Hawaii Calendar: March 2011

The happenings of the Hawaiian islands By: Naz Papen
A scene from “LOVE2” // © 2011 Siobhán Ní Dhonacha/ “LOVE²”
A scene from “LOVE2” // © 2011 Siobhán Ní Dhonacha/ “LOVE²”

Spotlight: Oahu
March 2-6: "LOVE2." The Kennedy Theatre presents an original work written and directed by Siobhán Ní Dhonacha about four couples all stuck in various stages of coupling and uncoupling. Theater buffs now have the opportunity to board their plane home with a new addition to their theatrical repertoire.

Hawaii's Big Island
March 3: Annual Waikoloa
Ukulele Festival. This annual celebration, held at Queen's Marketplace in Waikoloa, invites ukulele aficionados to bring their instruments and play along with a number of ukulele masters. Free.

March 12: Annual Kona Brewers
Festival. Featuring some 60 craft beers from both Hawaii and the mainland, gourmet food, a special Brewer's Dinner, a golf tournament and a 5K or 10K Run for the Hops, the Kona Brewers Festival has something for everyone. King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.

March 21-26: Haili Men's Invitational Volleyball Tournament. This five-day tournament at the Hilo Civic Auditorium offers sports-related fun for the whole family, featuring novice athletes and nationally ranked players from all around the U.S.

March 11: Slack-Key Concert -- Whales Homecoming. Known as the longest running concert of its time, this slack-key guitar event appeals to music lovers and history buffs. Hanalei Community Center.

March 19: Garden Isle Artisan Fair.
Including outdoor shopping, local products for sale, crafts, food booths offering local plate lunches and shave ice and live Hawaiian music, the Garden Isle Artisan Fair boasts free fun for the entire family. The event features the handicrafts of more than 40 Kauai artisans. Free. Poipu Beach.

March 19: 42nd Prince Kuhio
Long-Distance Canoe Race. This free, outdoor event held at Kalapaki Beach offers clients the opportunity to witness men and women of all ages canoeing across the beach for the ultimate bragging rights.

Maui County

March 1: Philadenco. The artists of Philadelphia's Dance Company, Philadenco, combine the energy and culture of funk music to produce an unforgettable visual experience. Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

March 6-31: Art Maui 2011. Now in its 33rd year, the Art Maui organization returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center to showcase a gallery of creative artwork to the public. This particular collection of original artwork has become one of the most popular juried art exhibitions in the state of Hawaii.

March 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29: Waikiki Farmer's Market. Serving as an eco-friendly destination for both locals and visiting travelers alike, the Waikiki Community Center's Farmer's Market invites folks to taste and purchase locally grown products and enjoy the flavors of the island. The event begins at 7 a.m.

March 11: Singers Beyond Borders Presents "Opera Rocks!" Featuring the works of talented composers that range from Mozart to Michael Buble, and even including memorable hits from classic Disney films, the professional vocalists from "Opera Rocks!" take the audience on a musical journey encompassing five countries and seven different languages. This two-hour musical event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Theatre Center in Honolulu, is sure to impress and entertain the entire family.
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