If you’re missing Hawaii or want a taste of the Pacific, check out these upcoming events:

Thursday, June 5    Noon-2:30 p.m.   FREE
2008 King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony
Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington DC

* Seating is limited and you must register by Sunday, June 1. Visit www.hawaiistatesociety.org to register.

Sponsored by Hawai’i State Society, this annual ceremony takes place at one of three statues from the same mold honoring King Kamehameha (the other two are in downtown Honolulu and on the Big Island). I’d suggest getting there 15 minutes to a half hour before the event as security measures and finding the area may take some time. An FAQ on the State Society Web site indicates that prohibited items include oversized backpacks, cans and bottles, and food and beverages; it also says to first go to the South Visitor Receiving Facility, then proceed to the south entrance of the Capitol.  

Saturday, June 7      1-4 p.m.
Songs and Dances of Polynesia: Halau O ‘Aulani
Rosslyn Spectrum,  1611 N. Kent Street,  Arlington

The nonprofit Hawaiian school Hālau O ‘Aulani has organized a performance of songs and dances from the unique cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. There will be food and a silent auction. Pre-show reception starts at 1 p.m., followed by the 2 p.m. performance. Free parking in the building garage.

I’ve sent an e-mail asking about ticket prices but haven’t received a response yet. You can call the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at 301-919-7905 for more info. I was told by a friend involved in the show, though, that tickets are an extra $5 at the door.

For a seating chart of the facility, visit Arlington Arts


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