Honoring a queen
The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani celebrates the birthday of its namesake, Princess Victoria Kaiulani, with a cultural festival, "Hana Ho'ohiwahiwa 'O Ka'iulani," today through next Sunday.
Highlight of the affair is the noncompetitive Keiki Hula Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ainahau Showroom, featuring performances by more than 200 keiki. Intermission performance will be by Tihati Productions.
Admission is free. Also, each day this week, a free cultural activity will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. at the hotel.
The festival concludes on the princess's birthday next Sunday, with cake in the hotel lobby from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 922-5811.
The original animals
University of Hawaii professor Eric Gaidos unravels the evolutionary story of multicellular life in a lecture entitled "The First Animals" at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Museum.
Learn about the first definitive evidence for animal life -- at the close of the Precambrian era, widely popularized as "Snowball Earth."
"The First Animals" is part of Bishop Museum's Research Seminar Series, a monthly presentation featuring scientists discussing research in Hawaii, Asia and the Pacific.
Seminars take place on the second Thursday of each month in the museum's Conference Room I. Admission is free. Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
On the block
Singer Kenny Rankin headlines at the Celebrity Auction for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect on Oct. 22, but the auction itself is a pretty big draw.
Key items include some rarities: Jeff and Lynn Watanabe are opening their Nuuanu home to the highest bidder for a pupu party for 50. Food writer Joan Namkoong is offering to serve as chef for a party for eight.
Other items include paintings from Hiroshi Tagami and Michael Powell, a one-year lease on a Lotus Elise and a Steinway baby grand piano.
The black-tie gala takes place at 5 p.m. at the Waikiki Prince Hotel. Tickets are $150; corporate tables are $1,500 to $10,000. Call 532-3939.
Meet the authors
The book launch for the literary journal Bamboo Ridge will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Campus Center Ballroom, University of Hawaii-Manoa.
The book is a collection of work by local writers of poetry and prose, many of whom participated in Bamboo Ridge Writers' Institutes. Eleven will read their work at the launch.
Also coming up is a reading, to be taped for KIPO radio's "Aloha Shorts" program, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Atherton Studio, Hawaii Public Radio; and a reception and book signing, 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Native Books. Call 626-1481.
Rock-star chef will teach class here
The "rock 'n' roll chef," Kerry Simon, will teach a class at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental on Oct. 15.
Simon recently opened Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, after a successful New York restaurant career.
Simon, once an aspiring musician, is known for his rock-star looks and bold take on food. His celebrity following prompted Rolling Stone magazine to give him the rock 'n' roll title in 1991.
Classes are held from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturdays. Kerry's class costs $150. Call 739-8780.
Hilton chefs lead tour of market
Chefs from the Hilton Hawaiian Village will lead a Chef Market Tour to Aloun Farms on Oct. 19.
The tour begins at 7:45 a.m. at the hotel, led by chefs Daniel LaGarde, Robert Los Banos and Andrew Yagami. A minibus will proceed to the farm for an overview of its operation.
Back at the Hilton, the chefs will lead the group in producing lunch from the farm-fresh produce.
Cost is $75, and the tour is limited to 20. Call 947-7888.
3 October wine tastings offered
Padovani's Wine Bar offers these tastings in October. All are held at 6 p.m.:
Friday: "California Reds," featuring Laurel Glen REDS, Turley "Old Vines" Zinfandel, Drew Family Cabernet Franc and Groth Cabernet.
Oct. 21: "Thunder from Down Under," featuring Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Ridge, Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Valley Ebenezer Shiraz, Rusden "Boundaries" Cabernet and Lindeman's "Show Reserve" Shiraz.
Oct. 28: "Cellar Cleaning," features the wine buyer's surprise offerings.
Cost is $20 for three half-glasses, $34 for three full glasses. Call 946-3456.
Wong's eateries feature many tastes
Alan Wong's restaurants at King Street and the Pineapple Room will showcases Maui Cattle Co. beef in special dinners this month.
"Winez & Grindz" dinners at the Pineapple Room are held on Fridays. Cost is $60 for "Just Grindz," $80 "With Winez." Call 945-6573.
Neil Nakasone hosts this week's dinner, to feature Seafood Ceviche, Onaga "Escabeche" and Achiote-Marinated Beef Tenderloin with Kona Lobster.
Ron de Guzman's Oct. 28 menu features a Dim Sum Trio, Thai Seafood Bowl and Pan-Seared Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Prawn.
"Next Generation" dinners at the King Street restaurant are held Thursdays. Cost is $65, $90 with wine pairings. Call 949-2526.
Corey Chow hosts "Inspirations from Japan" this week, featuring Miso and Kim Chee Marinated Opakapaka, Butter-Poached Kona Lobster and Beef Tenderloin with Daikon Wasabi Sauce.
Tuyet Tran's Oct. 20 menu, "Inspirations from Southeast Asia," includes Peeky Toe Crab with Nozawa Farm Sweet Corn Soup, Seafood Laksa and New York Steak with Malaysian Sambal.