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Wednesday, April 5, 2000



Xen blends herbs, juices

Thirsty? Feeling a little rundown? Tense and can't remember why? How about attacking all those problems with a single fruity drink? Think Xen, "natural herbal enhanced juice cocktails" from Hawaiian Natural Water Co. Xen drinks are spiked with herbal additives said to improve health and state of mind.

They are made in California, but the company is based in Pearl City, where its main business is bottled water -- under the names Hawaiian Springs Natural Water and the recently acquired Alii Water and Aloha Water. "Water in Hawaii has been very good to us," says Marcus Bender, the company's president and CEO.

Bender says he consulted with a Chinese herbalist to come up with his six Xen blends. They range from Relax (mango with the calming herbs St. Johns wort, kava and chamomile) to Sex (grape and berries with yohimbe, damiana and dong quai, all said to promote sexuality). Other Xen juices are formulated to boost energy, immunity and the mind.

Xen is moving into most grocery stores. Bender says 60,000 bottles have been sold in Hawaii alone -- Xen is also available throughout California and Nevada. A bottle sells for $1.39-$1.79.

Big Bird sets up camp
in ‘Sesame Street’



Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the "Sesame Street Live" gang will be back when "Big Bird's Sunny Day Camp Out" opens May 11 at the Blaisdell Arena.

There will be 14 performances of the family-friendly musical extravaganza featuring the furry Muppets as they scout for the perfect place to camp.

The problem is, one can always find something negative if one looks for it. For instance, Oscar's trash can has ants, the Count has bats in his belfry, and Big Bird's nest is just too small.

Tickets for the 20th anniversary production are on sale now at $12, $14 and $17. Here are the dates and times of the performances:

Bullet May 11 -- 7 p.m.
Bullet May 12 -- 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Bullet May 13 -- 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Bullet May 14 -- 1 and 4:30 p.m.
Bullet May 18 -- 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Bullet May 19 -- 7 p.m.
Bullet May 20 -- 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Bullet May 21 -- 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the Blaisdell, or charge by phone at 526-4400.

Since "Sesame Street Live's" premiere in September 1980, the production has entertained more than 40 million children and their parents in America and 10 other countries.

More information can be found online at

Spend day in 'Elegance'

The Associated Chinese University Women will celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a "Timeless Elegance" luncheon/fashion show April 22.

Featured will be Marie Grey's Cruise and Spring Collection 2000 from St. John's, along with cultural displays and demonstrations.

The event will take place at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, beginning with 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. boutique sales, including a garden shop and bake shop with Easter treats.

Doors for the fashion show will open at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $45 and $60 per person. For more information, call Nora Chang at 988-6297.

Spend night with a mummy

Too bad mom and dad, it's the kids who'll have an opportunity to spend "Midnight with a Mummy" in a special overnight event at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The event, running 6 p.m. June 23 to 8 a.m. June 24, and 6 p.m. July 21 and 8 a.m. July 22, is geared toward children in grades 4, 5 and 6, or ages 9 to 12.

The keiki will be given a hieroglyphic name tag, learn how mummies were made, discover what pharaohs and people of ancient Egypt did for work and play, create a piece of art, enjoy a movie about Egypt (not one where the mummy attacks), and enjoy an Egyptian-style breakfast.

The cost is $30 per child. Keiki must bring a sleeping bag, sweatshirt, flashlight and toiletries.

The event coincides with the academy's current exhibition, "Mystery of the Nile: Treasures From Ancient Egypt."

Space is limited. Call 532-3666 for information and reservations.

Aquarium talks set

Waikiki Aquarium will be starting its Natural History Lecture Series, "Ocean Issues, Ocean Answers," beginning with an April 12 talk featuring aquarium director Bruce Carlson on "The Role of Aquariums in the 21st Century."

Beyond providing entertainment, aquariums worldwide are becoming centers for ocean education, research and conservation.

Talks will be held beginning 7:30 p.m. in the Aquarium's foyer. A $4 donation is requested.

The other talks are:

April 26 - Reef fish expert Jack Russell will talk about new fish species and how distribution of fishes help scientists to monitor coral reef health.

May 10 - James Maragos of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will report on efforts to restore a coral reef in American Samoa.

For more information, call the aquarium's Education Department at 923-9741.

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