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A Celebration of Life

On May 5, at 3 p.m., Wailoa State Park in Hilo turns into a place full of activity, remembrance and celebration. Hospice of Hilo’s 8th Annual Celebration of Life will have food, friends, live music, a special stroll through the park, and luminary decorating and launch. Luminaries are $25 at the door, or large pavillion. Wailoa State Park is located at 200 Piopio Street in Hilo.

A Day For the Children

Each year a particularly fun event gets children and their families involved in a Japanese tradition. The Children’s Day Festival, or Kodomo No Matsuri is a day dedicated to the young; where family celebrates the health, growth and happiness of their children.

On Saturday May 5, Sangha Hall in downtown Hilo will be the site of many traditional games, foods and sounds of this Japanese holiday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can enter the Jan Ken Po contest, where children laugh and play, and doting parents and relatives take pictures. Games, demonstrations, food and more will pack into the hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free event.  Sangha Hall is located at 398 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.


Legacy of the Hula

At the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens enjoy a fantastic display of hula talent in the traditional and modern dance style of hula. Tickets are $15 general and $25 reserved seating. Children aged 12 and under get in free. This is the 10th annual hula fest featuring halau from around the world. For more information call 808-886-8822. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the show begins at 2 p.m. The Queens’ Gardens are located in the Queens’ Marketplace in Waikoloa.

Roller Derby Scrimmage

Paradise Roller Girls in action, image courtesy

It’s a sport where girls bang on each other and race on roller skates using teamwork, strategy and muscle to score. The Paradise Roller Girls will have fun showing their skill on skates on May 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old Airport Skate Park in Kailua Kona. Food, live music and derby swag will be available.


Makana in Concert

The Palace Theater, image courtesy

At the Palace Theater on May 5, at 7 p.m. Grammy nominate Makana will be performing live. Voted in 2008, as one of the top three guitarists in the United States. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information call 808-934-7010. The Palace Theater is located at 38 Haili Street in Hilo.

Jazzy Mood

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Trever Veilleux will stage a free show for the music loving public on May 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the UHH Performing Arts Center. Rock, Jazz and Soul will fill the air as the ensemble will perform pieces by Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan and more. For more information call 808-974-7310.







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