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AUGUST 17, 2004





            If you haven’t discovered the latest entertainment venue, you’re missing out. 


            The newly-restored Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Civic Center ground, adjacent to Honolulu Hale, is now the setting for regular free monthly concerts featuring top Hawaiian entertainers and performers.


            This Friday’s (August 20) concert at 6 p.m. will showcase Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, under the direction of Kumu Hula Sonny Ching.  The halau took honors at the 2004 Merrie Monarch competition (Wahine Kahiko, fourth place; Wahine Overall, third place; Kane Kahiku, second place, and Kane Overall, first place).  The popular halau’s keiki, adult and kupuna classes will perform.


            Miss Aloha Hula 2004 (Natasha Mahealani Akau) is also a member of Halau Na Mamo O Pu’uanahulu, as is Miss Aloha Hula 2003 (Jennifer Oyama).


            At 7 p.m., Roy Sakuma’s talented ukulele students will delight concertgoers.  Sakuma and his staff of 25, all former students, have taught ukulele to thousands of island keiki.   Friday’s concert also features three of Sakuma’s “girls” with appearances by his charming keiki. 


            Sakuma created the Ukulele Festival to showcase hundreds of his students.  The festival, which has been delighting audiences since 1970, is now held regularly at Kapiolani Bandstand.


            Concert seating is limited to the first 350 guests so please arrive early.  Doors open at 5 p.m.  Free parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, with entrances off Alapai and Beretania Streets.


            Future concert dates are September 17, October 15 and November 19.  Call the Mayor’s Office of Culture and Arts at 523-4674 for more information.




Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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