Weekend Picks – August 18, 2011

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Opening Bites
Friday gains a new nightspot with the launch of OASIS at THE CLUBHOUSE in the former Hard Rock Cafe on Kapiolani Boulevard. The weekly late-night event boasts seven bars and more than 20 pupu such as soft shell crabs and ahi poke tacos going for $4.99 all night long. Don't worry about covering the admission fee – ladies who RSVP get in free.
When: Fridays, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: 1837 Kapiolani Blvd. across from the Convention Center.
Details: Cover is $10. Men can get in for $5 if they RSVP to valen@hawaiipacificentertainment.com. Baseball caps, shorts, and slippers are not allowed.

Sip Into Style
A shopping event with special discounts – great. Add wine tastings and delicious pupu – even better. The first ever Fashion Wine Walk brings new style to a downtown block party. One ticket gains you access to a dozen stores each offering something to tempt your appetite: exclusive deals, chic locally-designed clothing and jewelry, vintage pieces, as well such as wine from Europe and California and bites from some of your favorite downtown eateries. Don't miss the fashion show and a chance to chat with Andy South. Proceeds go to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii for its multiple programs helping the community.
When: Tomorrow, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Several venues centered around Pauahi Street.
Details: Tickets are $25 online or at the door. Click here for Lei Chic's map with the shop-by-shop breakdown of all the offers you'll have a hard time refusing.


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Windows Shopping
You love the look on the runway but hate the hunt for your own affordable version. Sowelldressed.com takes celeb looks, pulls options for every piece (such as eight pairs of black pumps ranging from a $380 Miu Miu to a $30 Urban Outfitters), then links you to the online stores so you can buy it now.
Details: Check out the daily looks for men and women here.

The Real Dirt
Sometimes it is easy being green, especially with a hands-on gardening workshop. Vote now for the one topic you want the scoops on, from mixing fertile soil to hydroponic gardening, then attend the free session.
When: The workshop is Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Green Hands of Aloha, 1713 Mary Rd.
Details: Vote now on the group's website or call 808.847.4263 for more information.

College Course Meal
The popular eating spot closed for the summer, now KCC Culinary School's Ka Ikena restaurant getting ready to reopen for the fall semester. First seatings are September 7 but make reservations early before it fills up.
When: You can book a table 30 days in advance.
Where: Kapiolani Community College, Ohelo Building, 4303 Diamond Head Rd.
Details: Call 808.734.9499 for reservations.

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Ranching Out
Comedic improv by Laughtrack Theatre Group , arts and crafts, games, Fairycakes sweets, local children's book readings, and free shave ice will keep your little ones occupied in the beautiful setting of Kualoa. Proceeds from the Keiki Reading & Arts Festival go to the Kualoa Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship fund.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Kualoa, 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy.
Details: Admission is $3, $10 for a family of four. Bring in your child's own artwork for a chance to win prizes. For more information, check Kualoa Ranch's website or call 808.237.7321.

Season's Eatings
Vino Chef Keith Endo takes advantage of the wild mushrooms season by serving up three special dishes: squash and crimini mushrooms with ricotta cheese, fresh portabello mushrooms from Waimanalo with a balsamic glaze and a light salad, and a homemade pasta.
When: Tonight, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hiroshi's Eurasian Tapas, Restaurant Row
Details: The dishes cost between $13 – $15 and may are first come, first served. RSVP for early seatings to 808.524.8466