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Chocolates for Mom
Menehune Mac will open its chocolate factory for its fifth annual Mother's Day chocolate-making event, from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and May 13.
Children can personalize labels and decorate their boxes before making their chocolate gifts for Mom. The candy boxes will be shrink-wrapped for giving.
Cost is $8 to make a small box or $13 for a large box. All proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation. The event fills up quickly. For reservations, call 841-3344 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat and learn
Mother's Day cooking class:
Alan Wong's chef de cuisine Wade Ueoka will demonstrate Slow-Poached North Shore Cattle Company New York Steak with Kabayaki-Wasabi Hollandaise as a dish you could recreate for Mom, at noon Saturday in the fourth-floor kitchen at Macy's Ala Moana. Mark Shishido, director of wines, will suggest wine pairings. Admission is free. Call 945-5894.
Vegetarian Society of Hawaii: Cooking instructor Paul Onishi will demonstrate dishes using kabocha and soy, 7 p.m. next Wednesday at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse. Admission is free. Call 944-8344.
Chinatown Tours: Walter Rhee of the University of Hawaii Food Science Department hosts Saturday tours of Chinatown through May. "A Cook's Tour" runs 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; $15. "Honolulu's Best Unexplored Asian Restaurants" runs 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $59. Meet at corner of King and Smith streets. Pay fees in cash on meeting date. E-mail email@example.com or call 391-1550.
A healthy lunchtime experience
Helga Desmet, a licensed esthetician and speaker for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries worldwide, will speak about skin care and wellness during an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. luncheon tomorrow at Halekulani's Hau Terrace.
The event is part of the hotel's new Halekulani Living Wellness series featuring guests from around the world, invited to conduct seminars. Tomorrow's event will include a "purifying" luncheon with skin analysis, tips for skin revitalization, preventive summer intensive care and optimal internal balance. Attendees will receive complimentary products from Epicurean Discovery, a skin-care nutrition company, and a $25 gift certificate for a future SpaHalekulani treatment.
Desmet focuses on educating and raising awareness about skin care and internal microbial balance through the four pillars of healthy skin -- mind-set, nutrition, exercise and rest.
Cost is $65. Call 931-5010.
Television producer sought
Pacific Islanders in Communications is seeking a producer for a television pilot that will focus on ethnic and indigenous cultural issues. The project will explore the families and cultural identity of indigenous Pacific Islander youths in America.
Applicants must have two to three years experience in reality television, plus skills in budget and proposal writing, and a clear understanding of outreach in PBS and commercial contexts. During the first phase of the project, the producer will oversee the project's Web site and work on research and development. In the second phase, the producer will continue the pilot's production.
Contact Shane Seggar at 591-0059, ext. 12 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii's AJA experience revisited
Tetsuden Kashima and Greg Robinson, two scholars on the Japanese-American internment experience in Hawaii, and filmmaker and historian Tom Coffman will participate in a panel discussion, "The Fortunate Exception: Hawai'i and the Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II."
The panel will examine factors that led to the U.S. government's decision against massive internment of Hawaii's Japanese community during World War II.
The discussion, sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League, will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's fifth-floor Manoa Room.
Segments of Coffman's "The First Battle" -- his newest documentary -- will be shown. The film centers on the inter-racial community effort that, despite intense pressure from Washington, prevented a mass internment of Hawaii's Japanese community and secured the right to military service for men of Japanese ancestry. Admission is free. Call 945-7633.