie its shoe, race with a robot and meet a famous robot explorer. Admission is $14.95 general, $11.95 for seniors, military and children ages 4-12. Children 4 and younger and Bishop Museum Association members get in free.


  • King Kamehameha floral parade, June 7, downtown to Waikiki
  • 30th King Kamehameha Hula competion, June 20-21, Blaisdell Center Arena
  • Taste of Honolulu, June 20-22, Honolulu Hale grounds
  • "Giselle" ballet, by Ballet Hawaii, June 27, Blaisdell Concert Hall
  • "Nisei," with the Covenant Dance Theatre, July 3-5, Leeward Community College; Kaua'i Community College, July 8; UH-Hilo, July 11-12; Maui Arts & Cultural Center, July 15
  • Evanescence, July 11, Pipeline CafŽ
  • Hawaii International Jazz Festival, July 18-20 on O'ahu, July 25-26 on Maui
  • 'Ukulele Festival, July 27, Kapi'olani Park Bandstand
  • 2003 Made in Hawaii Festival, Aug. 15-17, Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall and Arena.


'Ukulele talk: When the Ukulele Expo 2003 is held Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at the 'Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum in Cranston, R.I., the world's largest playable 'ukulele will be unveiled; it's a 20-feet-tall monster, rope-bound soprano number, with a distinctive Hawaiian body. No word on who would play it, however. Hey, Jake Shimabukuro, are you available?

Rainbow fever: Diamond Head Theatre is looking for a Dorothy (auditions by appointment only; call 733-0277, ext. 306, for a time slot today), for a summer production of the musical that made Judy Garland a star.

Cosmo caper: In the May issue of Cosmopolitan, the mag suggests a simple way to make whoopee: do a living room lu'au for your guy. "Put on a tropical CD like 'Skinny Dip with Don Tiki,' whip up a fruity drink ... bonus points for greeting him in your bikini and getting him into au naturel mode faster than you can say 'horizontal hula.'" Quiet village, anyone?

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment writer

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