Hawaii Calendar: April 2011

The happenings of the Hawaiian Islands
By: Hans Weidman
Rider in the Kauai All Girls Rodeo. // © 2011 Kauai All Girls Rodeo Assn
Rider in the Kauai All Girls Rodeo. // © 2011 Kauai All Girls Rodeo Assn

April 17: Kauai All-Girls Rodeo. The cowgirls of Kauai are teaming up with their horses in barrel racing, dally team roping and other competitive events.
Admission is free, with an ocean view from the bleachers and a lunch wagon loaded with local favorites. CJM Country Stables, Poipu.

Hawaii's Big Island
April 2: Kona Chocolate Festival. Chefs, chocolate body art and cultural entertainment await at the ninth annual Kona Chocolate Festival. Guests can attend a silent auction where a portion of the proceeds supports Kona's local chapter of the American Culinary Federation's Chef and Child program. Naalehu Theatre.

April 20-May 3: Puna Music Festival. The Puna Music Festival offers classes and presentations on hula, vocals, ukulele, guitar, hula and more. Local artisans share their knowledge and native crafts. Kalani Oceanside Retreat.

April 23: Earth and Ocean Festival at Keauhou. The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program are celebrating and promoting awareness of Earth Day through fun, educational and cultural activities. Keauhou Beach Resort and Kahaluu Beach Park.

April 1: Slack-Key Guitar Concert.
Performances allow clients to experience slack-key guitar music while learning about the history of the music, the culture and environment of old Hawaii. Hanalei Community Center.

April 1: Waimea Visitor and Technology Center. Every Friday, clients can learn how to make leis, how taro is turned into poi and learn how natural salt is cultivated. Walking tours begin in the morning. Special tours and a monthly moonlight tour are also available. Waimea Visitor and Technology Center.

Maui County
April 1-2: Art Maui 2011. This exhibit promises to showcase approximately 100 new works, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media. Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

April 9-23: Celebrating the Artist in Us. Local Maui high school students showcase their work and creativity in a world-class gallery. Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

April 30: Annual East Maui Taro Festival. For the 19th year, the staple food of Hawaii is celebrated with arts and crafts, local music and cultural demonstrations. The festivities run all day, bringing travelers and locals together for a time
of fun and excitement. Hana Ballpark.


April 1-2: Aloha International Spirit Championships. Come see the best cheerleading and dance competition in the Pacific region at the Aloha International Spirit Championships. Teams travel from across the U.S. travel to Honolulu to compete for international titles. The event is open to everyone. Waikiki Shell.

April 2-3: Scottish Festival. The annual Scottish Festival celebrates the heritage and the history of the Scots. Highlights include Highland games and athletics, a dance competition, demonstrations of swordplay and weaving and plenty of Scottish wares and goods. Kapiolani Park.

April 27-May 1: Spring Footholds.
Talented dancers and choreographers  from the University of Hawaii prepare to show off this year's work at the spring
finale. After the show, clients can talk with the director, designers, choreographers and performers. Kennedy Theatre. 808-956-7655
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