Weekend Picks – April 26, 2012

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On the Vast Track

What: Explore beautiful Hakipuu Valley (a regular “Lost” backdrop) on Kualoa Ranch’s 1.5-mile walking tour. Travel through lush forest and pastures, stop at a loi or Hawaiian taro patch, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Kaneohe Bay.

When: Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

Where: Kualoa Ranch, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy.

Details: $15. Children 17 and under are free; one child per paying adult. Call (808) 237-7321 or click here to reserve your spot.


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Food for Thought

What: Treat your tastebuds to culinary delights by 17 of Hawaii’s master chefs at Taste of the Nation. Each chef will highlight ingredients from local farmers, like Alan Wong with his Maui Cattle Company strip loin, Twin Bridge Farms asparagus and Bearnaise sauce. If that isn’t tantalizing enough, each dish will paired with a special cocktail. All proceeds go to Aina in Schools and the Hawaii Foodbank to help prevent childhood hunger.

When: Sunday, 5-9:30 p.m.

Where: Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.

Details: Tickets cost $100 pre-sale, $125 at the door. Click here to buy them online.

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Heavy Metal

What: Do the earth, and your jewelry collection, some good by checking out Ija Designs – classic hand-forged hoops, rings and bracelets made entirely out of recycled metal. When you meet Portland designer/trained metalsmith Erin Hasler, ask about her new Global collection with oxidized sterling silver and natural gemstones.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Cottage by the Sea, Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1110.

Details: Score 15 percent off all Ija purchases during the trunk show.


World Class

What: You’re never too young to celebrate Keiki Earth Day. Your little one will love the live sing-a-longs, mini farmers market, fresh smoothies and make-and-take activities. You’ll love the pop-up shops by local crafters like Mamanu and Death by Scrapbooking.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Baby aWEARness, Manoa Marketplace, 2nd Floor, 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-209.

Details: Free admission. Farmers market goodies and smoothies cost $5 per family. Score 10 percent off all Baby aWEARness purchases, sale items excluded, and 25 percent off BAX, or gently used consignment items.

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A Breath of Fresh Wear

What: Maui shoppers will be the first to see Tamara Catz‘s new summer 2012 collection. Breeze your way through sundresses and swimwear in fun, vibrant colors, silk chiffon separates in soft grays and purples, and romantic lace tops.

When: Tomorrow, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Tamara Catz Boutique, 83 Hana Hwy., Paia.

Details: Don’t miss the rest of Paia Fourth Friday. Take in live music, meet local artists and designers, and check out store specials all around town.

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Go Out in Style

What: Get to know Hawaii’s up-and-coming fashion designers before they hit it big (like when you see them on “Project Runway”). The fashion design programs at Honolulu Community College and University of Hawaii at Manoa are both hosting senior fashion shows this weekend.

When & Where:

“La Reve” – Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Honolulu Community College Marine Education & Training Center at Sand Island, 10 Sand Island Parkway, Building 50.

“Revolution” – Sunday, 6:30 p.m., University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Hall Lawn.

Details: Admission to each show is $25, with “Revolution” offering VIP seating and a gift bag for $50. Buy “La Reve” tickets during school hours at Honolulu Community College, 874 Dillingham Blvd., Building 27, Room 203/209, or call (808) 845-9203. To buy “Revolution” tickets, e-mail innovatorsoffashion@gmail.com.