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March 28, 2014 - 5:43am

“La Boheme” played at Makaplapua Cinema

Makaplapua Cinema will feature “La Boheme” at 1 p.m. April 5.

Grammy Award winner and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo plays his signature role of Rodolfo in “La Boheme” at the Met April 5. The satellite broadcast live in high definition is broadcast by Hoku Concert Series and Regal Cinemas.

Tickets are available at

Hula kahiko show planned in Volcano

The Volcano Art Center presents a hula kahiko performance with Kumu hula Micah Kamohoalii and Halau Na Kupuupuu at 10:30 a.m. April 12 at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hula halau have been invited to perform each month in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting at the park’s hula platform, just a short walking distance from the Volcano Art Gallery. The performance is presented rain or shine. Audience members are encouraged to bring sun or rain gear and sitting mats.

The program is free, but park entrance fees apply. Visit or call 967-8222 for more information.

Maka Fine Art hosts grand opening

Maka Fine Art will host a grand opening April 4.

Award-winning artists Eric Franke and Joshua Lambus will present for the first time their combined, unique perspective of the Hawaiian Islands, from the wintry peaks of Mauna Kea to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Pupus, local artisan beer, and wine will be served. Kimberly Jane will perform at 5 p.m. and Dan Brauer of Leche will play at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit Special Olympics of West Hawaii. Those who would like to donate an item for the silent auction may call 345-0433.

The party will continue at Humpy’s Alehouse in Coconut Grove Market Place where the grand prize will be awarded at 10 p.m.

Actor urging lawmakers to end ivory trade

Hawaii resident and star of the HBO series “True Detective” Woody Harrelson is urging lawmakers to end the ivory trade in the Aloha state. Harrelson joins The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in their work to end the cruel and illicit ivory trade, which is driving the massacre of tens of thousands of African elephants every year.

Hawaii is the third largest retailer of ivory in the nation, behind only New York and California. Scientists estimate elephants may be extinct in as few as 12 years if the current rate of poaching continues.

A longtime advocate for animals, Harrelson said, “No one needs ivory except for elephants. Up to 100 African elephants are brutally killed each day for their tusks. These highly intelligent keystone species are facing the greatest threat to their survival in history. Right now Hawaii has a chance to be a global leader in elephant conservation by ending the illegal ivory trade and setting an example for other states and nations to follow. The world is watching. It is within our power, and our responsibility, to end this cruelty by stopping the blood ivory trade. As a long time Hawaii resident I know how much the great Aloha state has to offer; contributing to the massacre of elephants for their ivory, shouldn’t be one of them.”

House Bill 493 Senate Draft 1 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee today. If it passes, it will move on to a full Senate vote. For more information, go to

Hawaiian artist displays work in Hilo

Native Hawaiian artist and cultural practitioner Bernice Akamine will present “Paliuli,” an art installation referencing the story of Laieikawai in Hilo.

The art installation will run April 4 through April 24, with an opening reception scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. April 4 at the Fountain Gallery of the Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio St.

“Paliuli,” refers to the story of the high tapu chiefess, Laieikawai who lived in a house of feathers hidden by the mist of Paliuli.

Youth entertain at Lanihau Center

Held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, the the Night Out at Lanihau music series will feature youth during April.

Priscilla Basque’s Dance Troupe will perform April 3, Waikoloa Elementary School ukulele group Na Keiki from Ke Kula O Ehunui Kai Malino will play April 10, Kealakehe Intermediate School ukulele and Polynesian groups are scheduled April 17, and the Hula Maunalei halau will dance April 24.

The Lindsey ohana will be featured in May.

Lanihau Center encourages attendees to have dinner at the shopping center and bring beach chairs and requests guests do not bring coolers.

Foundation awarded Laila Twigg-Smith Grant

The Donkey Mill Art Center received a $9,000 grant to fund their Artists in Residence Program. The Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture is one of a few nonprofit art organizations in Hawaii that was invited to participate in the Laila Twigg Smith Artist in Residence Program. In 2015, the grant will fund artists-in-residence Jason Walker, ceramicist from Washington state; Johanna Mueller printmaker from Colorado; and Kristin Shiga, metal smith from Oregon. All workshops are held at the Donkey Mill Art Center.

Twigg-Smith was a well-known art collector, patron of artists and museums, artist and visionary.

By local sources