Hooked on Brunch

There's something fishy at "Brunch on the Beach" this week, as the monthly Waikiki food festival taking place 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday highlights a menu of seafood plus themed desserts in celebration of the soon-to-be-released animated film "Shark Tale."

Fun foods will include the likes of Warm Cinnamon "Shark Fins," Jellyfish Jell-O, Tidalwave Shave Ice, Shark Bait Brownies and Fin-tastic Ocean Floats.

There'll also be a ceremony to announce the winners of the student art contest "Show & Tale Us What About the Ocean Inspires You!" "Shark Tale," opening Oct. 1, is about a fast-talking fish named Oscar (Will Smith), whose tall tales land him in hot water.

As usual, you'll be able to sample breakfast treats cooked up by Waikiki's executive chefs at rates discounted from normal hotel costs.

The monthly Golden Chopstick competition among chefs will highlight seafood. Newcomer Shanghai Bistro will be serving a Broiled White Shrimp Plate for $6, while Seoul Jung will be offering a Korean Seafood Fritter of Squid, Shrimp and Scallions for $5, and the Pacific Beach Hotels will be cooking up Maple "Lacquered" Cedar Plank Salmon.

Entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Royal Hawaiian Band Glee Club, followed by the keiki of Halau Hula Olana at 10:30 a.m., and Maila Gibson at 11:30. Headliner Henry Kapono will perform at 12:30 p.m.

Parking will be available for $3 all day at Waikiki Trade Center, or $1 per hour with a five-hour maximum at Ohana Reef Towers, Maile Sky Court, Ohana Waikiki Village, Ohana East, King Kalakaua Plaza, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio.

Admission is free. Look for the big blue table umbrellas at the Kaiulani and Liliuokalani avenue ends of Kalakaua Avenue For more information, call 523-CITY (2489) or 923-1094.

Smell the coffee

Jim Stewart, founder of Hawaii's Best Coffee, will visit two of his coffee cafˇs to conduct tastings and introduce a new line of coffee.

Stewart's Founder's Special Reserve coffees are whole beans selected from estates in Central and South America.

Featured in the tastings will be the 2004 Santa Elena Miel coffee from Santa Elena farm in Costa Rica.

Stewart will be at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, 9 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Paoakalani Tower Lobby, and 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Ohua Street Cafˇ. On Monday he'll visit the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel lower lobby, 9 to 10 a.m.

'Aha Mele concert set

Manu Boyd's Halau O Ke 'A'ali'i Ku Makani will present 'Aha Mele VII, its annual concert of music and hula at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Hawaii Theatre.

Featured will be a 21st century multimedia showcase of song and dance interwoven with storytelling and drama, with Puanani Wilson as emcee.

Also performing will be Na Noku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year Kainani Kahaunaele, the Makaha Sons, falsetto newcomer Hoku Zuttermeister, and Boyd's traditional Hawaiian music group, Ho'okena.

Tickets are $20, $30 and $35, available at the theater.

'Aha Mele VII is a fund-raiser for the halau's participation in the Merrie Monarch Hula competition, scheduled for March 31 to April 2, 2005.

Call the Hawaii Theatre box office at 528-0506.

The beat goes on

A spectacular drumming ensemble from Kyushu, Japan, Tao, returns to Honolulu for their first full-length concert at the Mamiya Theatre tomorrow night.

Great Britain's The Independent, in a review of a show last month, wrote that there is "a balletic element to the players' movements, arms raised in synchronized drumming. It's all seamlessly presented; players gliding on and off the platform, from the first number to the rabble-rousing finale."

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with The Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group as openers. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and information, call the center at 737-7236.

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