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Ah, Hawaii. If your vision of the 50th state comes from viewing reruns of Hawaii Five-O, then you’ve glimpsed a few of the islands’ wonders (including the oh-so-energetic hula-dancing women who shake so, er, compellingly during the show’s opening credits). But if you want an in-depth look at Hawaiian splendor, your opportunity comes tonight, when the National Geographic Society screens Edgy Lee’s award-winning Waikiki: In the Wake of Dreams. The film tells how one of the most famous beachfronts in the worldwhich takes up a single square mile of sea and sandhelped shape dreams of paradise for generations of Hawaiians. The documentary explains how Waikiki has made its mark on national culturedid you know that the ukulele, the steel guitar, and the modern swimsuit were invented there? Waikiki also tells the history of the island’s people. Lee will be on hand to introduce her film and to answer questions after the screening. Be there. Aloha. At 7:30 p.m. at the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. $15. (202) 857-7700. (Natalie Davis)