Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events

Weekend Picks – February 20, 2014

Party Planning
What: Hawaii Fashion Month 2014 isn't until November, but you can be part of it now by attending a kick-off planning meeting at the Capitol. If you can't come but are interested in getting involved, email melissa@hawaiifashion.org.
When: Tomorrow, 4–5 p.m.
Where: Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium, Chamber Level C
Details: RSVP required. More details here.

You Better Curry!
What: Two new spots have just opened up at Royal Hawaiian Center's Paina Food Court: Pho Factory, which used to be at Ala Moana Center but recently moved, and Curry Cafe, a new concept by Pho Factory owners Billy and Krystal Giang. Curry Cafe makes its debut with three curries: Japanese golden, Vietnamese coconut milk and Japanese Hayashi rice stew, plus toppings to choose from. Go now before the lines get crazy!
When: Open now, grand opening sometime in February
Where: Royal Hawaiian Center
Details: Find more info here.

Legend in Concert
What: Robert Cazimero, whose friendly voice encapsulates decades of Hawaiian music, will step outside of his repertoire to perform songs from The Great American Songbook as part of the Lewers Lounge Concert Series.
When: Tomorrow and Saturday, two shows per night at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Halekulani
Details: $50–$85, evening attire required. Purchase tickets by calling 923-2311.

Chocoholics Anonymous
What: More than 30 vendors will bring their smooth, spicy, creamy, chunky, rich, gooey products to the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, featuring tastings, classes, entertainment, a Chocolate Inspired Spa, a Chocolate Garden, a Chocolate Tea House and more. How can you resist?
When: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Dole Cannery Shops
Details: $20 in advance online, $25 at the door. For a list of vendors, schedule and other details, click here.

Wasted Away Again
What: A toast to Jimmy Buffett for National Margarita Day: Thanks for singing about that frozen concoction that helps us all hang on. This weekend, take a Margarita Mixology Class and join fellow Parrot Heads in celebration of the drink.
When: Saturday, Margaritaville University at 3 p.m. and The Great Margarita Toast at 5 p.m.
Where: Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber
Details: Click here for more.

Wardrobe Updates

  • Kaftan season is here! Michelle Jonas' new spring collection (left) is now available at 33 Butterflies in Kahala Mall, including a kaftan in intriguing color, Sand Dye Iguana.
  • Gillia is also expecting some new kaftans, including minis for your little one (right), due in-stock this weekend.
  • Lily Lotus' Spring 2014 Mermaid Dreams line (center), as mentioned in HONOLULU Magazine's January issue, also debuted this week. Find the collection at their Kailua shop or online.

Viva la Vida
What: Before Pura Vida brings its bracelets to next weekend's Wanderlust Festival, you can find Hawaii-only collections at a series of trunk shows leading up to the event. Special bracelets include a commemorative Royal Hawaiian pink bracelet and aloha charm bracelets.
When: Click here for a detailed list of trunk shows and locations.
Details: Contact Misty with questions at misty@puravidabracelets.com.


Who: GapKids, Ala Moana Center
Deal: Up to 40 percent off select GapKids and BabyGap styles
When: Through February 27

Who: Malie Organics
Deal: 10 percent off online orders when you like them on Facebook

Who: Eden in Love Boutique, Ward Warehouse
Deal: Buy one item, get a second similar item 50 percent off
When: Through February 28