Do It: ‘ARTafterDARK,’ Circa Survive, more
FRIDAY, APRIL 26
‘ARTafterDARK’ closes Earth Month in style
Earth Day has evolved into Earth Month; wrap up the celebration with an evening of artsy fun at the Honolulu Museum of Art today.
The monthly “ARTafterDARK” celebration, called “Plant One,” will feature eco-art and an eclectic mix of musical performances.
The museum has teamed with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods to give visitors the chance to have a koa tree planted on Hawaii island in their name. The tree will have an electronic tag that allows sponsors to track it on Google Earth.
Museum members can visit the Mediterranean Courtyard, where artist Mark Chai will create an installation of found materials and give out personalized eco-friendly art pieces.
Among the exhibits on display are “Tiny Worlds: Video Sculpture by Tony Oursler,” and “Revelation,” a newly opened show of recent additions to the museum collection.
At 9 p.m. the “Secret Sound Soundcase” features Quadraphonix, rapper Anton Glamb with his electronic Jawaiian beats, and the rock ‘n’ roll harmonies of Mano Kane.
Where: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
When: 6 p.m. today
Info: artafterdark.org or 532-8700
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Treat the family to a day of fun at Ewa festival
The community of Ewa invites folks to a “Pride for Ewa 2013: Celebrating Ohana Together,” a free family day of entertainment.
An all-star lineup of island talent will provide musical entertainment, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Jordan Segundo, pictured, of “American Idol” Season 2 fame. Segundo recently recorded “Hallelujah” for a Tom Moffatt production.
Also scheduled is Cheesa Laureta, the Hawaii-born contestant who made a splash on the second season of “The Voice” and is set to release an album, “Naked” (which also describes the cover art). She and her brother, Troy Laureta, appear at 3 p.m.
Popular West-side island contemporary group Nesian N.I.N.E. follows at 4 p.m. The group recently gave well-received performances in the Pacific Northwest.
“There will be rides, food vendors and crafts,” said Marcella Cisneros, director of social activities for the Ewa by Gentry Community Association. “Local businesses and local nonprofit groups will be there, too, to share information.”
Local schools will also contribute their talents, with musicians from Ewa Beach, Iroquois Point and Pohakea elementary schools and the American Renaissance Academy Choir adding to the day’s entertainment.
This is the 17th annual Pride for Ewa celebration.
“The parking is free, the entertainment is free and it’s community- and family- oriented,” Cisneros said.
Where: Hoalauna Park, 91-1330 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Info: ewabygentry.net or 685-0111, ext. 31
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
The Republik hosts Philadelphia rock band Circa Survive
Progressive rock band Circa Survive rolls into town Wednesday, riding the current inspired by its latest album, “Violent Waves.”
The Philadelphia-based group formed in 2004, when lead vocalist Anthony Green and guitarist Colin Frangicetto joined up with second guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard and drummer Steve Clifford. Its debut album, “Juturna,” emerged a year later, selling more than 100,000 copies and landing the group a spot on the Warped Tour. Subsequent releases “On Letting Go” (2007) and “Blue Sky Noise” (2010) both reached the top 25 on the Billboard charts.
The band tends toward a thick, metal sound, with Greene’s soaring semifalsetto slicing through the instrumental background.
The self-produced “Violent Waves” was recorded in little more than a week last year, and Greene has called it “honest, straight from us.”
The band has a whimsical, humorous approach to music. Greene has been known to wear dresses during some concerts, and things don’t get much weirder than his video for “Suitcase,” which begins as a typical say-goodbye-to-your-lover video and winds up with a display of plushophilia.
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Info: flavorus.com or 855-235-2867
– Steven Mark
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
Legends of isle music, culture will be added to hall of fame
“Lei of Stars 2013,” a dinner and Hawaiian music show at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, celebrates this year’s inductees to the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame — an unprecedented 26 people, including nine members of the Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau and the 14 members of Ka Leo Hawai’i, a group that worked to revitalize the use of the Hawaiian language in the 1970s.
The honorees and performers:
» George Kainapau, pictured (1905-1992). Falsetto vocalist, showroom entertainer and recording artist; also appeared as a Hawaiian performer in several Hollywood films. Hoku Zuttermeister will perform in Kainapau’s honor.
» Ka Leo Hawai’i: Alan Akaka, Daniel Akaka Jr., Haunani Apoliona, Haunani Bernardino, Malia Craver, Ainsley Halemanu, Larry Kimura, Lance Koyama, George Kuo, Aaron Mahi, Keoki Maguire, Lolena Nicholas, Mary Kawena Pukui and Kalena Silva.
» Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau (1976-1993). Founded by Sam Gray, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Skippy Kamaka-wiwo’ole, Louis “Moon” Kauakahi and Jerome Koko; Mel Amina, John Koko, Elmer “Sonny”
Lim Jr. and Abraham Nahulu were later members. The name was retired after Israel Kamakawiwo’ole quit the group; the Makaha Sons will perform at “Lei of Stars.”
» George Lanakilakekiahiali’i Na’ope (1928-2009). Kumu hula and chanter, and co-founder of the Merrie Monarch Festival; 26 hula students of Na’ope will dance, as he taught them.
» Harry Owens (1902-1986). Composer (“Sweet Leilani”), bandleader, recording artist, music publisher and musical director of “Hawaii Calls.” The Royal Hawaiian Band will play music by Owens at the celebration.
The Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame honors artists who create and perpetuate Hawaii’s traditional music.
Where: Royal Hawaiian Hotel
When: 4 p.m. Wednesday
Info: 226-0600 (Karen Aiu) or 392-3649 (Ann Shinsato)
– John Berger
» “Concert in the Garden,” with Taimane and ukulele whiz kid Aiden James, 5 p.m. Saturday, Lanikai School. $10-$20. concertinthegarden.org or 352-6990