Give a bread bunny rather than a real one for Easter
Every year as Easter approaches, the Hawaiian Humane Society warns that it's not the best time to buy a bunny. Not a live one, anyway. Sure, they're cute and all, but the responsibility for giving a creature lifelong care shouldn't be taken on amid holiday hype.
This year, the Great Harvest Bread Co. joins the cause. Instead of a live bunny, the bakery suggests a Honey Bunny: a bunny-shaped loaf made of fresh-ground whole wheat flour. Each one is handmade, so every bunny is just a bit different.
To guarantee yourself an Easter Honey Bunny, order by 2 p.m. Sunday at the Great Harvest outlet in Enchanted Lake Shopping Center or the kiosk in Windward Mall. The bread will be available March 19 to 22. Call 261-8300.
Cost is $12.95, with $2 from each loaf sold going to the Humane Society.
COURTESY KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS
Friday night marks the 88th anniversary of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest.
Students prepare for song contest
This year's Kamehameha Schools Song Contest -- the 88th annual -- celebrates the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian as the state's official language.
The competition takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Blaisdell Arena. KGMB/CBS will broadcast the program live from 7:30 to 10 p.m., with a one-hour pre-show at 6:30 p.m.
The student singers will perform mele by veteran Hawaiian musicians including Keali'i Reichel, Robert Cazimero, Manu Boyd, Dennis Kamakahi and Mahiai Beamer.
Kamehameha Schools will sell a DVD and digital downloads of the competition, to benefit the Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation. Visit www.ksbe.edu.
The concert will be rebroadcast at 6:30 p.m. March 21 on KGMB/CBS.
Filmmaker shows Australian works
Maori filmmaker Merata Mita will host a screening of 13 short films by indigenous filmmakers, 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the Yukiyoshi Room, Krauss Hall, at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
The films emerged from an initiative in Australia called "Bit of Black Business." Most are five or six minutes long.
Mita is a faculty member with the Academy for Creative Media. Her works include "Mauri," the first feature film directed by a Maori woman, as well as documentaries highlighting the political struggles of the Maori people.
Call 956-8244 or visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm. Admission is free.
High school hosts recycling drive
Recyclable items will be collected at Farrington High School on Aloha Aina Earth Day, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Wanted are scrap metal auto parts, bicycles, metal appliances, newspaper, cardboard, HI-5 beverage containers, car and boat batteries, reusable household items, cell phones, printer cartridges and cooking oil.
Used eyeglasses and hearing aids will be accepted by the Hawaii Lions Clubs. One computer and one load of old passenger tires per household also will be accepted.
Proceeds from turning "trash into cash" go toward improving the school's athletic facilities.
For curbside pick up or to volunteer your time or a pickup truck, call 527-5679 or 306-1876.
'Piano Chat' leads into future concert
Jon Kimura Parker hosts a "Piano Chat" at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at the Honolulu Design Center's Cupola Theatre.
It will be an evening of music and conversation, with wine, co-sponsored by Chamber Music Hawaii and the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association. Parker will perform "Carnival," a solo piano work by Robert Schumann, then discuss preparing a work of this scale for performance.
Parker, known by his nickname of "Jackie," is a Canadian native who has performed with orchestras worldwide, from Zimbabwe to London's Royal Festival Hall.
"Piano Chat" is a warm-up to Parker's appearance at Chamber Music Hawaii's 25th anniversary concert at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at Hawaii Theatre.
Parker will perform Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor with the Galliard String Quartet and Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds with members of the Spring Wind Quintet.
Tickets to "Piano Chat" are $15; $10 for Piano Teachers Association members, students, seniors and military. Includes access to the self-service Amuse Wine Bar. Call 489-5038.
Tickets to the anniversary concert at $35, $50 and $60; $10 students; discounts available to seniors, military and Hawaii Theatre members. Call 528-0506.
Youth chorus to hold auditions
The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus is holding auditions for the children's program OPERAtunities from 1 to 2 p.m. March 22 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Music Department.
The program gives children in grades 4 to 12 an opportunity to work on the opera "Laieikawai."
Participants will learn vocal techniques, dramatic acting, costuming, stage make-up and prop construction. Call Malia at 521-2982.
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Cooking classes offer variety
These classes are offered in April at Kapiolani Community College. Registration runs three weeks in advance; call 734-9211.
Salads and Dressings: Grant Sato teaches how to create versatile salads; 8 a.m. to noon April 5. Cost is $55.
Food Safety and Sanitation for the Home Cook: Sato explains the best ways to select, store, handle and cook food; 6 to 9 p.m. April 7. Cost is $45.
Sandwiches!: Sato covers wraps and hot and cold sandwiches; 8 a.m. to noon April 19. Cost is $55.
Come and Git it Barbecue: Kevin Tate starts with a hickory smoking fire, followed by the making of ribs, smoked chicken and sausages; 1 to 5 p.m. April 5. Cost is $65.
Dinner in Alexandria: Magdy Elzoheiry mixes Egyptian and local flavors, 8 a.m. to noon April 12. Cost is $55.
Totally Tofu: Leslie Ashburn offers dairy-free recipe for dressings, dips, desserts and entrées; 1 to 5 p.m. April 12. Cost is $48.
Church hosts vegan dinners
This month's Vegan Macrobiotic Community Dinners will be held March 19 and 28 at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. Service begins at 6 p.m. Cost on either day is $12; $3.50 for dessert.
March 19 menu: Celery, Leek and Carrot Soup; Rice with Kamut; Curried Lentils; Ma'o Blanched Greens; Cucumber Wakame Salad and dessert of Chocolate Pudding. Reservations required by March 17.
March 28 menu: Fresh Pea and Cabbage Soup; Quinoa, Corn and Umeboshi-Marinated Red Onions; Garbanzo Beans with Carrots and Squash; Fresh Ma'o Sassy Mix with Mustard Shoyu Dressing; and dessert of Lavender Shortbread Cookies. Reservations required by March 26.
Call 398-2695 or e-maill firstname.lastname@example.org.