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Waikoloa Beach Resort tunes up for ukulele festival

Strumming and humming, hundreds of ukulele players and fans, keiki to kupuna, find their way to Waikoloa Beach Resort each year for the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival. This year’s 15th annual event on March 7 brings legendary entertainers together with some of the hottest stars in Hawaiian music for a day full of music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

‘Lihau’s Journey’ featured at Kahilu Theatre

Leiomalama Solomon Tamasese, 20, the Beamer-Solomon Halau O Poohala’s showcased hula mua (lead dancer), has inspired the film, “Lihau’s Journey,” which recently premiered at the Honolulu International Film Festival. The film takes audiences on a 30-minute video journey from the shores of Pelekane Bay in the shadow of Puukohola Heiau, through an arid dryland forest to rock enclosures of an ancient Hawaiian village, to a magical waterfall and on through a mysterious forest to an upland meadow, all to reconnect with Lihau’s great-grandmother and their hula roots.

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Ka Makani to present ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ka Makani Players will present Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to 28 at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center in Waimea. Tickets, which are only available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Eat more fish during Lent

Welcome to Fat Tuesday, the last chance to eat fatty foods, meats and other treats for those who observe Lent. After Mardi Gras celebrations, and until Easter Sunday, culinary abstinence prevails. Fish is fine, unless you are vegetarian, in which case you have to find something else to sacrifice. “Fish on Fridays” was the Lenten mantra in my Catholic household when I was growing up. Unfortunately, my mom was not a very adventurous cook. Fridays meant fish sticks with ketchup or those dry, frozen fish squares that were baked and served with tartar sauce. Occasionally we got to go to the local dive for greasy fish and chips. So the world of fish, in my experience, was about the size of a backyard pond. When I grew up and moved to city life, a culinary discovery awaited: fish can be fabulous. Even prepared at home.