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Family-friendly musical to be staged for Easter on Oahu

If you're in Hawaii for Easter, a Waikiki shopping center is offering family-friendly musical theater free of charge.

"Honu by the Sea" is to be staged at the Royal Hawaiian Center along Kalakaua Avenue.

Through original songs written by Hawaiian composer Johnson Enos, the musical shares the story of an underwater community imperiled by pollution.

The main character, a teenage surfer named Kainoa, is granted a wish to spend a day beneath the waves. He meets Honu, a sea turtle, who guides him through an undersea adventure.

Kainoa and the audience members learn how careless humans are unknowingly endangering the fragile ocean environment.

The colorful cast includes a crab named Shaka, an octopus named Hula Hoop and a seahorse called Kapper.

“Honu by the Sea” is scheduled to be performed at the shopping center’s outdoor gathering spot, the Royal Grove, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Info: (808) 922-2299.


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Travel tip: Why dental floss is a must-pack

Under the list of things that one should take on the road, I always love to include dental floss.

I wish I could say it’s because my dental hygiene is so very important to me that I want to keep my good habits going on the road.

This of course would be a lie. Just ask my dentist.

But dental floss almost always comes in handy.

On a recent road trip to the Phoenix area, for instance, I unexpectedly purchased a sofa console table. It’s not large, but it would not fit in the trunk of the car.

So I flipped it on its top and put it in the back seat. To ensure it didn’t come flying forward in case of a sudden stop, I tied the legs to the headrests in the back using dental floss. (I could probably have used knee-high hose, but I worried they would be too stretchy.)

I also needed to smooth out some wrinkles in a blouse, letting the steam from my shower work its magic. Because I was staying in not-the-Ritz, the hangers were the kinds that you latch onto a metal circle secure on the closet...

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Small ship line Un-Cruise Adventures to serve only sustainable seafood

Cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures on Monday announced that it would serve only sustainable seafood aboard its small fleet of eight yachts and small ships.

The Seattle-based company said it would adhere to seafood guidelines by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch program that are identified as "best choice or "good alternative."

Un-Cruise says it wants to help guests and staff learn how to make the best fish choices to keep oceans healthy.

The company's vessels carry 22 to 88 passengers to Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia and Snake rivers, Hawaii, Mexico's Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica and Panama.

The seafood program was developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium  to create awareness of how wild-caught fish and farmed fish affect the health of oceans.

It continues to update consumers and businesses on how to make the best choices. For example, Seafood Watch this month released new assessments for wild-caught tuna as well as swordfish, capelin, tilefish and yellow perch.


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Rooms at Maui Sheraton at Kaanapali Beach are 20% off through 2015

The Sheraton Maui is offering savings of more than 20% off its rooms if you act by April 7. The savings are good through 2015.

The resort is along west Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. Eight out of 10 rooms and suites overlook the ocean.

With the offer, rooms start at $249 a night for stays in April, May and June and $279 the rest of the year. That’s an average savings of $70 a night, a hotel spokeswoman said.

To sweeten the pot, you can add a rental car for as little as $10 a day.

Rooms can be booked online or by calling (866) 716-8109.

The resort is known for its nightly cliff dives. Each evening at sunset, a young diver makes his way to the top of Black Rock for a dramatic leap into the crashing waves far below.

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Re-creation of Lincoln rail trip to Springfield, Ill., is scrapped

Plans for a funeral train that would have re-created the 1865 journey that took the president’s body from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., have been scrapped because of a lack of funds.

“We were hoping to secure major sponsorship,” Shannon Brown, a spokeswoman for the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train, told the Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”

The plans for the replica 19th century locomotive and funeral car trip had rail fans and history buffs buzzing for a couple of years.

A steam locomotive named Leviathan was built by Kloke Locomotive Works, based in Elgin, Ill., about 200 miles northeast of Springfield. That’s also where the finishing touches are being completed for the replica of the president’s funeral car.

“It’s a work of art,” Brown said. “It’s absolutely beautiful.”

The original rail car was built during the Civil War and completed just weeks before Lincoln’s death on April 15, 1865.

“If you can think of Air Force One being on rails, that’s what this...

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New Mexico: Observatory near Socorro to host stargazing party

Mark your calendar for a stargazing party April 17 and 18 at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory in New Mexico.

The observatory is about 80 miles south of Albuquerque near Socorro in the Magdalena Mountains of Cibola National Forest. Its remoteness makes it ideal for the Enchanted Skies Star Party.

Astronomers from the observatory, the nearby Very Large Array (the world's largest radio telescope with 27 antennas in a Y shape), and the Magdalena Astronomical Society and others will lead presentations and guided tours during the event.

Visitors can camp and go on daytime hikes as well as nighttime forays to the darker areas of the national forest. The point, of course, is to get a good, clear view of the sky, so bring your telescope (some will be available too) and camera to one of the darkest places in the United States.

Tickets cost $10 a day or $15 for two days for adults. Children 17 and younger accompanied by a paying adult get in free.

Spaces are still available, but organizers say...

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