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Maui chefs decked out for next week's Pirates of Cuisine event are Joey Macadangdang from Roy's Kahana Bar and Grill, top, Tom Muromoto of the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, right, and Bart Umidi of The Westin Maui.
Swashbuckling Maui chefs
If you're headed to Maui next week, don't forget your pirate gear. The Lahainatown Action Committee's benefit event, "Maui Chefs Present: Pirates of Cuisine," will take on a swashbuckling theme.
Twelve Maui chefs will provide the grub for the 15th annual event, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa.
Entertainment will include music by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, an auction and a "rum locker."
Tickets are $125 to benefit Maui youth, athletic, educational and cultural organizations. Reserved tables for 10 are $1,100 and $5,000.
Call (808) 667-9175 or visit www.visitlahaina.com.
Cocktails and autographs
Mark Sullivan, author of "Hawaiian Tropical Cocktails Created with the Fruits of the Islands" (Mutual Publishing, $24.95), will sign his book from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Holokai Grill.
Sullivan will also offer tips for making cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks and offer a sampling of drinks from the book, such as Grapes of Wrath, Stink-Eye Poi and Pineapple Fizzle. Chef Eldon Ricardo will serve appetizers to match.
For more on the book visit the Web site www.cocktailshawaii.com.
Classes for working cooks
Those who cook for a living are invited to the Hale 'Aina 'Ohana's Master Class Series, featuring chefs Philippe Padovani and Roy Yamaguchi at Kapiolani Community College.
Padovani will discuss working with island fish and hearts of palm, preparing a dish of Cucumber-Crusted Fish, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 1.
Yamaguchi teaches a class on Hawaiian Fusion Sauces, a marriage of Asian ingredients with European master sauces, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15.
Cost is $25, which includes sampling of the chef's dishes. Make checks payable to Hale 'Aina 'Ohana, P.O. Box 3108, Honolulu 96802. Call 941-9088.
"Taste of Portugal":
The Nova Esperança Club hosts a celebration of food and culture, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sam's Club in Pearl Highlands. Crafts and food such as malassadas, bean soup and Portuguese sausage will be sold; cultural displays and genealogical information will also be available. One-day passes will be available to non-Sam's members. Call 845-1616.
"Tasty Tidbits: Diabetic Recipes": Ola Fale and Claudia Balli will present dishes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kahuku Public & School Library. Call 293-8935.
Find pine online and have it sent from Maui to friends near and far
Finding a fresh Hawaiian pineapple while you're in Hawaii isn't a big deal, but for friends and family on the mainland, it can be quite a bit of exotica.
Maui Pineapple Co. is now making it possible to send Maui Gold pine out of state. The fruit has been inspected and cleared for mainland shipment.
It ain't cheap, though. A six-pack of pineapples costs $60, plus $19 for two-day air shipping. A two-pack is $25, with the same shipping charge.
Online orders placed through the end of the year will be discounted by $10 for six; $5 for two. (Enter the following promotional codes HANGTAG6 or HANGTAG2 at checkout).
To order visit mauipineapple.com.