Give New Year’s a royal welcome
Add sparkle to your New Year’s celebrations by donning a tiara before counting down the seconds to midnight.
The glittering crown once cost a princessy sum, but Wal-Mart has brought the prices down to earth. Look for them in the craft section at $6.71 for the 2.3-inch bun topper or $16.96 for the full-size version.
A bonus: You’ll find that when you dress like a princess, men will treat you like one.
Cyndi Lauper aids abuse center
Cyndi Lauper will be among the guests as RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki hosts a preview party tomorrow night benefiting the Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.
The 6 to 9 p.m., 21-and-over event includes signature RumFire drinks, tapas-style cuisine and a silent auction. Lauper won’t be performing, just tasting.
Cost is $100, with 70 percent tax deductible. Call 523-3005 or visit www.satchawaii.com.
RumFire officially opens Saturday, serving lunch, dinner and late-night cocktails until 2 a.m. Call (866) 952-3473 or visit www.rumfirewaikiki. com.
COURTESY THE CATWALK
Ming's jewelry will be featured during a show of diamonds and pearls.
Diamonds and pearls at the Catwalk
Ring in the New Year with sought-after Ming's pieces from the Catwalk and high-carat-weight jewelry at wholesale prices.
Gloria Brasuel and Bernice Kiyo Diamonds will introduce their one-of-a-kind jewelry designs at the Catwalk's new-location open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Kaneohe.
Gloria Brasuel will present South Seas Pearl necklaces and earrings, plus semiprecious stone and freshwater pearl jewelry, and brightly colored Venetian-style glass necklaces and earrings. The Bernice Kiyo Diamonds collection includes large white diamond stud earrings, bracelets and pendants, as well as diamond-cut white sapphire items.
The show, "Diamonds Are a Pearl's Best Friend," will feature affordable and larger diamond and pearl pieces, along with the Catwalk's extensive collection of Ming's and heirloom jewelry items, designer clothing and accessories.
The Catwalk's new site is in the Castle Professional Center, 46-001 Kamehameha Highway, Suite 307.
Ala Moana Center will be celebrating Jan. 1, the first retail day of 2008, with the return of "Fukubukuro." The "Happy Grab Bag" is a retail tradition in Japan, attracting thousands of shoppers looking for their first sale deal of the year. During the event, shoppers the opportunity to purchase mystery merchandise sold at half the retail value of the contents inside, so a bag selling for $1,000 would contain at least $2,000 in merchandise at full retail value. All bags are sealed to prevent shoppers from knowing the contents until they are opened.
The 2008 event will feature 29 participant retailers centerwide. The bags will range in price from $20 (at Claire's) to $1,000 (at Fendi).
The participating stores are Alfred Dunhill, Animation Magic, Baccarat, Bally, Betsey Johnson, Bobby Jones, Bonheur, Celine, Claire's, Diesel USA, Fendi, Folli Follie, Hawaiian Quilt Collection, LeSportsac, Locals Only, L'Occitane, Lucky Brand Jeans, Lupicia Fresh Tea, Maui Divers Jewelry, Max & Co., Neiman Marcus, Pacific Harley-Davidson, Philip Rickard, Shanghai Tang, the Body Shop, the Compleat Kitchen, Thinker Toys, Up & Riding and W Salon.
Each store will offer only a limited number of bags. All sales are final on "Fukubukuro" merchandise.