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POSTED: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Forum to address literacy, language

A free forum on “;Literacy, Language and Learning”; will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kana'ina Building on the grounds of Iolani Palace.

The forum, sponsored by Mission Houses Museum in conjunction with the exhibit “;Alphabet Soup: Literacy, Language and Learning,”; will be moderated by Jonathan Osorio, professor at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Panelists are authors Noenoe Silva and Albert J. Schultz; Maenette Benham, dean of the School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaii; and Keoni Inciong, administrator of Hawaiian studies for the state Department of Education. Call 447-3912.

Event to benefit abused children

“;Mahelani, Height of the Full Moon,”; a benefit for the Children's Alliance of Hawaii, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 8 at Moanalua Gardens.

Entertainment will be by Holunape and Meridian, with food prepared by Big G's Catering.

Tickets are $175, or $2,500 to $10,000 for tables of 10.

Proceeds benefit programs that assist sexually abused children.

Call 599-2955, ext. 216.

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Think green ...

April events at Whole Foods Market in Kahala Mall includes a weeklong Earth Day salute that features a viewing of the new Disney nature series, “;Earth,”; narrated by James Earl Jones. All events are free.

Highlights:

Mommy & Me Mixer: Learn to dye Easter eggs with fresh herbs; 11 a.m. Tuesday

Raw Foods with Chef Sharynne: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and April 13

Earth Day events: April 16 to 22, includes “;Malama Ke Kai”; in the mall, with a performance by Daniel Ho at noon April 18 and the “;Earth”; screening. Free tickets for the film will be available at the market's customer service desk beginning April 16. Other events include a focus on the Waikiki Aquarium,

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22.

Cooking with Chef Leslie: Macrobiotic cooking with Leslie Ashburn, 6 p.m.

April 23

And more green

The Green House offers a class on healthful cooking with cacao, “;Chocoholic Rescue,”; with ethnobotanist Laura Shiels, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cost is $25. Register at www.thegreenhousehawaii.com or call 524-8427.