By popular demand, Honolulu Theatre for Youth is bringing back “Musubi Man,” Lee Cataluna’s colorful adaptation of one of Hawai‘i’s most popular children’s books. With re-imagined design and staging, everyone is sure to enjoy chasing Musubi Man as he runs from adventure to adventure! Performances will be held Saturdays March 7, 14 and 21, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. in Davies Hall on the grounds of St. Andrew’s Cathedral. “Musubi Man,” with its irresistible refrain, “Run, run, as fast as you can! You no can catch me, I’m one musubi man!” is a perennial hit. The pidgin-speaking Musubi Man, like the gingerbread man in the classic tale, is determined not to be eaten. He leads his pursuers — a taro grower and his wife, a poi dog, a noisy mynah bird and a mongoose on a merry chase until he reaches the ocean and lands on the shoulder of a radical surfer dude. Designed to foster young children’s pre-literacy development, the clever script brings the story to life with plenty of opportunity for kids to interact and help with the storytelling. Tickets are $8 for children and adults; active duty military receive one free child admission with the purchase of each regularly priced adult ticket. (Tickets for the 11:30 a.m. performance on March 7 are $10 and include an opening reception after the show.) Call the HTY box office at 457-4254. The American Sign Language-interpreted performance will be on Saturday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. The play is recommended for children ages 3 and up.


The fourth annual Cancer Research Information Day will be held Saturday, March 21, at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. Hawai‘i cancer specialists and researchers from the Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i will give presentations on cancer and cancer-related issues. Each presentation will conclude with a Q&A session. Topics include: high cancer rates among Native Hawaiians, ovarian cancer, treatments for colorectal cancer and innovations in the treatment of lung cancer. There will also be health and cancer-related exhibits for public viewing. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and a light lunch will be provided. Free parking is available at JCCH and reservations are recommended. The registration deadline is March 13. Call 275-3010 or e-mail


The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s annual “Taste of Hongwanji” bazaar will be held Sunday, March 15, on the temple grounds on Pali Highway. Bazaar hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Park free at Hongwanji Mission School, Kawänanakoa School and on the temple grounds. Foodies delight! The bazaar will feature traditional bazaar food such as fried noodles, beef stew, huli huli chicken, varieties of sushi, pickled vegetables, fresh produce, boiled peanuts, shaved ice, jams and jellies and baked goods. Other unique “Taste” specialties will include KC Waffle Dogs, peanut butter shakes made on-site, Tamura bread, and from the Big Island — Papaaloa Hongwanji’s delicious Smoked Chicken Sausage. Also available for purchase will be tables of gently used and new items in the thrift shop, needlecraft items, imported quilts and the temple’s signature cookbooks. Proceeds benefit the temple’s outreach work to the young and elderly in our community through various programs — cultural enrichment, physical and spiritual well-being, service to the frail and elderly and educational development. Lively entertainment by the Dharma School Taiko Group, Kevin Hughes’ Short Notice Jazz Combo, and Moe Manuma and Greg Kaneaiakala will keep the morning lively and upbeat. The scoops on Papaaloa Hongwanji’s smoked chicken sausages: For years, temple members have been experimenting and refining their techniques for making sausages and smoked meats, much to the delight of area residents. Their premier product is the smoked chicken sausage, with emphasis on smoked, which members say makes their sausage unique. Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission is a modest temple located some 25 miles north of Hilo. It has a small membership of 50 to 55 people who volunteer their time, expertise and labor to make these delicious and flavorful sausages.


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