STAR-BULLETIN / 2004
The Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin beef stew has been on the bazaar menu for years.
Hongwangji schedules food bazaar, festival
The Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin hosts its annual A Taste of Hongwanji bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Food choices will include Waffle Dogs, Koala Moa rotisserie chicken, as well as the temple's traditional fare of stew and rice, sushi, pickled vegetables, fried noodles, barbecue meat, saimin, chili and Japanese specialties.
In nonfood choices: a rummage sale, fresh produce and flowers, potted plants, and a children's entertainment center led by Temari.
The temple is at 1727 Pali Highway. Call 536-7044.
New guide can help combat lunchtime 'restaurant anxiety'
Grabbing lunch can be just that -- "grabbing." Only so much time, only so much distance you can cover in that time, gotta get back to work, and yet -- you would like to eat well.
David Choo has some suggestions, in his new book, "Lunch Break Honolulu: 65 Great Places to Beat the Clock."
The book reviews a wide range of mostly downtown restaurants, covering all the basics of price, hours, etc., with attention to speed of service.
Choo wrote the dining colunm "Choo on This" for the Downtown Planet, which folded last year, and now writes "Dining with Dave" for Hawaii Business magazine.
He notes that he suffers from lunchtime restaurant and menu anxiety, making the research for this book a type of therapy.
He'll be signing his book over the next few weeks, appropriately at around lunchtime:
» Tomorrow: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Bestsellers Bishop Street
» April 7: 2 to 3 p.m., Borders Ward
» April 14: Noon to 1 p.m., Borders Pearlridge; and 2 to 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble Kahala Mall
Children's poetry contest is calling
Schoolchildren of all ages are invited to submit their impressions of the sea to the 2007 Kai Ola Ocean Alive Poetry Contest.
In 75 words or less, describe your experience with the ocean -- in English or Hawaiian. Judging will be based on clarity and creativity.
Enter in one of three age categories: Grades 2 to 3, 6 to 8, or 9 to 12. One poem per person.
First-place winners in each category will be published in the Star-Bulletin. Winners will also receive a Hawaii Superferry travel certificate for four, as well as gift certificates to Billabong, Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park and Jamba Juice.
The deadline is Monday. Winners will be selected by April 16 and an awards ceremony will be held April 21.
Send entries to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Newspapers in Education, 45-525 Luluku Road, Kaneohe 96744.
Include name, school and home telephone number.
Polynesian canoe is lectures' topic
The Bishop Museum is hosting two lectures on the art and science of the Polynesian canoe, and the resurgence in interest in ancient form of navigation.
On April 12, Ben Finney, a nautical anthropologist and Polynesian Voyaging Society founder, presents an illustrated lecture on the rebirth of Polynesian voyaging, 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum.
Finney is the author of "Sailing in the Wake of Ancestors -- Reviving Polynesian Voyaging" and "Voyages of Rediscovery: A Cultural Odyssey." Admission is $5; museum members are free.
On April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bobby Puakea, a Hawaiian canoe craftsman, discusses his work with wooden and fiberglass Hawaiian canoes at Heeia State Park.
Puakea is the founder of the Puakea Foundation, created to perpetuate the history, culture and traditional and contemporary folk arts of canoe building among Pacific Islanders. Cost is $10; $5 for museum members.
Seating is limited. Call 848-4172 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Conductor Mike Belnap led the BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir in a concert of appreciation for Mayor Mufi Hannemann and city employees at Honolulu Hale Friday. The choir leaves in May for a tour of China and Mongolia, singing at the Great Wall and in the Beijing music festival.
Enter to win big!
When it comes to cooking contests, the Pillsbury Bake-Off is the big one, with its $1 million top prize.
There's still time to enter: The deadline is April 22 for the 2008 competition to be held in Dallas.
Entries are being accepted in five categories: Breakfast and Brunches, Pizza Creations, Entertaining Appetizers, Mexican Favorites and Sweet Treats.
The grand prize, besides the cash, includes GE Profile kitchen appliances; winners in the five categories earn $5,000 each and a range.
Entry is online only, through the Web site bakeoff.yahoo.com. Visit the site for complete rules
Pick up tips
Personal chef Judy Hartke hosts a workshop, "Fearless Cooking and Helpful Kitchen Tips," 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Kahala Mall's MODE Lounge, Center Court.
Hartke will cover tips on ingredients, kitchen tools and easy ways to prepare foods.
The workshop is part of the mall's Viva la Diva series, a two-week promotion covering fashion, food and lifestyle trends.
Reservations required. Call 732-7736, ext. 213.
Chef Grant Sato's cooking fundamentals series at Kapiolani Community College continues in May with two final classes.
Classes -- held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays -- begin with a lecture, followed by a cooking demonstration and then hands-on cooking.
On May 5 Sato covers breakfast meals and on May 12, roasting.
Cost is $60 per class. Call 734-9211.