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First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to experience Lei Day at the inaugural May Day event happening in Waikīkī on Thursday, May 1 at 3-5 p.m. The free event includes a concert by Hawaiian music trio, Nā Leo Pilimehana and will be broadcasted live on the radio on Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.

“The May Day event we envision and are working on is going to perpetuate an understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture and the history of Waikīkī for generations to come,” said John Aeto, president of The Kālaimoku Group, the firm hired by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to organize and promote the event.

Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Celebrates Stylish Grand Opening

Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Celebrates Stylish Grand Opening

Fireworks and fanfare painted a colorful grand opening at Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa on April 16, with the seamless integration of Hawaiian and Mauritian cultures making this celebration a true milestone in Outrigger’s 66-year history.

The Republic of Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, located 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is the company’s 46th property now open or under development in a total of eight countries. The festive celebration was a capstone to a nine-month, multi-million dollar renovation of the 181 all sea-view room beachfront resort.

McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra presents “Up the Down Staircase”

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls presents “Up The Down Staircase” written by Bel Kaufman on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Barbie Gymnasium on the La Pietra campus.

Set in an inner city high school, “Up The Down Staircase” is the story of a novice teacher who is faced with unruly students and an administration that dampens the teacher's spirits. The teacher slowly gains the students' respect as she attempts to make a difference in their lives. The production, directed by Annie Renick, consists of 22 La Pietra students’ grades 7 through 12.

Tickets are $5 for students with identification and $7 for general seating. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 808-922-2744.

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.”