Robyn Buntin displays Japanese prints

When antiques specialist Robyn Buntin travels, you can be pretty sure he's going to bring home more than a lousy T-shirt.

After attending a summer meeting of the International Japanese Print Dealers in Munich, Germany, he's returned home with hundreds of beautiful prints gathered from 50 of the top dealers and collectors around the world.

The works, ranging in age from 40 to 200 years old, will be on view for the first time at Robyn Buntin Galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow.

They will be available for purchase for $275 to $5,800.

The gallery is at 848 S. Beretania St. Call 523-5913.


Learn slack-key guitar from a professional

Veteran musician Raymond Kane will be conducting a free slack-key guitar workshop from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the upper lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel at 2335 Kalakaua Ave.

A second workshop, by guitarist David Kahiapo, will follow from 2 to 4 p.m.

Parking at the hotel is by valet only and will cost $3 with a validation stamp.

For more information, call Marisa Parker at 921-9711.

Alexie speaks at Maui Writers Conference

Award-winning filmmaker, author and poet Sherman Alexie, recognized by New Yorker magazine as "one of the top writers of the 21st century," will join dozens of New York Times best-selling authors as he headlines the 2003 Maui Writers Conference Labor Day weekend at the Wailea Marriott on Maui.

The conference, now in its 11th year, brings together the biggest names in writing, publishing and entertainment and boasts attendees from across the country, as well as several foreign countries.

Alexie will keynote the conference at 10 a.m. Aug. 28, immediately following the opening ceremonies.

As a prolific poet and writer, Alexie is best known for his landmark film "Smoke Signals," the first feature film that was produced, written and directed by American Indians. It premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival where it took top honors receiving the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy.

Based on Alexie's book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," "Smoke Signals" paved the way for his second award-winning feature, "The Business of Fancy Dancing," which premiered in 2002 and was based on his first book, of the same title.

Alexie's career in writing and filmmaking continues to provide inspiration for Hawaii-based filmmakers looking to become storytellers in print and in film.

A Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian from Wellpinit, Wash., Alexie currently resides in Seattle with his wife and two children. His latest release, "Ten Little Indians" (Grove/Atlantic), debuted this June to rave reviews and features a collection of short stories, poems and screenplays.

Other authors headlining the four-day Maui Writers Conference include Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Gail Tsukiyama, Terry Brooks, Ben Bova, John Saul, Diane Mott Davidson and 35 agents, editors and publishers from the major houses to boutique agencies, from New York to Los Angeles.

The fee for the conference is $695 ($100 off for Hawaii residents). Register online at www. or by calling 808-879-0061.

Aquarium's curator on 'Shark Week' TV show

Waikiki Aquarium acting curator Gerald Crow will appear in a segment of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," airing 7 and 9 p.m. today.

In the two-hour segment called "Shark Roulette" and filmed by the BBC, Crow discusses Hawaii's tiger sharks, what they eat (including such inedible objects as raincoats, buckets and shoes), how their eyes are adapted to hunting near the surface and how they remove indigestible objects by a process known as gastric eversion, or turning their stomachs inside out.

Crow, co-author of "Sharks and Rays of Hawai'i" (Mutual Publishing 2002), has also appeared in previous years' episodes of Shark Week and is featured in the Discovery Channel's book "Sharks! The Mysterious Killers." He has been a shark researcher for more than 20 years.

Remodeling tips at Windward Mall

Learn how landscaping can reduce energy costs and make for a more energy-efficient home during Hawaii Remodelor's Council's "Remodel It Right" seminar 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. tomorrow at Windward Mall Center Stage.

Remodeling vendors will also stage a small expo from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with experts offering tips on the remodeling process. Speakers include Paul Noborikawa, of ADI Design Group; Marshall Hickox, of Homeworks Construction; Greg Lee, of Landscapes by Tropical Images; and Richard Kuga, from American Savings Bank. Representatives from the city Department of Planning and Permitting and state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs will also be on hand.

For more information, call 847-4666, Ext. 210, or visit Web site


Shop Hawaii

You don't have to be a shopoholic to enjoy the Made in Hawaii Festival running through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.

More than 400 exhibitors offering local produce, clothing, crafts and art work for sale during the event that runs noon to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. But there will also be a full lineup of entertainment and cooking demonstrations for shoppers' companions to enjoy.

Admission is $2; children under 6 will be admitted free. Call 533-1292 for more information.

Here's the lineup for non-shoppers:

The Sounds

Noon: Jerry Santos
1 p.m.: Del Beazley
3 p.m.: Melveen Leed
5 p.m.: Maunalua, with former Miss America Angela Perez Baraquio performing the hula
7 p.m.: Jay Larrin

10 a.m.: Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom
11 a.m.: Frank DeLima
1 p.m.: Marlene Sai
3 p.m.: 'Ale'a
5 p.m.: Robi Kahakalau
7 p.m.: Nathan Aweau

11 a.m.: Raiatea Helm
1 p.m.: Sean Na'auao
3 p.m.: Darren Benitez

Sizzling Sights

Cooking demonstrations by Oahu's top chefs

2 p.m.: Mark Ellman, Maui Tacos
4 p.m.: Eric Leterc, Pacific Club
6 p.m.: Matt Johnson and Miles Murakami, Sergio's

Noon: Almar Arcano, Hy's Steak House
2 p.m.: Veronica Macciess, Sinaloa Hawaiian Tortillas
4 p.m.: Elmer Guzman, Sam Choy's Diamond Head
6 p.m.: Fred DeAngelo, Tiki's Grill & Bar

Noon: Kevin Tate, Kevin's Two Boots
2 p.m.: Marcia Cades, Kakaako Kitchen

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