STAR-BULLETIN / 2006
Six-year-old Eli Akimseu takes an extra lick of icing while completing his gingerbread house during the Easter Seals Gingerbread Festival at the Blaisdell Center. Monday is the deadline to register for this year's event. Also pictured is Eli's father, Greg, center, and brother Eleu.
Food writer Walter Rhee is expanding his repertoire of food tours out of Chinatown to include the specialties of Korea.
His "Eating Tour of Honolulu's Koreatown" launches from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, meeting in front of Palama Supermarket at the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Makaloa Street. The tour repeats from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Rhee plans an introduction to the restaurants patronized by Korean cooks, as well as hidden Korean markets, offering tastes of traditional dishes, bakery sweets and Korean-Chinese food that you won't find in fast-food Korean barbecue restaurants.
Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Cost is $79; reservations required. Call 391-1550 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean Rolles and Dr. Richard Kelley, brother and sister, will be honored as Kamaaina of the Year at the Historic Hawai'i Foundation's benefit, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom. The award honors those who have made unique and lasting contributions to the preservation of local historic places and culture.
Rolles has served as a docent at Iolani Palace for more than three decades and served on the boards of more than 30 organizations, including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and American Red Cross.
Kelley spearheaded development of the Hawaii Convention Center. He serves as chairman of Hawaii's Commission on Performance Standards and the Hawaii Business Roundtable, and is a member of the Governor's Economic Revitalization Task Force.
Tickets are $200, for cocktails, silent auction, dinner and entertainment. Tables are available for $3,000 to $15,000. Proceeds benefit the Historic Hawai'i Foundation's work preserving historic structures and communities. Call 523-2900 or visit www.historichawaii.org.
Reservations are due by Monday for the annual Gingerbread Family Festivals on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hilo.
The annual fundraiser for Easter Seals Hawaii takes place on Oahu on Dec. 9 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Admission includes everything needed to create a gingerbread house, including icing, candies, cardboard platform and cellophane wrapper. Cost is $39. Call 948-4000. "To Go" packages are $29.
Neighbor island festivals: Dec. 8 at Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Kauai (808-245-7141). Dec. 9 at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin (808-961-3081). "To Go" packages available on Maui, Dec. 5 to 12 (888-345-4374).
'Trees & Treasures'
The Kuakini Foundation's "Holiday Trees & Treasures" fundraiser will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Hilton Hawaiian Village, featuring a silent auction of decorated holiday trees, jewelry, gift baskets and more.
Cost is $150, or $1,500 to $5,000 for a table for 10. Includes a prime rib buffet. Reservations due by Monday. Call 547-9296.