Quick Bites: I Love Kailua, Mother’s Day
BY MICHELLE RAMOS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Party time: I Love Kailua returns Sunday. Now in its 23rd year, the event has ono food, entertainment and something for all ages. The fundraiser, presented by Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle, begins at 11 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. Those living in Kailua are encouraged to walk or bike to the event. For others, parking will be available in the three-story structure in the lot fronting Longs Drugs — enter from Hahani Street. Traffic lanes and sidewalk areas will be closed on Kailua Road from Hahani Street to Kuulei Road. Expect cars to be diverted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sweet shop: Candy Bar Hawaii opened its first Hawaii store along Waikiki Beach Walk at 227 Lewers St. — across from Yard House. Need a sugar fix? Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Call 798-9072 or go to www.candybarhawaii.com.
Returning to Wahiawa: Gladys Okamura is reopening Kitchen Delight okazuya on May 1 at 25 Mango St., the former home of Shigenoya Okazuya. Best known for its $1.75 “Shock and Awe” breakfast, the eatery also has $5.50 plate lunches and $5 Sakura Safari Hanami bentos. For information, call 622-3463.
Battle between the sexes: The ladies are going up against the gents in a culinary farm-to-table battle in which the public helps decide the winners. The May 3 event, hosted by MW Restaurant, is a fundraiser for the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation. On the women’s side: Nicole Anderson, Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Jackie Lau, Rachel Murai, Lee Anne Wong and mixologist Chandra Lucariello. On the men’s side: Chris Kajioka, Andrew Le, Mark Noguchi, Sheldon Simeon, Wade Ueoka and mixologist Christian Self.
Only 120 seats are available with ticket prices going at $200 per person ($250 with wine pairings). Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. on May 3 at MW Restaurant, 1538 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 106. Go to www.mwrestaurant.com to reserve.
DON’T FORGET MOM
Mother’s Day is a little more than two weeks away and to get us ready, the Honolulu Cookie Co. is having an in-store celebration at its Ward Warehouse location.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2, customers can participate in a series of mini blind-tasting competitions where the team that guesses the most flavors correctly wins cookie gift baskets, appropriate for mom.
For information, call 597-8182 or go to www.honolulucookie.com.
For green moms: The Green House is holding “The Healing Power of Nurturing the ‘Aina” (9 to 11 a.m.) and “The Healing Power of Nurturing Ourselves” (11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) on May 9. Cost is $25 and $45, respectively.
The “nurturing ourselves” class includes recipes for a green salad with hibiscus vinaigrette, asparagus mushroom quiche with garden herbs, tomato basil bisque, lime pie made with avocado, honey and coconut, and a minted iced tea. Advance registration required.
To make a reservation, call 524-8427. For information, go to www.thegreenhousehawaii.com.
My fair lady: The Prince Kuhio Community Center, 91-1270 Kinoiki St, in Kapolei, will have more than 50 food and craft vendors, a fashion show and entertainment, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9. For information go to www.facebook.com/PrinceKuhioCC.
Cruisin’: If a cruise is more your mom’s speed, join the Star of Honolulu staff for a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise, noon to 2:30 p.m. May 10. The trip includes door prizes, rose bouquets, entertainment and a “Taste of Hawaii” buffet.
Cost is $68, adults; $41, children ages 3 to 11. Kamaaina prices available with a valid Hawaii ID. Reserve at 983-7827 (983-STAR). For information, go to www.starofhonolulu.com.
Special offers: Restaurants around town offer incentives for Mother’s Day. A sampling:
>> A Cup of Tea: Mothers get a free gift, and Wee Tea (for children 10 and younger) will be available.
A Cup of Tea is located at 407 Uluniu St. in Kailua. Reserve at 230-8832.
>> Chef Mavro: The award-winning restaurant offers a “dinner to remember” on May 9 and May 10; 1969 S. King St.
Reserve at 944-4714. Gift certificates available.
>> Filcom Center: Buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner, 6 to 9 p.m., at 94-428 Mokuola St. Reserve at 680-0451. Information at www.filcom.org.
>> Moana Surfrider in Waikiki: Buffet brunch at The Veranda has seating starting at 9 a.m. Cost: $80, adults; $40, children ages 6 to 12. Complimentary valet parking. Reserve at 921-4600.
>> The Pineapple Room inside Macy’s, Ala Moana Center: action stations of prime rib, omelet, roast duck with bao buns, and waffles and pancakes, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $50, adults; $25, children ages 5 through 12. Reserve at 945-6573.
>> Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki: entertainment by Raiatea Helm. Seating prices range from $95-$175, adults; and $47.50-$87.50, children ages 5 to 12. Reserve at 921-4600.
>> Top of Waikiki: A brunch buffet with a 360-degree view of Honolulu, inside the Waikiki Business Plaza, will have seatings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $49, adults; and $19, children under 10. Free validated parking. Reserve at 923-3877.
Weekend in Vegas: The restaurants in Las Vegas also want to treat Mom on her day, May 10.
Among the offerings: a $45, three-course Mother’s Day Brunch at db Brasserie located in the Grand Canal Shoppes, 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Call 702-430-1235 or go to www.dbbrasserie.com.
At Mercadito, enjoy two-hour bottomless mimosas for $25. The restaurant is located in the Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Call 702-979-3609 or go to www.mercaditorestaurants.com.