Weekend Picks – May 15, 2008

www.leichic.comLei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

Hope Floats
What: Leading up to the Memorial Day Lantern Floating ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu Hale hosts an exhibit of 25 lantern floating photos taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Hume Kennerly. Currently a Newsweek contributor, Kennerly is also a former White House photographer under President Ford. The free exhibit also includes video and paper lanterns from previous lantern floating events.
When: Through May 23
Where: Honolulu Hale, 530 S. King Street
Details: The exhibit is free. Check www.lanternfloatinghawaii.com for more info.

Cream of the Crops
What: Ala Wong’s bi-monthly Farmer Series dinner offers a special menu built around ingredients produced by a handful of local farmers, who also come to the restaurant to discuss their vegetables, fish and other foods. This month’s menu features teas grown on the Big Island , Kona Kampachi fish raised in waters off the Kona coast, greens from Nalo Farms and tofu from local company Honda Tofu, among others. 
Wednesday May 21, seating begins at 5 p.m. – but make reservations now.
Alan Wong’s, 1857 S. King Street
$75 prix fixe, $105 with wine or tea pairings. Call 808.949.2526 for more info and to make reservations. Click here for the full menu and details on May’s featured farmers.

The Reel Deal
What: The third annual Big Island Film Festival will screen more than 58 films, including eight from Hawai‘i, over four days. Several of the films star actors such as Ed Harris, Stephen Baldwin, Sean Young and Kelly Preston, among others. 
When: This weekend, today through Sunday
Where: Screenings are held in three locations at Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Queens’ Marketplace, including the new Queens ’ Gardens open-air amphitheater – the expansive lawn is terraced as it slopes down to the stage, perfect for pitching a blanket.
Details: Interisland air isn’t cheap – roundtrip fares are around $230 on Hawaiia and about $170 on go! But there are deals on hotels –Waikoloa’s Marriott has a special $149 rate, or stay at the Hilton for $189. See movie summaries and travel packages at www.bigislandfilmfestival.com

Post Modern
What: The new Ka‘u Kapahulu boutique (in the space formerly occupied by Modern Amusement) celebrates its grand opening – the name is new, but they still carry the Modern Amusement line as well as others, such as the Swedish skate/street line WeSC, and the Australian surf label Insight.
Where: Ka‘u Kapahulu, 449 Kapahulu Avenue, #102
When: Grand opening reception Saturday 3 to 7 p.m.
Details: Call 808.738.2769 or email kau.kapahulu@yahoo.com

Backhand Compliment
What: Free tennis clinic from the Hawaii chapter of the U.S. Tennis Association. The three-hour event includes an hour-long cardio tennis class, a beginner’s skills clinic for adults (there’s one for kids too) plus beat the pro and serve speed contests.
When: Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m.
Where: Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility, 94-801 Kamehameha Hwy. , Waipahu
Details: Rackets and balls are provided. More info at www.hawaii.usta.com