Weekend Picks – March 5, 2009


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

Rock Solid Deals
The monthly shopping party Rock Shop comes back as a First Friday happy hour with all local vendors, an area to swap and trade with others, and Ginger Mango Rumtinis for $6.
When: Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.
Where: LOFT, 115 N. Hotel Street, Chinatown
Details: Free. For more info, call 808.521.8008. 

Windward Pau Hana

What: Work been slow lately? Cut out early and head to Formaggio Grill, where happy hour starts early (3 p.m.!) with house-selected $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, $5 martinis, and $6 tapas.
When: Daily, 3 to 6 p.m.
Where: Formaggio Grill, 305 Hahani Street, Kailua
Details: Call 808.263.2633 for more info.

Beer Factor
What: A six-course meal paired with brews from Oregon's Deschutes microbrewery.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 6 p.m.
Indigo, 1121 Nu‘uanu Avenue, Chinatown
Details: $65 per person, reservations required. Call 808.521.2900 for more info.

Cause to Celebrate
What: Chicks With Checks, the all-women social-charity group, hosts its monthly Party With A Purpose to benefit Family Promise Hawai‘i, a group helping homeless families transition to sustainable living arrangements. Read Lei Chic's story on Chicks With Checks here.
When: Tonight, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Shelby's Sweets, 1130 N. Nimitz, in the Nimitz Center
ails: $45 for non-members, $35 for first-time guests, free for members. Entrance fee is donated to Family Promise Hawai‘i. Call 808.342.0275 for more info and to RSVP.

You Say It's Your Birthday
Ala Moana Center boutique Le Grand Marqet celebrates one year. Take 20 percent off all purchases all weekend, and enjoy cocktails and pupus Saturday evening, followed by a fashion show of spring and summer looks.
When: Sale runs Friday through Sunday; drinks and pupus Saturday 7 to 9 p.m.; fashion show Saturday at 10 p.m.
Where: Le Grand Marqet, Ala Moana Center, second level near Nordstrom; fashion show at Tsukiji, Ala Moana Center fourth floor near Mai Tai Bar.
Details: Call 808.955.6560 for more info.

Vegging Out
What: Make a reservation now for next weekend's all-vegetarian brunch at the Halekulani. It's prepared by San Francisco chef Eric Tucker of Millennium restaurant, who will also offer chef demonstrations. Guests keep a copy of his cookbook to take home.
When: Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki
Details: $75 per person, includes complimentary valet. Call 808.931.5040 for more info and to make reservations.

Soap Stars
What: Learn how to make your own cold-press soap, which is gentle on your skin and inexpensive to make. You'll come away with three pounds of soap to to use for gifts or to keep. The class is next weekend, but you need an advance reservation.
When: Sunday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Soap Box Hawai‘i, 94-147 Leokane St., Bldg. 7 Unit L, Waipahu
Details: $60 per person. Call 808.284.6170 for more info or visit www.soapboxhawaii.com or www.soapboxhawaii.typepad.com