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August, in Okinawan tradition, is the month of forbidden love, the time when the moon is closest to Earth and therefore shines brightest, allowing for nighttime meetings between lovers who must hide their intentions during the day.
Many Okinawan songs perpetuate the ideal, as does the American-made comedy, "Tea House of the August Moon."
The Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association has selected the theme to drive its fifth Taste of Okinawa fund-raiser, to be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. The top door prize will be a trip to Okinawa and dinner at the Tea House of the August Moon, both donated by the daughter of Eiko Uehara, original inspiration for the movie.
The event includes Okinawan food, dancing, music, beer and awamori, Okinawa's powerful version of sake.
Tickets are $35. Send checks payable to the Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association, P.O. Box 235197, Honolulu 96823-3503. Call 952-1206.
Asian vegetarian cuisineHealthy living through a vegan lifestyle is the topic of a series of seminars and cooking classes being held Sundays in August at the Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Hosts are veteran vegan cooks Masa and Harriet Yafuso. Sponsors include Castle Medical Center, Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hawaii Health Foundation, Veggie Life magazine and the "Nutrition and You" radio program.
All events are 2 to 4 p.m. and are free. However, tickets are required. Call Castle at 263-5400.
The focus will be on Asian vegetarian cuisine:
Sunday: "Healthy Thai Cuisine" with Doris Tan Westerdahl; seminar on "Anti-Aging Nutrition Secrets" with John Westerdahl.
Aug. 12: "Healthy Korean Cooking" with Susan Yongsuk Okamura; "Cancer Prevention" with Ruth Heidrich.
Aug. 19: "Kokusaika Japanese Cooking" with Karen Kaoru Fujimoto; "If You Have High Blood Pressure You May Also Get Osteoporosis" with Edward K. Fujimoto
Aug. 26: "Healthy Filipino Cooking" with Jovy Arreola; "The Diabetics Prevention Program" with Dr. Terry Shintani.
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