ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
Contest to name that summer show
Ballet Hawaii is holding a contest to name its summer production, which features elements ranging from wit and whimsy to poise and poetry. The winner will receive tickets to an Aug. 21 or 22 Ballet Hawaii performance at Kennedy Theatre, backstage passes and a chance to meet the dancers.
The lineup: "By George!," a comical backstage view of a Broadway-style musical set to the music of George Gershwin, choreography by Tom Pazik; "Serenade," the first ballet choreographed by George Balanchine in America, set to Tchaikovsky; and "Trio," set to Bach and choreographed by Pazik.
Contest deadline: June 4; www.ballethawaii.org.
TEEN PRO NELSON AHINA RIPPING IT
Hawai'i legends such as Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau and Buffalo Keaulana promoted surfing on a global level. One of a handful of Native Hawaiians now pushing the sport forward is 17-year-old pro surfer Nelson Ahina. He's a state champion who had dominated the local amateur longboard scene.
Raised in Kalihi, Ahina found his calling through surfing. "It's like coming to church. You can come here and just have a good time," he said.
For video of Ahina and more athletes, go to http://www.sports.pacificnetwork.tv/Surfing, the online Surf Channel.
— Clifford Kapono, PacificNetwork.tv
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