Weekend Picks – April 14, 2011

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The Inside Satori
Local designer Lynn Sakutori has a whole new look for her line and this weekend you can get a preview. The local girl spent nearly 10 years working with top labels in New York before returning to Hawaii with her Satori Collection of silk dresses for every occasion. Now after focusing on her Lauren M. Petites and Lauren Michelle brands for Macy and Sears, Sakutori is unveiling new and more affordable Satori pieces done in colorblocked knit. Before the show, lunch then bid on one of 100 items in a silent auction or dazzle yourself with jewelry from The Bead Gallery event as part of the fundraiser for Mother's Milk lactation consultants based at Kapiolani Medical Center.
When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Lauren M. Petites and Satori show begins at 1 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural Center, 2454 S. Beretania St.
Details: Tickets for the lunch are $55. Call 808.947.6920 to reserve your spot.

Mall World
You want to do anything you can to help the victims in Japan. If it includes shopping, all the better. This weekend at Ala Moana Center, by shopping at any of 35 stores including Kate Spade, Folli Follie and Sanrio, the stores will make a special donation or other form of support for Japan. Plus, bring in a total of $75 in same-day receipts from any Ala Moana Center store to the Customer Service Center and Ala Moana Center will donate $5 to the American Red Cross. Plus, as a thank you, you'll receive a free reusable RuMe bag (while supplies last. Certain restrictions apply.)
When: Friday – Sunday
Where: Ala Moana Center
Details: Receipts must be same day and can be redeemed at Customer Service. You can also donate through Ala Moana Center's website.


Punch Drunk
Why wait until Sunday for eggs in the afternoon? Shake off your Friday night with juice and jams at the Waikiki EDITION. The very first Punch Brunch event features corned beef hash with hollandaise, smoked salmon and more. But the real stars are master mixologist Christian Self's concoctions of rum combined with cherry, lemon, pomegranate, pineapple, lilikoi juices.
When: Saturday. 1-4 p.m.
Where: the Waikiki EDITION, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd.
Details: Tickets are $40. At last check, there were just about 20 seats left. Call 808.943.5800 to reserve your spot.

Closet Shopper
The treasure hunt started at 10 a.m., and you have just three days to score vintage pieces at sale prices at Muumuu Heaven. Among the hundreds of items up for grabs for under $50, funky rompers, sequined dresses and even fur coats for a truly hot look.
When: Today – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Where: Muumuu Heaven, 767 Kailua Rd., #100
Details: Check out more details on Muumuu Heaven's facebook page.

Rock Party
You were blocking off some time anyway. So after you scarf down some treats from A Cup of Tea, check out Midori jewelry at the I Love Kailua Town Party. Traci Morinaga is donating 50% of the sales of her gorgeous tumbled gemstone and gold/sterling silver pieces to the Red Cross for tsunami relief efforts. Spend more than $100 and she'll throw in a bonus pair of earrings or necklace for you to take home.
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: I Love Kailua Block Party. Midori's booth should be near The Salvation Army on Kailua Road.
Details: Click here to web browse Midori's line now.

An Open Book
It's definitely not light reading, but Juliet S. Kono's new book Anshu is engrossing enough to make you hole up for the weekend. Hilo-born Himiko Aoki started her life playing with fire, and soon finds herself pregnant, unmarried and trapped in Japan when the bomb falls on Hiroshima. Pick up your copy and meet Kono at a book signing this weekend.
When: Sunday, noon
Where: Barnes & Noble Kahala, 4211 Waialae Ave.
Details: Kono is joined by the co-authors of her other book, No Choice But to Follow. Go to Bamboo Ridge's website for more information or to order your own copy.

Get a Little Nutty
Bloody mary. Tomato, garlic and cheese. Lemongrass and coconut. The humble peanut comes out of its shell with Lord Nut Levington's flavored snacks. The tongue-in-cheek descriptions alone are almost worth the $5.49 price tag. And with free shipping and handling to Hawaii, you won't be left with a bad taste in your mouth.
Details: Click here to head to Lord Nut Levington's site.