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Chinese Chamber of Commerce seeks Narcissus contestants

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August 30th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015Ashley Fu was crowned the 67th Narcissus Queen during last year's festival.

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Ashley Fu was crowned the 67th Narcissus Queen during last year's festival.

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is gearing up for the 68th Narcissus Queen pageant in January at the Hawaii Theatre and is currently accepting applications from qualified contestants.

Along with the pageant itself, participants in the search for a new Narcissus Queen are provided opportunities to participate in cultural classes that cover subjects like Chinese history, cooking, kung fu, narcissus bulb carving and Chinese knotting. Contestants are also coached on personal development in order to be prepared for the pageant experience.

Want to give it a shot? You must be single, 19 to 26 years old and have never been married or given birth to a child. All contestants must also be Hawaii residents or lived in the state for at least 12 months prior to the pageant.

According to pageant organizers, the deadline to apply is Sept. 11 or after the “first 16 applicants” have been accepted. Call 533-3181 or email info@chinesechamber.com for more information.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Cherry Blossom Festival seeks applicants for annual pageant

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July 22nd, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

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Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.


Time is running out for Hawaii residents with at least 50 percent Japanese ancestry to submit an application for the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival.

For the first time, ladies who are 27 or 28 years old may apply; the age limit had previously been 26 years old.

According to festival organizers, Cherry Blossom Queen contestants are selected “for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service. Over the course of several months, those selected to compete in the festival pageant take part in cultural activities like taiko drumming, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, bon dance and calligraphy.

Next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival queen will be selected in March during the festival’s annual gala event and coronation ceremony.

For consideration, applicants must complete a registration form, provide relevant documentation and pay a $30 application fee. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

Download an application online at www.cbfhawaii.com; email cbfhawaii.contestantsearch@gmail.com for more information.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Travel packages offered for Molokai Humane Society benefit concert

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July 12th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Anuhea and the Mobettah Band will headline the Molokai Humane Society's Wings for Wishes fundraiser on Friday.

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Anuhea and the Mobettah Band will headline the Molokai Humane Society's Wings for Wishes fundraiser on Friday.

Mokulele Airlines and the Hotel Molokai have teamed up on a special offer for those who want to support the Molokai Humane Society and catch a concert by Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning recording artist Anuhea in the process.

Ever since the Molokai Humane Society was founded in 1981, the nonprofit has worked to be self-supporting, counting on the generosity of donors and volunteer help to stay in operation. Since 2007, the organization has operated a makeshift clinic out of two repurposed shipping containers near Hoolehua Airport. With no full-time veternarian living on Molokai, pets in need must wait for one to fly in from a neighbor island for care.

To help raise funds for spay/neutering services and medical care, the Molokai Humane Society will welcome Anuhea and the Mobettah Band as the headline act during Wings for Wishes, a benefit concert at the Paddlers Inn, 10 S. Mohala St. in Kaunakakai at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the event are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; $60 VIP tickets, which include prime seating, an autographed poster and a meet-and-greet session with Anuhea.

But in order to attend the concert, you have to get to Molokai — and that’s where Mokulele and the Hotel Molokai come in. Call (808) 495-4188 to reserve an all-inclusive vacation package that includes round trip tickets for two aboard Mokulele, a one-night stay at the Hotel Molokai and a rental car, starting at $349 per couple.

Still can’t make it? You don’t have to attend Wings for Wishes to help support the Molokai Humane Society. Click here to donate online.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Waikiki offers multiple May Day entertainment options

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April 27th, 2016



BRUCE ASATO / 2015Danny Kaleikini performs during the 2015 May Day Waikiki concert. The event returns to the beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian and Outrigger Waikiki on Sunday.

BRUCE ASATO / 2015

Danny Kaleikini performs during the 2015 May Day Waikiki concert. The event returns to the beach fronting the Royal Hawaiian and Outrigger Waikiki on Sunday.

As the old saying goes, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii — and you really can make a day of it in Waikiki on Sunday.

Get started with the 89th annual Lei Day celebration at Kapiolani Park at 9 a.m. The free, all-day event kicks off with performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Nā Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu‘uwai, followed by an investiture ceremony for the 2016 Lei Queen and afternoon performances by Chad Takatsugi, Bobby Moderow Jr., Melveen Leed and Amy Hanaiali’i.

Sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, the celebration also includes a display of lei contest entries, Hawaiian craft exhibits and food booths. 2016 Lei Queen Carol Ana Makana Lani Yamada, 2007 Lei Queen Manu Anana and 2010 Lei Queen Jamie Kaohulani Adams Detwiler will be in attendance as well. Call (808) 768-3041 or visit honoluluparks.com.

From 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Hawaii Tourism Authority presents the third annual May Day Waikiki concert with headliners Melveen Leed, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland.

Held on the sand fronting the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, this year’s event also honors the history and tradition of the Waikiki Beach Boys. Those set to be recognized on Sunday include:

» Albert “Rabbit” Kekai
» George Downing
» Harry Robello
» James “Lord TallyHo” Blears
» Edward “Blackout” Whaley
» Richard “Buffalo” Keaulana

Admission to Sunday’s concert is free; follow @maydaywaikiki on Instagram for more details.

Wrap up May Day with even more music at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort as Kani Ka Pila Grille kicks off its Mele Mei Sunday Concert Series. Two different artists will be featured every Sunday through May 29 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Part of the month-long Mele Mei celebration of Hawaiian music, the series opens with Blayne Asing and Brother Noland this weekend, followed by Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson with Nathan Aweau on May 8.

Upcoming featured artists include Kuuipo Kumukahi with Mailani Makainai (May 15), Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental with Kuana Torres Kahele (May 22) and Kupaoa with Maunalua (May 29). Call (808) 924-4990 for reservations.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Time running out for Kapalua Wine and Food Fest discounts

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April 26th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival returns to Maui in June.

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The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival returns to Maui in June.

Only a few days remain to take advantage of early bird ticket specials for the longest-running food and wine event in the United States.

The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is set for June 9 through June 12 on Maui, with a variety of educational and tasting events scheduled at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay.

Special guests this year include restauranteur and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson and chef Michele Mazza of New York’s Il Mulino, who will both lead celebrity chef cooking demonstrations during the festival. Annual gala events include the Grand Tasting, featuring food from Kapalua-area restaurants and premium wines, and the Seafood Festival, which features 14 of Maui’s top restaurants and more wine to go with live music by Maui’s Nuff Sedd.

A number of wine seminars are also scheduled, including a “Champagne and Scooby Snack” tasting hosted by master sommelier Rob Bigelow, and “Family Tree - Scions of Family Wineries” with special guest panelists Carlo Mondavi (RAEN Vineyards/Continuum), Christopher Hyde (Hyde and Sons) and Brandon De Luze (ZD) among others. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will also present “Ten Year Magic Retrospective,” a look at what a decade of aging can do to bottles of cabernet sauvignon.

Now through April 30, four-day passes are available for $895, with gala event tickets discounted to $180 each. Special room, air and car packages are also available through the festival’s travel partners; visit kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com for more details.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Pagoda concert to benefit Fiji cyclone victims

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April 20th, 2016



ASSOCIATED PRESSA man makes repairs to his home in RakiRaki, Fiji, on Feb. 24 after cyclone Winston ripped through the island nation.

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A man makes repairs to his home in RakiRaki, Fiji, on Feb. 24 after cyclone Winston ripped through the island nation.

Fiji residents were still dealing with the fallout from Cyclone Winston, which hit the tiny island nation in February as the most powerful storm in the Southern Hemisphere on record and killed 44 people.

In a show of solidarity and support, the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Islanders in the Arts, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UH-Manoa Political Science Department, East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program, Pan-Pacific Association and Hawaii’s Fijian community will host a benefit concert at the Pagoda Hotel, 1525 Rycroft Street, on Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Entertainment will be hosted by DJ-Dan with support from Taupou Productions and Sound System; additional bands and entertainers are invited to participate by contacting Dan at (202) 734-9364. Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 general admission, $10 for students with valid ID. Call (808) 230-9843, (808) 469-5129 or (808) 491-8224 for more information.

In addition, a bank account has been opened at Bank of Hawaii to collect donations. Mention “Aloha Appeal for Fiji” when making a donation at any BOH branch and the money will be sent to the Fiji Red Cross Society to aid in relief efforts.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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VIDEO: Hilton Hawaiian Village unveils new History Wall

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March 29th, 2016



The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort celebrates its 55th anniversary in 2016. To showcase the property’s historical pedigree, the hotel unveiled a new 80-foot History Wall in its Tapa Tower.

The History Wall pays tribute to dozens of individuals who helped transform Waikiki into what it is today. Visitors can learn more about Henry J. Kaiser, who envisioned the original Hawaiian Village and built the iconic dome known to generations of Oahu residents. Other celebrities who have been part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s legacy include President John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears.

According to the hotel, the new History Wall replaces a smaller version with just seven panels. Now the exhibit contains 16 museum-quality acrylic panels. It took researchers two years to compile all the content.

A dedication and traditional Hawaiian blessing took place Tuesday.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Mission Social Hall and Cafe serves up family-friendly pau hana

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March 20th, 2016



JASON GENEGABUS // JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMUncle Wayne and the Howling Dowg Band perform during March's Mission Pau Hana event.

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Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dowg Band perform during March's Mission Pau Hana event.

Fatherhood brings with it an interesting new set of challenges — some I was prepared for, others not so much.

Among the surprises was discovering the new, ever-present dilemma of finding something fun for me and my wife to do when I’m not working and we can’t find a sitter for our six-month-old daughter. Before last fall, I didn’t have to worry about much more than myself, but everything changes when there’s a crying, pooping bundle of cuteness now permanently part of the picture.

MISSION PAU HANA

» Where: Mission Social Hall and Cafe, 553 S. King St.
» When: 5 to 7 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month
» Cost: Free
» Info: (808) 240-1096, www.missionhouses.org

Good thing is, I’m not the first parent to face this issue. And for Honolulu husband-and-wife team Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and Amanda Corby Noguchi of the Pili Group, problems like these are meant to be solved — even if it means rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it themselves.

That’s exactly what happened in 2014, when the Noguchis were in the process of finalizing their move into the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives to open Mission Social Hall and Cafe, which celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. With one daughter at home and another eventually on the way, Amanda found the options lacking for her and her celebrity chef husband to go after work as a family.

“There seem to be few places these days where kids can run around freely,” she said. “I wanted to create something where we could spend time with our friends who also have kids while the little ones run around.”

That desire spawned the launch of Mission Pau Hana, which features food and drink by Mission Social Hall and Cafe to go with live entertainment by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. Every third Wednesday of the month a rear courtyard fills with anywhere from 80 to 100 people ranging in age from newborns to retirees, many of them dancing or lounging atop blankets spread out on the grass. Beer and wine are also available for families with a designated driver who are looking to cut loose a little bit.

“It’s a one-stop shop,” said Noguchi. “You can bring the kids, get something to eat and then wear them out so they’re ready to go to bed when you get home. As a parent, it’s nice to have two hours where you can relax a little with your friends and not worry about what the kids are getting into.”
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Party in silence at ARTafterDARK

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February 24th, 2016



ASSOCIATED PRESSParticipants in a silent disco wear headsets at a railway station in Paris during the 14th edition of "Nuit Blanche," or "Sleepless Night," last October.

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Participants in a silent disco wear headsets at a railway station in Paris during the 14th edition of "Nuit Blanche," or "Sleepless Night," last October.


The Honolulu Museum of Art wraps up Black History Month on Friday with a party that promises to be equal parts funky and freaky.

ARTafterDARK’s theme this month is “Afrofuture,” a nod to the cultural aesthetic that has blossomed over the last 25 years and blends historical African elements with sci-fi and steampunk influences. The party will feature an art projection by Afrofuture artist Ed Hemphill; a screening of John Akomfrah’s Afrofuture film “The Last Angel of History” is also planned.

The freaky part? At some point in the evening you’ll find 500 people in a courtyard at the museum gyrating in silence.

No, I’m not predicting a mass mental breakdown — minds may melt during “Afrofuture,” but it will be thanks to music being pumped through wireless headphones to create what the museum is calling the first large-scale silent disco in Honolulu.

“Apparently there have been weddings and stuff,” explained Honolulu Museum of Art communications director Lesa Griffith. “We’re saying it’s the first large public one.”

ASSOCIATED PRESSA silent disco turned a Paris railway station into a giant nightclub last year.

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A silent disco turned a Paris railway station into a giant nightclub last year.

Griffith said HMA deputy director Hathaway Jakobsen was among the staff who first floated the idea of hosting a silent disco about a year ago, but it was ARTafterDARK volunteer advisory board member Eddie Quan and special events associate Wainani Paikai who helped make it a reality. The museum is working with New York-based Sound Off Experience to bring the silent disco concept to Honolulu this week.

The first 500 people who show up on Friday will receive a wireless headset with access to not just one, but three different channels of music. DJs Maynard G, Davey Shindig, Sejika and count weevil will be represented by different colors while they spin, with headsets lighting up with the respective color as guests choose their favorite playlist.

“There’s a competition aspect for the DJs,” Griffith said. “They’ll be able to see who is the most popular.”

ARTafterDARK: “Afrofuture” goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Admission is $25 (includes one year HMA membership); free for HMA members. Call (808) 532-8700 or visit artafterdark.org.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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VIDEO: BLVQ by Matt Bruening

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December 27th, 2012



Local fashion designer Matt Bruening helped blogger Christa "SuperCW" Wittmier celebrate her birthday with a fashion show for his 2013 holiday collection, BLVQ, during Wittmier's "Last Ever" party and Pow Wow Hawaii fundraiser at The Republik on Dec. 21.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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