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POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2008


Wilson Elementary holds annual fundraising fair

Friends and family of Wilson Elementary School invite the public to their annual fun fair and silent auction Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fair will include games, arts and crafts, a wacky-hair booth, food, pony rides and a petting zoo. While proceeds from the event will help subsidize the school's special projects and educational events, funds raised from the silent auction are devoted to the fourth grade's upcoming excursion to the Big Island.

The school is located at 4945 Kilauea Ave. Call 733-4740 or 228-4155.



Donate hair for kids' wigs through Locks of Love

Get your hair cut for a good cause at Sunday's Locks of Love Cut-a-Thon.

The cosmetology students at Honolulu Community College (874 Dillingham Blvd.) will be cutting and collecting at least 10 inches of hair from their patrons, all for the nonprofit that provides high-quality, vacuum-fitted hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Hair donations must meet the following criteria: Hair must be at least 10 inches, clean and dry. While hair that has been dyed or permed can be used, bleached hair cannot.

For those with locks that aren't quite long enough, monetary contributions are also accepted. Donations to Locks of Love are tax-deductible.

The Cut-a-Thon will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 845-9132 or 372-3309.



Good To Grill

Avenue Shops, 888 Kapahulu Ave. (Safeway Center) / 734-7345

Caliente Del Sol

Safeway Center / 739-2777

Synergy works for these two younger sibs of Good to Go (burgers). They're within walking distance of each other, so if you set off with a craving for steak and change your mind, you can always go next door and pick up a fish taco.

The splashier of the two is Good to Grill, offering medium-priced, casual fare dominated by kiawe-grilled meat. The easiest way to order is to pick a combo meal ($11.99 to $17.99). The best one I tried featured grilled salmon and lamb ($14.99), with the prime rib and garlic prawns ($17.99) running a close second.

  Single-choice plates range from $7.49 for a pound of chipotle chicken wings that rival my favorites at The Shack, to $17.99 for pulehu rib-eye steak served with smoked alae sea salt.

Pork ribs ($12.89) should be the best thing on the menu, but the twice-cooked nature of smoking followed by reheating didn't do much for suppleness.

A choice of mesclun greens or red potato salad on plates are a nice touch. If you don't want a lot of meat, other options are pastas and pizzas.

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Costs $20 to $35 for two.

Caliente del Sol borrows Good to Go's build-it-your-way formula as applied to tacos, enchiladas, burritos and other Mexicali fare with emphasis on fire, whether in the form of fire-grilled specialties, an abundance of fire-roasted pepper and hickory barbecue sauces, or the three flavors of Tabasco and Cholula sauce on its Wall of Flame.

At $3.49 for a single taco and $3.69 for a single enchilada, this might be one of the cheaper meals left in town. One is actually a proportionately ideal meal, but if there were three on a plate, I could probably finish them all, particularly in the case of a lobster-mushroom enchilada ($4.69) with spicy lobster sauce, like a stripped-down lobster newberg adapted for a flour tortilla. It's only an occasional special, although the spicy lobster sauce is one pick to accompany fish tacos or burritos ($6.89).

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Costs $6 to $8 per person.



Workshop teaches Native American flute

November is National American Indian Heritage Month, and Troy “;Good Medicine”; De Roche of the Blackfeet Nation will do a workshop and performance this weekend featuring the Native American flute.

On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., De Roche will run a workshop at Chaminade University's Loo Theatre. The workshop will cover the history and the basics of playing this unique flute, including scales, fingering, special techniques and caring for the flute. De Roche will have a selection of flutes, as well as his CDs, available for purchase. Call 734-8018. Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave.

On Sunday at 5 p.m., De Roche and his wife, Liz, will perform music and storytelling at Holistic Healing Hawaii in the Wailana in Waikiki, suite 406, at 1860 Ala Moana Blvd. Tickets are $20, and because seating is limited, reservations are recommended. Call 728-3452.



Daniel Ho to perform benefit show at church

Grammy Award-winner Daniel Ho will present a benefit concert Sunday for the Kalihi-Palama Pediatrics Care Programs and St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church Outreach Ministries.

Preceded by a holiday fair at 2 p.m., the concert will start at 3 p.m. at the church, located at 720 N. King St., next to Tamashiro Fish Market.

The show will highlight Ho's solo guitar work that incorporates slack-key with smooth jazz, religious and acoustic alternative sounds.

Tickets are $15 and free to children. Call 845-2112.