Kuhio event tackles weighty issues
A drama about the effects of alcohol, verbal and sexual abuse on a family will be the centerpiece of tomorrow's 15th annual Kuhio Community Celebration, "Sharing Our Cultures," 3 to 7 p.m. at Kuhio Park Terrace.
Crossroads Theatre for Youth will present "Silent Cries," a 30-minute play set in American Samoa, at 5:30 p.m., which includes advice on how children can seek help when traumatized.
The play will be followed by a community dialogue guided by a panel of actors, professionals and community members.
Among agencies that will provide information and crisis counseling are PACT Family Peace Center, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Care Hawaii, DADDs and Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii.
The celebration also will include a Keiki Village, cultural booths, refreshments and games. Various community groups will share their resources.
Call Melissa Chun at the PACT Kuhio Park Terrace Family Center, 841-6177.
Phil's Gold and Diamonds will be presenting the "Rare Sparkle" of a couture collection of pink and yellow natural-colored diamonds, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at its 1580 Makaloa St. showroom.
The rare stones will be showcased in the newest designs in rings, pendants, earrings and necklaces. For more information, call 955-0069.
Closet space needed
Oahu's Becca's Closet chapter is seeking help to keep its operation going.
The nonprofit organization was inspired by Rebecca Kirtman, a 14-year-old South Florida student who started giving prom dresses to girls at her high school who couldn't otherwise afford them.
As word of her work spread, she received dress donations that allowed her to help many more area students.
Kirtman died at 16, and Becca's Closet was founded to continue her work in chapters spread across the United States.
Oahu's chapter coordinator, Clair Doctor, now needs volunteers to help give out dresses and a location from which to distribute and house donations.
Call 678-8083 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Le Grande Tradition'
Tickets are on sale for Hui Makaala's 37th annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, taking place Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Hawaii Ballroom.
"Le Grande Tradition" will feature the work of Jeanie Chun of Jacqueline de Michel, designer of wedding dresses for mothers of brides and grooms, as well as classic styles for formal occasions. Chun also serves as director of design for Jean Michel USA, a line of sophisticated women's sports and resort wear distributed to national and international markets.
The day will start with 9 a.m. boutique sales and a silent auction. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and 1 p.m. show.
Tickets are $50 per person, $500 to tables of 10 or $1,000 for a corporate table. For information or tickets, call Patsy Takaesu at 395-7229 or Karen Shishido at 551-7868.
The show will benefit Hui Makaala's scholarship fund. The organization was founded in 1946 to promote understanding, appreciation and preservation of Okinawan culture and history, as well as cultures of other ethnic groups.
Theory and Neiman Marcus team up for Hip event
Neiman Marcus and Theory will debut an exclusive new collection for men and women tomorrow, the first day of The Hip Event Tour 2006 at NM.
The collaboration resulted in the fusion of rockstar edge with architectural elements, an amped up attitude, strong silhouettes and a collision of texture and unexpected fabrics.
For those who purchase $350 or more in Women's or Men's Contemporary Sportswear, Theory also created a messenger bag (guys) or Glam Rock tote (gals) in black, embellished with burnished bronze grommets and studs, and filled with a stash of swag from such brands as Juicy Couture, A Common Thread, Vince, True Religion, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and more, plus a CD single by the All-American Rejects, whose lead singer Tyson Ritter is featured in the Hip Event 2006 ad campaign. Inside, "The Christmas Book," D5.