French Antarctic lobster and Southeast Asian swimmer crabs are among the rare crustaceans to be featured at Hoku's from Wednesday through Nov. 2.
"Wayne's World of Crab & Lobster" -- named for executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi, will feature an international collection of unusual shellfish.
The Antarctic lobster, for example, is available only in Hawaii, Tokyo and Paris, Hirabayashi says. Other lobster species will be shipped in from the Caribbean, Northern Australia, Brazil and the remote island of Tristan de Cunha.
A sampling of the menu: Tristan de Cunha Lobster and Blue Crab Parfait, Brazilian Slipper Lobster Quesadilla, Caribbean Rock Lobster Bread Pudding with Edamame Cream and Orecchiette Pasta with Jumbo Lump Blue Swimmer.
For those who prefer their lobster straight up, whole Maine and Antarctic tails will be served with drawn butter.
Appetizers begin at $15, with entree prices topping out at a 2-pound Maine lobster tail for $85.
A slimmed-down version of Hoku's traditional menu will be available alongside the "Wayne's World" specials. Hoku's is open for dinner daily, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call 739-8780.
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Unusual varieties of crab and lobster will be flown in for a special seafood menu at Hoku's.
Fish fry benefit
The Hawaii Maritime Center will host its third annual Fish Fry at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Kapono's in Aloha Tower Marketplace.
The event celebrates the Honolulu Harbor Festival with cocktails, dinner and entertainment by Henry Kapono and slack-key artists George Kuo and Martin Pahinui, singing songs of the sea.
Seafood stations will serve specialties from Chai's Island Bistro, Gordon Biersch and Kapono's.
Tickets are $100, to benefit the maritime center's educational programs. Corporate tables are available. Call 536-6373.