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Weekend Picks - March 31, 2011


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Dine and Cash
As if you needed a new reason to stay out of the kitchen and hit the shops, now you can do it all to benefit the Japan tsunami victims. Buy a wristband from the Miss Chinatown Hawaii organization and receive 10-20% off or free desserts at Roy's, Neiman Marcus Restaurants, SOHO, Manifest, Super Citizen, MisFortune and many more for the entire month of April. Money raised will go to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.
When: Wristbands go on sale tomorrow.
Where: Find them at First Friday or some participating businesses like Owens & Co. and Fashionista's Market.
Details: Wristbands are $10. Click here for the full list of current discounts.

Tsunami First Aid
Since the catastrophe March 11, Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai has been providing food, medicine and comfort to victims all around it. Now you have a chance to give directly to the hospital at the "With Aloha" fundraiser. Buy tickets now for the event featuring dishes from Le Bistro, Hy's, Ryan's Grill and dozens more set to the tunes of Brother Noland, Ka'ala Boys and Natural Vibrations.
When: Tickets are on sale now. With Aloha is Saturday, April 9, 5- 9 p.m.
Where: Pagoda Restaurant
Details: Tickets are $50, $60 at the door, click here to reserve yours. You can also learn more about the situation in Sendai through the eyes of PacificBasin President Scott Schumaker and his wife Yasue, who was staying at the hospital with her mother in the days following the tsunami. Click here to read their journals.

Say Good Buy
It helped you through that feeling-fat-and -nervous about-your-newborn phase. But at the end of April, Makana Mother & Baby will be closing its doors. Drop by to visit with owner Cathy Yamamoto while scooping up maternity, nursing and baby clothes at 15-35 percent off.
When: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m.
Where: Makana Mother & Baby, 4819 Kilauea Ave., Suite 5
Details: The store officially closes April 30. Call ahead to 808.734.2323 because items are running out fast.

The Munch Bunch
A prix fixe menu is the meal du jour at this month's Munch event. Apartment3 Executive Chef James Lewis is infusing French flavors into curry mussel muclade, coq au vin, and raspberry sorbet. Pair it with a special cocktail mixed up by Better Brands Master Joey Gottesman, and say Magnifique.
When: Tonight, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Apartment3, 1750 Kalakaua Ave.
Details: $45 + tax and 20% gratuity. There's only room for 30, so make your reservation now at 808.955.9300.

Lei Chic Accessorize
New Bangled Site
She sells seashells and starting today you can snag Ki-ele jewelry's newest pieces for 15% off. Designer Marylea Conrad drew inspiration from Tahiti, mixing exotic deep turquoise with beachy seafoams and her signature delicate shells. Lei Chic readers will also get free shipping.
When: Today through Friday, April 8
Where: Browse the new line at www.ki-ele.com.
Details: Enter code LEICHICLOVESKIELE15 at check out.

Foam if you want to
Start your spring cleaning by whipping up your own soap. In just 90 minutes, The Green House workshop will walk you through the process then introduce you to other natural and non-toxic cleaning remedies from stuff stashed in your kitchen cupboards.
When: Saturday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Where: The Green House, 224 Pakohana St., Pauoa Valley
Details: Ingredients for the soap making are included in the $20 fee. The class has space for about 10 so registration is required. Call 808.524.8427 or click here.

In Your Defense
Love the party, but hate the 2 a.m. walk to your car in Chinatown? Pick up some skills and confidence at the all women's kung fu class. Anne Au takes you through breathing, core strengthening, and the basic skills of the martial art in an hour-and-a-half.
When: Mondays 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays 12:30 p.m.
Where: Thirty-Nine Hotel, 39 N. Hotel St.
Details: $10 per class of about 10 students. Call 808.559.2552 for more information.

Pencil it In
Brand Opening
Mark your calendars. Two of your favorite designers are opening a joint studio on Oahu; a one-stop shop for hand-forged and hammered gold and silver by Pua Jewelry, a new line of Pua Pareus that go perfectly with your vintage fabric embellished Meleana handbag. Expect pupus, cocktails, and impulse buys galore.
When: Next Friday, April 8, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, 9a.m.-noon.
Where: 949 McCully Ave., Suite 12 above the former McCully Chop Suey
Details: You will need to be buzzed in. Look for designers Lauren and Meleana’s names on the keypad.
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