Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Time to dance

"Let's Dance" will mark its sixth year as Hawaii's longest-running dance event June 10 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

The Willie Barton Orchestra will bring back big band sounds from 6 to 9 p.m., with Jan Brenner, George Chun, and Sonny Maguire throwing in some new swing sounds as well.

Tickets are $15, available at Tower Records-Kahala and Pearl Kai, Tower Video Keeaumoku, the Royal Hawaiian's Service Center, Sheraton Waikiki, Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Moana Surf Rider Hotel.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Hawaii Lupus Foundation. Call 538-1522.

Kona highlights

Kona will be the subject of a free talk 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the University of Hawai'i's Krauss Hall Yukiyoshi Room.

Speakers will be Warren Nishimoto and Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto of the UHM Center for Oral History, who worked on "A Social History of Kona," a two-year oral history project. Call 956-3836.

911 for food emergencies

You've invested a day peeling, cutting and seeding fruit, and your guava jelly has turned out runny. No matter what anyone says, this constitutes an emergency.

Call in the Consumer Food and Nutrition Helpline. The University of Hawaii's Cooperative Extension Service operates the 911 service, offering free advice about local produce, safe food handling and general nutrition.

Call 956-7745 on Oahu or (888) 384-6829 toll-free from the neighbor islands. You'll have to leave a message, but you will get a response from a trained professional. Or e-mail questions to

If you can't wait for an answer, check out the Web site Frequently asked questions and links are available at that site.

Restaurant training

The YWCA of Oahu is offering a summer program training low-income students for jobs in food service.

Culinary Arts for Enterprising Youth -- CAFE, for short -- offers training in food service, preparation and the culinary arts through 30 hands-on classes and placement in paid restaurant jobs.

The program begins June 13 and has 40 openings. Call 538-7061, ext. 221.

Good-looking coffees

Kona Joe Coffee: The colorful packaging for Kona Joe Coffee captured the attention of judges at the Specialty Coffee Association of America conference held last month in Miami. Kona Joe won the first-place marketing award for a new roasted coffee.

Mike Ferguson of the coffee association said the award recognizes "the art of coffee" -- exceptional packaging and marketing -- which he described as a highly competitive area in the industry. The association also gives out awards in categories such as tea, coffee accessories and equipment.

Also proud of its new design is Hawaii Coffee, which has introduced the Kona Premium Blend Series, a line of coffee blends with 30 percent Kona beans. The company says 10 percent is the legal minimum for labeling a coffee a Kona blend but that customers in Japan have expressed an interest in a higher percentage of Kona-grown beans.

The new coffees are marked by a hula dancer design on bright green bags. The line includes three types of roasts, two flavored blends, chef Russell Siu's specialty coffee and a pure Kona.

Hawaii Coffee sells Royal Kona and Lion Coffee brands in consolidated facilities in Kalihi.

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