The 14th Honolulu Festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific. Festivities kick off at the Hawaii Convention Center and conclude with a grand parade down Kalakaua Ave. www.honolulufestival.com
Vroom, Vroom March 6-9
The First Hawaiian Bank International Auto Show is back. Check out shiny new sports cars, luxury models, SUVs and trucks for 2008 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Sunday is kids’ day: All children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. www.motortrendautoshow.com/honolulu
Rap it up March 7 & 14
Honolulu Theatre for Youth pays tribute to Emmy Award-winning comedian Rap Reiplinger in Rap’s Hawaii. The family-friendly collection of Rap’s classics celebrates the diversity of the Islands for generations past and present. 839-9885, www.htyweb.org.
Show Off March 30
The Wiki Wiki One-Day Hawaiiana and Collectibles Show features decades-old vintage collectibles, antiques and Hawaiiana. Exhibitors from all over the state and Mainland will showcase their best vintage jewelry, koa pieces, aloha shirts and much more at the Blaisdell Center. 941-9754.
Must See March 11
The latest installment in the Bishop Museum’s Hula Film Festival, Through Namaka’s Eyes: The Life of Patience Bacon, chronicles the life of one of Hawaii’s living treasures. At 88, Bacon is considered an authority on Hawaiian language and hula. General admission to the film screenings is $5; $3 for Bishop Museum members. To make a reservation, call 848-4187.
Blossom March 24-28
Take part in the Japanese art of flower arrangement at the “Splendors of Ikebana” exhibition in the courtyard of Honolulu Hale. The four-day exhibition features colorful flower displays of all shapes and sizes by Hawaii's top ikebana artists and students. For more information, call the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at 523-4674.
Jam March 20-22
If you’re on Kauai this weekend and you love Bob Marley, don’t miss “The Music and Life of Bob Marley,” a musical skills workshop and series of performances. Berklee College of Music professor Matt Jenson will lead the intensive workshop, and famed Marley biographer Roger Steffens presents two multimedia shows. 821-1857, www.steelgrass.org.
It takes guts to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the days of instant online gratification, but in da Shop, local publisher Bess Press has found a way to allow fickle/loyal readers to have their cake and eat it, too.