Holiday 'Top Chef' features isle judge
Hawaii chef Alan Wong joins the judges' table on Bravo's "Top Chef Holiday Special" at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
The episode brings together fan favorites from Seasons 1, 2 and 3, competing for a prize of $20,000. The competitors: Stephen Asprinio and Tiffani Faison from the first season; Betty Fraser, Marcel Vigneron and Josie Smith-Malave from the second; and Chris "C.J." Jacobson, "Tre" Wilcox and Sandee Birdsong from the third.
Joining Wong as judges will be Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, both in New York; Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake in San Francisco; and Norman Van Aken of Norman's in Florida -- as well as the show's host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Ted Allen and Gail Simmons.
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Dennis Kamakahi and his son David have joined other musicians for a weeklong workshop in Pahala on the Big Island.
Music stars aid students
A selection of Hawaiian music all-stars is spending the week in Pahala on the Big Island, in a workshop with a dozen young students.
The week of learning culminates at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with a free concert at the Pahala Plantation House.
Performing with students will be Keoki and George Kahumoku, John Keawe, Herb Ohta Jr., Auntie Diana Aki, Konabob, Sonny Lim, Brittni Paiva, Leilehua Yuen, Dennis Kamakahi, David Kamakahi and Liko Puha.
The Kahumoku 'Ohana Hawaiian Music & Lifestyle Workshop began Saturday and provided free classes with the veteran musicians in slack-key guitar, ukulele, steel guitar, walking stick bass, music theory, songwriting, hula, singing and Hawaiian language and chant.
Students were chosen for the program based on essays about the importance of music in their schools and community.
Call (808) 928-9811.
Benefit revue at Nanakuli
Students in the Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Program are coming to the aid of their school community with a benefit musical revue at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 in the cafeteria.
Proceeds from "A Time of Giving" will go to staff of the office, damaged in an arson attack on Oct. 21, and to Eulopa Te'o, a senior at the school who lost his home to a fire on Oct. 31. Some funds will also be shared with victims of the California brush fires.
Tickets are $5 pre-sale; $7 at the door; $3 students; children free. 668-5823, Ext. 266.
Write letters to authors
Young readers are invited to write letters to their favorite authors for the 2007 Letters About Literature contest.
Readers must write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work has changed their view on the world or themselves. Authors may be from any genre, from any time period and any country.
The Hawaii Center for the Book will select the top essayists in three levels: grades 4 to 6, grades 7 and 8, and grades 9 through 12. Winners will receive cash awards, Target giftcards and will be entered in the national competition. National winners receive a $10,000 grant for their public or school library.
Deadline for entries is Dec. 14. Entry forms may be downloaded at www.librarieshawaii.org or picked up at any public library. Contest guidelines, lesson plans and writing samples are also available on site. Call 586-3555.
Body Glove Cruises is offering discounted whale-watching excursions from Dec. 15 to March 31 aboard its new 65-foot catamaran, Kanoa II.
Whale Watching and Marine Science Eco-Excursions are available to all ages at the student rate of $30. The three-hour cruise departs at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily from Kailua Pier.
For student groups, one free ticket for teachers and chaperones will be offered for every 15 students participating.
Acts can apply to perform
The mayor's office has announced an open call to individuals and groups interested in performing in February's kickoff of the 40th anniversary of the Commission on Culture and the Arts, Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts.
Performers and cultural groups from all genres may apply to the Office of Culture and Arts, 530 S. King St., Room 404, Honolulu 96813 by Dec. 12. Hand deliveries may be made from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Include artist's name and contact information, resume, stage requirements and an audition CD, tape or DVD.
The concert will be Feb. 23 on the Frank Fasi Civic center grounds. Call 523-4674 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing awards nominees
The Hawaii Literary Arts Council is seeking nominations for the annual Elliott Cades Awards for Literature.
Awards are presented to two writers who have demonstrated high literary merit -- one to an established artist; the other to an emerging writer whose work shows promise.
Nominations should consist of a letter of nomination and supporting material, including published work that can be used to evaluate the writer.
Nominations must be received by Jan. 15 and should be sent to: The Hawaii Literary Arts Council, P.O. Box 11213, Honolulu, 96728-0213.
Need help selecting the bubbles for your end-of-year celebration? Two events allow you to taste and compare:
Champagne for the Holidays: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Cupola Theatre, Honolulu Design Center. Features vintage and non-vintage French champagnes. Cost is $150, including appetizers. Call 630-9184 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bathing in Bubbles: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Formaggio in Market City Shopping Center. Featuring selections from Fujioka's Wine Times. Cost is $25, which includes a champagne glass. Call 739-9463.
Sake enthusiasts will have their choice of 40 premium brews at tomorrow's Joy of Sake "Aftertaste" event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.
Featured will be junmai, ginjo and daginjo sakes from Kyoto, Hiroshima and Miyagi Prefecture known for delicacy and soft texture -- including 22 gold or silver award-winners from the 2007 U.S. National Sake Appraisal.
Tasters will be able to fill out judging sheets and compare their opinions to the Sake Appraisal judges' scores.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the tasting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $37, which includes sake-friendly appetizers. Call 222-5591.
Chef Leslie Ashburn's monthly macrobiotic community meals will be served Dec. 12 and 28 at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. Dine-in or take-out meals are served from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 menu: Shiitake, Watercress, Kombu Soup; Brown Rice, Black Soybeans and Sautéed Onions; German-Style Red Cabbage; and Carrot Burdock Strengthener. Dessert is Chocolate Cake.
Dec. 28 menu: Velvety Squash Soup, Gomoku Rice, Baked Navy Beans, Greens tossed with Arame. Dessert is Poached Pears with Blueberry Sauce.
Cost is $12; $3.50 for dessert. Reservations due by Dec. 10 for the 12th; Dec. 26 for the 28th. Call 398-2695 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.