Our Picks for the Weekend
If you've ever visited a sick friend or relative in a hospital, or if you've watched "E.R.," you know that hospitals can be neighborhoods unto themselves. Once you're there you'll probably be there awhile, so the cafeteria can be your friend.
At Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, 1319 Punahou St., you can lunch on salads or hot entrees, but what caught my eye was a dim sum table that was basic by Chinatown standards, but stood out in the setting.
"Is this supposed to be healthy?" I asked a health-care employee selecting pieces of pork hash and dry springrolls (50 cents per piece) and curry chicken bao.
"I don't think so," she said. "You think because this is a hospital food is supposed to be healthy?"
That would make sense, I thought, while answering, "No." The food did taste the same as anything in the outside world. A good thing, if you're just visiting.
Betty sez ...
I go to the Hawaii State Farm Fair every year for the farm, not the fair. I've been going since kid-hood, when my mom was with the 4-H and we'd watch the steer auction. Nowadays it's held in my back yard, Kapolei, and I have a love-hate relationship with it. Hate the heat, hate the dust, hate the crowds; love the animals, love the Country Market, love the grilled corn and the watermelon slices.
So, I try to pick an early evening on a day that's not so windy. We'll go home with all the farm-fresh produce and plants we can carry, after a cruise around the livestock tent. On balance, love exceeds hate. For details, see Page 9.
Gary sez ...
Just outside our building's office in Restaurant Row, I regularly notice folks, with kids in tow, lining up for the air-conditioned comfort -- and cheap admission -- to catch a movie at the Wallace multiplex. Because of the low ticket price, sometimes when I catch a flick there, I feel I'm more in a room with a very large home entertainment center than an actual small theater, but that's just the film snob in me. Yes, the arthouse films are gone, but heck, who am I to complain when second-run fare is available for people and families on a budget? Anyway, there's an abundance of stuff at the Wallace multiplex this weekend. My picks are "Akeelah and the Bee" and "Friends with Money."
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