Category: Family

Grow Hawaiian Festival

Festival Features Native Plants, Sustainable Living

This week brings Earth Day, and this weekend brings the 8th annual Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. The free event features native Hawaiian culture and native plants, and teaches families about conservation and sustainability. The festival got its start over a decade ago on the Big Island, hosted at the...

‘Iolani Fair a Fantastic Foodie Festival

In Hawaii, the food can make or break an event. So the menu is one key way that the upcoming 24th annual ‘Iolani School Fair sets itself above the usual carnival fare. The dishes being served up at the fair, which runs April 10 & 11 at the ‘Iolani School campus,...

‘Flutter’ Flies into Pearlridge

‘Flutter’ Flies into Pearlridge

Dancetta Feary has been raising butterflies for nearly a decade. A Realtor with Prudential Locations and the older sister of the late Hawaii musician Mackey Feary, she fell in love with the creatures and found inspiration in their beauty and independence. And she’s now able to offer people an up-close-and-personal...

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

Institute for Astronomy Open House on Sunday

This Sunday brings the annual Institute for Astronomy Open House in Manoa. As a science-positive geek dad, it’s one of my favorite family events, and you can browse photos I took last year on Flickr. There are many hands-on activities, from dry ice comet making to sunspot observing, informative displays, and...

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

Classic ‘Transformers’ Return to the Big Screen

The Transformers are coming back to the big screen. And I don’t mean the forthcoming sequel to the big budget Michael Bay blockbuster from 2007. Honolulu has been reveling in movie nostalgia lately. Consolidated Theatres saw great success with its 25th anniversary screening of 1984’s “Top Gun,” kicking off a...

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

I admit, I’m not exactly in the key demographic for “Allstar Weekend,” a band of shiny happy California guys that was catapulted to tween-to-teen stardom by The Disney Channel. But I am the father of a teenage girl, and she’s heard of them, and that’s got to count for something....

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

Hawaii Book and Music Festival This Weekend

The sixth annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, on the municipal grounds between Honolulu Hale and the Fasi Building. It’s a great event for kids and families, for sure, but also for any voracious reader. I look forward to...

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

Lovers of Okinawan drums won’t want to miss the first Eisa Drum Festival next Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. This special, evening event is bringing together several groups that practice and perform a variety of dances and drumming styles unique to Okinawa… plus a touch of Japanese taiko. Participating eisa...

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Saturday brings the sixth annual “Museum Day” across the country, in which hundreds of museums across the country offer free admission to re-introduce the public to their collections. This year, there are nine participating museums in Hawaii: ‘Iolani Palace (Honolulu) Bailey House Museum (Maui) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu) Mission...

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

The “Breath of Life” blew out a big candle last night. One year ago, the Polynesian Cultural Center unveiled its new evening show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” The ambitious, 90-minute production took three years and $3 million to prepare. And by all accounts, it was worth it. The show staged...

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

It’s astonishing what kids will eat, and how much of it. But as a dad to three keiki, I can tell you that I’m not always proud of the things they put in their mouths. If you’re like me, you might want to check out “The Kids Food Adventure,” a...

Phineas and Ferb Go Hawaiian

Phineas and Ferb Go Hawaiian

Much as I’d like to think of myself as a sophisticated connoisseur of art and culture, I consume my fair share of pop pablum. And as a dad to three kids, I also know more than I want to know about kids cartoons. A few shows have been outright banned...

The Big Used Book Sale is Back

The Big Used Book Sale is Back

Book lovers rejoice! The 63rd annual Friends of the Library book sale is back at McKinley High School, beginning today and running through June 27. The annual event clears thousands of used and donated books from inventory, and can pick up more books than you can carry for just a...

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Consolidated Theatres’ Big Play

Last night, Consolidated Theatres offered an early screening of “Toy Story 3 in 3-D” to show off its new “Titan Extreme Cinema” theater. I was eager to see both the movie and the setup, and my family and I were grateful to be invited (along with other local media, contest...

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

A unique event will be held tomorrow at Iolani Palace, including live music, food booths, presentations, and  one of the first bon dances of the season. You can take a tour of the palace, enjoy local favorites like saimin and shave ice, savor special performances by ManoaDNA and ‘ukulele virtuoso...

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

Kids Film Festival Coming in June

My kids love to go to the movies, but when trips to the theater mean spending $100 a pop, it’s hard to be enthusiastic… especially when good kids movies are few and far between. So I’m intrigued by the upcoming Kids First! Film Festival, part of the summer sessions program...

Slippah Project Takes Next Step

Slippah Project Takes Next Step

In October 2005, the members of the HawaiiThreads.com message board were asked about their “Christmas Wishlist.” Though the first answers ranged from “world peace” to kitchen appliances, local activist and big-hearted gadfly Lynn Vasquez-Dela Cerna had a simple answer. “I do have something to wish for,” she wrote. “I wish...

Free Admission on Museum Day

Free Admission on Museum Day

This Saturday, Sept. 26, brings Museum Day 2009, and several Hawaii museums are among the over 1,200 museums participating nationwide. The event, which is expected to draw over 200,000 people, is now in its fourth year and sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. To take advantage of the free admission offer, visit...

Polynesian Cultural Center Special Offer

Polynesian Cultural Center Special Offer

Recently, the Polynesian Cultural Center hosted a “Social Media Night,” inviting several local bloggers, video bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users to see their new night show, “Hā – Breath of Life.” Now, the center has made a special offer available to our local friends and followers who might be interested...

27th Okinawan Festival

27th Okinawan Festival

Okinawan Festival from hawaii on Vimeo. This past weekend brought the 27th annual Okinawan Festival back to Kapiolani Park. More than 40,000 people turned out over two full days to revel in all things uchinanchu, showcasing everything from traditional Okinawan performances, to delicious food, to several cultural activities. My family...