Star-Bulletin Features

Wednesday, December 19, 2001



'A Family Christmas' Randy, Gay and Andrew Hongo host a Christmas concert tomorrow with their ohana, including Cheryl Toma Sanders, Miss Hawaii 1990.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. at Mamiya Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children. Purchase by calling 625-0175, or at the door.

Plan ahead for May Day

May Day may be months away, but it's never too early to start planning your floral attire. The Lyon Arboretum is hosting lei classes with Brian Choy, winner of several of the city's May Day lei contests.

A supplies and materials list will be provided at time of registration.

Class sizes are limited, so early registration is crucial. Classes run 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Fee per class is $20 plus $2 for supplies.

>> Wili Method: Learn to bind fibers and plant materials in course No. C-1, Jan. 12.

>> Haku with Ti Method: Haku lei are created by braiding together plant materials in course No. C-2, Jan. 19.

>> Hawaiian Lei Methods and Lei Plants: Choy gives a quick introduction to other lei methods (kipu'u, hili, kui and humapapa), with examples and demonstrations.He'll also review the wili and haku methods taught in the first two classes. And you will learn about plants used in lei, what to grow and how to care for lei plants, in course No. C-3, Jan. 26.

The Lyon Arboretum is at 3860 Manoa Road. For more information or to register call 988-0456 or 988-0471.


Your goose is cooked

The Kahala Mandarin Oriental is offering a Victorian Goose dinner to go for Christmas.

The dinner, which serves four to six, includes a 10 to 12 pound goose stuffed with chestnuts and prunes, maple-glazed turnips and carrots, baked asparagus with mozzarella cheese and Christmas pudding. Cost is $185.

A turkey-to-go dinner for six is available for $100.

Pick-up for both dinners is Dec. 24 or 25. Call 739-8742.

Christmas dining

Hee Hing: Dim Sum and Luau Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25, $16.95 ($7.95 children). Includes omelet and carving stations. Roast Lamb and Seafood Dinner Buffet, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25, $21.95 ($11.95 children). Call 735-5544.

La Mer, Halekulani: Prix-fixe menu, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25, $90. Includes venison terrine, mussels soup, Scottish salmon, roast veal, Christmas Symphony dessert. Call 923-2311. Special Christmas menus also offered at Orchids and House Without a Key.

L'Uraku: Four-course lunch, Dec. 24 and 25, $24. Includes grilled calamari appetizer, salad, dessert, entrée choice of rib-eye steak, pork chop or fresh fish with "Christmas" butter sauce. Four-course dinner, Dec. 24 and 25, $39. Includes salmon appetizer, shrimp cake, dessert, entrée choice of duck breast, steamed onaga, garlic steak or seared scallops. Call 955-0552.

Naupaka Terrace, Ihilani Resort and Spa: Christmas Day brunch, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $38 ($15 children). Includes turkey, prime rib, gumbo, steak pizzaola, ribs and breakfast items.

Parc Cafe: Buffet includes roast duck, couscous with figs, calamari with walnuts and gorgonzola, sushi. Hours and cost: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25, $34.95; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25, $31.95. Children pay $1 per year of age. Call 931-6643.

Plantation Cafe, Ala Moana Hotel: Brunch buffet, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25, $27.50 ($12 children). With waffle and omelet stations, carving station, sushi, more. Dinner buffet, 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 25, $29 ($12 children). With prime rib, turkey, ham, seafood; Call 955-4811, Ext. 4070.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab: Brunch buffet, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 25, $25.95 ($13.95 children). Dinner buffet, 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 25, $28.95 ($15.95 children). Buffets include crab legs, pasta, prime rib, turkey, poke and salads; brunch includes breakfast specialties. Call 545-7979.

3660 on the Rise: Dinner buffet, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24, $35 ($15 children). Includes oysters, fresh-tossed Caesar salad, chef's station serving tortellini specialties, seafood, short ribs, prime rib. Call 737-1177.

Baking a better banana bread

This version of banana bread, guaranteed moist by the addition of sour cream, is from "The Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Cookbook, Fifth Edition," a book of recipes collected by flight attendants in their journeys around the world.

Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit families of flight attendants on board flights downed on Sept. 11. Some of the money raised will also go to Wings of Hope, which helps cover medical expenses of critically ill Hawaiian Air flight attendants and their families.

Cost is $12, plus $4 postage. Make checks to A.J. Quinn and mail to P.O. Box 29723, Honolulu 96820. For information, e-mail the cookbook committee at Do not call Hawaiian Airlines.

Awesome Sour Cream Banana Bread

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

Beat together sugar and oil. Add eggs, bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Blend well.

Add dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutritional information unavailable.

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