OAHU – Free things to do

1. Art Mart Monsarrat Avenue, along the fence of the Honolulu Zoo in Waikiki, works of local artists are displayed (and are avail­able for sale) every Tuesday, Saturday and Sun­day from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

2.  Contemporary Museum Garden Tour.

2411 Makiki Heights Drive. Free tours of the museums one-and-a-half-acre garden are con­ducted on an appointment basis. The forty-five minute tours are led by museum volun­teers who point out more than eighty differ­ent varieties of flora, including magnolia, kukui, monkeypod, banyan, breadfruit and mango trees. 526-1322.

3.  Polynesian Shows in Waikiki. Perfor­mances are scheduled at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-8:00 P.M., and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00-11:30 A.M. 922-0588. At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, a hula show and fireworks display highlight the Kings Jubilee, which is held every Friday be­ginning at sunset. 949-4321. And the popular Kodak Hula Show, which made its debut in 1937, is still delighting crowds at the Waikiki Shell every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs­day from 10.00-11:15 A.M. 627-3300.

4. Mayors Aloha Friday Music Break.

At Tamarind Park in downtown Honolulu (the corner of Bishop and King Streets), a noon­time concert is presented. Hawaiian, jazz, soul, rock n roll, country—no matter what it is, the music is always great.

5- Royal Hawaiian Band Concerts. Hawaiis lamed band presents an entertaining hour-long show of musical favorites each Friday at 12:15 P.M. on the grounds of Tolani Palace in Ho­nolulu, and on Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki. 922-5331.

6. Prince Lot Hula Festival. Moanalua Gar­dens, 2850 Moanalua Road. This annual cel­ebration—held on the third Saturday in July— features top halau from around the state shar­ing their love for the hula. 839-5334.

7.    Concerts,   Dance   Presentations.

Centerstage at the Ala Moana Shopping Cen­ter is the setting for a wide variety of free entertainment offerings, including perfor­mances by song, dance and drama troupes; Royal Hawaiian Band concerts; and presenta­tions by visiting college and high school bands. Presentations usually are scheduled at noon, 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; and noon and 2:00 P.M. on Sunday. 955-9517.

8.   Kawamoto Orchid Nursery. 2630 Waiomao Homestead Road in Palolo, View many different orchid varieties at this beauti­ful three-and-a-half-acre nursery, all of which have been approved by the Department of Agriculture for shipping. Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. 732-5808.

9.  Pineapple Variety Garden. 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, next to the Dole Pine­apple Plantation. Pineapples of all shapes and sizes (thirty varieties in all, from around the world) flourish in this unique garden. Open daily except Christmas Day from 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M. 621-8408.

10.  Hawaiian Song Festival. McCoy Pavil­ion, Ala Moana Park. This spirited songfest, featuring talented singers of all ages, is held every March. 266-7655.

11.  USS Arizona Memorial. Number One, Arizona Memorial Place, off Kamehameha Highway, near Hickam Air Force Base. This world-famous attraction was built over the hull of the battleship Arizona, which was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The ninety-minute tour includes a ride to the memorial on a Navy-operated launch. Open from 8:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. 422-0561.

12.  Hiking Diamond Head. Each Saturday, volunteers from The Clean Air Team lead par­ticipants on a fully narrated three-mile hike to the summit of Diamond Head. The trek is easy, and no reservations are required. Meet at 9:00 A.M. at the front entrance of the Honolulu Zoo. Bring a small flashlight for dark under­ground passages near the peak. 948-3299.

13- AT&Ts Wildest Show in Town. Hono­lulu Zoo, Waikiki. This fun family event hap­pens every Wednesday at sunset during June, July and August. Bring the kids and a picnic supper and enjoy the sounds of local perform­ers such as Gabe Baltazar, Hapa, Kapena, Audy Kimura and others. Admission to the zoo is free after 4:30 P.M. 526-6720.

14.  Japanese Tea Ceremony. Urasenke Foundation, 245 Saratoga Road, Waikiki. Tucked between a row of small hotels, the Urasenke Foundations little teahouse provides an au­thentic setting for visitors to experience chado, the “way of tea.” The soothing green tea is mixed and served according to Japanese tra­dition, with explanations of each gesture and utensil provided by a hostess. Ongoing dem­onstrations are held each Wednesday and Fri­day between 10.00 A.M. and noon. There is no charge to watch the ceremony. However, if you wish to sample the tea and accompa­nying sweets, a donation of $2 per person is suggested. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and socks or hose. No shorts, please. 923-3059.


15.  Lucoral Museum. 2414 Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki. Dozens of fascinating exhibits are featured at this museum, including a dinosaur egg from China and a fossilized fish from Saudi Arabia. Amethyst, amber, opals, tigers eye, lava and olivine are among the many rocks and minerals on display. An adjoining gift shop is also on hand. Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. 922-1999.

16.  Hawaii International Film Festival.

Various theaters throughout the state. This annual event brings acclaimed feature films, shorts and documentaries from Asia, the Pa­cific and the Americas to Island screens each November. Related seminars are also part of the festival. 528-3456.

17.  Kings Village Changing of the Guard Ceremony. 131 Kaiulani Avenue, across the street from the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. This snappy show, performed by the Kings Guards (a cache of young men dressed in monarchy-period uniforms), is performed nightly at 6:15 P.M. The presentation is held in conjunction with a hula show on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. 944-6855.

18. Lyon Arboretum. 3860 Manoa Road. Part Of the I diversity of Hawaii-Manoa, this arbo-retum encompasses more than 194 acres of native Hawaiian plants and Polynesian intro­ductions, including palms, ginger, heliconia, ti and a variety of bromeliads. Open daily except Sunday from 9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. Ninety-minute tours are offered on the first Friday and third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 P.M., and on the third Saturday at 10:00 A.M. 988-7378.

19.  Hawaiian Demonstrations. Royal Ha­waiian Shopping Center, Waikiki. Learn how to dance the hula, play the ukulele, weave a lei and make a Hawaiian quilt. Days and times vary. 922-0588.

20. Historical Stops. A tour of the Sheraton Moan.i Surfrider is offered daily, the highlight of which is a visit to the venerable hotels Historical Room, where photos, menus, dishes, postcards and other memorabilia from the turn of the century are displayed. Meet at the con­cierge desk at 11:00 A.M. 922-3111. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki is home to Hyatts Hawaii, a historical center located on the second floor of-the hotel. I [ere, visitors can play traditional Hawaiian games; quilt a pillow cover; admire tapa, feather artistry, fiber weavings and a variety of ancient artifacts; and “talk story” with Aunty Alalia Solomon, a Hawaiiana expert. 923-1234.

21.  Ukulele Festival. Held the last Sunday of July at kapiolani Park Bandstand in Waikiki from 11:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M. Festival performers Include a 300-piece children’s ukulele band.

special guests have included the Kaau Crater Boys and Moe Keale. 732-3739.

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