Dance the summer nights away
Time to break out that hapi coat -- bon dance season approaches.
The religious and cultural tradition honors the dead as part of the Obon Festival, also known as the Festival of Lanterns or Feast of the Dead, from June to August.
This may sound somber, but bon dances are a celebration of stylized motions set to a pounding drum beat.
Look for a calendar of bon dances every Friday in the Star-Bulletin's Weekend section. Plus, a master calendar will run Saturday in the religion section.
If your temple or community group is hosting a bon dance, send your announcement to Mary Adamski, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 529-4750.
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Young and old alike enjoy the color and activity -- not to mention the food -- of bon dances each summer. Watch for our bon calendar to plan out your summer dance schedule, coming soon.
Saveur takes a stroll down a familiar Side Street
The May issue of Saveur, a magazine devoted to dining all over the world, focuses on lemons in Italy, garden bounty in New Zealand, cheese in Corsica and "Pork Chops in Paradise."
Proving that fine dining isn't necessarily fancy dining, the magazine devotes nine pages to Honolulu's Side Street Inn, an unpretentious bar and grill on Hopaka Street, "a lane cluttered with telephone lines and Dumpsters," as writer Shane Mitchell puts it.
Side Street has long been a favorite after-work haunt for Honolulu's best chefs, and Mitchell was there on a night when Alan Wong, Russell Siu, D.K. Kodama and a long table full of other chefs and wine sommeliers were in the house.
Side Street owner Colin Nishida and manager Albert Tsuru treated Mitchell to the house specialties -- including a li hing mui cocktail -- then gave him a cooking lesson. The article includes recipes for six Side Street specialties: Nishida's pork chops, fried rice, lilikoi ribs, furikake ahi, Pocho Clams and macaroni salad.
Saveur's nine-page spread on Side Street Inn opens with a shot of Waikiki's skyline -- and one of owner Colin Nishida.
Size isn't everything
"Little Kitchens: Big Flavors from Honolulu's Best Little Kitchens," spotlights the island's less famous, less fancy restaurants, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
Featured will be Town, Green Door Cafe, Indigo Eurasian Cuisine, BluWater Grill, the Olive Tree, 12th Ave. Grill, Mi Casa Taqueria, the Kitchen@Times on Beretania Street, Da Spot, Lanikai Juice and Grand Cafe & Bakery.
The event's sponsor, Honolulu Weekly, will also showcase homegrown foods from Honolulu Chocolate Co., La Gelateria, Hometown Noodle Factory, MA'O Organic Farm, North Shore Cattle Co., Kaka'ako Bakers, Waialua Sodaworks and Y. Hata. Waiahole Poi will hold a poi-pounding demonstration and tasting.
A silent auction will be held as a benefit for Slow Food O'ahu, and the museum's galleries will remain open.
Tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the door. The price includes wine and other beverages. Tickets may be purchased at Fujioka's Wine Merchants, the Olive Tree, Liquor Collection and online at honoluluweekly.com. Call 528-1475, ext. 27.
The "Crabfest" returns June 1 to 30 with a crab-inspired menu and specials each day of the week. Look for fried green tomatoes with blue crab Creole sauce, and sandwiches such as the soft-shell crab po' boy topped with Mardi Gras slaw. The perennial favorite is the Trash Can O' Crabs: Butcher paper lines the tables and rolls of paper towels stand ready so you can make a huge mess as you dig into barbecued Dungeness, steamed snow crab, soft-shell crabs and all the fixings. Call 485-CRAB in Aiea or 596-8359 on Ward Avenue.
Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas: Chef Hiroshi Fukui presents a Contemporary Kaiseki Dinner, June 6 at his Restaurant Row location. The menu will include 10 new dishes paired with wines. Cost is $75, $100 with six wines. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m. Call 533-4476.
Blood drives scheduled through end of June
Oahu residents can save three lives in about an hour by donating at more than 10 Blood Bank of Hawaii blood drives.
To donate, you must present a valid photo ID and be at least 18 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. To make an appointment, call the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966 or visit www.bbh.org.
The following are dates, times and locations of blood drives:
» Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Manoa Valley Church
» Next Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center
» June 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Hawaii at Manoa
» June 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Benjamin Parker Elementary
» June 11, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hawaii Kai Towne Center
» June 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center
» June 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UH-Manoa
» June 17, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Town Center of Mililani
» June 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Waikele Center
» June 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kapiolani Community College
» June 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Waianae Mall
» June 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., UH-Manoa
» June 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kaimuki municipal parking lot
Chamber of Commerce offers health grants
Nonprofit organizations planning to start health-related projects can apply for a grant to help fund their project.
The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii will award $70,000 in grants to organizations on Oahu with work in areas such as AIDS education, mental health, drug abuse prevention, research for disease prevention and programs for the homeless or disabled.
To apply, visit email@example.com or call the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii at 545-4300. Application deadline is June 15.
UH dinner honors 3 who served community
A physician who started a group that provides free health care overseas, the navigator of the Hokule'a and a nisei veteran will be honored by UH-Manoa's College of Arts and Sciences at a benefit dinner next month.
Aloha Medical Mission founder Dr. Ramon Sy, Polynesian Voyaging Society navigator and sail master Nainoa Thompson, and the late Hideto Kono, a nisei veteran and a leader in business, government and education, will receive the "Serving Heart" award, which recognizes people who have made exceptional contributions to improving community life and advancing humanity.
The inaugural "Serving Heart" dinner will be held June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Universal Values for a Democratic Society -- Nisei Veterans Endowed Forum Series.