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Wednesday, December 29, 1999


File photo, 1996
A bowl of saimin is always a treat.

A century of local
grinds, revisited

Yeah, we're a bunch of idiots.

Our list of the Top 10 local foods of the century, as it ran last week, drew the fire of a few but passionate bunch of respondents. "Where have your brain cells gone?" demanded one (anonymous) correspondent.

"Sorry, but your list is lame," was the more subdued complaint from Pete C. of Mililani.

In fairness to us, many of the items suggested by our "admirers" were considered when we compiled our list, but rejected as having been popularized before the 1900s. But we will set that technicality aside today. Below you'll find our list and a compilation of the votes we received by fax and email.

Keep in mind, should you be inclined to send in a nasty note after reading these lists, food is subjective.


Bullet Spam musubi
Bullet Macaroni salad
Bullet Chicken katsu
Bullet Kona coffee
Bullet Loco Moco
Bullet Pocorn with arare and furikake
Bullet Maui potato chips
Bullet Li hing mui gummy bears
Bullet Chocolate-covered mac nuts
Bullet Liliha Bakery Coco Puffs


Bullet Shave ice
Bullet Saimin
Bullet Portuguese sausage
Bullet Manapua
Bullet Kalua pig
Bullet Teriyaki
Bullet Crack seed
Bullet Sashimi or poke
Bullet Huli-huli chicken
Bullet Oxtail soup

Trade glasses for goodwill

In the spirit of the year 2000, Canon U.S.A. is sponsoring an eyeglasses collection drive, trying to collect 2,000 used glasses by 5 p.m. Thursday. (To date, 1,100 pairs have been collected.)

Once collected, the glasses are donated to the LensCrafters Foundation "Give the Gift of Sight" program. The glasses are refurbished and distributed to needy children and families in developing countries.

Deliver glasses to Canon U.S.A.'s Hawaii branch at 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 100. If you miss the 1999 deadline, the drive will continue into 2000 to meet LCF's goal of helping two million people by the year 2003. One million people have already been helped.

Information: Canon, 522-5931.

Walk to fight asthma

Registration packets are available for the Keiki Club Fun-K Walk to Fight Asthma, set for 8 a.m. Jan. 29 at Kakaako Waterfront Park. There will be games and refreshments along the 1.25-mile route.

Children will earn one Pokemon Buck for every $25 in pledges collected. Those who raise $100 or more will be entered to win a Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast or Sony Playstation game system.

Pokemon bucks can be redeemed for Pokemon prizes at Other Realms in Ward Warehouse. To be eligible for Pokemon Bucks, pledges must be received by Jan. 20.

Funds raised will go toward education programs for the more than 54,000 Hawaii residents with asthma. Hawaii has the highest death rate per capita from asthma in the nation, according to the American Lung Association of Hawaii.

For more information, call 537-5966 ext. 311. Registration packets can be picked up at the association office at 245 N. Kukui St., Suite 100.

Helping hands for health

Straub Foundation is accepting proposals from individual health-care professionals or health organizations in need of research support.

Rather than providing cash grants, investigators will be available for such project-related needs as study design, statistical analysis, database establishment and assistance in publishing project results.

Request an application by calling Straub at 524-6755. Submit a one-page summary of your project by Jan. 5 to indicate your interest. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 4.



Bullet Healthy Eating for the Millennium with Dr. Shintani: Dr. Terry Shintani will provide suggestions on eating better and achieving improved health in the new millennium. Shintani will speak at the YWCA, 1040 Richards St., at noon on Jan. 6. Call 538-7061, Ext. 216 to order lunch. Cost: $8.

Shintani will also speak at the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Ala Wai Golf Course club house. The event is free and open to the public.

Shintani is the author of two books, "Eat More, Weigh Less" and "The Eat More, Weigh Less Cookbook" and is known nationally for "The Hawaii Diet."

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