If it is to be your life's work to build beautiful buildings, why not practice on a pumpkin, or so the logic seems to go with Halloween's most elaborate jack-o'-lantern competitions. Both take place tomorrow:
» Architects Hawaii's 17th annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the American Savings Bank Tower lobby. Vote for your favorite through noon.
» The University of Hawaii School of Architecture's competition runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the school, 2410 Campus Road. The event includes a costume contest.
All the pumpkins will enjoy afterlives as donations to children's organizations or local hospitals.
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Momoyama Restaurant in the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel celebrates its 35th anniversary with a "Hauoli Tanjobi" Celebration, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Chef Mitsuru Yamada has planned a menu of sashimi, sushi, poke, tempura and Momoyama's chicken karaage. More than 20 types of sake and several wines and beers also will be served.
A toast with Kubota-Manjyu sake will open the celebration.
Cost is $55 in advance and $65 at the door, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Call 921-4600.
Sushi selections will be offered at Momoyama.
Fish fry benefit
Kapono's at Aloha Tower hosts the Hawaii Maritime Center's Third Annual Fish Fry, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The event benefits the center's educational programs.
Entertainment will be by slack-key guitarists George Kuo and Martin Pahinui, singing songs of the sea, and Henry Kapono.
The food will be by Chai's Island Bistro, Gordon Biersch and Kapono's.
Cost is $100, with corporate tables available at $1,000 and up. Call 536-6373.
Dixie Grill brings its Crabfest back Tuesday through Nov. 15.
The menu includes Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab Creole Sauce, Dungeness Crab Cobb Salad, Soft Shell Crab Po' Boy, Dixie Done Deviled Crab Rolls and Pan-Roasted Dungeness Crab.
Also: King Crab Platter and the Trash Can O' Crabs.
Daily specials: Carolina K Sar-Dee-Ya and Caesar Salad on Mondays; Deep-Fried Shrimp and Soft Shell Crab Combo on Wednesdays; Beer Batter Crab Cakes on Thursdays, Soft Shell Crab n' Shrimp Etouffee on Fridays, Steak and Snow Crab Combo on Saturdays and Crab-Stuffed N'awlins BBQ Salmon on Sundays.
Call 596-8359 (Ward Avenue) or 485-CRAB (Aiea).
Brunch with bubbles
Azul Restaurant at the Ihilani Resort and Spa introduces a Sunday champagne brunch today.
Chef Randal Ishizu's buffet menu includes smoked salmon and scallops, Lobster Benedict, prime rib and Porcini-Dusted Lamb Chops. Traditional breakfast specialties are given a twist -- Mango-Stuffed French Toast, for example, and French Brioche filled with scrambled eggs, caviar and smoked salmon. A raw bar and chocolate fountain are included, along with Charles Heidsieck champagne.
Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $45, $40 without champagne. Children are $24. Call 679-0079.
The Hanohano Room's monthly WineView seminar celebrates "Thanksgiving Down Under with the Wines of Kirralaa," 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Alan Suzuki of Robert Mondavi hosts the tasting, featuring six wines of different grape varietals served with Thanksgiving pupus.
Cost is $30. A five-course, wine pairing dinner shadows the tasting on Nov. 17, priced at $80. Call 921-4600.
The Hanohano Room is in the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.