Mark Kanemura studied modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop.
Hawaii dancer makes competition's Top 20
Making it into the Top 20 of "So You Think You Can Dance" is an exciting opportunity for Castle High School graduate Mark Kanemura, but it's been something else, too -- painful.
"My knees are all bruised, my toes are bleeding. It's so much harder than I ever, ever imagined," he said in a phone call yesterday. "Even sleeping hurts."
Kanemura, 24, debuts in competition on the Fox show tonight.
He auditioned in March in Los Angeles, then survived callbacks in Las Vegas. For the last week, Kanemura said, he's been in strenuous rehearsals that have left him hurting. "I think I'm the grandpa of the group. Not in age, but in the way I'm walking."
Kanemura, the son of Nora Schubert and Mark Kanemura, works in Honolulu as a teacher with 24-7 Dance Force and a server at Kochi, a Japanese restaurant. He has also danced at Tokyo Disneyland and directed and choreographed performances for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
The finalists will dance in pairs starting tonight, then the public will vote. Tomorrow, dancers in the three lowest-scoring teams will solo for the judges, after which one guy and one gal will be sent home.
The show airs on KHON/Fox at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, with results at 8 p.m. Thursdays. -- Star-Bulletin
Buy $20 of scrip in advance for free entry to food fest
Pre-sale scrip is on sale through Friday for the biggest eating event of the year, Flavors of Honolulu.
The benefit event takes place June 27-29 on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. Buy scrip now, though, and receive one free admission (worth $5) for every $20 purchased.
To take advantage of the early bird incentive, visit www.FlavorsOfHonolulu.org and click on the mail-in order form (orders must be postmarked by Friday). Or call 532-2100 or visit Abilities Unlimited, 414 Kuwili St., Suite 103, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flavors of Honolulu raises funds for Abilities Unlimited, which serves people in Hawaii with disabilities. It replaced the Easter Seals-sponsored Taste of Honolulu last year.
Premium beef imported for special dinner at Chai's
Ultra-tender ohmi wagyu beef isn't a delicacy you'll find often in Hawaii, but Marukai is importing some for a dinner Tuesday at Chai's Island Bistro.
Chef Chai Chaowasaree's five-course menu features the beef in three preparations -- as sushi, shabu-shabu and a Reconstructed Ohmigyu Wellington with Baked Fois Gras Mushroom Puff.
The dining event, "Gochiso by Marukai," will feature premium sakes paired to each dish.
Dinner is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $125, available at Marukai stores or online at www.marukaihawaii.com.
Waikoloa food fest attracts top chefs
Former "Top Chef" contestant Marcel Vigneron will be among the guest chefs at the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine & Music Festival June 21 on the Hilton Waikoloa Village's Palace Lawn.
Vigneron, runner-up on the second season of Bravo's cooking competition, joins more than 30 Hawaii chefs working the event, which is part of the Hilton's Dolphin Days Festival.
Among chefs participating are Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise, Fred DeAngelo of Ola at Turtle Bay Resort, DK Kodama of Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar and Michael Rose of Longhi's Restaurant.
Live jazz and a silent auction are also part of the night, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $99; $50 children until June 17. After that, prices go up to $120 and $60. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children and the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. A kamaaina room package starts at $369 for two.
Vigneron also will cook at a "Chef and Winemaker Dinner," 6 p.m. June 19 at the new Dolphin Quest Village, featuring Forest Glenn Winery. Cost is $85.
Visit www.dolphindays.com or call (808) 886-1234, ext. 54.
Epic chef Hoffman cooks at Macy's
Chef David Hoffman of Restaurant Epic hosts a cooking demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Macy's Ala Moana.
Hoffman's menu: Prosciutto-wrapped Jumbo Scallops, St. Louis-Style Plum Szechwan Ribs and other Euro-Asian Pacific specialties from Epic.
The free demonstration will be held in the fourth-floor kitchen. Call 945-5894.
Rehab hospital offers cooking tips
The Rehabilitation Center of the Pacific is holding a cooking class, "Lean, Low-Sodium and Scrumptious," 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 19 in the Frear Cafeteria.
Dietician Masako Matsunaga will explain how to make dishes suited to diets with restricted sodium, fat and cholesterol. Cost is $30. The rehab center is at 226 N. Kuakini St. Reservations required: 566-3780