In The Mix
Put Kapalua on '07 agenda
WHAT a weekend -- if you haven't had an opportunity to attend the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
yet, you're truly missing out.
The 25th annual festival just took place, and this columnist was lucky enough to get thrown into the fray. Not only did Friday's "Grand Tasting" feature more than 100 different kinds of wine and champagne (and beer, too!), but celebrity chef Ming Tsai served up tasty salmon carpaccio pupus for almost four hours straight, talking story with fans and even finding time to sign a few autographs.
KITV's Pamela Young was also there with a film crew, while hubby Gary Sprinkle wandered around. On Stage Hawaii's Greg Azus attended with his daughter and significant other.
And thanks goes to Sheila Donnelly and Associates' Sweetie Nelson, who took me to Vino's Maui location to kick it with Chuck Furuya, Maui News dining editor Carla Tracy and Ritz-Carlton Kapalua cultural advisor Clifford Nae'ole ...
GETTING BACK to the Oahu nightlife landscape: Detox continues to exert its new influence on the all-ages scene. Unity Crayons has moved its base of operations there, and now there's a new Thursday weekly.
The808scenezine.com presents "Thursdays Rocks at Detox," a 16-and-over show that starts at 8 p.m. Tonight's featured bands are Grand Theft Audio (formerly known as Zoundbox), Selected Out, Grind Method and Static Ape.
Saturday at Detox should be fun as well, with the Malcognitas, Linus, Missing Dave and Pacifica joining Harrison for their last Hawaii gig. Bassist Christine Palm is leaving to become a full-time missionary, while Randall Ajimine, Martin Kim and Miles Thomas will move to Seattle ...
OTHER PICKS for this weekend: Local go-go dancer Lyz Cruz will celebrate her birthday with Rick Rock and DJ Wu-Chang tomorrow at Pipeline Cafe. My advice is to make your way upstairs to the Tiki Lounge, where she'll be surrounded by all her beautiful friends and doing shots like there's no tomorrow ... Miz B Havin Productions and URFLIX.com host rapper Triune at NextDoor on Saturday, with openers Propoganda, Creed Chameleon, DJ Observ, R.O.C.K. and members of Tunnel Rats ... And Downtown's "Spada Saturdays" keeps going with its mix of reggae and hip-hop, with DJ Kool E on the decks and Most High playing live ...
BREAK OUT the sunscreen: Partymasters Hawaii and SKYLiNE Two present a free pool party at the Sheraton Waikiki on Sunday at noon.
Over at thirtyninehotel, the Sisters in Sound partner with Stylus Honolulu and Freeform Sound Collective to present "BazaarBeQue" at 2 p.m. ...