The Cel Shaded report, 8/11: Hitting-the-beach edition

August 11th, 2011

If you’re one of the fortunate ones who live here in the 808 State, you’ve no doubt noticed that we’ve had some drop-dead gorgeous weather over the past few days. Perfect weather to go to the beach, really. Heck, I even took a few hours earlier this week to lounge on the sand with a copy of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Not Love But Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy!, getting ready for next week’s edition of the Manga Movable Feast featuring Yoshinaga books. It was quite a lovely time.

If this weather pattern holds — perhaps a dicey proposition; I did also wash my car during my weekend, after all, meaning rain in the near future is all but guaranteed — it’ll make for a nice time this Saturday at Ala Moana Beach Park, where Kawaii Kon will be hosting its second annual beach day. Pack a lunch and come to the park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., where the following events will be taking place:

  • Water-balloon tosses
  • Watermelon-smashing (in the manner of all obligatory “let’s all go to the beach!” anime episodes)
  • Beach cosplay contest (where you can dress like your favorite character from those aforementioned “let’s all go to the beach!” anime episodes)
  • Sand sculpture contests

A bunch of pictures taken at last year’s event are posted on the Kawaii Kon Facebook page. (I checked the link, and no login is necessary, for those of you who refuse to heed the siren call of Facebook.) Those of you who went last year will know where to head in the park again this year — it’s in the same area, at the beachfront pavilion close to the Magic Island parking lot. For those of you who didn’t go, here’s a Google map I whipped up on the fly. (I hope it works properly.)

Meeting roll call

>> Aiea Library Anime Club: 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road. This month, librarian Diane Masaki will be screening Chobits. For more information or to RSVP, call 483-7333 or e-mail

>> MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit

One Response to “The Cel Shaded report, 8/11: Hitting-the-beach edition”

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    [...] beach day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ala Moana Beach Park. Much of what I wrote about last year's beach day still applies — pack a lunch, smash a watermelon, build a sand sculpture, enter a beach cosplay [...]

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