Waipahu boasts new farmers’ market
Chinatown markets are great places to shop for fresh produce. The problem is that they're all in Chinatown, which can be a far jaunt for the daily groceries.
But now for residents of the Leeward side there's the Waipahu Festival Marketplace, at 94-340 Waipahu Depot Road. It's a classic location -- in the former site of Big Way Supermarket, and across the street from what used to be Arakawa's.
Inside are side-by-side stalls of vendors selling produce, fresh fish and Kahuku shrimp, as well as some packaged goods and handicrafts. It's like a farmers' market, except that it's open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
On opening day Friday, some of the finds included nice-sized rainbow papayas for 70 cents a pound, red bell peppers for 50 cents each and a five-head bag of garlic for $1.
What makes a good pot of rice? G-Call Corporation will be offering a taste of the highest premium grades of Japanese rice Sunday. See if you can tell the difference.
High-grade rice tasting Sunday
Rice is nice, yes, but rice can also be grand. Can you taste the difference?
On Sunday, a tasting of the highest premium grades of Japanese rice will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 South Beretania St. Admission is free.
G-Call Corporation, a Japanese telecommunications provider, has imported more than 2 tons of rice from Niigata, Japan, and will be serving it up as musubi at the event.
The local Hakkei Restaurant, Ginza Bairin (a tonkatsu restaurant from Ginza, Tokyo) and Soy to the World (an organic tofu maker) will have food for sampling. A rice-cooking seminar will also be held.
A 1-pound bag of premium rice will sell for $1, with proceeds to benefit the Department of Education, but a coupon is required. Call 926-7101 to reserve a coupon, or register for one at the event, while quantities last.
Gregory House benefit scheduled
Downtown restaurant in the Hawaii State Art Museum hosts a benefit for Gregory House, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
A Mediterranean menu will be served at the annual "Mangiare Bene" fundraiser for the housing agency that serves those with HIV/AIDS. The evening includes entertainment by Don Conover and a silent auction of art.
Cost is $75; $100 with wine. Call 592-9022.
Wedding Cafe opening at Ward
The Wedding Café will open its second location at Ward Warehouse tomorrow, two doors down from Cinnamon Girl.
To mark the occasion, the cafe will host an open house 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, when there will be complimentary samples of their famous pumpkin crunch as well as a tasting of their tropical iced teas.
Since opening its doors in 2001, The Wedding Cafe in Manoa has been a popular wedding resource center for brides-to-be, with an extensive library of wedding books and magazines full of ideas and workshops that offer the opportunity to meet and mingle with wedding professionals ranging from florists, to photographers and cake makers.
While browsing, prospective brides and grooms can also nibble on light fare such as spicy tuna or chicken walnut sandwiches, and Thai Salad, among other dishes.
However, they are most known for their iced tea bar, which highlights pineapple, lychee, mango, peach and lilikoi iced tea flavors.
Students show Hurley style
Students from Mid-Pacific Institute, Pearl City and Mililani high schools will be competing in Hurley's "Walk the Walk" Fashion Show at 7:30 p.m. today to determine who can produce the best fashion show highlighting Hurley's Spring 2008 collection.
The event will be at Pipeline Café, 805 Pohukaina St. Doors open at 6, with an awards ceremony at 9 p.m., followed by a Hot Rain concert.
The winning school will receive a $5,000 donation to its art and music program.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN HUMANE SOCIETY
Emily Tang, holding Max the cat, and her sister, Erica, pose with Santa and Mrs. Paws for a holiday photo. Families are invited to bring their pets for photos this weekend.
Create a pet portrait to help the Humane Society
Why shouldn't Twinkles and Bowser be in the family Christmas photo? Invite them into the shot - assuming that Twinkles and Bowser are your pets and not your children, although kids are welcome as long as they have a pet.
The Hawaiian Humane Society is offering photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Paws for two weekends, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 1 and 2. Professional photographers will shoot four pet poses for a $20 donation to the society. Your family will be given a CD of the photos.
Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with holiday music and treats provided for the wait.
Also available at the society is the 2008 "Pets in Paradise Calendar," featuring photos submitted by local families, as well as pet-care tips and stories. Cost is $10.
Calendars also are available at Bark Avenue, Pet's Discount, Pet Depot, Crazy Canine, Feather and Fur, Hawaii Doggie Bakery, Kaneohe VCA, Kapalama Pet Clinic, Waianae Vet Clinic, Pet Spot locations, King Street Pet Hospital, Kailua Animal Clinic, Tails of Hawaii, Ohana Doggie Day Care and Sanrio Surprises.
Call 356-2225. The calendar may be ordered online at www.hawaiianhumane.org.
COURTESY LISA KIKUYAMA.
John Johnson's image, "Florida Manatee," was named a winner in the Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. His photograph took first place in the Environmental Issues category. The contest draws more than 17,000 entries. "Florida Manatee" and 60 other winning images will be displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., through April.