New Mandala readers may be interested in tonight’s event in Hawaii:

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand will be the guest of honor at the East-West Center’s annual dinner, “An International Affair,” set for Feb. 29 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom. The princess will be accepting the Center’s Asia Pacific Community Building Award on behalf of her father, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in recognition of His Majesty’s dedicated work toward the welfare of the people of Thailand.

The evening’s festivities will also feature performances of traditional Thai dance and music by select members of the Royal Thai Government’s official performing arts ensemble.

The evening begins with cocktails at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and performances at 6:30. Cost is $200 per person. Also included will be a bazaar and silent auction featuring exotic items from Asia, the Pacific and the U.S.

More details are available from the East-West Center website. Thanks to Mike for bringing this event to my attention.

Update 29 February 2008: The East-West Center website has press releases on two associated events: the opening of a royal pavilion and a performance by royal Thai dancers and musicians. Both of these forthcoming events may also be of interest to New Mandala readers.