Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Emeril Lagasse is looking to fill his audience at
the Hilton Hawaiian Village tomorrow.

Can you say, 'BAM'?

Emeril Lagasse fans and just plain hungry people are invited to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa at 11:30 p.m. tomorrow as the celebrity chef hosts a luau live on "Good Morning America."

Because of the time difference, it'll be a midnight luau for the live audience, but the ABC crew is still hoping for a good crowd. The luau will air in segments throughout the morning show on Friday.

Lagasse will be joined by Hawaii chef Sam Choy for the luau.

An early taste

Taste of Honolulu turns 10 this year. That's 10 years that serious eaters have trooped to the grounds of Honolulu Hale to sample foods from dozens of restaurants, for the benefit of their taste buds and Easter Seals Hawaii.

This year's Taste will run June 22 to 24.

Buy tickets now and take advantage of advance-sale savings. Package A costs $21 and includes $25 worth of scrip. Package B is $44 and includes $50 worth of scrip and two admission tickets (worth $3 each).

The discounts are available through June 8. Call 536-1015 or visit the Web site, www.Easter

All about 'awa

Classes on 'awa (aka kava or Piper methysticum) will be held over three Tuesdays, May 22, May 29 and June 5, at Honolulu Community College.

The first class is an overview and introduction to 'awa; followed by a class on the growing, economics and future of the crop; and the last class will involve tasting varieties from throughout the Pacific.

Classes run 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per class, plus a $10 lab fee for the last class. Call 845-9296 or visit the Web site,

Calling all chili cooks

If you think you have the world's best chili recipe, now's the chance to prove it.

The International Chili Society's Chili Cookoff on May 28 gives teams of four to 10 the chance to put their chili-making talents to the test.

The winning team will represent Hawaii in the World Cookoff, to be held in Nevada in October. First prize in the national competition is $25,000.

Entry fee is $50 plus an additional $30 to join the International Chili Society. Call Jack Scaff at 533-1882 for location and details.

Surfing 101

By now you must know surfing is no mere sport in Hawaii; it's a science. Once again, the Windward Community College Office of Continuing Education is offering a noncredit summer program, "Introduction to Surf Science, Culture and Technology."

Sessions run 6 to 8 p.m. June 11 to 23, with two 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday labs for CPR and first-aid certification, with a couple of surf lessons with wave rider Hans Hedemann.

Classes will cover topics such as the origins of surfing, surfing pioneers, women in surfing, surfing huge waves, the economics of competitive surfing, surf politics and the environment, the retail surf industry, water safety, and more.

For more information, call Ian Masterson at 254-0180 or register by calling WCC at 235-7433.

Free festivals

Stock market woes have you spending summer at home? The City and County of Honolulu is planning a series of free festivals offering an opportunity to experience the music and dances of three cultures right here.

Events are as follows, all beginning at 7 p.m. at Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King St.:

June 8: Hawaiian Festival, with Kahu Kamaki Kanahele, the Aloha Festivals Court, Hula Halau 'O Kawaili'ula with kumu hula Chinky Mahoe, and the Makaha Sons.

June 10: Filipino Festival, featuring "Alamat at Kasaysayan Na Lahi," a music and dance celebration of Philippine independence.

July 20: Samoan Festival, honoring Samoan Flag Day with songs and dances of the island.

For more information, call 523-4674.

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