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Hawaii Happenings: Much to celebrate on Oahu and Maui this Spring season.

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Art and culture take center stage this Spring with a Bob Dylan concert, a major photographic exhibit and a nightly cliff dive ceremony. Here are some of the highlights:

“An Evening with Bob Dylan:” Rock and Roll icon to perform two concerts in Hawaii. After taking a 16-year hiatus from the Aloha state, Bob Dylan will be strutting his stuff in April on two Hawaiian Islands. The legendary troubadour will perform at the Maui Arts and Culture Center on April 26 and is also booked for an April 29th concert at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena.

If a visit to Hawaii is on your calendar, or if you live in Hawaii, this is a rare opportunity to experience one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, musically and culturally, the man described by Time Magazine as a “master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation.” See ticket details below.

More art and culture: In Honolulu, round out your beachcombing expeditions with a visit to the Honolulu Museum of Art where a photographic exhibit titled “Decisive Moments” is on display through June 8. The exhibit’s title, “Decisive Moments” honors the phrase coined by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, when he described the singular convergence of simultaneous form and motion recognized by the photographer when he/she captures an enduring image. On display are more than 70 works by giants of the genre, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Lisette Model, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Eggleston and more. Sign up for one of the museum’s scheduled tours and follow the tour with an art discussion over iced tea in the Museum’s Café.

Make it a musical immersion on Maui: On the last Thursday of each month, in a free outdoor concert, Hawaiian musicians perform in the kanikapila style on the lawn of Baldwin House Museum. In a tranquil setting, the audience gathers on the lawn while Hawaiian artists share their music, vocal talent and love for Hawaii. Bring a blanket and beach chair. April’s concert is on the 24th, just two days before the evening Dylan event.

Where to Stay: Honolulu. On my last stay in Honolulu, I very much enjoyed a stay at the Shoreline Waikiki. My island-themed room with a city view was infused with urban chic yet just two blocks from famed Waikiki Beach. Out the door, a vast choice of multi-ethnic restaurants and world class shopping venues beckoned, from the budget friendly Forever 21 to the upscale Chanel and Gucci boutiques. The Waikiki Shoreline’s staff recommended several restaurants during our stay, even graciously calling ahead for reservations. After a day out exploring the island, we returned for a soak in the rooftop pool to watch the sunset light up the skies over the island’s majestic mountains. Because we only needed a car for excursions, the hotel’s private parking on the entry level was super convenient. Too, the hotel’s intimate size lends itself to a romantic stay. There’s a definite feeling of “coming home” when you walk in to the lobby with its welcoming staff, light-filled lounge area and refreshing drink station. Visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/hawaii/shoreline-hotel-waikiki.

Where to Stay Maui: Another taste of Hawaiian culture awaits those who stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. As day transitions to twilight, the resort's nightly Cliff Dive Ceremony recreates the legend of an 18th century leader, “King of the Spirit Leap,” Chief Kahekili, who inspired his people with this very same feat. Each evening just before sunset, a young warrior sets torches aflame, shedding light along the path as he travels to the summit of Pu‘u Keka‘a, known as Black Rock. With a blessing to his ancestors, he then offers his torch and lei to the waters below before making the courageous traditional dive into the Pacific.
Nestled amongst 23 acres of tropical landscaping, all guest rooms at Sheraton Maui Resort &Spa offer breathtaking views of the Pacific. Pure paradise. Visit www.sheraton-maui.com

“An Evening with Bob Dylan” tickets: Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena: Ticketmaster Phone Sales/Information line: 1-800-745-3000 or 866-448-7849. . Tickets: $59, $69, $89, limited number of premium $125 seats. www.ticketmaster.com
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, 1-808-242-7469. Visit: http://mauiarts.org/tickets

Honolulu Museum of Art: 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu. (808) 532-8700 www.honolulumuseum.org.

Baldwin House Museum concerts: Lahaina Restoration Foundation, 120 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, Hawaii www.lahainarestoration.org 808-661-3262. theo@lahainarestoration.org

For information and a calendar of events for all of the Hawaiian Islands, visit www.gohawaii.com

Hawaiian Airlines offers non-stop service to Oahu and Maui from major US cities with the option to add inter-island flights to your ticketing. Visit hawaiianairlines.com

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