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A&E Wrap-Up: 7-14-17

July 14, 2017 - 8:41am

Shows & events

Hawaii Performing Arts Festival continues through July 24

The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, which runs through July 24, presents the following shows this week:

At 7 p.m. this evening is Amadeus Mozart’s featuring a full orchestra at Palace Theater in Hilo. One of Mozart’s most brilliant operas, “Don Giovanni” is based on the story of Don Juan and the consequences of his selfishness and lust. Tickets are $20.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday is “Wine, Women and Song” at Cafe Il Mondo in Honokaa. The event features la dolce vita in a bistro setting. Tickets are $30.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday is Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” featuring a full orchestra at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. One of Mozart’s most brilliant operas, “Don Giovanni” is based on the story of Don Juan and the consequences of his selfishness and lust. Tickets range in price from $17-$37.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday is “Chamber Music by Candlelight” at Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Davies Chapel in Waimea. This HPAF faculty performance is free.

At 7 p.m. on July 21 is “Young Singer Showcase” at Davies Chapel featuring the festival’s youngest rising stars. This HPAF performance is free.

At 7 p.m. on July 21 is “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan at Palace Theater in Hilo. Set in then-exotic and far distant Japan, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1885 comic romp pokes fun at British politics and politicians, thinly disguised as Japanese. This performance features a theatrically staged opera and full orchestra. Tickets are $20.

At 2 p.m. on July 23 is Opera for Kids featuring youngsters ages 5-14 at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. Free with reservation by calling 333-7378.

At 4 p.m. on July 23 is “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan at Kahilu Theatre. Set in then-exotic and far distant Japan, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1885 comic romp pokes fun at British politics and politicians, thinly disguised as Japanese. This performance features a theatrically staged opera and full orchestra. Tickets range in price from $17-$37.

At 4 p.m. on July 24 is “Sunset Sonatas,” a chamber music farewell to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival featuring student instrumentalists. This HPAF performance is free.

Info/tickets: or 333-7378. Tickets to “Don Giovanni” and “The Mikado” at Kahilu Theatre must be purchased by visiting

‘Story Circus’ coming to Kailua-Kona library

Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by “Story Circus” — an exciting storytelling show where stories meet circus — with Yasu Ishida at 11:30 a.m. today at the Kailua-Kona Public Library.

Can you imagine what balloon haiku (balloon animals coming to life with haiku), storygami (storytelling with origami), and storytelling with magic look like? Stories will come together in visual ways, inviting audience interaction and lots of fun. After the stories, children get to make a simple magic trick that they can take home to perform.

This 45-minute program is suitable for children in preschool to grade 5. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.

Info: 327-4327.

Carl Villaverde, Joanie Collins to perform

Carl Villaverde and Joanie Collins will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this evening at the HUB Pub Restaurant in Hawi.

Villaverde and Collins teamed up in 1996 to become Mango, one of Hawaii’s premiere music groups. Since 2002, they have taken their music and aloha to audiences around the world.

The pair will perform again on July 28 at the restaurant.

Info: or call 331-3017 or email

Learn origami with Yasu Ishida

Join storyteller Yasu Ishida on a magical journey of origami, a paper folding art from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. today at Naalehu Public Library in Ka’u.

During the event, attendees will learn how to make action origami, which animates to fly, flip, jump and snap. This 45-minute hands-on workshop focuses on folding three to four action origami designs, such as traditional flapping bird, flying bat, and even wiggling dinosaur. Program is suitable for ages 9 and older.

Info: 939-2442.

Summer Fun at Lanihau Center Saturday

Lanihau Center presents Summer Fun event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Kailua-Kona shopping center.

The festivities will be held in the center’s south parking lot, located across from Daylight Mind Bakery and Cafe. Among the offerings are a 20-foot waterslide for the keiki and a Show ‘n Shine car show sponsored by Transmission Technology. Participants are asked to bring donations for a school supply drive benefiting The Salvation Army, Neighborhood Place of Kona, and foster care programs.

There will also be prizes given out throughout the day and attendees can enter to win a $200 Summer Fun Gift Package from KAPA and KBIG. Radio personality Jaz from KAPA will be the guest DJ and emcee.


Joann Williams Christmas in July craft fair Saturday

The 26th annual Joann Williams Christmas in July Art, Gift, Jewelry and Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Kamakahonu Ballroom and parking lot at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

The event features about 100 vendors from throughout the state with a variety of products including jams, quilts, Hawaiian clothes, lotions, ornaments, artwork, household items and food.

Admission is free and door prizes from each vendor will be given away throughout the day. The fair is designed to promote island artists and several nonprofits.

Info: 325-5155 or email

Roundup At The Ranch Saturday

The inaugural Roundup At The Ranch will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday at the Waikii Ranch Clubhouse.

A benefit for the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation, the event will feature a barbecue and dance with live music by Patio Productions. Silent and live auction items include stays at vacation homes in Montana, Utah and Volcano Village, hotel and golf packages, brunch for 12 at the Mauna Kea Polo Club, sporting clays shoot for 5 at Parker Ranch, and jewelry.

Tickets are $125 per person, of which $70 is tax deductible.

Frank Sayre and his wife, Laura Mallery-Sayre, started the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation as a way to thank the Hawaii Fire Department personnel for risking their lives in the recovery of their son’s body, Daniel, who fell 500 feet in a 1997 hiking accident in North Kohala’s Pololu Valley. The nonprofit raises money to purchase essential equipment for the department.


Kona Ballroom Dance Club to meet

Kona Ballroom Dance Club holds its monthly dance Sunday in Kailua-Kona.

The event will be held 6-9 p.m. at the Kona Elks Club off Pawai Place. Lance Oliver will teach a free lesson covering East Coast Swing.

There is no cost for dance club members; cost is $5 for nonmembers. Attendees may bring pupu to share.

Kokua Kailua takes place Sunday

Kokua Kailua is 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Kailua Village. During the event, Alii Drive becomes a pedestrian-only walkway where district merchants, artists and artisans exhibit and sell unique merchandise, gift items, original art and crafts.

Kokua Kailua has been held monthly since 2009. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

The Afternoon at the Palace event slated at Hulihee Palace has been canceled, according to organizers, the Daughters of Hawaii. The next “Afternoon at the Palace” is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Info: or

‘Derailed’ coming to Kailua-Kona library

The Kailua-Kona Public Library hosts a free performance of “Derailed” from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday.

“Derailed,” performed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Theatre and Dance Department’s Kyogen Ensemble, blends kyogen (a traditional Japanese comic form) and spirit with 21st century socio-political reality in Hawaii.

Hearkening back to the early satirical roots of kyogen, in this “tale of the rail,” akamai (smart) construction workers on Oahu try to outwit a clueless consultant and his ill-advised ideas about the planned Honolulu rail line, demonstrating the power of Hawaiian beliefs and the importance of protecting the aina.

This free one-hour program is suitable for ages 8 and older.

This is a production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Info: 327-4327.

Help solve a puzzle

Every Monday, the Kealakekua Public Library hosts a puzzle day.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees can complete an entire puzzle or just put in a few pieces. The free puzzle days are suitable for all ages; however, an adult must accompany children.

Info: 323-7585.

Writer’s Group meets Tuesday

A Writer’s Group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the North Kohala Public Library in Kapaau.

Facilitator Eila Algood, a poet and writer, will moderate the meetings to give participants a chance to practice writing, discuss writing skills, share their work, enjoy useful feedback and share the joys and frustrations of the writing life. Writers of all levels are invited.

Bring a pen and paper for writing.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

Info: 889-6655.

Tribute to guitarist Django Reinhardt

Gertrude’s Jazz Bar presents “A Tribute to French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt” on July 21 in Kailua-Kona.

The tribute, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m., will feature musicians Greg Shirley on “grande bouche” guitar and vocals; Hal Glatzer on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jerry Dicey on acoustic bass, and Jean Pierre Thoma filling Sidney Bechet’s shoes on soprano sax. The repertoire will be classic jazz compositions by George Gershwin, Gregory Porter, and Reinhardt.

Tickets range in price from $5-$10.

Info: Email, call 327-5299 or visit

One-day artist collaboration July 29

The Hawaii Artist Collaboration will host a one-day artist collaboration on July 29 in Holualoa.

During the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tai Lake’s shop in Holualoa, artists in various mediums from around the island will gather to share their talents, help each other grow and have fun playing. Attendees are asked to bring tools or instruments they may want to use, as well as a brown bag lunch. There will be a barbecue from 4-8 p.m. to close the event.

Cost is $15 per person to help cover shop costs. Text or call (954) 829-5360 by July 22 to register

From 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 28, the Hawaii Artist Collaboration will hold its annual auction celebrating holomua kakou, or “moving forward together,” in Holualoa. It will feature 42 artists in 14 different mediums. Tickets are $35 if purchased online and $45 at the door.

The Hawaii Artist Collaboration is a 501(c)(3) that provides a meeting ground for artists of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and cultures in order to plan, develop, and implement arts and crafts education and opportunities in the communities of Hawaii and beyond.


Film screenings

‘Enough’ to be screened

Kona Faith Center will host a screening of “Enough” with comedian Chonda Pierce at 7 p.m. this evening.

Pierce has built her career by being “real” — sharing her heart, talking about difficult issues, and blending it all with humor, insight and self examination. Her vulnerability and wit have made Pierce the No. 1 selling female comedian in history.

Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. They can be purchased by calling (800) 965-9324 or visiting Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The film is geared to those age 14 and older.


LEGO Batman Movie to be shown

Kealakekua Public Library will screen the LEGO Batman Movie on Wednesday.

The free showing will take place from 5-7 p.m. Free popcorn will be served while supplies last. Beverages in closed containers are allowed.

Gotham City is changing, and if our favorite superhero Batman wants to save his city from the evil Joker’s plans of taking over the city, he may need to work with others, mainly his superhero sidekick Robin. He might even learn to relax a little and learn something from his newest sidekick and his trusty friend Alfred.

This film is rated PG; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Info: 323-7585.

Awards & accolades

Charon earns People’s Choice Award

The Hawaii Island Art Alliance recently announced the winner of its first-ever Imagine 2017: Fine Art Expo.

The exhibit at Wailoa Center in Hilo drew 1,400 visitors during June who cast votes for their favorite art piece to determine the People’s Choice Award. After the ballots were counted, artist Ken Charon was deemed the winner for his canvas painting, “Hawaiian Princes Surf the First California Wave, Santa Cruz, 1885.”

The alliance will sponsore Imagine 2018: Fine Art Expo next June.

Workshops & classes

Learn lau hala weaving

Jelena Clay hosts a lau hala weaving workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 22 at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. During the workshop, participants will be able to create their own bracelet and pair of earrings using this traditional Hawaiian method of weaving.

Topics covered in the workshop include collecting, prepping, and stripping of lau hala. During the morning, students will create their own bracelet and during the afternoon, students will create a pair of earrings. All of the findings and tools along with sterling silver ear wires will be provided. Simple stones and crystals will be available to embellish the earrings.

Clay is a master fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist who has produced an ever-increasing variety of contemporary and traditional work in every natural fiber she can find. Her interest in all Hawaiian art forms naturally led her to lau hala weaving.

Cost is $40 for VAC members and $45 for nonmembers, in addition to a $35 supply fee. Pre-registration is required.

Info/register: 967-8222 or

Wine and watercolors Tuesday in Volcano

Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will teach a workshop covering how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper as well as all the basic techniques need to create a painting of a picture Tuesday at the Volcano Art Center.

Techniques covered will include basic palette setup, color theory and mixing, masking, wet in wet, texturizing and how to create depth, highlights and shadows. During the class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines.

Cost is $30 for VAC members and $35 for nonmembers, in addition to a $17 supply fee. The workshop will be held at the center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Info/register: call 967-8222 or visit

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