Tickets go on sale Saturday for the 2007 Soul Jam, July 22, at the Blaisdell Arena. The Chi Lites, the Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding Sr., the Three Degrees, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, the Delphonics and the Stylistics will be serenading the crowd on two dance floors. The "dy-no-mite!" man, Jimmie Walker, will be the emcee.
Reserved tickets are $49 and go on sale 9 a.m. at the Blaisdell Center box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at (877) 750-4400 and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
It's graduation time, and if you're wondering what to get a hard-to-please teen on the brink of adulthood, how about his or her first Tiffany piece?
For your Class of 2007 graduate, Tiffany & Co. is offering a memento of this milestone: a gleaming sterling silver charm engraved with "Class of '07," wrapped in the company's signature Tiffany Blue Box.
The charm is $125. Hang it on another classic piece of jewelry, a $150 oval link bracelet.
Tiffany is noted for its tradition of excellence and as a symbol of a life lived well, a message that won't be lost on smart grads.
Precious Boutique, a store featuring contemporary urban chic collections for women, has opened in Aloha Tower Marketplace. The store is located on the ground floor next to the Hawaiian Ukulele Co.
The boutique offers such popular lines as Harajuku Lovers, Juicy Couture, Dolce & Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, Splendid, Joe's Jeans, Chip and Pepper, Ella Moss and Charlotte Ronsen.
Samantha Thavasa (aka Samantha Tabasa), a high-end handbag brand from Japan, also is launching its retailing ventures in Hawaii through Precious Boutique. Samantha Thavasa bags have been carried by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham and Paris and Nicky Hilton.
Every bag is produced in Japan, showcasing Japanese craft skills.
Another exclusive high-end brand showcased at Precious Boutique is Evisu Genes, a vintage jeans brand known by discriminating denim wearers worldwide. Evisu Genes founder Hidehiko Yamane uses denim woven on old-fashioned looms to create a classic look and feel. Celebrity fans of the label include soccer star David Beckham, Beyoncé and her beau Jay-Z.
Aloha Tower welcomes another store to its marketplace. Precious Boutique offers contemporary urban chic styles.
"Denim & Diamonds," a fashion show and silent-auction fundraiser for the Dental Samaritans, will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight May 26 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hanohano Room.
The event will be hosted by Lanai and pair fashion from Adasa with diamonds from Phil's Gold & Diamonds, with entertainment by Deshannon Higa, Rocky Brown, Jordan Segundo and DJ Kutmaster Spaz.
Tickets are $125 per person. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 848-8880.
The Dental Samaritans provide community grants for oral health projects, as well as free services to patients of clinics and mobile care centers that treat the state's indigent and low-income populations.
Past winners include Stephanie, left, and Rebekah. Stephanie won the 2006 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest and Rebekah, whose dress had blue and yellow detailing, won the year before.
Make paper bride gowns
Anyone who's been to a bridal shower and felt it was a shame to let their wrapping paper and ribbon creations go to waste can now put their paper design skills to the test.
The Web site www.cheap-chic-weddings.com is sponsoring its third Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, with $500 awaiting the winner.
Just grab a friend, some toilet paper and tape or glue (that's all you can use), make the dress on your model, take a digital photo and submit it to email@example.com. There's no entry fee. The contest will run through June 15.
All submissions will be posted to the Web site for viewing.
Last year's winner was Stephanie Stutzenberger of Cumming, Ga., whose dress was deemed "worthy of a bridal catalogue!"
Second prize and the honorable mentions from the 2006 contest can be viewed at www.cheap-chic-weddings.com/wedding-contest-2006.html.