Dining around the islands

Shellfish specialties

Hoku's celebrates the shellfish during its Mollusk & Crustacean Tapas event, Thursday to April 27.

Chefs Wayne Hirabayashi and Joshua Nudd are building a menu around oysters, scallops, New Zealand green-lip mussels, crabs and lobster. The promotion takes advantage of peak season for these shellfish and of the popularity of tapas dining, or "small plates" that give diners lots of variety in one meal.

The menu includes Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Ochazuke, Cambodian-Infused Wok Fried New Zealand Green Lip Mussels and Baked Tristan da Cunha Lobster. (Tristan da Cunha is a remote island 1,500 miles west of Cape Town, South Africa; the lobster is prized as especially sweet.)

Wine pairings will be offered with each dish, and include such rarities as Gruener Veltliner from Willi Bruendlmayer (Austria), a riesling from Weingut Niegl (Austria), Savenniere "Coulée de Serantî from Nicolas Joly (France) and Chablis 1er Cru "Montée de Tonnere" by Jean-Marie Ravenneau (France).

Hoku's is in the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Resort. Seatings are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call 739-8780.

Pan-Seared Diver Scallops topped with a pyramid of Uni Flan is on the menu at the Mollusk & Crustacean Tapas event at Hoku's.

Visit Bordeaux

Formaggio is hosting "A Vintage View of Bordeaux," 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 25.

The event will feature 12 wines from the various appellations in this celebrated French wine-making region.

Fine cheeses, charcuterie, beef bourguignon and pasta will also be served.

Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 739-9463.

Administrative treat

Honor the person who keeps your business humming with lunch in Waikiki during Administrative Professionals Week. These resorts are offering specials:

Bali by the Sea, Hilton Hawaiian Village: Normally open only for dinner, Bali will offer a three-course lunch April 27. Entree choices are roast New York steak or grilled mahimahi. The meal includes a chilled appetizer platter and dessert of Hapa Chocolate Terrine. Cost is $45. Call 947-7888.

Orchids, Halekulani: Musicians from the Honolulu Symphony will provide the ambience for special two- or three-course lunches. Entree choices include Charbroiled Lemon-Marinated Wild Red Salmon and Sautéed Langoustine and Spinach Fettuccine. The Ultimate Dessert Buffet is also included. Dessert specials prepared "live": Fried Mochi Ice Cream with Fruit Coulis on Wednesday, Halekulani Shaved Ice with all the Toppings on Thursday, and Tropical Fruit Wontons with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream on Friday. Cost is $23 for two courses, $31 for three. Call 923-2311.

Ocean Terrace, Sheraton Waikiki: 15 percent discount on lunch buffet price of $17.95, April 27 to 29. Administrative assistants can enter a drawing for a two-night stay at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa on the Big Island. Buffet includes roast beef, baked ham, roast turkey, grilled fish, somen and soba noodles. Call 922-4422.

Surf Room, Royal Hawaiian Hotel: 15 percent discount on any two-course lunch, April 27 to 29. Administrative professionals can enter a drawing for two nights at the Princeville Resort on Kauai. Call 931-8383.

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