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When a plastic bag just won't do, consider a Gotta Be Hawaiian Lunch Kit. Holds one of those foam takeout containers perfectly, or a wrapped paper plate, or an okazuya-style cardboard box -- OR even a pie (ooh, a potluck accessory).
The Gotta Be Hawaiian series is a product of Booklines Hawaii, which normally sells, well, books, but supposedly you could carry a book in here just as easily.
The line includes more traditionally shaped cooler bags, the largest of which will carry 24 canned drinks. Or, there's a tiny one for just a sandwich, and a water-bottle wrap. The Hawaiian-print patterns make them good omiyage for mainland trips.
Booklines says the lunch kits and collapsible coolers keep food hot or cold and have a "heat-sealed no-leak liner." They're available at several retailers, or through www.booklineshawaii.com.
Yoplait is distributing special cups with pink lids to stores nationwide. The company will donate 10 cents to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for every pink lid received by Dec. 31, up to $500,000. In addition, Yoplait will donate a guaranteed $750,000 to Komen.
Send lids to "Save Lids to Save Lives," P.O. Box 2238, Milaca, Minn. 56353-2238.
The Hawaii Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual fund-raiser for breast cancer research, will be held Sept. 30. Call 973-5967.
Kalo recipe contest: Finalists compete at noon Saturday in the fourth-floor kitchen to make the top dishes in the categories of pupu and dessert. The public is invited to watch; copies of the recipes will be distributed.
Cooking demonstration: Ellane Baker, author of "Taro and Breadfruit (or Potato!)" will demonstrate recipes from her new cookbook and autograph copies, noon Sept. 22, in the fourth-floor kitchen. The book will be sold at the demonstration.