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Party for a causeTonight's weekly "Spy Bar" at John Dominis restaurant will be a benefit fund-raiser for relief efforts in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Co-organizer Grant Fukuda said the restaurant will match the $10 cover charge (for 23 and over), with all of the money donated to relief funds.
Fukuda's asking that patrons wear black or dark colors in memory of those who lost their lives. DisGuyz will perform its tribute song, "Our Nation in Song," at midnight, as part of a radio broadcast on 93.1 KQMQ from 10:30 to 12:30. Call 523-0955.
Meanwhile, at Wave Waikiki, Big Toe and Rail hit the stage tonight for the "Wave of Aloha" fund-raiser for Aloha United Way, also for Sept. 11 relief. The staff of the Wave will donate their pay for the night as well.
The Red Door Dancers and Nikki from KPOI will perform, and there will be prize giveaways from Gordon Biersch, the Wave, KPOI, Star 101.9 and Sanctuary Salon.
The party for ages 21 and up will run from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission will be a $5 minimum at the door. Call 941-0424.
Rice Festival on SundayEver wonder how brown rice becomes white rice? Did you even know that white rice comes from brown rice? It's time to investigate that staple food of local cuisine at Sunday's Rice Festival (an item in Wednesday's Food section listed an incorrect date).
The festival, at the Japanese Cultural Center, will feature a rice-milling demonstration showing the processing of white rice. You can also make musubi and mochi cakes, eat rice dishes, even buy rice.
Karen Yamamoto Hackler will tell stories from her "Tales of Rice and Adventure," and Sandi Takayama will read from her book, "The Musubi Man."
Admission is free. Call 945-7633.
Get on the haunted busOctober is the month for hauntings, and the Ghosthunters Bus Tour will be making the round of spooky sites beginning Oct. 5.
Tours will take place 7:15 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5, 12, 13, 19, 26 and 27.
The bus tour is designed for those ages 12 and older, who are welcome to bring infra-red film, ghost meters and other paranormal detection devices.
The cost is $30. Call Honolulu TimeWalks at 943-0371 for more information.
Kama'aina plusTo meet the new challenges in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies, island attractions are offering discounts to draw local residents to sites they seldom get to enjoy. Here is a list of offerings from Atlantis Adventures, good through Oct. 31.
>> Receive 50 percent off the kama'aina rate at Sea Life Park Hawaii, with ocean exhibits such as the Hawaii Ocean Theatre and Dolphin Cove. The cost is $6 for adults and $4.50 for children. Call 259-7933.
>> Receive 50 percent off the kama'aina rate for Atlantis Submarine tours that descend 120 feet to explore two wrecked ships, two sunken airplanes and artificial reefs that are home to marine life. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call 973-9811.
>> Receive 50 percent off the kama'aina rate for Navatek's Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise that cruises from Kewalo Basin beyond Diamond Head to Koko Head Crater. The cost is $22 for adults and $14.50 for children. Call 973-1311.
>> Receive 50 percent off the kama'aina rate at Waimea Falls Park, with opportunities to explore an ancient heiau, stroll through gardens and enjoy dramatic cliff-diving shows. The cost is $6 for adults and $4.50 for children. Call 638-8511.
>> Receive a free gift at the Battleship Missouri Memorial berthed 1,000 feet from the USS Arizona Memorial. Guests can touch the battleship's 16-inch guns, visit the ship's museum and stand where Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces accepted Japan's surrender at the end of World War II. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call 973-2494.
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