STAR-BULLETIN / 2005
Kevin Bly posed for photographer Glenn Morohoshi last year at the Japanese Cultural Center.
Kids in kimono fulfill tradition
Since Japan's Meiji era, the tradition of Shichi Go San has meant dressing children in formal kimono to visit Shinto shrines in pursuit of lifetime prosperity. The mid-November event involves children at ages 7, 5 and 3.
If your household is kimono-deprived, you can still take part in the tradition at these events:
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: The center offers formal kimono and zori, plus help dressing and a professional photographer to capture the moment, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $70, or $56 for JCCH members. Photo cost is separate; make-up and hair dressing not included. You may take pictures with your own camera. Call 945-7633 or e-mail email@example.com. Very few slots remain.
University Laboratory School Kimono Project U.S.A.: Kimono provided, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and Nov. 18, at the school on the University of Hawaii-Manoa campus. Bring your own camera. Free; donations accepted. Reservations required; call 947-8889 or 956-8288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu: Kimono rental, blessing and goodie bag, by appointment only, through Nov. 30. Call 841-4755. Donation $50.
Rally for a friend
Friends of James Gazelle are hosting a rally Monday for the Papa John's Pizza operations manager, who was paralyzed after a recent spinal surgery.
The fundraiser -- to help Gazelle with medical expenses and the purchase of a motorized wheelchair and modified handi-van -- will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Don Ho's Island Grill at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Tickets are $10. Donations are being accepted in the form of items for a silent auction. Call 341-6949. Cash donations may be made at any Bank of Hawaii under the account name Friends of James Gazelle.
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STAR-BULLETIN / 2005
Kanoe Burgess offers Candy Muir a sniffs of organic basil from MA'O Farms.
Waianae's MA'O Organic Farm needs help in its new mission to provide a college education for youths with an interest in agriculture.
Scholarship funds will be raised at the second MA'O Ma Town dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Town in Kaimuki.
MA'O, founded in 2001, is an organic farm that supplies several farmers' markets and restaurants. It also provides internships that include entrepreneurial, agricultural and educational skills for Waianae Coast youths.
The program was expanded this year to include scholarships for the Community Food Systems program at Leeward Community College, but the grant that funds tuition runs out at the end of this school year.
The Nov. 19 dinner will help the students complete their two-year degrees.
The event includes a silent auction and music. Cost is $100 (tax-deductible) or $2,000 for groups of 10, which includes reserved seating and wine. Make checks payable to WCRC, P.O. Box 441, Waianae 96792.
Call Summer Shimabukuro, 696-5569 or 721-6592, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Cooking for charity
Chefs D.K. Kodama and Ronnie Nasuti will host cooking demonstrations at the Sub-Zero/Wolf Showroom on Saturday to benefit the Kapiolani Women's Cancer Center.
From noon to 1 p.m., Kodama, owner of the Sansei restaurant chain, will be demonstrating how to prepare a "hand-roll" sushi party.
The 2 p.m. session will feature Nasuti, executive chef of Roy's Hawaii Kai restaurant.
Both sessions will include food samples and wine pairings.
Seating is limited to 25 people per session. Suggested minimum donation is $50, with all proceeds going to the center.
The showroom is at the corner of King and Piikoi streets. Call 597-1647.
It's not too early to start thinking Christmas thoughts, especially when it comes to the annual Gingerbread Festival, hosted by chef Alan Wong for the benefit of Easter Seals Hawai'i.
The event -- this year on Dec. 3 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall -- is a perennial sell-out, so early reservations are a must.
It's a two-part event:
» From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., families may build an 8-by-9-by-9-inch gingerbread house, using kits that include pre-cut gingerbread house sections, icing and candies. Cost is $39 ($20 tax-deductible), which includes a reserved work space for two hours, a photo with Santa and advice from Wong and his volunteers.
» The Corporate Gingerbread Festival Competition, beginning at 4 p.m., gives amateur and professional teams of 10 two hours to create a gingerbread masterpiece. Entries are judged in three categories: Island Style, Traditional and Corporate. Plus, there's a Best Team Spirit award with a prize of dinner for 10 at Alan Wong's Restaurant. Entry fee is $600, which includes gingerbread pieces and candies, wooden platform, event T-shirts, pupu platter and margarita bar.
Last year more than 3,700 people participated, raising nearly $20,000 for Easter Seals.
For a registration form visit www.EasterSealsHawaii.org. To register a corporate team call 536-1015. Registration deadline is Nov. 20.