CONCERT: June 6-7
- 7:30 p.m. June 6-7 / Hawai'i Theatre / 528-0506, 923-SONG
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.
- Various times and venues June 6-8 / 265-6225, www.pan-pacific-festival.com
CONCERT: June 7
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 on soundtrack of the Gen-Xer cult movie "Reality Bites," Loeb will be crooning minus her band, the Nine Stories, but beau Dweezil Zappa will make a guest appearance. Say "I Do" this her sensitive songwriting and down-to-earth storytelling for a one-of-a-kind, one-woman show. Barry Flanagan opens. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door.
- 7:30 p.m. June 7 / Kaimuki High School theatre / 732-6699
CONCERT: June 7
Santa Barbara-based punk band The Ataris rock this way with a concert at Pipeline Café. Influenced by the likes of Lagwagon, NOFX, Jawbreaker and Mineral, band members Kris Roe (lead voca0ls/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 Café / 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 registered today 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-younger and Bishop Museum Association members are free.
- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14-Sept. 2 / Bishop Museum / 847-3511, www.bishopmuseum.org
CONCERT: June 14
The Makaha Sons go back to their roots with the Take a Walk in the Country Concert in Makaha. The multi-Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, known for their amazing harmonies and traditional styles, will be joined by Ho'okena and Nani Dudoit, Kanilau, Paie'a, Imua, Kilinahe Fiji, Robi Kahakalau, Sean Na'auao, Raiatea Helm, Del Beazley and JJ and Darlene Ahuna. Dancing to these sweet tunes will be Hula Halau Hula 'O Kawaili'ula, Halau I Ka Wekiu and Halau Hula 'O Napunaheleonapua. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. Children under 5 are free. Platinum VIP packages are $125, including dinner and wine, silent auction, gifts and reserved seating for the show.
- 6-9 p.m. June 14 / Makaha Resort Golf Club / 695-7517
CONCERT: June 27
David Doucet, guitarist for Grammy-award winning band BeauSoleil, is bringing his warm traditional sounds to the islands. This Cajun guitarist, who has taken steps from ensemble to solo performer, will showcase his nimble finger-picking style accompanied by his own vibrant voice. Doucet will also tell cultural stories about Cajun music and the people who made it. Tickets: $20 general, $15 students, seniors and University of Hawai'i faculty and staff.
- 8 p.m. June 27 / Orvis Auditorium / 956-6878
- 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 Cafe
- 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.
Jazz Festival: Tickets go on sale Sunday, June 1 for the 10th Annual Hawaii International Jazz Festival, July 18-26 on O'ahu and Maui. Guitar legend Larry Coryell headlines. On O'ahu, tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster outlets. Information: 941-9974.
Pau hana: Monday Jazz Night is pau at Kapono's at Aloha Tower Marketplace, where John Kolivas' Honolulu Jazz Quaret played their last set last Monday.
Laugh, the sequel: With more than 1,000 taking in the recent Make Me Laugh concerts at the Hawaiian Hut, there's talk that a Make Me Laugh 2 might be happening. An unscheduled Andy Bumatai joined Mel Cabang, Bo Irvine, Da Braddahs, Bu La'ia and Jaz Kaner at both shows, a bonus for attendees; and Martha Jane, who hosted in place of flu-bugged Jeff Kino, is a comic to watch out for.
Soul sensations: "The '70s Soul Jam," from 7 p.m. July 20 at the Blaisdell Arena, will assemble a trainload of memories from The Stylists ("Betcha by Golly Wow"), the Manhattans ("Shining Star") and the Chi-Lites ("Oh Girl"). Jimmie Walker, J.J. on "Good Times," hosts; tickets are $45 and $35, on sale tomorrow at the box office and at Ticketmaster locations. 526-4400.
On and off: As hastily as it was announced, that Kenny Loggins would perform in June in Honolulu and on Maui, the gigs were canceled. No word on rescheduling.
Dinner on the run: Here's a fun dining experience the Hawai'i Restaurant Assn.'s Progressive Dinner, starting with cocktails at 5 p.m. June 23, at Kapono's, where Henry Kapono sings. Then busloads will pause, with appropriate time for appetizer, entree, and dessert, at such restaurants as Aaron's, Buca Di Bepp, Ciao Mein, Chai's Island Bistro, Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill, Duc's Bistro, Gyotaku, Marbella, Kincaid's, Oahu Country Club, Morton's of Chicago, Palomino's, Ryan's Grill, Sarento's at the Top of the I, and Singha Thai, then back to Kapono's. Tickets: $75 (gold package), $100 (platinum). 536-9105, 534-0117, or email@example.com to find out the itinerary. Bring your own Alka Seltzer.
Wayne Harada,Advertiser entertainment writer
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