Thomas Viernes displayed his winning poke in an outrigger canoe.

Viernes wins
Choy’s poke contest

Thomas Viernes, sous chef at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, won the grand prize at Sunday's Sam Choy Poke Contest, held at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island.

Viernes' ahi poke flavored with macadamia nuts was named Best of Show.

Professional and amateur chefs competed for more than $18,000 in cash and prizes in the categories of poke using hot sauce, ogo, surimi, hokkigai, mac nuts, tofu and soy sauce, as well as traditional and cooked poke.

Ryan Vargas, senior sous chef at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, won the professional division; Jason Wood was first among non-professionals.

The Sam Choy Poke Shoot-Out Golf Tournament, held Saturday, raised $46,000 for the Kawaihae Transitional Housing Program.

Macadamia Nut Ahi Poke

4 ounces ahi, cubed small
1 tablespoon EACH Maui onion, tomato (seeded) and green onion, all diced small
1 teaspoon macadamia nut oil
1 tablespoon roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
>> Marinade:
2-1/2 tablespoons mirin
1-1/2 tablespoonsoy sauce (Aloha brand preferred)
1 teaspoon EACH Chinese mustard paste, oyster sauce and hon dashi
2 teaspoons miso

Combine marinade ingredients in a sauce pan and cook until liquid is reduced by half. Chill.

Combine ahi with vegetables and oil. Set aside.

When marinade is completely cool, toss with poke and sprinkle with nuts.

Nutritional information unavailable.

Special events

Taste of Portugal: Foods, dances and crafts of Portugal will be showcased, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Windward Mall. A cooking demonstration will feature Portuguese Rice Pudding. Bean soup samples will be offered.

Sunset Tea: Tea is only part of the menu at the American Culinary Federation Chef & Child Foundation benefit, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Water's Edge at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island. Champagne, ales and coffees will also be served, along with pastries, chocolate, ice cream and a Bruchetta Buffet. Cost is $40 in advance, $45 at the door, to benefit childhood nutrition education. Call (808) 886-1234.

Holiday Treats: Make, bake and take home gingerbread ornaments and houses in three Saturday sessions taught by chefs Ernst Hiltbrand and Dan Wetter at Kapiolani Community College. Classes are 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, 12 and 19. They will cover making a Lebuchen (gingerbread) house, icing techniques and marzipan moldings. Cost is $125. Call 734-9211.



Tickets go on sale Saturday for B.B. King's interisland concert tour, which starts on Kauai Nov. 7. King, his guitar Lucille and his band will head to Honolulu for a Blaisdell Arena show Nov. 8, then go to Maui on the 9th and Kona on the 10th. Tickets for the Oahu show are $30, $40 and $50, available at the arena box office and Ticket Plus outlets. Charge by phone at 526-4400 or online at Call 591-2211.

Mrs. Colorado is Maui High grad

The Mrs. America competition taking place at Hilton Hawaiian Village features two candidates with local ties.

Representing Hawaii will be Helen Berger, and representing Colorado will be Emily Stark, a 1988 graduate of Maui High, who was recently interviewed on "Larry King Live" on CNN, and profiled on CBS's "48 Hours," after giving birth some 18 months ago to twin girls conjoined at the spine. Several months later, the twins were separated in a 12-hour operation attended by 60 doctors, and today they are healthy babies Lexi and Sydney.

Tickets for the preliminary competition at 6 p.m. today are $50 ($40 children). Tickets are also available to attend the PAX network taping at 6 p.m. Friday, at $60 ($50 children).

Call 949-4321, Ext. 312.

Some brassy evening

The Hawaii Chamber Orchestra Society and Wards Rafters present their monthly Cameo Concert at Unity Church, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The program, "Lots of Brass and a Little Wind," will mix classical, jazz and show music.

The Manoa Trombones, 10 musicians directed by the Honolulu Symphony's principal trombonist, James Decker, will perform music by Gershwin, Haydn and Samuel Barber.

The Honolulu Sax Quartet, directed by Todd Yukumoto, will perform show tunes and sax compositions including a Jazz Suite by Nick Ayoub.

The Claude Bolling "Jazz Suite for Flute, Piano, Bass and Drums," originally written for the great flutist Jean Pierre Rampal, will feature Miles Wachner (a student of Rampal's) on flute, Jacob Koller on piano, Ernie Provencher on bass and Lew Maddox on drums.

The concert will be at Unity Church. Tickets are $15 ($10 seniors and military, $5 students, free for children). Call 734-0397.

Ins and outs of ADD

There is help for parents whose children display signs of Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. One of the first dilemmas is to figure out how much of a child's behavior is a result of a disorder and how much is "regular" child's play.

Marie Annette Isom wrote "ADD/ADHD: A Parent's Practical Guide to Attention Deficit Disorders," after discovering a lack of information when she learned eight years ago that her son had ADHD. His habits included walking out in front of moving cars.

The book covers characteristics of the disorders, diet, organizing time so the child does not feel overwhelmed and evaluating whether to medicate.

Isom, whose efforts have won her recognition from the Hawaii County Council and the Hawaii State House of Representatives, will sign copies of her book from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at Borders Books at Ward Centre.

More information can be found at her Web site,

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