Quick Bites: I Love Kailua, Mother’s Day

Apr. 23, 2015 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Candy Bar Hawaii has opened its first shop, at 227 Lewers St. in Waikiki. The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. (Courtesy Candy Bar Hawaii)

Candy Bar Hawaii has opened its first shop, at 227 Lewers St. in Waikiki. The store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. (Courtesy Candy Bar Hawaii)

BY MICHELLE RAMOS / mramos@staradvertiser.com

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.

For a list of Gayot’s Top 10 Mother’s Day Brunches in Vegas, go to www.808ne.ws/1Dbgcy7.
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