Saturday May 1 - 9am
city and county of Honolulu presents the 77th Annual Lei Day celebration
at Queen Kapiolani Park. The festival will include the traditional
investiture of the Lei Day Queen and her court, craft demonstrations,
Hawaiian entertainment and an adult and youth lei contest. The theme for
this year’s celebrations is “Na Mele No Na Lei” (The Songs of the
Lei). The event is free and open to the public. For more information call
CAZIMERO MAY DAY CONCERT
Saturday May 1 – 7:30pm
annual concert celebrates Lei Day with an evening of Hawaiian song and
dance under the stars at the Waikiki Shell. The concert features the music
of The Brothers Cazimero along with special musical guests and premiere
hula entertainment. For more information and tickets call 591-2211.
DAY MAUNAALA CEREMONY
Sunday May 2 - 9am
Lei Day celebration culminates on Sunday, when all leis are taken to
the Royal Mausoleum, 2261 Nuuanu Ave., and placed on the tombs of the Alii.
There is a short program before and after the lei distribution. At noon,
the ceremony will continue at Kawai-ahao Church where a lei will be placed
on the tomb of King Lunalilo. The public is welcome to attend
and encouraged to participate. For more information call 692-5118.
Wednesday May 5 – 5:30pm to 2am
Tower Marketplace will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a waterfront
block party that will include entertainment at six separate locations
throughout the marketplace. There will be give-aways, Corona beer specials
and a free shuttle to Waikiki. For more information call 528-5700.
THRIFT FASHION SHOW
Saturday May 8 – 11:30am
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Honolulu presents their annual
boutique, fashion show and luncheon. The event will take place at the
Sheraton Waikiki and will feature the best in thrift shop fashion being
modeled by local entertainers and personalities. For tickets and info.
call Natalie 440-1859.
Sunday May 9 – All Day
forget your mom! Let her know how much you love her by taking her out for
lunch or dinner, a nice walk on the beach or stay at home and talk story.
FIREKNIFE DANCE COMPETITON
Thursday May 13 to 15 – call for times
Polynesian Cultural Center will host the 12th Annual World Fire-knife
Dance Competition. The event begins with the preliminaries on Thursday and
then things really heat up on May 14-15 as the semifinals and finals take
place at Hale Aloha Theater. For more information call 293-3000.
Friday May 14 & 15 - 6pm
Hawaii World Invitational Lion Dance Championship will be held at the
Blaisdell Arena. The event will offer spectators an opportunity to
experience and see world-champion teams from Malaysia, Hong Kong, China,
Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom and Japan go up
against Team USA. Lion dancing requires the player to portray the lion encountering and overcoming obstacles to reach its goal of
“getting the greens,” while carrying out death-defying acrobatic
stunts on 6- to 10-foot steel poles.
ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK
Saturday May 15 – 6am
annual 7-mile Charity Walk sponsored by the Hawaii Hotel Association will
begin and end at the McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park. For
participation details and more information call 923-0407.
Saturday May 15 – 7pm
Honolulu Chorale will be having their annual spring concert at the Mamiya
Theatre, St. Louis School - Chaminade University. The concert will feature
guest soloists Crystella and Kaipo Kauka. For tickets and more information
CHALLENGE CANOE RACE
Sunday May 16 – 8am to 3pm
world championship of kayak and one-person canoe racing will include an
international contingent of men and women who race for 32 miles across the
Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Koko Marina. The Kaiwi Channel, referred to
as the “Molokai Channel”, is considered one of the most challenging
and treacherous in the world. The first finishers are expected to cross
the finish line at about 12:30pm. For more information call 222-2484.
ON THE BEACH
Sunday May 16 – 9:30am to 1:30pm
crews will once again transform Kalakaua Avenue into a charming Hawaiian
outdoor cafe with artificial turf, tables, chairs and bright blue
umbrellas. It’s ”Brunch on the Beach” and all are welcome to join in
the spirit of Aloha to enjoy the best Hawaiian entertainment and brunch
delicacies at incredibly low prices. For more information call 523-2489.
Sunday May 16 – 3pm
Hawaiian Gallery will be sponsoring the, “Chris Dudley Puka Head
Bash,” for rodeo clown Chris Dudley who was seriously injured during a
Big Island rodeo. The event will be held at the Correa Ranch and will
include horseback riding, country dance bands, Hawaiian barbeque, prizes
and much more. For more information call 259-5354.
IT RIGHT” SEMINAR
Thursday May 20 – 6:30pm til 7:45pm
Remodelors Council Kicks Off National Home Remodeling Month with the
“Remodel It Right” seminar and mini-remodeling expo at St. John
Vianney Church in Kailua. The seminar will teach homeowners how to remodel
their existing homes to accommodate additional family members of various
ages and lifestyles, Marshall Hickox of Homeworks Construction, Inc. will
be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public. For more
information call 847-4666 ext. 201.
FIESTA AND PARADE
Saturday May 22 - 9am
Mabuhay Festival 2004 will feature a parade through Waikiki that includes
colorful floats, marching units, bands and many performers. The fun
continues with an all day fiesta at Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. At the
park you’ll be able to enjoy delicious foods and savory Philippine
dishes, arts and crafts, cultural displays and live entertainment. For
more information call 680-0454.
BOAT SHOW & OCEAN EXPO
Saturday May 22 & 23 – 10am to 6pm
Olina Marina will be the location for Hawaii’s biggest and only in-water
boat show. This free expo will feature in water and land displays of boats
and state-of-the-art marine accessories, harbor cruises and boat test
rides, daily entertainment from a main stage, an extensive keiki play
area, major prize giveaways, fun, food, beverages and more. For
information call 732-6699.
UNCORKED: A CELEBRATION OF WINES
Sunday May 23 – 11am to 5pm
Public Radio’s 18th annual fundraising benefit wine event will be
subtitled “Rapsodie espagnole,” focusing on wines of Spain, but it
will also include wines from throughout the world in its grand tasting.
The event will take place at the Koolau Golf Course Club, Kaneohe. For
tickets and more information call Judy 955-8821.
HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS
Monday May 24 – 5pm
Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Music Awards)
will be held at that the Sheraton Waikiki Grand Ballroom. Most Promising
Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Popular Hawaiian Album
of the Year are just some of the many Hoku awards being presented by the
Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts. For information and tickets call
Monday May 31 – 8:30am
Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony honoring those who died in the military
service of their country will take place at Punchbowl National Memorial
Cemetery of the Pacific at Punch-bowl. For information call 692-5725.
Monday May 31 – 6pm
At sunset on Memorial Day, over 1,000 candle lanterns will be cast
afloat from the shores of Ala Moana Beach Park by members and friends of
Shinnyo-en Hawaii. The toro nagashi, “lantern floating,” ceremony is a
time-honored Buddhist tradition that is practiced throughout Japan to
express respect for ancestors and comfort the spirits of the deceased. All
are invited to take part in this spiritual event. For further information