April and May 2013 Events
(please leave a comment if you know of any additional events around town)
Healthy Kids Day
Ohana Music Together
Free Sample Class
April 1st & April 4th
Check out a free sample class for Ohana Music Together on April 1st at their Kaimuki location, or April 4th at Smart Karate in Kapolei. Both classes will start at 10 a.m. Ohana Music Together’s mission is to inspire and encourage the next generation of music makers to sing in tune, move in rhythm, and participate with joy and confidence as they create music with family and friends. Visit OhanaMT.com for a list of classes and schedule, as well as more information.
A Family on the Odyssey at Camp Erdman
YMCA Camp Erdman Community Day
Bring your family and friends to the beautiful North Shore for an amazing day at Camp Erdman. Free activities include: Alpine Tower, Odyssey, archery, swimming and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring swimsuits, towels, and sneakers! This event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Erdman, located at 69-385 Farrington Highway, Waialua, Hawaii 96791. Call (808) 637-4615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Join in the fun and learn how to get healthy and fit at the Annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bishop Museum. Admission is free for kama’aina and military families and includes entry to the Bishop Museum’s exhibits and newly renovated planetarium. Attendees may pre-register for the event online at www.ymcahonolulu.org or register onsite when they arrive for the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food for the Hawaii Foodbank drive collection at the event.
This event features more than 30 exhibitors highlighting the importance of physical activity, healthy lifestyle choices, and active play through fun, engaging and creative activities.
Kids and family activities include games, a family obstacle course, a YMCA fun zone, healthy cooking demonstrations, face painting, free health screenings, exercise demonstrations, non-stop entertainment and prizes. Food and refreshments are available for a nominal cost. For more information about YMCA Healthy Kids Day, visit http://www.ymcahonolulu.org or call (808) 531-YMCA (9622).
Teachers can win this shrimp aquarium
Living Art Marine Center
Teacher Appreciation Day
Find out what the Marine Center can offer your school’s summer programs and beyond. On Saturday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Living Art Marine Center is hosting a free event for teachers and their families to thank them for all their hard work. This Teacher Appreciation day will include pupus, drawings for prizes, and free entertainment provided by internationally acclaimed Tahitian dance group, Tamatoa. Teachers can RSVP to this event online at livingartmarinecenter.com/rsvp for a chance to win a free Opae Ula pet shrimp aquarium.
Fifth Annual Hawaii Ocean Expo
April 13th & 14th
The Fifth Annual Hawaii Ocean Expo comes to the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall April 13th and 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is $7 for general admission, $3 for children six to twelve years old, and free for children under five.
Representatives from the boating, fishing, canoe paddling, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, SCUBA, sail boarding, and skin diving communities will be there to share their love of Hawaii’s ocean-centric culture. There will also be a keiki fun zone, poke contest and more. Each year, this family-friendly expo fills the Blaisdell with a rich gathering of activities, exhibitions, educational opportunities, entertainment and shopping that will appeal to anyone who loves the ocean. Visit www.hawaiioceanexpo.com for more information.
The Little Mermaid, Jr. Auditions
HEARTS (Hawaii Education for the Arts) 2013 Summer Arts program will feature a production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. in June. Auditions will take place at 535 Oneawa Street (Kailua Church of the Nazarene) on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 a.m. Bring a song to sing (no CD tracks) and comfortable shoes. Please call (808) 741-2787 for an earlier audition date.
Keiki weaving lauhala at the Grow Hawaiian Festival
6th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival
Earth Day Celebration
April 20th 2013
Hawaiian Electric Company presents the 6th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday, April 20th 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bishop Museum. Admission to the Grow Hawaiian Festival and Bishop Museum’s exhibits is free for kama‘āina and military with ID. Plan an interesting, fun-filled day with your children at this Earth Day celebration that highlights Hawaii’s culture, native plants, and sustainable lifestyles.
The festival offers activities for everyone in your family. Learn from traditional artisans how to make a lei, weave lauhala, beat kapa, and craft implements. Attend a special presentation on healing with Hawaiian plants. Buy native plants and products made in Hawaii. Learn about conservation, clean energy, and electrical safety. Participate in activities with your children and play games offering prizes. View students’ creative entries in the Sustainable Gift Contest and vote for your favorite gift idea. Relax on the lawn with a plate of Hawaiian-style food, enjoy hula, and listen to live music by popular musicians.
Hearts Spring Review Last Year
HEARTS 100-Voice Annual Musical Theatre Review Spring Concert
April 25th-April 27th
HEARTS, Hawaii Education for the Arts, presents their 100-Voice Annual Musical Theatre Review & Spring Concert at Windward Community College’s Paliku Theatre the last weekend of April. The program features Windward area youths from age seven to nineteen performing songs and dances ranging from Hawaiian and Classical to Broadway. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors, and military, $12 for adults, and $15 for premium seats. There is a $2 discount for the Thursday show on April 25th. All shows will start at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee show at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
HEARTS is a Windward side 501 © 3 nonprofit arts education organization celebrating its 10th year sponsoring musical theatre, choirs, theatre production and dance classes. For more information, visit the website at www.heartshawaii.org or contact executive director Pam DeBoard, PhD via email at email@example.com or by calling (808) 741-2787.
Moanalua High School Spring Craft Fair
Moanalua High School Music Boosters Association will have a Spring Craft’s Fair on Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2825 Ilima Street, 96818. The Fair will feature over 100 vendors, fabulous crafts and plants, live entertainment, and ono food. Free parking is available in the school parking lot, which will open to the public at 8 a.m. and plenty of street parking is available as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 738-5088 for more information or if you are interested in being a vendor.
Dinosaurs and Ice-Age Mammals at Bishop Museum
April 27th – September 15th
A Maiasaurus and her young will be on display at the Bishop Museum
Dinosaurs return to Bishop Museum’s Castle Memorial Hall! See the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, gaze upon a giant Apatosaurus or just “chill out” in the Ice Age with a Saber Tooth Tiger family and a Mastodon. This “Life Through Time” exhibit includes a robotic skeleton you can control, crayon rubbing tables, and a dinosaur dig.
If visiting after May 18th, check out the MAMo Native Hawaiian Arts exhibit (May 18th through October 7th) which celebrates the artistry, mastery and beauty of the Hawaiian visual arts community. Bishop Museum and PAI Foundation come together for the MAMo Exhbit, a month-long celebration of Native Hawaiian arts.
The Bishop Museum is located at 1525 Bernice Street in Honolulu. Visit their website http://www.bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 847-3511 for more information on upcoming exhibits.
Third Annual Mele Mei
April 26th-May 25th
The Hawaiian Academy of Recording Artists will present the third Annual Mele Mei, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music. Mele Mei will include more than 30 workshops, concert performances and other events, including the International Hula Conference May 17th to 19th, and will culminate with the 36th Annual Na Hoku Hanahano Awards on May 25th. Visit www.melemei.com for more information
Flores De Mayo
For the first time, The Filipino Community (FilCom) Center is expanding its annual Filipino Fiesta into a weeklong Flores De Mayo (Flowers of May) celebration from May 5th through May 11th at various locations across Oahu. May is a traditional fiesta month in the Philippines when towns celebrate to ensure a successful harvest and honor patron saints.
The Santacruzan Pageant Parade will occur Sunday, May 5th from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Filipino Community Center in Waipahu. Beautifully dressed reynas and princesas representing biblical characters will parade under colorful flower arches. Visit www.filcom.org for more information and a complete list of character roles in the pageant
The 21st Annual Filipino Fiesta and Parade
The 21st Annual Filipino Fiesta and Parade will take place in Waikiki on Saturday, May 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kapiolani Park, starting with a lively morning parade along Kalakaua Avenue. The parade will end in Kapiolani Park, where there will be Filipino food, games, cultural exhibits, and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.filcom.org or call (808) 680-0451.
YMCA Mother’s Day Family Camp Getaway
May 10th – May 12th
Sign up for a weekend at Camp Erdman packed with fun for the whole family. This weekend is a great gift for the mom in your family. Check-in is from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and check out is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Register online at www.ymcahonolulu.org or visit the website for a printable version you can fax, scan, email, or mail to the camp.
UnitedHealthcare New Baby Expo 2013
May 18th & 19th
The New Baby Expo is Hawaii’s largest prenatal to preschool event of the year. Each year, the expo hosts “Hawaii’s Largest Baby Shower” celebrating Hawaii’s hapai (pregnant) moms. Even a few brave dads can throw on a faux baby belly to get a taste of the whole “experience.” The event also hosts the famous “Baby Crawling Contest” where babies can race (crawl) on down and parents can capture the special moment with their very own photo finish. The expo also includes a children’s activity area, infant/toddler play area, demonstrations and visits from beloved cartoon characters. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Check out the website at www.newbabyexpo.com or call (808) 239-7777.