Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, December 23, 2001



New releases from Hawaii authors, reviewed by Burl Burlingame:


"From a Joyful Heart: The Life and Music of R. Alexander Anderson"
By Scott C.S. Stone (Island Heritage, $9.99)

Anderson wrote something like 200 tunes in his eventful life, including "Mele Kalikimaka," "Waikiki" and "Lovely Hula Hands." But he was also a pioneer of Hawaiian industry and a racounteur par excellance, and his pals included Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and Arthur Godfrey. More than that, Anderson was a pioneer aviator, flying biplanes in the Great War and quite involved in establishing aviation in the islands. The book is a straight-forward biography of the man, well-illustrated with snapshots and mementos. The aviation sections are poorly edited, however, including a SE-5a drawing lifted from Profile Publications and supposedly dedicting a SE-5 (a different variant), a photograph supposedly showing a dogfight is a famous fake, and on another page, a picture of Anderson with a Royal Flying Corps SPAD-7 is identified as an SE-5.

"The Guide to Hawaiian-Style Origami for Keiki"
By Jodi H. Fukumoto (Island Heritage, $7.99)

A typically well-printed IH production with Hawaii-flavored origami fold-ups, including surfboards, sharks, aloha shirts and geckos. A flap in the back holds preprinted samples of origami paper. Just the thing to keep kids busy on a long plane trip. Some adults, too.


Greet 2002 on a full stomach

Star-Bulletin Staff

New Year's Eve events

Ala Moana Hotel: Prime rib buffet plus Kit Sampson's Sound Advice, 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Hibiscus Ballroom, $55 ($35 children). Call 955-4811.

Chef Mavro: "Un Réveillon Hawaïen" six-course dinner, $169. Menu includes Smoked Salmon Brouillade, lobster with curry risotto, baked sea bass, fillet mignon with oysters. All courses paired with wines. Call 944-4714.

Chez Michel: Special menus include lobster bisque, duck salad, entree choice of rack of lamb, filet mignon, osso bucco, seafood specialties and more, $45 and $65. Call 955-7866.

Don Ho's Island Grill: Special menu offered 6 to 10 p.m., $50 adults; $10 children. Includes poke, lomi lomi salmon, New York steak with peppercorn sauce and wild mushrooms, Hawaiian-style cioppino, lamb osso bucco. Entertainment by Hawaiian Puamana Trio and DJ Nightclub. Call 528-0807.

Duke's Waikiki: Dinner features poke roll and crab wontons, salad bar, choice of entree and dessert, 8:15 p.m., $49, includes Hawaiian entertainment and favors. Call 922-2268.

Hanohano Room: Four-course meal and two cocktails, seatings at 5:30 and 6 p.m., $95. Late seating, 8:30 and 9 p.m., $185, includes five-course meal and bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne. Vegetarian dishes available. Call 922-4422.

Kahala Mandarin Oriental: Hoku's dinner includes "Beggar's Purse" of scallops, truffle and fois gras, plus roasted venison; $95 adults ($48 children). Seatings at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Plumeria Beach Cafe buffet, 5 to 7 p.m., $70 ($35.50 children) includes roast pig and opakapaka. Picante Party, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., a Latin fiesta with lessons in salsa, merengue and cha cha, $70 ($35 children). Dinner and party, $175 ($68 children). Call 739-8760.

Parc Cafe: Buffet includes prime rib, extensive salad bar, sushi, sashimi, poke and made-to-order seafood dishes (Kung Pao Scallops, Black Bean Mussels, Thai Coconut Shrimp, Sweet Chili Calamari), 5 to 10 p.m., $29.95. Call 931-6643.

Plantation Cafe: Dinner buffet includes king crab, oysters, prime rib, steamed clams, 5-10 p.m., $29 ($12 children). Call 955-4811.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Dinner buffet, 5 p.m.-midnight, $35 ($17.50 children). Includes sushi and poke bars, seafood specialties, carving station with prime rib, pork and turkey. Traditional Japanese ozoni soup served at midnight. Party hats, noisemakers included. Call 536-6286.

New Year's Day

Chez Michel: Repeats New Year's Eve menu.

Parc Cafe: Brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $27.95. Children pay $1 per year of age. Call 931-6643.

Plantation Cafe: Brunch features omelet and waffle stations, seafood lobster Newburg, prime rib, smoked pork loin, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $27.50 ($12 children). Plus, New Year's Eve dinner buffet repeats. Call 955-4811.

Early celebrations

Azul (Ihilani Resort & Spa): Whitehall Lane Wine Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, $80. Five-course menu includes ahi and avocado salad, scallops with oranges and basil risotto, lamb shank, cheese plate, Dessert Symphony. Served with Whitehall Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port. Call 679-0079.

Brew Moon: Creole-inspired menu, offered during lunch and dinner through Jan. 1. Dinner choices include Caribbean ratatouille and Cajun roast chicken. Cost is $14.50 for lunch, $27.50 dinner. Call 593-0088.

Pineapple Room: "Winez & Grindz" dinner, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, $49 ($64 with wine pairings). Four-course menu includes seared salmon, ahi carpaccio "pizza," shrimp and seared scallop, New York steak and foie gras. Call 945-6573.


I connected with Kapono Aluli Souza, subject of this week's cover feature, at Makua Valley, where he was involved in the Makahiki Games. I had no idea what he looked like, and wandered around asking folks, "You seen Auntie Irmgard's grandson?"

The valley was startlingly green after the rains and had the bitter chlorophyll scent of freshly cut grass. Army security was out in force, a far cry from the days when you could camp out on the beach without a permit and wander into the valley -- unescorted! -- to dig up artillery shell fragments, as I did in high school. Things change, and sometimes for good reason.

Burl Burlingame

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