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Weekend Picks - April 21, 2011


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Sunset Cinema
You won't find them in theatres near you, but you can catch two acclaimed films oceanside at the Ko Olina. Grab the beach mats, lawn chairs, and some space under the stars for the movies presented by the Hawaii International Film Festival. Make Believe follows teenage magicians to a world competition. Hachi: A Dog's Tale is a heart-tugging and heartwarming Japanese movie about a dog's devotion to its owner. Spring for some popcorn and drinks to benefit Waianae High School's Searider Productions.
When: Shows start at sunset. Make Believe is Friday, Hachi: A Dog's Tale is Saturday.
Where: Ko Olina, on the Grand Lawn near Lagoon 4. Click here for a map.
Details: Tickets are $12. Buy tickets or watch the movie trailers on HIFF's website.

Sake Support
When the tsunami waves washed through Northern Japan, dozens of sake breweries were damaged or wiped out. Now, responding to videos from those sake makers, The Sake Shop is offering free samples of spirits from the hard-hit Tohoku region in hopes you'll sip, then support those breweries by taking a bottle home. It's an opportunity to try five different sake with flavors ranging from smooth and fruity to peppery and tart.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Sake Shop, 1461 S. King St.
Details: Click here for more detailed descriptions of the sake included in the sampling. Call 808.947.7253 for more information.

Be Inspired
Runway Reunion
They didn't win, but their creations (not to mention the catfights and breakdowns) kept us glued to the tv every week of Season 8. Now Hawaii's own Andy South is joined by former competitors, now friends, Mondo, Casanova, Christopher Collins, and Michael Drummond to show us their work after Project Runway. Each designer will send 10 looks down Centerstage and speak about the inspiration behind their latest lines.
When: Saturday, noon.
Where: Ala Moana Center, Centerstage
Details: Read more about the event on Ala Moana Center's website. The designers will travel to Maui Tuesday for a poolside show at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets for that 7 p.m. event start at $25. Click here for more Maui details.

A Love-ly First Year
It seems like just months since their Wedding Cafe. But Tanna Dang and co. are already celebrating the 1st birthday of their clothing and accessory shop Eden in Love. No animal balloons or clowns at this party, instead you'll find a fashion show, a popcorn bar and cupcakes, and giveaways including a $500 shopping spree. Plus, dress up in your favorite Eden items for extra discounts: one item for 10 percent off, two will get 20 percent off and three pieces are good for 30 percent off everything.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Eden in Love, Ward Warehouse
Details: Start your shopping early with a peek at what's in store on Eden in Love's facebook page.

Little Aloha
Adorable children's and gift shop Cupcake Boutique is getting ready to close its doors. So today through Saturday everything is 40% off. Next Monday the markdowns go to 50% until Cupcake says goodbye at the end of April. Swing by for the deals on adorable bunny ear knit caps, colorful onesies, or floaty dresses for the littlest fashionista in the family.
When: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Ward Warehouse
Details: Check out  Cupcake Boutique's website, but don't blame us if the cute goodies have you saying "awww" aloud at your desk.

Eggs and Scenes
French toast, macadamia nut and panko-crusted mahi mahi, and the serene beauty of the North Shore are on the menu at Waimea Valley's Easter Sunday Brunch. Dig into a buffet featuring baked ham with a guava glaze, warm apple bread pudding and more than 20 other items, then take advantage of free access to the park with a walk through ancient archaelogical sites, traditional Hawaiian games, and a dip in the icy waterfall pool.
When: Sunday, brunch is 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The park is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy. across from Waimea Bay
Details: Tickets are $35 for adults, $17.50 for children 4-12 years. Make reservations until 5 p.m. Saturday by calling 808.638.7766

Real No How
Your mom, boss, and BFF all want your help this weekend. You just want to crash on the couch: there's an app for that. Download iNo and select the who, what, how, or where of what you want to skip, and it'll search through 1,000 excuses for the perfect way to say no.
Details: Check here to try it out.

Lei Chic Tweak
You've already packed your schedule with our Weekend Picks. But what about all those great events that arrive in our inbox Thursday and Friday? Starting this weekend, Lei Chic will be sending you a special Saturday Edition of our Weekend Picks. We'll keep it brief with just a quick rundown of late finds, brunch tips, and an expanded sale section (yay!) so you can skim it quickly over your morning cup of coffee.
When: Check your e-mail starting this Saturday.
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