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POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mermaids frolic in holiday show

Mermaids Hawaii is offering a Valentine's Day water show in Waikiki, the first of the group's 39th summer season.

Show time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel, 120 Kaiulani Ave., featuring synchronized swimming routines set to classical, Hawaiian and contemporary music.

Admission is free. Call 864-8122 or visit www.mermaidshawaii.com.

 

Aquarium sets a seductive mood

The Waikiki Aquarium's seasonal celebrations kick off with the annual Seaduction Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday. Participants will enjoy a candlelit dinner in the galleries with champagne reception, three-course meal (with wine) catered by Ginniberries, a souvenir for each lady and valet parking. Cost is $300 per couple. Call 440-9008.

Other upcoming programs:

» Whale Wednesdays in Waikiki: Celebrating Whale Month in Hawaii, the program teaches about Hawaii's humpback whales with activities sponsored by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25.

» Seahunt: Keiki ages 2 to 7 may hunt for toy-filled eggs, and children of all ages may visit with the Easter Bunny, fish for prizes at the “;fish pond,”; and enjoy entertaining arts, crafts and games on April 4.

» Earth Day: The 2nd Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo will showcase the efforts of government agencies to protect Hawaii's environment, with an emphasis on island water resources. Hands-on educational displays, Ocean Network presentations and the aquarium's marine-conservation efforts are among the highlights on April 11.

» Seasons and the Sea: Celebrating the official changing of the seasons at a special sunset observance, Seasons and the Sea will feature traditional chant, hula and storytelling. Celebrants will observe the official change from ho'olilo (wet season) to kauwela (hot or warm-dry season) on May 2 as the sun sets into the crown of Pu'u o Kapolei (a once-a-year occurrence).

Call 923-9741 or visit www.waquarium.org.

 

Running coach leads workshop

Running expert Rick Chin hosts a free workshop tomorrow at Lululemon Athletica in Ala Moana Center.

Chin is coach of the Mid-Pacific Institute cross-country team and Godspeed Track Club.

His session, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will include tips on proper running technique, gear, training and nutrition.

Lululemon is in the Nordstrom wing. Call 946-7220 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The shop also provides a free running clinic at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park. Visit www.lululemon.com/honolulu/alamoanacenter/events.

 

Latin-style meal on class menu

Chef Raul Bernal will create a three-course Latin-style meal using local ingredients at “;Cooking Revelations with Raul: Flavors of Latin America,”; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Green House.

Recipes from the workshop will be provided and Bernal's dishes will be served. Cost is $25.

The Green House is at 224 Pakohana St., in Pauoa Valley. To register visit www.thegreenhousehawaii.com or call 524-8427.

 

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Master sommelier hosts wine tasting

Master sommelier Roberto Viernes hosts a tasting seminar, “;Wines of Maison Louis Latour,”; 6 to 8 p.m. next Wednesday at the Honolulu Design Center's Cupola Theater.

The tasting will feature these white wines: 2006 Meursault, 2006 Chassagne Montrachet, 2006 Puligny Montrachet, 2006 Meursault “;Charmes,”; 2006 Chassagne Montrachet “;Caillerets,”; 2006 Puligny Montrachet “;Truffieres,”; 2006 Corton Charlemagne and 2006 Batard Montrachet. And these reds: 2006 Pommard, 2006 Volnay En Chevrets and 2006 Corton Grancey.

Cost is $50, an appetizer sampler plate from Stage restaurant. Call 237-5429

 

Stop by to sample Valentine's wines

The Wine Stop celebrates Valentine's Day with free tastings of wine and chocolate on Friday and Saturday.

“;Pau Hana Friday Wine & More”; will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday's tasting of ports, zinfandels and chocolates will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

On Monday, Ken and Akiko Freeman of the Freeman Winery in Sonoma Valley, Calif., will offer samples of their pinot noirs from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Wine Stop, located at 1809 S. King St., holds free tastings every Friday and Saturday. Call 946-3707 or visit www.thewinestophawaii.com.