Out ‘N’ About: Makana, ‘Freshly Baked,’ more

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Friday: Iolani Palace marks Queen Kapiolani's birthday with tours commemorating the monarch's Dec. 31, 1834, birth, with performances by Hawaii Opera Theatre soloists, singer Desiree Cruz and others, period decorations and special displays of the queens' jewelry, a peacock gown re-creation, and more special artifacts of the monarchy; 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Iolani Palace. $6-$12. Reservations: 522-0832, iolanipalace.org. --Courtesy photo

Friday: Iolani Palace marks Queen Kapiolani’s birthday with tours commemorating the monarch’s Dec. 31, 1834, birth, with performances by Hawaii Opera Theatre soloists, singer Desiree Cruz and others, period decorations and special displays of the queens’ jewelry, a peacock gown re-creation, and more special artifacts of the monarchy; 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Iolani Palace. $6-$12. Reservations: 522-0832, iolanipalace.org. –Courtesy photo

WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, DEC. 27

Pepper and The Dirty Heads, Kona rockers and Huntington Beach, Calif., reggae band in concert, 8 p.m. today and Saturday at The Republik. $39. All ages with adult. 855-235-2867, flavorus.com

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

14th Annual Holiday Science & Tech Fair, career and networking fair featuring local companies, demos and free resume evaluations; 4-8 p.m., Manoa Grand Ballroom, Japanese Cultural Center. Free. techjobshawaii.org

Queen Kapiolani birthday Iolani Palace tours, commemorating the monarch’s Dec. 31, 1834, birth with period decorations, performances and special artifact displays; 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Iolani Palace. $6-$12. Reservations: 522-0832, iolanipalace.org

The Gregg Hammer Band: A Comedy & Variety Show, featuring comic’s celebrity impressions and a buffet dinner, 6:45 p.m., Dave & Buster’s Showroom. $45 (includes tax, tip). All ages. Reservations required: 589-2215

Holiday Magic! magic, comedy and variety family show by the Honolulu International Brotherhood of Magicians, 7 p.m. (strolling magicians from 6 p.m.), Kaimuki High School auditorium. $5-$10. 216-9672, hawaiimagicclub.com

SATURDAY, DEC. 28

Freshly Baked: Kona coffee, themed monthly bake sale and competition, featuring performance by the Pow! Wow! School of Music; 1-4 p.m., Fresh Cafe. freshlybakedhi.com

Back 2 Back Music Extravaganza, two benefit concerts hosted by Kutmaster Spaz — first featuring Peter Factora & Jazz Clique, Adela Chu & Espiritu Libre, Tim McMaster & Quiet Band, Amber Ricci & DragonFly Band, Ta’itosh Trio, Jerome James & Activ8 Electro Jazz and the PBS Little Big Band; second featuring Stephen Inglis and Piranha Brothers, Peter Factora, Soul Pilot, Greg Martin Hawaiian Band, Taimane, the Dr. Larry Experience, the Irish Reunion Band, the Saloon Pilots, Tim McMaster & Funkofiles, and Rick Smith & Trailer Park Romeos — supporting Jackie Ward, the Hawaii Foodbank and Kapiolani Medical Center’s children’s oncology department, with food, photo booth, cigar bar and more; 4-8 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight at Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s. $26.25-$36.75; VIP table packages $472.50. Canned food and new toys welcome; raffle ticket for each donation. b2bmusicextravaganza.com

Aloha for Philippines — Mahalo Concert, featuring Kristian Lei, Jasmine Trias, Pauline Wilson, Little Albert and Society of Seven Las Vegas, with proceeds going to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts; 7 p.m., Hawaii Theatre. $25-$50. 725-4911, hawaiitheatre.com

Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Brazilian acoustic guitarist in rare Hawaii concert, 7:30 p.m., Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Hawaii Public Radio. $15-$30. 955-8821, hawaiipublicradio.org

“Sky This Month” planetarium show, exploration of the current night sky on new star projector and into the depths of space with full-dome video in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art J. Watumull Planetarium, with live music, 8-9 p.m. (seating 7:45 p.m.). Bishop Museum. $6-$8. Reservations: 848-4168. bishopmuseum.org

The Stylistics, ’70s soul group in concert, 8 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall. $35-$45. 866-448-7849, ticketmaster.com

SUNDAY, DEC. 29

Makana CD release concert, slack-key guitarist celebrates new album “Ripe” with special guests Cyril Pahinui and others, 6-9 p.m., Maile Ballroom, Kahala Hotel & Resort. $70; includes buffet and drinks. 739-8760, makanamusic.com

Sunday, Makana CD release concert: Slack-key guitarist celebrates new album 'Ripe' with special guests Cyril Pahinui, Lono Kaumeheiwa, Lopaka Colon Jr. and kumu hula Kanoe Cazimero, 6-9 p.m., Maile Ballroom, The Kahala Hotel & Resort. $70; includes buffet and drinks. 739-8760, makanamusic.com. --Courtesy photo

Sunday, Makana CD release concert: Slack-key guitarist celebrates new album ‘Ripe’ with special guests Cyril Pahinui, Lono Kaumeheiwa, Lopaka Colon Jr. and kumu hula Kanoe Cazimero, 6-9 p.m., Maile Ballroom, The Kahala Hotel & Resort. $70; includes buffet and drinks. 739-8760, makanamusic.com. –Courtesy photo

TUESDAY, DEC. 31

Bill Maher, comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time,” returns for another New Year’s Eve show, 8 p.m., Blaisdell Concert Hall. $45.50-$150.50. For adult audiences. 866-448-7849, ticketmaster.com

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1

Hatsumode: Traditional first Shinto shrine visit of the year, with priests’ blessings.

» Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha — Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu (1239 Olomea St., Kalihi): midnight-5 p.m., with shishimai lion dance. Complimentary bowls of ozoni (mochi soup) served midnight-2 a.m. and 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with omamori charms available. At 10 a.m., enjoy taiko drumming by Tsutomu Nakai and Dragon Beat Wataiko. Free. 841-4755

» Daijingu Temple of Hawaii (61 Puiwa Road, Nuuanu): midnight-5:30 p.m., with complimentary sake for adults and lollipops for keiki, and amulets and fortunes for purchase. Free. 595-3102

New Year’s Sunrise Hike and Oli at Makapuu: Annual 1.5-mile trek along the scenic Makapuu Lighthouse Trail hosted by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (one of about 550 “First Day” hikes nationwide). Meet at summit for sunrise viewing and Hawaiian chant, 7:09 a.m. Taiko Center drummers to perform as well. Parking opens 5:30 a.m.; first come, first served. Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline Park. Free. 587-0300

Taiko drum performances: Accompanying fukubukuro grab-bag retail events.

» Royal Hawaiian Center: 9-9:30 a.m. in the Royal Grove. Free. 922-2299, www.royalhawaiiancenter.com

» Ala Moana Center: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Centerstage, by Kenny Endo and the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Free. alamoanacenter.com

New Year’s at Noon: Children’s party with noontime countdown, balloon drop and apple juice toast, and making noisemakers and party hats in the morning, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. $8-$10. 524-KIDS (5437), discoverycenterhawaii.org

German Vespers for New Year’s Day: Annual festival service welcoming featuring the music of J.S. Bach, performed by the Choir of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, soloists and the Bach Chamber Orchestra; 4 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Honolulu, 1730 Punahou St. Free; free-will offering. 941-2566

THURSDAY, JAN. 2

First Thursdays Slam Poetry Competition & Open Mic, featuring two-time World Slam finalist G. Yamazawa, host Kealoha, live painters and a DJ, 8:30 p.m., Fresh Cafe. $3-$5. hawaiislam.com, 387-9664

ONGOING SHOWS

“‘Aha ‘Aina: A Royal Hawaiian Lu’au,” 5:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Royal Hawaiian Hotel. $89-$185. 921-4600, royal-hawaiian.com

“Creation: A Polynesian Journey,” dinner and cocktail show with Polynesian song, dance and fireknives, 7:15 p.m. daily except Mondays and Wednesdays, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. $48.75-$160. 931-4660, creationshow.com

“Ha: Breath of Life,” with Polynesian dance, music and fireknives, 7:30-9 p.m. daily (except Sundays), Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie. $25-$50, $25 kupuna (ages 50+) special through Dec. 31. 293-3333, polynesia.com

Legends in Concert Waikiki: “Rock-A-Hula,” featuring Elvis Presley tribute, hula and impersonators, 8 p.m. nightly except Mondays, Royal Hawaiian Center, fourth floor. $47.79-$180. 629-7469, legendswaikiki.com

“Lego Travel Adventure,” Lego’s newest exhibit, inviting children to explore the world by planning travel and creating vehicles; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, through Jan. 5 at Bishop Museum. General admission $8.95-$19.95; ages 3 and younger free. 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org

“Magic of Polynesia,” with illusionist John Hirokawa, 7:30 p.m. daily (6 p.m. dinner seating), Magic of Polynesia Theater, Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort. $30-$144. 971-4321, magicofpolynesia.com

“Na Kane — Men of Paradise,” 10-man Las Vegas-style male revue, 8:15 p.m. today and Saturday, Pacific Beach Hotel, Paradise Theater. $39-$59; VIP package $79-$119. Ages 21+. 550-4444, menofparadise.us

Waikiki Starlight Luau, 5:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Hilton Hawaiian Village, rooftop of Mid-Pacific Conference Center. $51-$125. 941-5828, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

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