Restaurants offer Thanksgiving relief
If the thought of wrestling a giant bird into submission doesn't ring your holiday chimes, consider going out for Thanksgiving dinner. These restaurants are among many offering specials.
Crouching Lion: Lunch and dinner menus include roast turkey with macadamia nut stuffing and honey-glazed ham. Lunch cost is $13.95, $8.95 children. Dinner, including pumpkin square dessert, is $16.95, $8.95 children. Call 237-8511.
Don Ho's Island Grill: Lunch and dinner menus include salad with honey-miso dressing, turkey with Portuguese sausage stuffing, lilikoi-glazed yams and pumpkin pie. Lunch cost is $14.95; dinner, $16.95. Call 528-0807.
d.k. steakhouse: Four-course dinner centers on entree choices of roast turkey and fixings, "Panzanella"-topped sirloin steak, Hawaiian fish, Chinese style, or prime rib. Cost is $45. Call 931-6280.
Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas: Five-course menu includes duo of contemporary ahi sushi, pan-roasted shrimp, crispy skin moi, spiced cranberry pie and kabocha pumpkin "lollipop" fondue; plus entree choice of roast turkey with Asian stuffing ($39), crab-stuffed mahimahi ($42) or rib-eye steak ($44). Call 533-4476.
Ihilani Resort and Spa: Azul Restaurant offers brunch, featuring turkey Benedict, sautéed island catch Puttanesca style, kabocha pumpkin bisque, Chinatown roast duck salad and Pulehu tiger shrimp. The carving station will feature free-range turkey and prime rib. Cost is $55, $27.50 children. A dinner menu includes Ewa pumpkin soup, Boursin cheese and duck ravioli, grilled quail and pancetta-wrapped breast of turkey tournedos. Cost is $75. At Naupaka Terrace, a dinner buffet includes sautéed salmon with crab-potato gratin, grilled five-spice lamb chops, seafood jambalaya with linguini, free-range turkey and prime rib. Cost is $50, $25 children; free for under age 5. Call 679-0079.
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Menu specialties will include turkey and fixings ($18.95), grilled lamb chops ($25.95), sushi and sashimi dinner ($29.95) and for dessert, pumpkin cheesecake cobbler ($7.50). Call 931-6286.
Shanghai Bistro: Lunch or dinner menu includes bacon tofu roll, crabmeat seafood Golden Purse Soup, oven-roasted turkey and Basa fish steak and French-style baked pumpkin pudding for dessert. Cost is $25. Add lobster as an entree and abalone roll as an appetizer for $49. Call 955-8668.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Pikake Terrace dinner buffet includes pan-seared mahimahi on choi sum and minted cumin-marinated chicken. Cost is $36.50, $18.25 children. Call 921-4600.
Sunset Grill: Lunch and dinner specials include roasted tom turkey ($27.95), crown roast of pork ($28.95) and prime rib of beef ($29.95). Call 521-4409.
Tiki's: Buffet includes cream of pumpkin soup, herb roasted turkey with a citrus glaze, kalua turkey, Togarashi salmon, baked ham with poha berry glaze and steamed crab claws. Cost is $24.95. Call 923-8454.
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U.S. health agency lauds fitness plan for isle kids
A "Fun 5" program designed to help fight childhood obesity in Hawaii recently received national honors.
The program was recognized with the 2005 Secretary's Innovation in Prevention Award of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at a Prevention Summit meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Hawaii Medical Service Association, state Department of Education and University of Hawaii developed the program in collaboration with private groups, such as Kamaaina Kids and the YMCA.
It encourages kids to get five days of physical activity per week and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The program offers various noncompetitive, safe physical activities where children of all skill levels can have fun and succeed.
Data collected from a 2003 pilot program at 13 DOE After-School A-Plus program sites showed the kids' sedentary time dropped 21 percent and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increased 140 percent.
The program was expanded in the first year to more than 70 A-Plus program sites, including Maui, the Big Island and Oahu.
The organizers hope to nearly double the program sites over the next few years with community partnerships to help cover costs.
Any business or A-Plus site interested in the program may learn more by contacting Dr. Claudio Nigg, Fun 5 principal investigator, at 956-2862 on Oahu, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Expert explains Medicare drug plan
Pamela Cunningham, director of SagePlus, Executive Office on Aging, will discuss "Finding Your Way Through the Medicare Maze" at a Kokua Council meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Harris United Methodist Church, Nuuanu Avenue and South Vineyard Boulevard.
Anyone with questions about the Medicare Part D drug program or who has to make decisions for parents or grandparents is invited.
Luncheon will be available at 11:30 a.m. for a $5 donation, followed by the program at 11:50 a.m.
State gives Easter Seals $1M for new center
Gov. Linda Lingle has released $1 million to Easter Seals Hawaii to help finance a new community service center for the disabled in Kapolei.
Construction on the $4.5 million, 20,000-square-foot, facility should begin in January.
The center will include early intervention programs for children with special needs, services for youth and adults with disabilities, and family and community support programs.
About 100 new jobs should be created at the center and throughout the community.
In 1997 Easter Seals Hawaii opened an adult day care center, then expanded its services. It outgrew its former facility on Renton Road in Ewa and is currently renting space in Waipahu and surrounding areas.
The organization supports 20 different programs on four islands, providing services to more than 2,000 people.
Neighbor island hospitals pass inspections
The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation's four primary acute-care hospitals all received outstanding scores during a recent systewide assessment by the Joint Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Organizations.
The three-year accreditation scores of Hilo Medical Center, Kona Community Hospital, Maui Memorial Medical Center and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital exceeded the average scores of other hospitals surveyed nationally by JCAHO this year.
"In spite of the increasingly challenging standards of JCAHO, our hospitals were able to exceed their own expectations and were able to demonstrate outstanding compliance and service, which is extremely gratifying," said Dr. S. Dwight Lyons, HHSC board chairman.
Updated Web site gives facts about smoking
The Clear the Smoke campaign has redesigned and updated its Web site at www.clearthesmoke.org to include more tobacco-control information and statistics.
The campaign is sponsored by the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund.
The web site includes links to full text studies showing the dangers of tobacco, including how the tobacco industry targets youth through its marketing of candy-flavored cigarettes and placement of smoking in movies. It also includes facts on the addictive nature of nicotine and the dangers of secondhand smoke to non-smokers.
The site offers local statistics on tobacco use, and links to local tobacco control organizations, with programs in cessation, prevention, advocacy and youth prevention.