Thursday, July 29, 2004




Hello Hawaiian Kitty

Hilo Hattie has just introduced its exclusive line of Hawaiian Hello Kitty handbag collection, bearing images of the kama'aina kitten in swimsuit and grass skirt cavorting on the beach, by a waterfall, and in the surf in postcard motifs.

Styles available include a beach tote, shoulder bag, wallet, baguette, cosmetic case and wristlet. Prices start at $7.50.

Tiffany's 'Brilliant' showcase

Tiffany's history of fabled diamonds will sparkle with the showing of "Brilliant! Diamonds Inspired by a Great Legacy," which goes on view Saturday through Aug. 31 at Tiffany & Co., 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

The jewels on display embody the Tiffany tradition of diamonds as an ultimate symbol of style and luxury.

Among the versatile creations are stunning Art Deco pendants and earrings, and a necklace with a flexible pattern of round, pear, marquise and baguette diamonds in an intricate geometric motif. The collection also celebrates Tiffany's reputation as the premier jeweler for brides-to-be with the addition of the Tiffany legacy diamond engagement ring inspired by period jewels.

The collection will be on view during store hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Call 926-2600 for information.


Israeli ensemble due

The Israeli chamber group called the King David String Ensemble will make its Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu concert debuts next weekend.

The ensemble will preview its full-length concert in a live broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio, "Live From the Atherton," from 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6. The concert itself is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Temple Emanu-El on the Pali Highway. Admission to the concert at the Temple is at the door, and a donation of $10 per person is suggested. For information, call 595-7521.

The "Live From the Atherton" broadcast will welcome listeners at no charge, but due to limited seating, interested parties should call 955-8821 to reserve seats.

The concert will include works by Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin, Paul Ben Haim, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok.

The King David String Ensemble has become one of the foremost chamber music groups in Israel since its 1992 founding in Jerusalem by musicians of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. This unique chamber orchestra comprises mainly of emigres from the former Soviet Union.

Accompanying the group on this tour is the distinguished Israeli-American pianist Roger Kamien, who holds the Zubin Mehta Chair in Musicology at Hebrew University.

Raku on the beach

Get ready to celebrate art in the great outdoors as Hawai'i Craftsmen presents the 28th annual Raku Ho'olaule'a beginning Monday.

The weeklong event celebrates the mystery of raku firing, a traditional Japanese style of pottery. Demonstrations on raku firing, teabowl making, and raku-glazing precede the four-day festival at Kualoa Regional Park, where groups of artists from Hawaii and around the world fire up their kilns beach side. Activities are as follows:

Monday: Slide Lecture by guest artists Dave and Boni Deal at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Reception: 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre Courtyard, followed by the 6:30 p.m. talk in the Academy Theatre; free.

Tuesday: Clay demonstration and potluck from 5 to 9 p.m. at Ft. Shafter Arts & Crafts Center; free.

Aug. 5: Camping and beachside firing continues to Monday at Kualoa Regional Park, Kamehameha Highway, between Waikane and Kaaawa. Registration is required to fire with a group or to camp overnight.

Aug. 7: Community Kiln open to the public, with a "you glaze-we fire" tea-bowl opportunity to create your own work of art at $5 per tea bowl, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a floating sculpture contest, demonstrations, raffle for artists' works, T-shirt sales, and more.

Aug. 17 through Sept. 11: Raku Ho'olaule'a Exhibition takes place at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. The show opens with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception and tea ceremony demonstration Aug. 18

The husband and wife team that has collaborated in clay for more than 30 years, working fulltime at their home studio in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, on works reflecting nature: plants, geology and wildlife.

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