Wednesday, July 21, 1999

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Musubi Madness.



Musubi that break the mold

Out of 36 balls of rice, Sassame Girl stood out with her triangular-ness, sesame-seed complexion, smile and sassy hat. She took top honors in the first-ever Musubi Decorating Contest at We're Best Friends, a Kaimuki craft store.

Her creator was LeAnn Ahlo of Mililani.

Best Friends is upstairs and down the hall at 1223 Koko Head Ave., a humble place with the big idea of honoring the nori-wrapped rice ball with a summer celebration, "Musubi Madness."

Thirteen crafters put their imaginations to the test and devised T-shirts,magnets, potholders, kitchen towels, greeting cards, musu-beads (get it?) for earrings and necklaces -- even rice-filled stress balls. They sell for $1 and up.

The contest put the icing on the cake, or ume in the rice, so to speak. Other winners:

Bullet Funniest: Cherie Imai of Kapahulu for Mighty Musubi, a relation of Superman, below left.

Bullet Most Local: Gayle Lum of Manoa for Spam Musubi Geta, above right

Bullet Most Original Presentation: Valen Ahlo, son of LeAnn, for his Tennis Musuboy.

The winners received special bags of rice.

Call We're Best Friends at 734-3696.

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CPR classes offered

Learn how to save lives at a CPR/Basic Life Support class at the Castle Center for Health Promotion. The class will take place 7 to 9 p.m. July 26 and 28 at 46-001 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, and will cost $25.

In addition, parents, baby sitters and child-care providers can receive certification in first aid and CPR for children in a KeikiCare class at Castle Medical Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15. The cost is $30, and does not include lunch.

Both classes will be taught by Basic Life Support instructors from Castle Medical Center. Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register for either class, call 263-5400.



Bullet What's brewing: Sam Choy's Breakfast Lunch & Crab hosts a "Brewery Dinner" Monday and also launches "The Big Aloha Brewery," open until midnight daily with half-price pupus 3 to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. There will be live entertainment 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays. Call 545-7979

Bullet "Creative Native Cuisine": "Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi" explores the culinary connection between food and culture with Loretta Barrett Oden, a leading proponent of Native American cuisine. She will display centuries-old dishes interpreted for today's palate, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Hawaii Public Television.



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