Weekend Picks – June 30, 2011

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Sipping Pretty
Just when you thought you hit all the chic happy hour spots in Hawaii, the Kahala Hotel jumps into the mix. This summer you can start your weekends seaside with a Pineapple Basil cocktail in one hand and a discounted bite of crispy chicken poke in the other.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, 3-7 p.m.
Where: Plumeria Beach House, Kahala Hotel & Resort
Details: Draft beer and wines by the glass are half off. Pupu prices are $6 or $8. Parking is validated. Click here for the full Happy Hour menu.

Shop, Save & Celebrate this 4th of July Weekend
The fireworks start at 8:30 p.m. Monday, but you can get a big bang for your dollar starting tomorrow at Ala Moana Center. Print your shopping pass for 20% off regular-priced items at more than 45 stores including Cinnamon Girl, Gap, Michael Kors, Papyrus, Thinker Toys and much more.
When: The discount is good for one regular-priced item per day, per store tomorrow through Monday. Other restrictions apply, see store for details.
Where: Ala Moana Center
Details: Check the full list of participating stores and download your pass from Ala Moana Center's website. Don't forget the award-winning entertainment throughout the weekend. Click here for the schedule.


Out of Town
Kailua chicers stay put; they're coming to you. Fashionista's Market , House of Aria , and Acid Dolls are setting up shop on the Windward side. You'll also find feather extensions, beachy bangles and earrings by Bliss Ocean jewelry, complimentary makeovers, oh, and did we mention giveaways and wine?
When: Tonight, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani St.
Details: Drink and food specials will also be offered. Call 808.537.1115 for more information.

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Lily's New Pad
Your old yoga pants are stretched to the limit, so you'll be glad to hear Lily Lotus is reopening. The new storefront on Kailua Road is bigger than its old Kaimuki digs but is still stocked with comfy clothes, gorgeous gems, and everything you need to regain your balance. In honor of the opening, all Lily Lotus brand apparel is 30 percent off.
When: The store opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The sale is good through Monday.
Where: 609 Kailua Rd. Suite 102.
Details: Hours will be Mon., Wed. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Tuesdays.

Hedging Bets
Help clean up one of Hawaii's most popular climbs in Mokuleia. Join Club Aloha to trim back invasive plants, stabilize rock steps, remarking the trail, and picking up litter hikers left behind.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Mokuleia, meet at the trailhead.
Details: Bring gloves, a folding saw, and whatever you would like to sip after your thirsty work. Call 808.837.7825 for directions and more information.

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A Blog You'll Tumblr for
She's calling it thought purging on a grande latte instead of tall. Style watchers are celebrating the new blog launched by DKNY PR Girl – the fashion insider whose blurbs about life off the runway has gained 346,512+ followers on twitter. If her rant to fashion PR wannabes doesn't get you check out her $514.99 shoes.
Details: Click here to start living vicariously.

A Real Mishmash
You scooped up her creations at Art & Flea, now Nicole Franco of MiShMaSh is getting ready to open her own store. But first, it's time to clean shop by selling vintage records, fabrics, jewelry and more swap meet style.
When: Tomorrow, 5 -10 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 1164 Smith St. (near Otto Cake)
Details: E-mail mishmashshop@gmail.com for more information.

Grassroots Music
Start your summer evening with music in a surprisingly hidden natural wonder in Nuuanu. Thursdays free concerts are held at Foster Botannical Garden. Tonight, you can stroll through the butterfly garden, visit greenery planted in 1853, and spot rare orchids to the strains of Celtic pipes and drums.
When: Every Thursday in July, 4:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Where: Foster Botannical Gardens, 50 N. Vineyard Blvd.
Details: Concerts continue through July. Click here for the full schedule or read more about the 13.5-acre gardens' 158-year history on its website.