COURTESY DENNIS FUJIMOTO / THE GARDEN ISLAND
Executive Chef Shoji Namatame and his Kauai Community College elves create a life-size gingerbread house.
Kauai cooks create big gingerbread house
Gingerbread houses are among the favorite holiday traditions, usually made in miniature. But at the Sheraton Kauai Resort, culinary students have built a life-size gingerbread house.
The house -- created by Executive Chef Shoji Namatame and his team from Kauai Community College -- stands 9 feet high, 8 feet wide and 10 feet long.
It took 10 days to make the gingerbread and two days to assemble the pieces.
Ingredients include 180 pounds of honey and 200 pounds of flour. As with a mini-gingerbread house, icing was used as an adhesive.
The gingerbread house will be on display in the lobby through Sunday.
Cycling events benefit Epilepsy Foundation
The second annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii -- Spinfest -- will be held Jan. 27 at the Honolulu Club.
The 12-hour cycling marathon will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., hosted by spin instructor and multisport trainer Raul Boca and the Honolulu Club spinning staff.
Suggested donation is $20 per hour. Corporate team sponsorships are also available.
A post-spin reception with wine, cheese and live music follows the event.
Spinfest is a kickoff event leading up to Sharon's Ride, an annual outdoor bike or fun walk fundraiser happening Jan. 29 at Kapiolani Community College. Participants may choose from a 10-, 40- or 100-kilometer ride along the coastline or a 5K run into Diamond Head.
Call 543-3910 to reserve a spot at Spinfest, 528-3058 to register for Sharon's Ride or see www.sharonforepilepsy.org.
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Macrobiotic lifestyle is focus of classes
Learn the basics of the macrobiotic lifestyle in a series of cooking classes and lectures next week.
Hiroyuki and Mie Naka senior Kushi Macrobiotic counselors and cooking instructors from Osaka, Japan, will explain how good health can be achieved by linking spiritual values, diet and lifestyle.
Their sessions -- Jan. 5 to 7 at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. -- will include Polynesian, Asian and American fusion recipes. A luau will be held on the final evening. The schedule:
Jan. 5: Lecture, 7 to 9 p.m., $20
Jan. 6: Cooking class, 6 to 9 p.m., $35
Jan. 7: Cooking class., 9 a.m. to noon, $35; lecture, 1 to 3 p.m., $20; luau, 6:30 p.m., $35 ($25 students)
Private consultations may be scheduled with Hiroyuki Naka from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 7. Cost is $200 per hour. Call 398-2695.
Cookbook author offers the raw facts
David Wolfe, author of a series of books on a raw-food diet, will make two Oahu appearances next week.
Wolfe is the author of "Naked Chocolate," "Eating for Beauty," "The Sunfood Diet Success System" and "Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet."
He conducts more than 100 lectures and seminars and hosts raw food "adventure retreats."
He will speak on "The Raw Facts" at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park, covering topics such as the best foods for the body, how raw foods affect longevity and immunity.
On Jan. 8, Wolfe will speak on "Health Benefits of Chocolate & Goji Berries," at 7 p.m. at Castle Medical Center.
He will cover the phytochemicals and nutrients found in these two "super foods." Registration is required; call 263-5400.
Both talks are free.