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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mother's Day Ideas

Don’t worry, you still have several days left to get prepped for Mother’s Day. That’s this Sunday, May 10. Here are some Island-focused ways to treat her right.

Dinner Out

At Twist, formerly known as the Hanohano Room, chef Ryan Loo is offering a yummy-sounding, five-course dinner menu with locally-sourced dishes such as Waialua asparagus vichyssoise, pan-roasted Hukilau Farms moi and Kula strawberry shortcake. The menu is available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s $85 per person, $110 if you choose to get the wine pairings. At the Sheraton Waikiki; for reservations, call 921-4600.

If she’s more of a steak-and-potatoes kind of woman, Ruth’s Chris Steak House opens early on Mother’s Day, at 4 p.m., and has a Prime Rib steak with baked potato special priced at $39.95. (The regular menu is still available.) Waikiki Beach Walk, 226 Lewers Street, 440-7910.

Also over on Beach Walk, Kaiwa has a $39 menu that includes a Nalo greens salad, an appetizer and miso soup, and an entrée choice of assorted sashimi, sushi, steak or fish, plus dessert. Call 924-1555.

High Tea

On Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day, enjoy Tea for Two and TCM: Mom and You, an event at The Contemporary Museum (TCM). Start with lunch or tea and dessert at the TCM Café from 11:30 to 2:30, then enjoy a trunk show featuring six Hawaii-based fashion designers from 2 until 4 p.m. Check out the fashions, from Umee, Cloth, Zsuzsa B, Martinique, Sierra Dew, Soozou , as well as an exhibition of the work of Paula Rath. Café reservations are recommended; call 523-3362.

Or, check out the fashion show and tea at the Moana Surfrider, also on Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Sugar and Spice Mother Daughter Tea includes tea, finger sandwiches and pastries ($32.50) or a Child’s Tea menu ($18). There are also Champagne and chocolate-themed tea menus available. Cinnamon Girl fashions will be informally modeled starting at 1:30; last seating for tea is at 3:30. Make a reservation by calling 921-4600 or


Banish the “Mom Jean” by hitting jeans specialist 7 For All Mankind’s grand opening, on May 9th, at Royal Hawaiian Center. Check out the spring 2009 collection and treat her to something cool.

Shasa Emporium, at Kahala Mall, suggests personalized jewelry from designer Cari Streeter. Streeter’s line has pendants that can be set with children’s names and birthdays, and you can add on special charms, as well. You can order the jewelry at Shasa Emporium, 735-5122.

Stumped and on Maui? Dash into the Cos Bar at the Shops at Wailea, which offers upscale makeup, body and skincare, and fragrances. It’s hard to go wrong with these pampering goodies! (808) 891-9448 or

The luxurious silk sarongs from Diamond Head Road are not only versatile, but machine washable—two words near and dear to Mom’s heart. They are from local designer Stacy Porteus, who lives on the Big Island.

The North Shore’s Global Creations is now carrying a new line of tableware and accessories, Cypress Home Collection, that is crisp, clean and Island appropriate. You can spruce up the family table with napkins, placemats, coasters and more, all with a beachy feel. 66-079 Kamehameha Hwy., 637-1780.

Concert Brunch

The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort at Ko Olina is hosting a 2009 Mother’s Day Brunch with the Stars. It will feature music from Henry Kapono, American Idol’s Camile Velasco, vocalist Yvonne Elliman and guitarist John Cruz. The concert is at 10 a.m.; the brunch buffet starts at 9:30 a.m. Tickets start at $75, with kids under 12 years old eligible for half-price tickets. Call the Ihilani at 679-3373, Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit

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