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They'll be strumming and humming at Kapiolani Park.

Summer brings an array of Island musicians and dancers to Honolulu's Kapiolani Park. The 1 75-acre expanse of huge trees and groomed greenbelts stretches about a mile, from the edge of Waikiki's hotels cast to Diamond Head.

King Kalakaua dedicated this park to the people of Hawaii in 1877, naming it after his queen. Today, on balmy summer evenings, swarms of locals and visitors unfurl their beach mats on the grass, perhaps spread out a picnic, and enjoy performances (often free) by entertainers ranging from Waikiki's most popular nightclub stars to dance troupes from the prestigious hula halau (schools).

Concerts weekly at the zoo

On Wednesday evenings at 6, June through August, the venerable Honolulu Zoo attracts thousands to its outdoor stage under a sprawling earpod tree for free, hour-long concerts.

Shows range from rock to classical, with Hawaiian programs generally drawing the biggest crowds. This summer's shows with an Island theme include The Brothers Cazimero, June 7; Eddie Kamae and The Sons of Hawaii, June 21; comedians Frank DeLima and Na Kolohe, July 26; composer-singer Audy Kimura, August 2; ukulele virtuoso Ohta-San, August 9; and musical trio Kapena, August 30. For a complete schedule, write to the zoo at 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu 96815, or call (808) 923-4772.

The zoo gates, open 9 to 4 daily, reopen at 4:30 for Wednesday concerts, giving you time to stake out a spot and picnic or visit zoo critters before the show.

Under the stars at the shell

Four outstanding Hawaiian programs are set to perform in the Waikiki Shell, an outdoor amphitheater on Monsarrat Avenue. There's chair seating for up to 2,000 with additional space for 6,000 to sit on a broad, sloping lawn. Gates open at 5:30 or 6 for picnickers (the lawn fills fast, on a first-come basis); performances start at 7 or 7:30.

Makaha Sons of Niihau and Friends perform May 28; tickets are $15 to $25. July 8 brings the Peter Moon Band and others; tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the gate. The Society of Seven plays and sings popular and Hawaiian music with the Honolulu Symphony September 2-the last of the symphony's Starlight Pops series; tickets are $9 to $26. Islanders perform the last two nights of The Hawaii International Music Festival, August 27 through September 4. Entry is $15 to $25 per day. For details on all shows, write to Department of Auditoriums, City and County of Honolulu, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu 96814. Or call the department at 527-5400 or the Waikiki Shell box office at 521-2911.

Hula, makahiki, and ukulele

Appearing next to the Waikiki Shell lawn, the free Kodak Hula Show is still going strong after 45 years. Performances start at 10 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The 1 1/4-hour show gives an enjoyable tourist's-eye view of Polynesian music and dance.

Kapiolani Bandstand, near the zoo, is usually the home of the Royal Hawaiian Band, which plays here most Sundays at 2. But during its month-Ion; vacation each summer, free shows step in.

On July 28, 450 youngsters compete in makahiki games featuring old Hawaiian sports, such as 'ulu maika (rolling a disk), 'o'o ihe (spear-throwing), and huki kaula (tug-of-war). Events take place between 9 and I in the greenbelt between the bandstand and Waikiki Shell.

The 19th annual Ukulele Festival, 11 to 2 on July 30, joins professional Island musicians with the 300-piece Children's UkuIele Band and the Super Keikis, a group of eight musicians ages 7 to 11.

The annual Hula Festival runs August 6, 13, and 20. On the first Sunday, watch adult dancers from classes held at Oahu's parks; groups of various ages from different hula halau and studios dance the other two dates. Hours are 1 to 3.

For details on bandstand events, write to Kapiolani Bandstand, 2755 Monsarrat Ave., Honolulu 96815, or call 971-2500. Getting your bearings: A kiosk on the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu avenues near the zoo entrance has a park map and information on its history, attractions, and monthly events.
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