Beachside family fun
How often does your city turn 100? It ought to be cause for celebration -- to wit, the Honolulu Centennial Family Festival, Thursday through Sunday at Magic Island.
The aim is to re-create the days when fairs were held at the beach park, with attractions of days gone by as well as some modern stuff such as the World Famous Nock Thrill Show and the Purina Incredible Dog Show.
The festival will run from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Admission to a full roster of shows is free. Scrip will be sold for carnival rides, games and food. For pre-sale scrip visit www.honolulupride.com or call 440-4146.
Noted vintner hosts tasting in Waikiki
The name of Kermit Lynch is one that makes those in the wine world sit up, pay attention and whip out those corkscrews.
For decades the famed California wine importer built a reputation for innovation through a focus on wines from smaller French wineries that emphasized character over power -- his Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants opened in Berkeley, Calif., in 1972.
No less than the wine elite in France pay him his due. He is to be awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur, the country's highest honor, later this year.
Lynch visits the Halekulani for a wine tasting April 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will be hosted by Halekulani sommelier Kevin Toyama and master sommelier Roberto Viernes, educator for Southern Wine and Spirits. It will feature La Mer chef Yves Garnier's cuisine and a pair of Lynch's favorite wines.
Cost is $95, which includes a copy of Lynch's book, "Adventures on the Wine Route," which won the Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year award.
If a cop comes to your table at a Ward Centre restaurant on Wednesday, do not be alarmed. He or she probably will be carrying your meal.
Tip-A-Cop, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, puts volunteer officers to work for tips, which go to the charity.
You can tip a cop for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. (also, breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m., at Big City Diner only).
Dinner & a Movie: A Middle Eastern buffet will follow a screening of "Rumi: Poet of the Heart," at 7 p.m. April 3 at Kapiolani Community College's Ohia dining room. Cost is $25. Reservation deadline is tomorrow. Call 734-9211.
Dixie Grill: The Ward Avenue restaurant hosts "All-You-Can-Eat Barbecue Chicken Sundays" throughout April. Cost is $15. Call 596-8359.
Clear the Smoke site has discussion forum
The Clear the Smoke campaign has developed a discussion forum section on its Web site, www.ClearTheSmoke
People are invited to go to the page, click on "Forums" and comment on a variety of issues or respond to comments of others. They can discuss dangers of secondhand smoke, efforts to quit smoking or other issues.
The Tobacco Forums Web page is the Clear the Smoke campaign's latest effort to educate the public about smoking.
The Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund is sponsoring the campaign to fight against the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing tactics.
AIDS Walk for Life scheduled April 23
The 15th annual AIDS Walk for Life, a benefit for Life Foundation, will be held April 23 at Kapiolani Park near the bandstand.
The foundation, the oldest and largest AIDS organization in Hawaii, supports hundreds of HIV-positive men, women and children each year.
Sponsored by Starbucks and other businesses, the walk is an easy 5K around the park and is free to all. Registration will be accepted up to the time of the event. The walk itself is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by refreshments and entertainment by Sonny Ching's hula halau and Kaimana Band.
Groups and individuals may register, sponsor or make a donation by visiting www.aidswalkhawaii.org. Or contact Cathy Pudwill, event coordinator, at 521-2437 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 1,000 walkers to finish will receive a complimentary goody bag. Those who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a Walk for Life T-shirt; high school team walkers must raise only $75 to win T-shirts.
Prizes for walkers and teams include a trip to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Calif., or Mazatlan, Mexico, gift certificates and passes to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.
Experts will cover colorectal cancer
Medical experts will discuss prevention, diet and early detection of colorectal cancer during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Medical Pavilion, fifth floor, St. Francis Medical Center.
The public is invited to the free event.
Speakers will include surgical oncologist James Kakuda, describing colorectal cancer and who is most susceptible; registered dietitian Cyndy Kahalewale, discussing diet and prevention, and family nurse practitioners Leilani Ricalde and Renee Tesoro-Dang, discussing how to stop colorectal cancer.
Participants who complete a colorectal screening questionnaire will be issued fecal occult blood test cards for testing through Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii.
Residents 50 and older who are at risk for colorectal cancer are encouraged to get the free screenings, which can spot colorectal cancer at an early stage.
Colorectal cancer can be prevented by detecting and removing polyps that might become cancerous.
Reservations are recommended for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day. Call the St. Francis Medical Center, 547-6410. For more information, call St. Francis Cancer Screening and education at 547-6889 or 547-6798.
Community forum focuses on hepatitis
The Hepatitis Prevention, Education, Treatment and Support Network of Hawaii is holding a community forum Tuesday in the Life Foundation office, Suite 226 in the Gold Bond Building.
Danielle Rau, a clinical consultant for Schering-Plough Virology Anti-Infective, will discuss fatigue, depression, complementary and alternative medicines, side effects, and diabetes related to hepatitis C. The session will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
All professionals, patients, and their family members are welcome. Food will be served at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 221-6204, faxing 738-5797, or e-mailing KenAkinaka@aol.com.
The Gold Bond Building is located at 677 Ala Moana Blvd.