Annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” – Sunday, December 8th

Community members are invited to come join in a mid-day event of spell-binding entertainment and treats.

This year the annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” performance includes Taishoji Taiko of Hilo and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu who will share the stage at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11am.

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko was founded in 1989 under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo. The group originally played only for Taishoji’s annual Bon dance, but gradually expanded into kumi daiko, or performance drumming. In addition to the annual Toro Nagashi (lantern floating ceremony), Taishoji Taiko has played at numerous community and cultural events around the Big Island. The group opened for the Big Island debut of the critically acclaimed group TAIKOPROJECT at the UHH Performing Arts Center in June 2008 and celebrated it’s 20th anniversary at the inaugural Big Island Taiko Festival in 2009.

At various times, Taishoji Taiko has received instructions from taiko masters from Hawaii and California, including Kenny Endo of the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Members have also attended workshops given by Kodo, On Ensemble, and Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Under the direction of Chad Nakagawa, members of Taishoji Taiko are a diverse collection of ages and backgrounds united by their passion for the energy and spirit of taiko. Their performances are fun, dynamic crowd pleasers sure to be enjoyed by audience of all ages.

“Magi-kel Magi-chun” Kelvin Chun is an internationally recognized award winning educator, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast.  He has over 20 years of magic and balloon experience and has competed against and performed with world class magicians in prestigious international magic competitions at venues such as Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort 1,800-seat showroom.

Kelvin Chun

Kelvin Chun

He was also a featured performer at other stages, including the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in Auckland, New Zealand, Texas Convention, Japan Cup, and Hong Kong International Magic Convention.

Learning magic and balloon techniques from all over the world, Kelvin’s performance is infused with international flair and has mesmerized audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Please come join us for this fun filled event! At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too.

Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.

Questions? Call Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge 935-1717. Hope to see you there.

Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanakaole & Ohana Play Three Concerts on Big Island

Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanaka`ole are both multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners and are both respected educators in Hawaiian cultural practice and hula.  Joining them both for this unique and intimate mother-son concert will be other members of the renowned Hilo-based `ohana.

Kekui Kaumakaiwa

The concerts are at The Palace Theatre in Hilo on Thursday September 19, at 7pm; the Aloha Theatre in Keanaliu on Friday September 20, at 7pm, and at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Saturday September 21, at 8pm.

Kaumakaiwa is a remarkable and riveting performer, who has developed into a phenomenal world music artist with an inventive talent that shines brightly, and a magnetic stage presence that is at once impressive, kolohe and entertaining.  Kekuhi is equally charismatic on stage, possessing what one early reviewer described as “a certain ancient elegance”.  Both performers are recognized as voices and leaders of the new Hawaiian generations since the “Renaissance” of the ‘60s and 70s.  Edith Kanaka`ole was most certainly a leader in that renaissance, and her grand-daughter and great-grandson carry on her legacy and values.

Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi are currently pursuing a studio recording project as a “duo”, with a projected digital release at end of October, and street product release before Christmas.  These performances will give a flavor of that new CD – and will redefine contemporary Hawaiian music, demonstrating what it means to be Hawaiian today.  Kaumaka`iwa, Kekuhi & `Ohana = chicken skin!

Thursday 9/19 at 7pm, at the Palace Theatre.  Advance tickets are $35 general and $25 for seniors or students.  Day of event tickets will be $45 for all. Tickets from www.brownpapertickets.com, CALL 934-7010 or stop at the Palace Box Office, Monday – Friday from 10am to 3pm.  Doors and box office open at 6pm on day of concert.

Friday 9/20 at 7pm, at the Aloha Theatre.  Advance tickets are $35 general and $25 for seniors or students.  Day of event tickets will be $45 for all. Tickets from apachawaii.org, and Kiernan Music. Doors and box office open at 6pm on day.

Saturday 9/21 at 8pm, at Kahilu Theatre.  Tickets range from $20, $35, $45 to $65, with discounts of up to 15% for members of the Kahilu Theatre.  Memberships and tickets from www.kahilutheatre.org or call 885-6868, or stop at the Kahilu Theatre from 9am to 12noon.  Doors open at 7pm on day of concert.

Circus Holly-Daze!

Community members are invited to come join in a mid-day event of spell binding entertainment and treats.

Circus Holly-Daze will be performed at the Hilo Palace Theater

This year the annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” performance themed “Circus Holly-Daze!” is a ridiculously wondrous Circus-Theater production boasting amazing skills, great characters, and guaranteed good, family fun for all ages!

Disillusioned Saint Slick, frantically tries to compete with the high-tech, commercialized, corporate toy industry by holding auditions for competent workshop employees.  To his dismay, he ends up with a bumbling, gaggle of elfin misfits who are skilled at everything OTHER than technology.  Their hilarious antics, mishaps and discoveries ultimately lead Saint Slick to a new appreciation for the simple things in life.

This entertaining Circus Arts Spectacular will ultimately impress you as much as it warms your heart.

Created by Annetta Lucero and Noah Moore of Terminal Circus, the performance will be on Sunday, December 16, starting 11 am, at Hilo’s historic Palace Theater.

Please come join us for this fun filled event! At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too.  Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.  Questions? Call Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge 935-1717

Hikianalia Arrives Home in Hawaii – Welcoming in Hilo Bay Tomorrow

Hikianalia, a new state-of-the-art voyaging canoe, is expected to be in Hilo Harbor by dawn tomorrow morning, Sunday, November 18.  She will have traveled more than 4,000 miles to come home to Hawai‘i since her launch in early October.

Hikianalia is scheduled to arrive on the Big Island tomorrow.

It has taken Hikianalia 17 days to sail from Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia) to Hawai‘i, and it took 16 days to sail her from her launch site in Auckland, New Zealand, to Papeete.

After clearing customs at Hilo Harbor, Hikianalia will make her way to Radio Bay, where Hikianalia and the entire crew will be formally welcomed by the Keaukaha Community Association.

“We expected them in the afternoon, but now that they are arriving in the morning, it will be a quiet welcome,” explained master navigator Chad Kālepa Baybayan, who has co-organized the Hilo reception.  “Still, we know the community will come out to see her.”

Baybayan navigated Pacific Voyager canoe Faafaite from Auckland to Tahiti, escorting Hikianalia during the latter’s maiden voyage.  Master navigator Bruce Blankenfeld captained Hikianalia during that first leg of her voyage home to Hawaiʻi.

Most of the Hikianalia crew changed in Papeete.  Captain Bob Perkins and master navigator Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon are part of a crew of 15 bringing the canoe to Hawai‘i in a portion of the voyage that included crossing the equator.  Overall, for the course between Tahiti and Hawai‘i, the skies have been clear and the winds fair, except for a brief passage through the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, where they experienced quirky weather.

Hikianalia will accompany Hōkūle‘a during the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s 2013-2016 Worldwide Voyage as her sister vessel, providing a second floating classroom, and the main platform for communication and technology.  The two wa‘a will partner in messages of sustainability.  Neither uses fossil fuels; both rely on the wind in their sails and solar energy for their lights, communication and – in Hikianalia’s case – engines.

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia are Hawaiian names for stars Arcturus and Spica, respectively, which break the horizon together in Hawaiian skies.

“It’s been a privilege to bring Hikianalia home to Hawai‘i,” says Perkins.  “She will finally meet her sister Hōkūle‘a.”

Hikianalia is expected to sail directly from Hawai‘i Island to O‘ahu next weekend.

To track Hikianalia, or to learn more about the upcoming Worldwide Voyage, visit our website http://hokulea.org.

To follow the educational objectives of navigator and Makali‘i senior captain Chadd ‘Ōnohi Paishon, go to http://www.nakalaiwaa.org/student-qa-hikianalia.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1975 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Na Ali’i of Comedy Starring Frank De Lima, Mel Cabang, Andy Bumatai, Ed Kaahea and Augie T at the Hilo Palace Theater

Are you ready for the biggest comedy show of 2012? Hawaii’s legends of comedy together on one stage for the first time. Over 100 years of comedy experience entertaining people locally, nationally and worldwide, Na Ali’i of Comedy Tour will make you laugh out loud.

Friday March 2nd at the Hilo Palace Theater at 8:00 pm is the place to be!

Frank De Lima has been entertaining Hawaii with family friendly local style humor for 36 years. The 14 time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner has been busy visiting Hawaii school children with his student enrichment program. Frank has been touring nationwide with Augie T. for the past 2 years.

Ed Kaahea is the last surviving member of the iconic comedy trio, Booga Booga. With over 30 years in the entertainment business.

Mel Cabang has been a comic and business man in Hawaii for 40 years. You can see Mel on numerous tv commercials and local tv programs.

Andy Bumatai has been a comic for over 30 years. He has traveled as a headliner in comedy clubs across America. He has opened for some of the biggest acts in the industry. Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys and Lionel Richie.

Augie T. performs live on stage and on television for audiences here in the islands as well as across the United States. He was voted the funniest comic in Hawaii by Star Bulletin and Midweek and has been the core artist in the revival of the Hawaii comedy scene these past few years.

Tickets:  $22.50 in advance and $25.00 at the door, on sale at the Palace Theater 10am-3pm weekdays.  Call 934-7010 to purchase tickets by phone with a credit card.  Also on sale at:  Ken’s House of Pancakes, CD Wizard, BJ Penn Training and Fitness, KTA Downtown and KTA Puainako

Opening Act – Pomai Longakit

Hawai’iana Live to Celebrate Its 250th Show

Hawai’iana Live will celebrate its 250th show on December 28, 2011 with special guests Stan Kaina and Pi’ilani Rodrigues at Hilo’s Historic Palace Theater.  The mighty pipe open welcomes guests at 10:45 a.m. and this charming show begins at 11 a.m.  Tickets are just $5 and Keiki 12 and under
are free.

In an era when special effects, synthesized sound, and electronically enhanced productions are the norm, the Palace offers a chance to slip back in time, to spend 45 minutes in yesteryear, savoring the unhurried,
unamplified simplicity of an old-fashioned live variety show -Hawaiian-style.

Now wrapping up five continuous years the show features a different theme each week.  Chants, hula, songs, stories, and a video relating to that theme are presented by Leilehua Yuen, ‘Hilo’s Hostess of Hawai`iana’.

Leileihua Yuen

Organist Rick Mazurowski plays the theater’s vintage pipe organ, one of the largest in the Pacific region.  Special guests are often featured.  Call the Palace at 934-7777 for more information or visit the Palace website: www.hilopalace.com. Don’t miss this landmark show that is sure to delight one and all and features a few surprises too!

Little Shop of Horrors at the Hilo Palace Theater

Little Shop of Horrors at the Hilo Palace Theater

June’s Sizzlin’ New From Hawai’i’s Big Island

Media Release

Big Island Visitors Bureau

Come to the Big Island and explore Hawaii’s Island of Adventure

Hawaii’s Big Island (June 2009) —Hawai‘i’s Big Island heats up this summer with a new direct flight on the horizon, yet keeps your wallet cool with a bevy of  “do more, spend less” deals and adventures.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Uplifting News for Travelers. Following the successful launch of its direct Seattle to Kona flight last year, Alaska Airlines announces a new direct service between Oakland and Kona International Airport three times a week starting Nov. 10, and will expand neighbor island service, too.  www.alaskaairlines.com.

Paradise Helicopters has a brand-new aah-dventure: the Secluded Valley Massage. After an exhilarating flight above the Kohala coastline, the helicopter touches down in a private, lush valley where a babbling brook provides background during a relaxing massage. Memorable for couples or groups. Visit www.paradisecopters.com or call (866) 876-7422 or (808) 969-7392.

“Wheel adventurers” will love Ride The Rim’s new Waipi‘o Valley Adventure on an ATV or buggy. Experienced guides lead you to the unparalleled vistas and waterfalls at the back of Hawai‘i’s “Valley of the Kings.” Tours operate twice a day, seven days a week from Kukuihaele and are about three hours long. Visit www.ridetherim.com or call (877) 775-1450 or (808) 775-1450.

Kohala Kayak takes $20 off! In commemoration of Hawai‘i entering statehood in 1959, the three-hour kayak and snorkel tour is just $59 for all of 2009. Stand-up paddling also available. Visit www.kohalakayak.com or call (808) 882-4678.

Pedal Power. Raise money for multiple sclerosis research just like an Ironman cyclist on the Bike MS: Go BIG or Go Home cycling adventure, Aug. 8 (65 miles) & 9 (50 miles). Pedal on pavement alongside volcanic rock landscapes, breathtaking ocean views, paniolo ranches, and historic towns. Sponsor Hilton Waikoloa Village provides discount group rates to participants. Register at www.mshawaii.org or call (808) 532-0808.

Kona Honu Divers, Inc. has a great deal for divers, which includes five to seven nights at one of Kona’s prime condominium properties and five to six days of two-tank morning boat dives aboard Kona Honu Divers’ custom dive boat. Upgrades and additional nights available upon request. Valid through November. $1,029  to $2143.25 plus taxes and fees. Call (808) 324-4668 or (888) 333-4668 or visit www.konahonudivers.com.

Want more? Click http://bigisland.org/calendar for detailed information about Hawai’i Island events and be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Hawaii Film Hoike, featuring Hawaiian filmmakers at Hilo’s Palace Theatre. Sept. 19-20. Visit www.hilopalace.com.

ACCOMODATIONS

Mango Magnificence! The first annual Mango Festival is Aug. 1 on Hawai‘i’s Big Island, and Keauhou Beach Resort is celebrating with a special festival package. Priced at $149/single or $199/double, the package includes one-night accommodations, a buffet breakfast the following morning and entry to the Mango Festival’s Kona Mango Experience and the Mango-Inspired Dinner. For reservations, call  (866) 326-6803 (808) 324-2515.

Mauna Lani Point, located on the stunning Kohala Coast, provides guests with a free pass to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 4th night free and a $200 gift card now through Dec. 19. Mauna Lani Point is an ultimate oceanfront location with golf resort amenities and one-and two-bedroom luxury villas. Townhomes and estates also available. Call (866) 966-5985 or visit www.visitmaunalani.com.

In July, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located on a beautiful white sand beach in Kailua-Kona, plans to re-open one tower of 230 rooms after an extensive, Hawaiian-inspired renovation.  The newly designed guestrooms feature themes of lava, native flora, and the intricate detail of the Hawaiian tattoo.  Visit www.konabeachhotel.com to see photos of the new rooms, and for special packages and offers.

Kona Village adds value to every stay with airfare and activity credits through Dec. 19. Book any published room rate in select categories and receive $800 airfare credit and bungalow upgrade. Or, book any published rate and receive four spa treatments and four rounds of golf at Hualālai; values worth more than $1,540. Call (800) 367-5290 or visit www.KonaVillage.com. Restrictions apply.

Every Third Night Free at the Outrigger Fairway Villas! Enjoy a relaxing getaway in your own private Waikoloa Beach Resort condominium. Rates for a three-night stay starting at $163/night. Offer valid through Dec. 21. Free parking and free local and toll-free calls. Call (800) 688-7444 or visit www.outrigger.com.

Two for One. Make a new booking at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and receive a second room absolutely free! This offer includes guaranteed connecting rooms in the same category booked for garden view, partial ocean view, and ocean view categories-perfect for friends and families looking for a getaway. No minimum stay required. Valid through Dec. 20.  May not be combined with any other promotion.  Call (800) 845-9905 or visit www.fairmont.com/orchid.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates 50 years with the “Hawaii Statehood Package.” Guests will receive the fourth night free when they book three nights, VIP turndown service, daily breakfast for two, a one-time $50 resort credit, and a newly minted Hawai‘i State Quarter (while supplies last and good for one per package). Based on availability, restrictions may apply. Visit www.Marriott.com and use promotional code PRO or call (800) 721-6996.

A Deal That Will Make You See Stars! Guests at Arnott’s Lodge in Hilo enjoy Mauna Kea Sunset and Stargazing for just $85 – the best deal on the mountain! Visit www.arnottslodge.com or call (808) 969-7097.

Unlimited Golf Package at Hilton Waikoloa Village & Waikoloa Beach Resort. Golf at Waikoloa Beach or Kings’ Course and play a second round, same day, same course on availability. Includes golf shuttle, storage of bags, and practice facilities. Starting at $314 plus tax/night for one golfer. Some restrictions, black-out dates apply; reservations based on availability. Offer valid through Dec. 20.  Not valid with other offers. Request rate plan P6. Call (800) HILTONS or book online, http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/reservations/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=KOAHWHH&spec_plan=P6&spec_plan_desc=Unlimited+Golf

The Polynesian-styled Sea Mountain Resort is located next to the mesmerizing black sands of  Punalu‘u Beach Park, and only a 30-minute drive from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, home of Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.  Rates from $99/night, valid through Dec. 20. Call (800) 525-5894 or visit https://mycrs.innpoints.com/book/book/guest/stay?hotelCode=1794&promotionCode=HAWAII

GROUP GATHERINGS

Meet for Less at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The Premier Meetings Package includes meeting room rental and set up; podium, microphone and projector screen; water station throughout the day; mini continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments at just $25/person, tax and tip inclusive. Valid until Dec. 31. Minimum of 25 people. Call (800) 367-5004 or email groups@castleresorts.com.

Aston Kona by the Sea Unveils “The Beach Club,” a new oceanfront function space, which can be transformed for intimate sunset wedding receptions or themed bridal showers. The space features two separate rooms that can be configured differently to seat up to 52 people. Room rates start at $169/night through Dec. 21; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Visit www.AstonHotels.com or call (866) 774-2924.

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa Executive Chef Eric Lelinski has developed a “Sustainable Menu” for banquets that brings the freshest, tastiest, best quality food available to the resort’s tables. From organic eggs and potatoes to a seasonally adapted Big Island fruit platter and salads of locally grown greens and vegetables, Sheraton Keauhou, home to the Kona coast’s largest meeting facility, introduces the Big Island’s best to discerning palates. www.SheratonKeauhou.com