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Wednesday, December 8, 1999


By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Jeremiah's Pick Kalikimaka Roast from Kauai via The Bay.

Coffee blend sends
Christmas greeting

Here's an idea for waking up Christmas morning -- a coffee that declares the holiday on the bag. Kalikimaka Roast is made with 100 percent Kauai coffee and comes from Jeremiah's Pick, the Bay Area coffee roaster that aims to bring Hawaiian beans to the California and Oregon gourmet markets.

Company President Jeremiah Pick says his partnership with Star Markets -- the supermarket is the exclusive local distributor for his other coffee lines -- was the catalyst for his interest in Hawaiian-grown coffees from Maui, Kona and Oahu, as well as Kauai. His Pure Hawaiian, a blend of island beans, was introduced earlier this year, with a percentage of sales benefiting the Hawaii Audubon Society. Pick says he plans over the next few months to introduce other designer coffees using beans grown in the islands.

The Kalikimaka Roast -- along with two other new Jeremiah products, Kenya AA and Jamaican Blue Mountain Blend -- sells at Star in 10-ounce bags. Suggested retail price is $6.95.

Da Kine


Howie Mandel returns

Comedian Howie Mandel returns to Hawaii this holiday season with four performances on four islands. Mandel performs Christmas day at the Kauai Marriott Resort's Kauai Ballroom; Kona Surf Convention Center, Dec. 26; Sheraton Waikiki's Hawaii Ballroom, Dec. 28; and Westin Maui, Dec. 29.

Neighbor Island performances are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The Sheraton Waikiki performance, which is in the round, is $30 and $35. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Bullet Kauai: Foodland, Kauai Marriot's Island Activity Center, Jack Wada Electronics, Larry's Music, Hanalei Surf Co. and Progressive Expressions;

Bullet Big Island: Temp Music, Sack 'N Save, Rhythm & Reading Waimea, MJS Music Hilo and Mele Kai Music;

Bullet Honolulu: Foodland, Sack 'N Save, Tempo Music, UH Campus Center, MWR Naval Base Kunia and Honolulu Club;

Bullet Maui: Foodland, Sack 'N Save stores, Tempo Music, all Maui Taco locations and Tropical Disc.

To charge by phone, call 526-4400 on Oahu. Tickets may also be purchased via the Internet at For information, call 593-8333.

Symphony honors Morita

Japanese composer Minoru Miki was scheduled to compose a "Fanfare" for a world premier with the Honolulu Symphony in spring 2000, but now has agreed to compose a very different piece.

"Pacific Rainbow: An Orchestral Ode to Akio Morita," will be written by Miki to honor the Sony founder and former Honolulu resident, who died in October.

The work will be performed by the Honolulu Symphony March 12 and 14. Tickets are $15 to $50, available by calling 538-8863.

The concerts will also feature violinist Akiko Suwanai, the first Japanese artist to win the Tchaikovsky Competition, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. Guest conductor is Naoto Otomo - resident conductor of the Tokyo Symphony - making his American debut.

In making the announcement, Michael Tiknis, Honolulu Symphony executive director, said under Morita's leadership, "Sony initiated countless social and economic contributions" to Hawaii.

Health Smart seminars

Castle Chief Clinical Dietician Deanna Nakamura presents a free seminar, "Phytochemicals in Health and Disease Prevention" at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Castle Medical Center in Kailua. She will talk about the role phytochemicals found in fruits, vegetables and grains may play in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Another seminar, the "Heartbeat Hawaii Heart Disease Prevention" Seminar will take place at the Center for Health Promotion in Kaneohe at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Learn how to prevent heart disease through diet and other healthy lifestyle habits. Also, get the latest information about tests for cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure and other risk factors.

The seminars are free; call 263-5400 to register.

Learn car-seat safety

After checking up on proper usage of child safety seats 90 times in the past few months, inspectors from the Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention and Control found only one had been installed correctly.

Another free child-care safety seat check-up station will take place 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Waimanalo Health Center, allowing parents to learn correct ways to buckle up their children safely.

The center is at 41-1347 Kalanianaole Highway. For more information, call Raynette Kepa at 259-7948 ext. 117.

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