Hit the Pacific waves – Kahanamoku style
The birthday of Hawaii's iconic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku is celebrated with “Duke's OceanFest,” a host of aquatic contests taking place Aug. 17-24, including “Duke's Ocean Mile Swim” Aug. 23. Open to all age groups, including 14 and younger and 70 and older, the all-comers' swim is hosted by Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.
The hotel welcomes swimmers and spectators with a “Room and Breakfast Package” that covers accommodations and daily breakfast at Duke's Canoe Club Waikiki for nightly room rates starting at $258/double plus tax. The package is valid until Dec. 21, with prices from $225 after Aug. 26. Details: 800-688-7444; www.outriggerwaikiki.com. Register for the swim at www.dukefoundation.org.
Remembering other Carter brother from Plains
The Billy Carter Service Station Museum opened this summer after two years of planning and months of rummaging through the possessions of former President Jimmy Carter's late brother.
The museum represents the actual service station where Billy held court with both locals and world media in this small south Georgia town before, during and immediately after his brother's tenure as the 39th American president.
The project is a joint effort of several departments within the University of Georgia, the Plains Better Hometown Association and Billy Carter's widow, Sybil.
Displays include clothing and other memorabilia reflecting Billy Carter's life and the station's history. Admission: free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Details: 229-824-7477.
District of Columbia
They're paging famous writers next month
Salman Rushdie and Tiki Barber are among 70 authors scheduled to participate in the 2008 National Book Festival.
The Library of Congress is organizing the festival for Sept. 27 on the National Mall. (Barber, famous for his career as a football player, is co-author with his brother of three picture books for kids and two middle-grade novels.)
Prominent authors who plan to present their work include Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Cokie Roberts, Bob Schieffer and Daniel Schorr. The father-and-daughter travel guidebook writers Arthur and Pauline Frommer are also scheduled to be among the guests, along with legendary travelogue writer Paul Theroux.
Dionne Warwick, known as a singer, is the author of a forthcoming picture book called “Say a Little Prayer.” R.L. Stine, author of more than 100 spooky books, including the “Goosebumps” series for kids, is on the schedule as well.
Novelists taking part in the program include Francine Prose, Richard Price, Alexander McCall Smith and Philippa Gregory. Details: www.loc.gov/bookfest.