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Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

 Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Takes On Gershwin and Beethoven In April 26-27 Concerts

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Sara Davis Buechner and conductor Maximiano Valdés back to the Islands for a program of Gershwin, Beethoven and Ravel on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. This will be the third program in the HSO’s Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series.

Buechner, who may well hold the world title for having the most piano concertos in her repertoire (more than 100!) and is noted for her interpretations of American and jazz-influenced works, will perform George Gershwin’s Concerto in F. More of a traditional, although jazzy, piano concerto than his earlier Rhapsody in Blue, which was actually orchestrated by fellow composer Ferde Grofé, the Concerto in F showcases Gershwin’s own mastery of orchestration.

Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame will induct its new class of distinguished waterman legends this summer and the public is invited to nominate worthy candidates for consideration.

The Hall of Fame nomination packet and submittal instructions are available at the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) website, www.DukeFoundation.org. There is no fee required. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, but need to be submitted by May 30 for 2014 consideration.

With support from respected watermen in the community, ODKF established the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame four years ago to honor the accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s legendary watermen and waterwomen. The criterion for induction is:

Give Back and Get More at Ward Centers from May 2 to 4

Give Back and Get More at Ward Centers from May 2 to 4

This spring, shoppers will have a chance to give back to their local community while getting more from Ward Centers with Give & Get Weekend from May 2 to 4. The annual event will allow the public to purchase $5 Give & Get passports from one of more than 35 participating nonprofits and groups, complete with access to exclusive center-wide and store-specific offers.

“Our Give & Get Weekend provides our shoppers with a fantastic opportunity to support a variety of different causes in our community while also taking full advantage of everything Ward Centers has to offer,” said Katie Ka‘anapu, Ward Centers’ senior marketing manager. “We invite the public to join us for a fun-filled weekend of guilt-free shopping, activities and entertainment by purchasing a passport to help raise much needed funds for local nonprofits.” 

Island Sole and OluKai Pair Up to Donate Footwear to Hawai‘i’s Lifeguards

Hawai‘i footwear retailer Island Sole and popular brand OluKai have teamed up to give back to the true lifesavers of our communities – our local lifeguards. As part of OluKai’s partnership with the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association (HLA), Island Sole will host a product donation event on Wednesday, April 16, where local lifeguards will be invited to stop by Island Sole’s Kahala Mall store to receive complimentary footwear from OluKai’s HLA-inspired collection. The event details are as follows:

When: Wednesday, April 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Island Sole Kahala Mall

Hawaiian music master Ernie Cruz jr. brings soulful vocals and guitar work to ‘Kanikapila in Kailua

KAILUA – Ernie Cruz Jr., Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and former member of the legendary Ka‘au Crater Boys, will take the stage on Saturday, April 19, to continue the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s popular free monthly “Kanikapila In Kailua” Hawaiian music series.

“We are so lucky to have great Hawaiian music talents like Ernie Cruz Jr. perform at ‘Kanikapila in Kailua,’ the Windward side’s showcase series of free Island entertainment,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO. “Following Ernie Cruz Jr., in May and June, will be slack key virtuoso Makana and Kawika Kahiapo, another Hōkū Award winner.”

Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

 Hawaii symphony orchestra features rare violin in Prokofiev and Strauss concert

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will feature guest violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and acclaimed Japanese conductor Junichi Hirokami this Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., April 5 and 6, at the Neal Blaisdell Center. This highly anticipated Prokofiev and Strauss concert, the second of the Spring 2014 Halekulani Masterworks Series, has Meyers performing on her priceless 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu.

A California native, Meyers is one of the world’s premier concert violinists. She is widely praised for her elegance and technical mastery of the instrument, showcasing her passion for classical music. Meyers is a top-selling recording artist with close to 30 albums to her credit, including her 2014 No. 1 classical bestseller, “The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album.”

Hawaii International Film festival 15th annual spring showcase presented by Halekulani April 4-10

HONOLULU – (March 28, 2014) - Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani, presents the 15th Annual Spring Showcase. Running from April 4 – 10, HIFF brings various world and international film premieres to Hawaii. Over 30 films will be screened at this year’s Spring Showcase at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX, Hawaii Theatre Center and Doris Duke Theatre.

The 15th Annual Spring Showcase opens with the film, ON MY WAY, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Screening will be held on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Hawaii Theatre. Below is a synopsis of the film: