Friday, January 9, 2004



A little music, please

If one of your aims is to add more music to your life, the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College can help. A workshop being offered by Robert Laughlin, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People," promises you'll learn all the chords needed to play a song in just one session. Any song. Any style. Any key.

Students should have a basic understanding of the piano and simple music reading. They are encouraged to review a short lesson at Total beginners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to NSAM, 5825 A Skyway, Paradise, CA 95969.

The course runs 6 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at UHM Music Room 7. Fee of $85 includes a book and CD. To register, call 956-8400.

Brunch on the Beach

The first Brunch on the Beach of 2004 takes place Sunday, transforming Kalakaua Avenue into a giant outdoor cafe, with dining under the shade of bright blue umbrellas.

Many of Waikiki's best chefs will be offering a wide array of signature menu items at affordable prices, while guests are treated to the music of Kilinahe at 9:30 a.m., the keiki of Kuhai Halau o Kahalepuna Pa 'Olapa Kahiko at 10:30 a.m. and the music of John Cruz at 11:30 a.m. and Hapa at 12:30 p.m.

As part of the city's sustainability effort, brunch chefs are focusing on Hawaii-grown products for monthly competitions. This month's ingredient is pineapple. The winning chef will receive a Golden Chopstick Award.

Special parking Sunday only will be $1 all day at the Waikiki Trade Center or $1 per hour with a five-hour maximum at Ohana Reef Towers, Ohana Maile Sky Court, Ohana Waikiki Village, Ohana East, King Kalakaua Plaza, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio and Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.

More brunch dates are set for Feb. 15, March 21, April 17, May 16 and June 20.

For more information, call 523-CITY (2489).

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