HONOLULU -- This
spring, two new festivals on Oahu will join the 70 or so such
happenings already being held across Hawaii.
Admission to both
festivals -- one celebrating books and music, the other vintage
Hawaiiana -- is free.
Set for April 22
and 23 on the grounds of Honolulu Hale, or City Hall, the Hawaii
Book and Music Festival will bring together 100 authors, poets,
playwrights, storytellers, publishers, booksellers, songwriters,
composers, arrangers and musicians.
More than 50
events -- including performances, presentations, demonstrations,
signings, games and an interactive childrens book and music fair --
The mission of
the HBMF, said event Chairperson Blair Collis, is
Of course, we
want to promote appreciation of books and music, Collis said. In
addition, we hope the festival will raise awareness of Hawaiis
diverse multicultural heritage, which is shared so beautifully
through our literary and musical arts.
A portion of the
proceeds from the HBMF will support literacy efforts in Hawaii,
including the Read to Me International Foundation, a group that
promotes reading aloud to children.
The HBMF will be
held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. For more information,
call (808) 732-9575 or visit www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.org.
later, nostalgia will reign at Waikiki by Moonlight -- Where
Vintage Meets Vogue, a one-day festival conceived by the nonprofit
Waikiki Improvement Association to showcase the best of Hawaiis
past and present.
From 5:30 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. on May 13, the festival will take place on Kalakaua
Avenue, Waikikis main thoroughfare.
There will be
much to reminisce about and much to learn about Waikiki then and
now, said Rick Egged, the WIAs president.
highlights will be an aloha wear fashion show; vintage and
contemporary Hawaiian arts and crafts; and kahiko
(ancient) and auana (modern) hula performances.
samplings include traditional island foods, specialties of Waikikis
top chefs and signature dishes from long-gone but not forgotten
eateries such as Canlis, Trader Vics and Don the
will be able to model their hip and retro aloha wear in a contest;
take ukulele lessons and peruse the
ukulele models available on the market; and view collections of old
Hawaiian posters, photographs, record albums, menus, sheet music,
aloha shirts and memorabilia.
take advantage of festival rates ranging from $73 to $375 per night
at the 11 Waikiki-area resorts managed by event sponsor ResortQuest
information on the festival, visit www.waikikiimprovement.com.
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