Lei Day, in a big way
City Hall is famous for stringing us along, so here's our chance to return the favor -- and in the process become an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Here's the deal: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii; that's a given. Thursday is the 81st annual celebration of the holiday, and the city wants to create the world's longest lei that day in Kapiolani Park. We're talking at least a mile in length.
This will take a minimum of 1,800 leis, so they need donations of leis, and volunteers to hold up the final product.
» String a lei that measures 36 inches from flower tip to flower tip. Leave it untied, with at least 6 inches of string at each end for tying. Use durable thread.
» Use any type of fresh flower. No paper, leaves or fake flowers, and no non-natural materials or artificially treated materials, except the string.
» Be sure the lei can be handled, tied and moved without falling apart.
» On Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, bring leis to the Honolulu Hale Courtyard or to Kapolei Hale, Room 309; or from 1 to 6 p.m. to Kapiolani Park, Kalakaua Avenue Tennis Courts. On Thursday, leis may be delivered from 7 to 8:30 a.m. to Kapiolani Park.
Call 768-3040 or visit www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/programs/leiday/index.htm.
A mile long lei will be strung at Kapiolani Park for the 81st annual celebration of May Day.
Wines at Ruth's
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Restaurant Row showcases Tinchero Wines in a Winemaker Dinner tomorrow.
Chef Kyle Yonashiro's menu starts with a lobster salad and Bacon-Wrapped Ahi Mignon, followed by a bone-in beef tenderloin.
Cost is $85. Call 599-3860.
Celebrate the fifth
The Pineapple Room celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Winez & Grindz menu on May 5.
The menu by sous-chef Robert Urquidi and general manager Gary Matsumoto includes such pairings as Pan-Seared Diver Scallop with Chorizo Meatballs and Clams, and Coffee- and Spice-Rubbed Beef Filet with Crab-Filled Chile Relleño. Cost is $65, $90 with wines.
The Pineapple Room is in Macy's Ala Moana. Call 945-6573.
Here's the beef
Hoku's in the Kahala Hotel & Resort puts the focus on Kobe beef with a five-course set menu offered tomorrow through May 5.
Chef Wayne Hirabayashi's menu includes Grilled Kobe Rib Eye Steak, Kobe New York Beef Carpaccio and Pan-Seared Kobe Beef Tenderloin.
Cost is $190. Seatings are from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call 739-8780.