Parade, fiesta, concerts, pageant part of Filipino centennial events

A second show of the Society of Seven has been added to this weekend’s festivities of the Kaua‘i commemoration of the arrival of the first Filipinos in Hawai‘i 100 years ago, Filipino Fiesta organizers said in a press release.

The first Society of Seven concert is in conjunction with the Miss Kauai Filipina scholarship pageant Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall, and the second one is Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

The Saturday show is nearly sold out.

Tickets for the Sunday show are $25.

The Society of Seven is a professional musical and entertainment group very popular in Waikiki, and coming off another successful stint in Las Vegas.

The Filipino Fiesta is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

The events kick off with a parade Saturday at 9 a.m. from the historic County Building on Rice Street in Lihu‘e to the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

The parade will include 25 marching units, including those from the Hawaii Army National Guard, Waimea High School, JROTC and electric car project, Kauai Visayan Club, Pangasinan Club, the current Miss Kauai Filipina Veronica Pablo, former Miss Kauai Filipina contestants and winners, vintage cars, Hair Appeal decorated car, Kaua‘i Island Utility Company, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Kauai Filipino-American Jaycees, Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Filipino Women’s Club, Kauai Council of Filipino Catholic Clubs, Kauai Visayan Club Santo Nino Dancers, Kauai Visayan Club Santa Cruzan De Mayo Float, Inkspot car, and the Kapa‘a High School Marching Band.

A free health fair will be conducted by Dr. Paul Flora, who will conduct cholesterol screenings, blood-sugar screenings and blood pressure check-ups.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association Health Pass and Care Connection will also be on hand to provide additional information about health care.

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training will also be available to provide free information. The Kauai Diabetes Today, American Lung Association of Hawaii and Kauai asthma and tobacco coalition will provide information, as asthma, cancer and diabetes are growing problems within the Filipino population.

Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic will provide breast-cancer awareness information, nutrition, diabetes screening, and provide a smoking-cessation specialist. The American Cancer Society will also provide information about cancer and the different types of cancer, especially those affecting the Filipino population.

Food booths providing traditional Filipino food and desserts will also be available throughout the two days.

The popular malasada and pretzel made hot and fresh by the West Kauai United Methodist Church, and the traditional lechon plate lunch, which is a rotisserie-cooked, roast suckling pig, or the chicken adobo platter, are some of the choices available to hungry fiesta attendees on both days.

A craft, auction and business promotion will take place, including displays of traditional native Filipino costumes such as the men’s barong Tagalog and women’s terno dresses.

A special Filipino Centennial commemorative stamp from the Philippines and souvenir T-shirts will be available for fiesta participants.

Various entertainment will continue throughout the day on Saturday at the main stage, including a special performance by Hawai‘i “American Idol” contestant Jordan Segundo (11:30 a.m.) in addition to traditional Filipino dances and music.

At 1 p.m. is the Manila Hold ‘Em’ Poker Tournament elimination rounds, open to anyone interested in attending. Participants should show up at the site at least 15 minutes prior for entry and registration information.

At 3 p.m. will be a demonstration of ballroom dancing, followed by a 4 p.m. first-day grand-door-prize drawing.

At 6 p.m. is the annual Miss Kauai Filipina pageant, followed by a special show with the Society of Seven direct from Las Vegas.

Tickets for the combined pageant and show are $25, available by calling 651-9139. A limited number of remaining tickets may be available for sale at the fiesta.

The fiesta weekend continues on Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a native costume contest.

The main stage entertainment, food booths and exhibits open at 10 a.m.

At 11 a.m. will be a preview special with the Society of Seven, followed by 1 p.m. Filipino American Idol finals. At 2 p.m. is the Manila Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament finals, and at 4 p.m. is the grand-door-prize drawing.

For more information, visit the Web site, kauaifilipinocentennial.com.

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