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Wednesday, January 12, 2000


By Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin
Thomas Ky has just opened his
fourth Assaggio restaurant.

New Assaggio opens
in Ala Moana Center

Two floors up, Alan Wong had just opened the Pineapple Room with great fanfare and a publicity blitz. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the escalator, near the fountain and the fishpond in the old Byron II location, Thomas Ky quietly opened his fourth Assaggio restaurant.

He's been serving up his Italian meals to a steady crowd at Ala Moana Center since Dec. 16, after a $1 million renovation.

The 7,000-square-foot restaurant seats 175 in the dining room, bar and two private rooms and is the largest in the chain. It is also the first Assaggio to open in town. Ky's other restaurants have been in suburbia -- in Kailua, Hawaii Kai and Mililani. He and his partners also own Paesano in Manoa and Bua Khao, a Thai place in Hawaii Kai.

Ky says he hopes to bring in many regulars from his other restaurants who work in town. The menu is almost identical to the other Assaggios, and Ky says he is keeping the prices the same as well -- no Ala Moana premium.

Assaggio Ala Moana is on the bottom level, makai side of the mall on the Liberty House end. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 942-3446.


Aloha shirt subject of talk

The Aloha Shirt is recognized all around the world today, and in her new book, "Aloha Attire: Hawaiian Dress in the Twentieth Century," author Linda B. Arthur describes the history of a local industry which made an impact on contemporary fashion.

Arthur will give a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The talk will be held in the Krauss Hall Yukiyoshi Room.

Arthur, an associate professor of textiles and clothing, and curator of the Ethnic Costume Collection at the UH, studies the intersection of culture, gender and ethnicity in dress. She will talk about research for her book and show some historically relevant examples of aloha attire at the event.

Copies of her book will be available at the talk. For more information, call 956-3836.


Sale at Academy of Arts

The Honolulu Academy of Arts will hold its annual clearance sale Feb. 4 to 8, with discounts of 25 to 80 percent.

The sale will be held during normal museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The sale will be held in the Garden Court Gallery, and among items featured will be art books, folk art, jewelry, ethnic clothing and other one-of-a-kind items.

Shoppers do not have to pay admission fees. Call 532-8700 for more information.


Hellride at Aloha Tower

Hellride will headline a concert Jan. 22 at The Pier Bar at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The band features Stephen Perkins and Peter Distefano, formerly of the groups Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros, and Mike Watt, formerly of the Minutemen and Porno for Pyros.

Both Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros, led by frontman Perry Farrell, have performed here frequently.

Also performing will be local groups Nux Vomica and the Hoku Award-winning Sunburn.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call The Pier Bar at 536-2166 for more information.


Book sale scheduled

The Friends of Liliha Library will host a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29.

There will be romances, cookbooks, science fiction, mysteries, best sellers, and books in foreign languages, as well as a selection of videos, CDs and cassette tapes.

Proceeds will help the library to purchase new books and other materials not covered by its budget.

The library is at 1515 Liliha St. Call 587-7577 for more information.

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