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Wednesday, November 8, 2000


Pan-American Moichi Okada Association
A bounty of fresh vegetables marks the harvest
from the MOA farm.

Less is MOA

At the Moichi Okada Association's farm in Waimanalo, even the manure is green. It's vegetation grown specifically to enrich the soil and it personifies the philosophy of this organization -- to reach beyond even organic farming to produce truly natural produce.

It's a belief worth sharing, MOA members believe, and so they are inviting the public to partake at their Natural Foods Cook-Off, 5 p.m. Friday at the MOA Center Social Hall, 3150 Nuuanu Pali Drive.

MOA members will be cooking up dishes using natural food products -- those grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. They'll be judged, then offered for sampling.

Other activities include make-your-own flower arrangements, tea ceremony featuring MOA's own green tea, and demonstrations of jorei, a Japanese art of healing touch.

The point, says coordinator Ivan Kawamoto, is to expose more people to natural foods and to collect recipes for a MOA cookbook.

The event is free. For information call 595-6344.



Farrington Art Academy
Farrington High School students fashioned these fanciful
pets for the Hawaiian Humane Society Fantasies
in Chocolate fund-raiser.

Indulgence helps animals

When it comes time to decide which nutritional science to believe in, one of the best theorems is that chocolate is good for us. To test the hypothesis, visit Fantasies in Chocolate, a benefit for the Hawaiian Humane Society, Sunday at the Sheraton Waikiki Ballroom.

Chocolate dishes will be prepared by Ted's Bakery, the Pineapple Room, Roy's restaurant, Ghiardelli Chocolate Co. and more. A Ready-Set-Scoooop competition pits chefs, confectioners and bakers in a race to create a great dessert. You can also take in the chocolate sculptures, learn more ways to enjoy chocolate at cooking demonstrations and enter a Sweet-stakes for prizes.

Fantasy Brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a meal, followed by an hour of chocolate tasting, $65 or $480 for a table of eight. The Chocolate Lovers ticket includes two hours of chocolate indulgence, 1 to 3 p.m., for $30. Call 946-2127, Ext. 213.

Eat well; do good

Bullet "Taste of Sprint Hawaii": Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab will feature the winning dishes from Sprint Hawaii's employee cooking contest in a four-course mixed plate. Choy helped judge the contest, which was an in-house fund-raiser toward Sprint's goal of earning $20,000 for Aloha United Way.

The mixed plate will be served Monday through Nov. 15 for $10.95. The menu: Ole's Onolicious Oka (recipe by Oleana Sagapolutele), Chicken Long Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms (Michelle Lee), Roast Pork with Mustard Cabbage (Shanette Bannister) and Strawberry Ice Cream Cloud (Beverly Fukumoto). Proceeds will go toward Sprint's United Way drive.

Bullet "Cuisine of the Millennium": "Hawaii, Come Home" is the theme of a benefit dinner for Ke Au Hou, the Millennium Youth Fund, 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Westin Hawai'i Prince Hotel Waikiki. To be honored are a number of Hawaii residents who have gone on to distinguished careers in fields from high technology to film, as well as local chefs who traveled the country this year promoting the islands as part of the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau's Chefs of Aloha program.

Entertainment will be by the Royal Hawaiian Glee Club, the Hawaii Youth Symphony, Henry Kapono and Melveen Leed. Tickets are $240 to $480, including a six-course meal. The event is sponsored by the Hawai'i Millennium Commission and the HVCB. Call 550-2000.

Bullet "Tastes and Treasures": The Honolulu Waldorf School hosts a dinner and silent auction at the Koolau Golf Course Ballroom, 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 18. $50; $10 children under 10. Proceeds benefit the tuition assistance program and campus enhancement.

New assignments

Bullet SeaWatch: Todd Carlos, former corporate chef for the Tri-Star Restaurant Group, has been named executive chef at SeaWatch Restaurant at Wailea. Carlos worked for 10 years in the kitchen at the Lodge at Koele on Lanai, then most recently supervised the Tri-Star restaurants of Nicholas Nickolas, Sarento's and Nick's Fishmarket Maui.

Bullet Cafe Monsarrat: Scott Nelson, former chef with Alan Wong's Pineapple Room and Padovani's Bistro & Wine Bar, has been named executive chef at Cafe Monsarrat. Marlowe Arcelonna has been named sous chef.

Nelson received much of his hands-on training with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans, helping him open his fourth restaurant, Delmonico, in 1998. He replaces chef Ed Kenney, who left the restaurant for family reasons.

Nelson has redesigned the Monsarrat menu to feature "Creole bistro" cuisine.

Dinner affairs

Bullet "Eight is Enough": Culinary students at Kapiolani Community College are serving an eight-course tasting menu through Dec. 5 at KCC's Tamarind Dining Room. The students are completing a practicum class, which teaches them all aspects of running their own business, from planning a menu to drafting a business plan.

The "Eight is Enough" tasting menu of Pacific Rim cuisine costs $28.88. Items are also available ala carte. The menu includes Herb-Crusted Salmon, Crispy Duck Confit and Bouillabaisse. Seating times are 5:45, 6 and 6:15 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 734-9488.

Bullet Wine Dinner: The wines of Chateau St. Michelle will be featured in a five-course meal, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 3660 on the Rise. The menu includes Risotto with Kalua Duck and Wild Mushrooms with Cold Creek Merlot 1977, and Pan-Seared Potato-Crusted Mahimahi with Canoe Ridge Chardonnay 1997. Cost is $65. Call 737-1177.

Bullet Filipino Festival: The Plantation Cafe offers authentic Filipino food from Nov. 13-Dec. 2. Featured dishes include adobong manok (sauteed chicken with soy sauce and vinegar); daing bangus (fried marinated milk fish); bistek tagalog (beef steak with soy sauce and Kalamansi jus); and Kare Kare (stewed oxtail and vegetables in peanut sauce). Harana, strolling musicians, will entertain during lunch and dinner. For reservations, call 955-4811.

Learn something new

Bullet Food safety for the holidays: Teachers and students at Kapiolani Community College will present a workshop on food-safety techniques, 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ohia Room 118. Presentation includes samples of holiday dishes. Call 586-8020.

Bullet "Holiday Menu Ideas for People with Diabetes": The Castle Center for Health Promotion presents menu ideas and easy techniques for adjusting holiday recipes for those with diabetes from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 16. Call 263-5400 to register. Free.

Da Kine


Bands march into stadium

Get ready for a toe tapping, horn blaring, baton twirling good time as Hawaii's high school bands gather at Aloha Stadium.

The 21st Annual Meadow Gold Rainbow Invitational Marching Band Festival will take place at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow

The University of Hawaii Marching Band hosts the event, which will include high school bands from Aiea, Castle, Farrington, Kahuku, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kalani, Kamehameha, Mililani, Moanalua, Nanakuli, Pearl City, Punahou, Roosevelt, St. Louis, Waialua and Waianae.

Tickets -- $6 adults, $4 students -- are available at participating schools or the Aloha Stadium box office. Children under 6 are free.

Call 956-7657 for more information.

Sun Yat-sen remembered

Dr. Lily Sui-fong Sun will release copies of her new book, "An Album in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen: A Great Man and Epoch-Maker," from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Kapiolani Community College Library.

Sun, the granddaughter of Sun Yat-sen, includes in her book photos and writings from the revolutionary leader who is considered the father of the Republic of China.

Lily Sun will give a short talk and sign copies of the book. Proceeds from sales of the $50 books will benefit the Dr. Sun Yat-sen China Collection at the KCC library. For more information, call 734-9268.

Grants help women, kids

The Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation is accepting grant requests from organizations and projects that help to improve the legal status and well-being of women and children in Hawaii.

The deadline to submit grant applications is Nov. 13.

In recent years, the charitable foundation has made grants to organizations such as the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, Parents and Children Together, Family Planning Centers of Hawaii, Hawaii State Foster Parents Association, the Angel Network, and the Leeward and Windward Abuse Shelters.

For information, contact Bernice Littman, chairwoman of the Grant Distribution Committee, at 521-9219.

Follow the leaders

A dream panel has been assembled for a satellite training event, "Lessons in Leadership," taking place 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Some of the world's leading business thinkers will appear via satellite from locations around the world, focusing on "The Brave New Workplace: Strategies to Excel in a World of Change.

Featured will be Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela; Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"; Intel founder Andy Grove; Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang; and Martha Stewart, chairman and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

The cost is $199 per person. Register at 1-(800)-689-9771.

Blood drive

The 10th annual Windward Community Blood Drive will take place at Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Appointments can be made by calling the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 845-9966. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors must be at least 18, in good health, weigh 110 pounds or more and bring a valid photo I.D.

Giving blood is safe and takes only 5 to 8 minutes, though donors should allow 1-1/2 hours for paperwork, interview and mini physical.

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