Ballet Hawaii's "Nutcracker" will be performed Dec. 18 through 20 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
Featured will be local dancers, stars from the American Ballet Theatre and the Honolulu Symphony under the baton of its assistant conductor Stuart Chafetz.
Tickets are $15 to $35 and can be purchased at the Blaisdell Box Office and Connection outlets.
Opening night will also feature a gala post-party with food catered by leading restaurants such as Hoku's, Sunset Grill, Indigo and Alan Wong's. Tickets to this fund-raiser are $100 per person.
The Honolulu Symphony and Ballet Hawaii signed an agreement last week to collaborate through the year 2000. The symphony has participated with the "Nutcracker" performances previously but this is the first long-term partnership agreement, said Michael Tiknis, symphony executive director.
"This type of long-term association is a logical progression and important to the health of the performing arts in our community," said Jim Hutchison, Ballet Hawaii board member.
The "Nutcracker" performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20.
For more information about the fund-raiser, call Ballet Hawaii at 988-7578.
Keali'i Reichel, Na Leo Pilimehana, Irmgard Aluli and Joe Recca will entertain at the Aloha Friday Luncheon Show Nov. 20 at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel's Pikake Terrace.
Aloha Friday's star bill
Hosts will be KINE radio personalities Frank B. Shaner and Brickwood Galuteria and the show will be broadcast live on the radio station.
Lunch service begins at 11 a.m.; the show begins at noon. Cost is $16.95 for the buffet and show. Reservations are required; call 922-5811.
Maui's Kaanapali Estate Coffee has joined the flavored-coffee crowd with the release of three new tastes. The chocolate macadamia nut, vanilla macadamia nut and hazelnut flavors -- most popular among Hawaiian coffees -- have been adapted to the Kaanapali gourmet Arabica bean, grown on 500 acres of former sugar land in Kaanapali.
Flavored brews unveiled
The coffee is sold ground in 2- and 8-ounce bags in grocery, retail and specialty stores. It is also available mail order and can shipped throughout the United States. Call (800)-99-MAUI-9.
Spend "A Healthy Day on the North Shore" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of Kahuku Hospital.
Celebration of health
Health practitioners will offer sample treatments of alternative treatments -- touch healing, massage, Hawaiian healing, lomi lomi and shiatsu -- and advice on preventive care as well as health screenings.
There also will be entertainment, a produce and plant market, crafts, food and food samplings, cooking demonstrations, activities for children and a holiday bazaar and quilt raffle.
The event is a celebration of the second anniversary of the Kahuku Hospital Health Communities Farmer's Market, which is held the second and fourth Saturday of the month.
Admission and parking is free. Information: 293-6200, Ext. 350.
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