Shop Pacifica hosts reopening event
If someone on your gift list would appreciate a rare, historic photograph from the archives of the Bishop Museum, take note that the museum's Shop Pacifica reopens tomorrow.
Among items on sale will be black-and-white images from the 1930s by Hawaii photographer R.J. Baker -- matted and framed. Museum archivist DeSoto Brown will be on hand to answer questions about the various archive collections.
The grand opening will include craft demonstrations, hula and readings of new book releases. The first 100 customers will receive a free copy of the museum's 2008 calendar (one per family), with images of 18th- and 19th-century art.
The opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. with a hand-massage demonstration by Oils of Aloha. Craft demonstrations continue until 3:30 p.m.
Shop Pacifica will also feature reference materials, educational toys and locally made clothing, handmade soaps, Niihau shell leis, woodwork and art pieces by native Hawaiian artists.
The shop has been closed since mid-June for remodeling. Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org.
Mingle with 'Hawaiian House' authors
Meet the authors of "The Hawaiian House Now" during a brunch and book-signing reception from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Contemporary Museum.
Linny Morris, Malia Mattoch-McManus and Jeanjean Bower will talk about their book, which takes the reader on a tour of 21 homes throughout Hawaii that symbolize the "aloha spirit" through architecture and interior design.
Cost for the brunch and book is $70 ($65 for Contemporary Museum members; $57, Circle members); brunch only costs $30.
Reservations are required; call 237-5210.
The authors will also appear from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Pacific Home, 520 Ward Ave. The event is free, with complimentary wine and light pupus available. Call 596-5338.
Published by Abrams Publishing House, "Hawaiian House" can be purchased at both events for $40.
"The Hawaiian Home Now" contains more than 200 images of 21 homes from Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.
Drop by C.S. Wo. Sunday through Nov. 25 for holiday inspiration, as the home furnishings gallery partners with Neiman Marcus for its annual "At Home for the Holidays" display.
This year's presentation features seven elegant tables dressed with china from Raynaud, J.L. Couquet, Hermes, Jaune de Chrome and Rosenthal/Versace, all available at Neiman Marcus.
Showroom hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Call 523-5488 for more information.
HOME & GARDEN
Pacific Home offers free design advice
The bar is open -- the design bar, that is, over at Pacific Home at 420 Ward Ave., serving up free advice on how to design your home.
The store is offering one-hour free in-store consultations, which normally start at $85 per hour. Bring your photos, floor plans and ideas and let their interior expert Isla Schmidt put it all together for you.
"It's just something new we're offering to promote that part of our business as interior designers" as well as a home furnishings store, said Jennifer Johnson, partner of Pacific Homes along with Aubrey Yee and Jamie Jackson.
Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 596-9338 to schedule an appointment.
Foster Gardens host Nutcracker Sweet fest
Join the festivities at Foster Botanical Garden for the third annual Nutcracker Sweet Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.
Presented by the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens and Honolulu Botanical Gardens, the free event includes a plant sale featuring offerings from Oahu's top growers and nurseries, a craft fair, unique herb baskets and a silent auction.
Part of the fun includes plant-related classes and craft activities for the keiki, and ongoing entertainment in the upper terrace, where you can sit under the giant trees, enjoy a picnic lunch from the food booths and listen to holiday music.
Learn to make wreaths and design bonsai
Foster Botanical Gardens presents the following classes Dec. 1:
Wreath-making class: Make a wreath using dried pods, seeds, nuts, leaves and local greens. Taught by Melody Fanning and Joyce Spoehr, the class is offered in three sessions: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Cost is $25 per session ($20 for members) and includes all supplies.
Basic bonsai: Learn how to style a bonsai tree. Bring garden scissors, pliers and wire cutters.
The class, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., is limited to 15 students and will be taught by a member of the Classic Bonsai Club.
Cost is $40 ($35 members) and includes tree and wire.
Succulent wreath class: Create your own succulent wreath for the holidays. Bring garden gloves, clippers and any succulents you might have.
The class is limited to 15 students and will be taught by Bette Ito. Hours are from 10 a.m. to noon.
Cost is $30 ($25 members) and includes all other materials.
Call 537-1708 to register for a class.