STAR-BULLETIN / 2007
Royal Hawaiian Center added more shops and restaurant, including Senor Frog's, which opened last year.
Royal Hawaiian Center shows off new look
Royal Hawaiian Center shows off its sleek new look with a weeklong grand open house, "Nou Ka Hale: Our House Is Your House," Saturday through June 20.
Patrons at Royal Hawaiian Center can shop for casual wear as well as luxuries such as Kate Spade's Marietta swing dress, above, ($175), Fendi's Doctor B. embroidered hobo, below, ($5,190), and Cartier's 18K gold and multi-colored jewel bracelet, bottom, ($6,475).
The event coincides with the completion of a $115 million revitalization during which the center, which opened in 1979, was expanded to 310,000 square feet, hosting 110 shops and restaurants. Festivities will include entertainment, dining deals and retail specials.
Among new boutiques that have opened since January are bebe, Juicy Couture, Laki Hawaiian Designs, Koi Boutique, Leather Soul, LeSportsac, Sunglass Icon, Surf Gear, Tourneau and White House/Black Market.
The newest restaurants are Senor Frog, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Doraku Sushi.
Boutiques still to come include 7 for All Mankind, Hilo Hattie, Honolua Surf Co., Marciano and Xcel Hawaii.
Dining validations of $4 will cover four hours' parking, and merchant validation of $2 will cover two hours, with a maximum six hours' combined validation. Parking beyond six hours will be $2 per 20-minute increment. No minimum purchase is required for validation. Call 922-0588 or visit www.RoyalHawaiianCenter.com for more information.
THE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
» 1 to 2 p.m.:
Royal Hawaiian Band, in the Royal Grove
» 3 to 5 p.m.: Aaron Sala on piano, Paina Lanai. Repeats Sunday and Wednesday.
» 6 to 7 p.m.: Hookena in concert, the Royal Grove
» 6 to 7 p.m.: Makaha Sons, the Royal Grove
» 11 a.m. to noon: Lomilomi class, ground level Building A, near Fendi
» 3 to 5 p.m.: Pat Sylva on piano, Paina Lanai. Repeats Tuesday and next Thursday.
>> 6 to 8 p.m.: Puuhonua, the Royal Grove
>> 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Hawaiian Quilting, third level Building A, near Chibo Okonomiyaki
» 10 to 11 a.m.: Ukulele class, ground level Building A. Repeats Wednesday, next Thursday and June 20.
>> 11 a.m. to noon: Hula class, the Royal Grove
» 6 to 8 p.m.: Kawika Trask and Friends, the Royal Grove
» 6 to 8 p.m.: Keoahu, The Royal Grove
» 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.: Hula class, the Royal Grove
» 6 to 7 p.m.: Kaukahi, the Royal Grove
» 1 to 2 p.m.: Lei making class, ground level Building A, near Fendi
» 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Aaron Sala on piano, Paina Lanai
Suggested retail prices for the Gucci frames is $310; it's $260 for the Dior.
Sun's so bright, gotta wear shades
After all the warnings about the sun damaging skin, you wouldn't go out without sunscreen, would you? Well, your peepers need protection too, and you can check out the latest in shades Saturday, when Eyewear Kahala in Kahala Mall hosts a designer trunk show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On view just in time for summer will be designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses from Armani, Dior, Gucci, Juicy Couture, Valentino, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss and Banana Republic. Representatives of the lines will be available to answer questions and help shoppers with selections and in-store specials.
Student fashions on display
Those who missed the University of Hawaii at Manoa's "Absolute Fashion" show, presented by students of its apparel product design and merchandising degree program, can view designs by the program's seniors during an exhibition at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard today through Wednesday.
City & County of Honolulu
Designs by Minako McCarthy will be among the University of Hawaii at Manoa student works presented at the "Absolute Fashion" exhibition at Honolulu Hale.
Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Call 956-8133.
Check out pre-fall fashions
Summer is still on its way, but true fashionistas are already planning for fall.
Neiman Marcus hosts St. John's Pre-Fall Collection Event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the St. John boutique, Level 2.
At the same time, stop by Designer Jewelry, Level 1, for a peek at new 24-karat yellow gold jewelry by Gurhan, on view tomorrow and Saturday.
Sales aid ocean foundation
The Surfrider Foundation has partnered with the Quiksilver Foundation to create the Slightly Choppy special-edition board short, available this summer.
The board short features original artwork by Scott Richards and includes the Surfrider Foundation's iconic wave logo throughout a patchwork design, printed on 100 percent eco-friendly organic cotton.
It sells for $59.50 at Quiksilver retail stores nationwide and online at quiksilver.com. A portion of sales will benefit the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves and beaches. Visit surfrider.org.