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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 22, 2007


By Chris Oliver
Advertiser Staff Writer

FLORAL FANFARE: Hilo's Palace Theater's third annual May Day Lei Day Festival is 1-4 p.m. May 6 with a lei display, lei contest, silent auction, demonstrations, live music and hula with local Hawaiian musicians, plus historic slides and short films of master lei makers.

The award-winning event wraps up with the singing of "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii" accompanied by Bob Alder at the theater's historic pipe organ. Lei makers are invited to enter a lei in the contest. Lei can be dropped off at the Palace Theater between 10 a.m. and noon. All styles are welcome, except feather lei. Judging will be at noon; six winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Each winner will receive $100. Lei will be displayed in the lobby and be part of a silent auction.

ROAD TO INDIA: Traveler Chris Christensen talks about how to take "An Easy Trip to India" as part of his series of free travel talks at Liliha Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday. 587-7577.

MAUNA LANI EXCLUSIVE: Mauna Lani Resort's kama'aina rate starts at $215 per room per night through June 30. The rate includes parking, shuttle service to the spa, golf courses and the Shops at Mauna Lani, snorkel equipment, Internet and wireless access, nightly entertainment. Guests may also join in beachside 'ukulele and hula lessons, cultural and garden tours. (800) 367-2323, (808) 885-6622 or www.maunalani.com.

WYLAND'S WORLD: The Wyland Waikiki is now under management of Outrigger Enterprises. The 400-plus-unit property has reopened after a multimillion-dollar remodel. The Wyland Waikiki will operate as its own brand within the Outrigger portfolio. Kama'aina rooms and continental breakfast begin at $149 per night through Nov. 30. www.outrigger.com, 944-4000.

PRINCE HILTON: The Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio has joined the Hilton family. The rebranding follows a $65 million renovation that included a remake of rooms, the lobby, restaurant, pool deck and fitness center.

BLAZE OF GLORY: The Polynesian Cultural Center hosts the 15th annual World Fireknife Dance Championship and Samoan Festival May 16-19. The competition will include tandem teams and the Warrior Girls of Samoa, the event's first female competitors. 293-3333 or www.polynesia.com.

WELCOME TO OHANA: Outrigger's Ohana Maile Sky Court Hotel offers a kama'aina rate of $69 per room per night, single or double occupancy. The rate includes unlimited rides on the Waikiki Trolley's pink line. (800) 462-6262 or www.ohanahotels.com.

Celebrate May Day at the Palace Theater.

Reach Chris Oliver at coliver@honoluluadvertiser.com.