'Kitchen' moving

The Hawaiian Electric Co.'s cooking show, "The Electric Kitchen," makes the jump from cable to broadcast TV, debuting on KITV/ABC Sunday.

HECO's cooking-class roots reach to 1926, when housewives needed help learning to use that new creation, the electric range. Classes eventually outgrew the utility's King Street building and moved to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Dome and the Neil Blaisdell Center. In 1987, the first shows were broadcast.

Until now, "The Electric Kitchen" has taped just two shows per month, airing them repeatedly on Oceanic 16.

The KITV version of the show calls for 22 shows taped over 12 months, airing at 4:30 p.m. Sundays. The Oceanic 16 shows will not air this week.

"The Electric Kitchen" features both professional chefs and home cooks, hosted by Alison Zecha, who works in HECO's Human Resources department.

The show will also feature an appearance by Eleanor Nakama-Mitsunaga, who writes the weekly feature, "Key Ingredient," for the Star-Bulletin.

Recipes from the show, which are edited by HECO home economists, are printed weekly in the Star-Bulletin. They are also available online at

Cooking lesson

Chefs Minoru Karikomi of Musashi Restaurant and Ricky Oshima of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki will present a demonstration Japanese cooking, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Tamarind Room at Kapiolani Community College.

On the teaching menu: mustard-flavored deep-fried tofu, laulau-style opakapaka, simmered beef and potato and misoyaki garlic chicken.

The demonstration will be followed by a buffet lunch.

The cost is $30; $25 for members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, which is sponsoring the event. Reservation deadline is Monday. Call 524-4450 or e-mail

Chinatown tours

Both these tours will be followed by lunch, which is not included in the price:

Lyon Arboretum: A Cook's Tour of Chinatown includes a search for fresh produce, specialty ingredients and fish, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 13. Meet at the corner of Hotel and Maunakea streets. Cost is $12; $10 for arboretum members. Call 988-0456.

Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens: Tour covers the traditional fruits, vegetables and sweets needed for the Harvest Moon Festival, 10 a.m. Sunday. Meet at Marin Towers. Cost is $12; $10 for Friends members. Call 537-1708.

A nutty princess

The Island Princess macadamia nut line has expanded to include a gourmet collection in flavors of Maui onion, sweet chili, nori, curry, honey-roasted and lightly salted.

The company says the nuts are produced through "flavor infusion" -- rather than sprinkle the nuts with a powder, they're seasoned when raw, then continue to be seasoned through the roasting process.

The 4.5-ounce jars sell for $3.75 to $4.29. They're available at many retail stores, or at the Island Princess factory outlet in Iwilei. Call 839-5222, ext. 207.

September is a month full of sake sensations

Two events this month are designed to enhance your appreciation of sake:

The Joy of Sake, the third annual sake festival, takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Japanese Cultural Center.

The festival will offer 120 sakes, many of them award-winning bottles rarely available in the United States.

The sakes will be paired with seasonal appetizers from 10 restaurants, among them Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Furusato, Roy's, Kacho, Kyo-ya and Memphis Minnie's Barbeque from San Francisco.

Tickets are $60, available at Fujioka Wine Merchants. Or call 739-1000.

Then, if you need an explanation of what you drank, the University of Hawaii offers a non-credit class, "Introduction to Sake," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Youme.n restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.

Sake expert Chris Pearce will cover the types of rice wine through a tasting of 10 to 12 sakes, with appetizers. Cost is $62.

Call 956-8400 or register online through the Web site,

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