By Jason S. Yadao
Another day, another pile of links and events to point to … with thoughts and prayers, of course, still going out to the people of Japan. I understand there’s a movement afoot among Facebookers to wear red on Monday in support of the people of Japan. Here’s the link — note that you’ll need to be logged into your Facebook account to be able to see it. Also, if you didn’t see my post from yesterday on the topic, please take a moment to check it out.
Today’s best bet — and for the entire weekend, really — is the Honolulu Festival, with performances and events taking place at multiple venues around the Ala Moana/Waikiki area, including the Hawai’i Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, Waikiki Shopping Plaza and DFS Galleria. Here, have a clip of what you can expect to see on the Convention Center main stage, shot at last year’s festival:
You can find my roundup of events taking place at the festival’s Anime Corner in this week’s Cel Shaded. Sadly, the situation in Japan has muted the celebratory mood somewhat, with the biggest change being that the Nagaoka fireworks show scheduled for tomorrow night has been canceled.
By the way, if you’re in Waikiki for the Honolulu Festival, why not swing by the Outrigger Reef on the Beach at 2169 Kalia Road? That’s where Star-Advertiser cartoonists Jon J. Murakami (“Calabash”) and Dave Thorne (“Thorney’s Zoo”) will be joining visiting artist Phil Yeh (who worked with Jon on The Winged Tiger & the Dragons of Hawaii) to paint a mural from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today … and you can join in on the fun, too. It’s part of Cartoonists Across America & the World, an initiative that Phil created to promote children’s literacy and art. The organization has already done more than 1,800 murals in 49 states and 14 countries. Can’t make it today? They’ll be painting another mural tomorrow at the Kahala Mall main stage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Video-game buffs craving a healthy dose of nostalgia will want to go to Aiea Library (99-143 Moanalua Road) today. From noon to 2, there will be classic Atari games set up to play as part of the library’s celebration of Teen Tech Week. Since your tag-team partners in fandom have to work this afternoon, this may be the only event we’ll have time to check out today … and we’ll try to stop by for a bit, although we’ll see how things go due to the always-dicey parking situation in the neighborhood. Because we love classic games. Heck, Wilma was regaling me with tales of Adventure, Combat and Haunted House on the drive home last night. We’ll have to share those in this space sometime.