WHO/WHAT: Join the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce as they host a stargazing food and drink event celebrating the star festival, featuring sushi from Superb Sushi. Every July 7, people in Japan celebrate tanabata (evening of the seventh), which honors the meeting of deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by the stars Vega and Altair. Inspired by the Chinese folklore “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl,” legend has it that the Milky Way separates the lovers, and they are only allowed to reunite on the seventh day of the seventh month. Nick from Stargazers of Hawaii will provide educational information about the night sky with a large, powerful telescope from the Central Pacific Plaza’s outdoor deck.
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, July 7, 5-9 p.m. Central Pacific Plaza, 220 S. King St., 5th floor.
TICKETS: General admission $40; HJCC members $35. Limited to 75 attendees. For more information and to register for tickets, visit hjcc.org and click on “events.”