Friday, August 27, 2004



Last call for 'Scream'

Sunday is the last day to catch "Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters," which will be ending its run at Bishop Museum's Castle Hall, 1525 Bernice St.

The interactive exhibit has been a summer hit with its 11 multistation interactive components including a Tumble-Vision display, G-force bicycle and six roller-coaster simulators designed to give thrill seekers the science behind thrill-park rides.

You can still catch the exhibition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the weekend. Wear appropriate footwear. Museum admission is $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for ages 4 to 12, with kamaaina rates available.

For more information, call 847-3511.

Bring trash, treasures

An artists screening for Temari's 22nd Trash and Treasure sale will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the McKinley High School Cafeteria. Artists interested in participating in the event should bring five to 10 priced samples of sketches and works in progress.

"We were driven to look for new artists by customer demand for new works and new directions in artists' work," said Temari executive director Ann Asakura of the search for fresh ideas.

The sale itself will take place Nov. 7 at McKinley High School. For more information, call Temari at 536-4566.

Craftsmen seek artists

Hawai'i Craftsmen is also sending a call to artists and crafts people for its 37th annual Statewide Juried Exhibition in October.

Submit works in any traditional or nontraditional craft medium in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood, glass and mixed media.

Call 596-8128 or visit the group's Web site at www.hawaiicraftsmen.org for a copy of the prospectus.

Spend 'Night in Assisi'

In honor of its origins in Assisi, Italy, Saint Francis School will celebrate its 80th anniversary with "A Night in Assisi." The gala fund-raiser will take place starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with proceeds from the event benefiting the school's 80th Anniversary Scholarship Fund.

Amid a countryside setting, guests will enjoy an Italian sit-down dinner, music by the Honolulu Brass and Na Leo Pilimehana, plus proclamations and a video retrospective of the school's long history in Hawaii. The Manoa school was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of the Third Franciscan Order, Syracuse, N.Y., to provide young women with a Catholic education.

Tickets start at $100. To purchase tickets or tables, call the school's development office at 988-4111, ext. 116, 118 or 123.

Try knife-fencing

Bruce Chu will host a free knife-fencing seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Palolo Hongwanji Temple, 1641 Palolo Ave.

Knife fencing is a fast-paced sport invented by Chu, sifu, or head instructor, of the Shen Yi Gong school of Kung Fu. As the name implies, many of its aspects are taken from the Olympic sport of fencing. Rather than a longer foil, epee or saber, however, knife fencing uses a blunt, plastic "knife."

The close-combat style techniques use flowing, dynamic movements which result in an extremely fast yet safe sport for people of all ages and all walks of life.

For more information, call Chu at 358-1927.

Waikiki awakening

Welsh singer-songwriter Jem makes her Hawaii debut Oct. 2 at Wave Waikiki. She initially made her name collaborating with Madonna and producer Guy Sigsworth on the song "Nothing Fails." Because of the radio airplay of her demo "Finally Woken" on the influential Los Angeles-based KCRW, she was signed to Dave Matthews' ATO label. Her debut album was released earlier this year, with the single/video "They." Tickets go on sale tomorrow for $12.50 at the Blaisdell Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Times Supermarkets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 877-750-4400.

Build new or re-do

Get floored by attending Tuesday's free "Build New or Re-Do" seminar with this month's featured presenter, Don Hudson of Paradise Carpet and Tile.

Rounding out the evening with the basics of how to start-up and finance a new home or remodeling project will be construction specialist Mike Mudgett and kitchen designer Marshall Hickox of Homeworks, architect Kiyoshi Toi AIA, Al Lum of Viking Appliances, John Gestrich Jr. of Artisan Paint & Coatings, and lender Derek Cheng of American Savings Bank.

Speakers will be available for one-on-one consultations following the 6 to 8 p.m. workshop at Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant, 449 Kapahulu Ave. Call 955-2777 for reservations and more information.


Set of three chests, $575; carved teak candy/ cookie jars, $75 each.

San Element debuts

With developments on the rise, there are more homes ready to be filled with furniture and more stores sprouting to meet the demand. San Elements over at Cooke Street and Kapiolani Boulevard quietly opened a month ago, putting off its big splash for a grand opening sometime next month.

The shop just received a new shipment of furnishings, but big hits with customers so far have been bowls in the $20 range and a banana fiber table and chair set, $300. Most of the shop's furniture is priced between $200 and $800, a bargain for good-quality teak, said Sean Robinson, outside sales manager.

What makes them stand out from the crowd of other stores marketing teak, Robinson says, is that manager and co-owner Malia Smith has her stock handpicked from small craft shops, so pieces are unique while presenting "high-end quality."

Robinson is especially fond of the cinnamon wood furniture on the showroom floor. "It's solid cinnamon wood and it still has the scent," he said. "That doesn't go away."

The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call 589-1959 for more information.

Parking is free with validation; the entrance to the building garage is on Kawaiahao Street.

Coming up from SoHa

SoHa, the Ward Centre store that prides itself on tropical urban contemporary furniture and home accessories, soon will be offering interior-design consultations. Partners Moriah Lewis and Brooke Israel are still evaluating fees that "will vary depending on whether the consultation involves use of SoHa furniture."

Lewis describes SoHa style as having "clean-lined furniture ... modern but yet mixed easily with classic pieces. Many of the pieces are exclusive to SoHa." A new shipment is expected next Friday. The store is also working on a Web site, sohaliving.com, with a tentative launch date of Sept. 15. Once it's up, customers will be able to view home accessories and furniture online and purchase accessories.

Call 591-9777 for more information.

Store Fixtures on the move

Store Fixtures Outlet has moved to 870 Kawaiahao St., off Ward Avenue.

From mannequin bases that can be transformed into floor lamps to used jewelry display cases that could find new life to house a seashell collection, the shop now has 2,000 square feet more of space, with two floors of used store display fixtures and props for treasure hunters to delight in as they search for their perfect bounty.

Owner Stanford Hasegawa has managed to create more of a showroom area on the first floor, but those who shopped at the old space will recognize the familiar "maze" format that brother Derek Hasegawa can help guide newbies through.

They lost a few parking spaces with the move, but you can cool off from your drive in the air-conditioned ground floor.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Call 593-0711 for more information.

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