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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 29, 2010

ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
'Descendants' author to read works

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Kaui Hart Hemmings

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See video of music therapy role-playing at lifeisgood.honadvblogs.com.

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Hawai'i writer Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of "The Descendants," a tragicomic novel about a wealthy family in contemporary Hawai'i, will read and answer questions at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Hawai'i Pacific University's Warmer Auditorium, at an event sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the university's English honor society.

"The Descendants" is now filming in Hawai'i, starring George Clooney as the kama'āina descendant of a 19th-century Hawaiian princess.

'SEASONS AND THE SEA'

CEREMONY USHERS IN TIME OF WARMTH

Welcome the beginning of the season of warmth, or kauwela, this weekend with the Waikīkī Aquarium at "Seasons and the Sea," a cultural ceremony featuring chant, hula and mo'olelo (storytelling).

The free sunset observance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, on the lawn 'ewa of the aquarium. Bring mats or low chairs and sunglasses; 440-9027, www.waquarium.org/community-programs.asp.

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THERAPISTS MAKE MUSIC

TREATING PATIENTS THROUGH TUNES

Sounding Joy Music Therapy Inc., a local nonprofit, uses music as a form of treatment for people with disabilities. Qualified therapists use musical elements (sound, rhythm, melody and harmony) and instruments; most clients are autistic. Get more information at www.SoundingJoyMT.org.

PacificNetwork.tv was there when Dr. Reiner Haus of Germany spoke to Hawai'i Pacific University students on music therapy, observing role-playing by the students. For more video, visit www.PacificNetwork.tv.

Alyssa S. Navares, PacificNetwork.tv