Mix it up for Mardi Gras
Halekulani mixologist Dale DeGroff leads two classes on the finer points of cocktail-making, taking his theme from two seasonal, regional celebrations -- Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnaval in Rio.
Sessions are at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 for Mardi Gras and Feb. 24 for Carnaval, both held on the Halekulani Garden Terrace. Cost is $50, which includes hors d'oeuvres.
The seminars, held monthly, are about more than fancying up your booze. DeGroff, the resort's director of beverage arts, covers bartending secrets, the history of a featured spirit and its cultural significance. Participants have their own workstations and learn the art of mixing hands-on.
Classes are limited to 30 students and book up quickly. Call 931-5040.
Poet Sue Cowing will hold a Q&A session at the Kapolei Public Library after reading selections from her newest book, "My Dog has Flies." Cowing won two Po'okela Awards for her previous book, "An Anthology of Poetry and Art."
Masaru Emoto, the water crystal researcher from the film "What the Bleep Do We Know!?" and author of "The Hidden Messages in Water," returns to present a seminar, "Love Thyself," 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
The evening will include a talk about Emoto's latest research, a visual presentation and book signing.
Emoto theorizes that water molecules are affected by our thoughts, words and feelings.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $20 for groups of 10 or more, $30 at the door. Get tickets online at www.EmotoTickets.com, or call (808) 875-8820.
On the road
The economic and cultural significance of the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road in southwest China, also known as the South Silk Road, will be discussed in a talk at noon tomorrow at Maple Garden Restaurant.
Featured will be Ma Xingfei, Tina Quan Xiaoshu and Crystal Song Jing, journalists from the Xinhua News Agency who are enrolled in the Parvin Program of the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii.
In September 2005, Xinhua organized two months of coverage of the ancient road, involving 12 reporters, starting from Yunnan and Sichuan and following two major routes. The hazardous journey almost took the lives of two of the reporters.
Cost is $18.50, which includes lunch. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.