Weekend Picks – November 5, 2009

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

Top Chefs
What: Hit up HONOLULU Magazine’s 26th Annual Hale ‘Aina Awards and nibble tasting plates from Hawai‘i’s top restaurants, including Alan Wong’s, Formaggio Wine Bar and Grill, Roy’s Restaurant, Mariposa, and Hoku’s. Groove to live music by Rocky Brown and bid in a silent auction benefitting the Hale ‘Aina Ohana non-profit culinary organization.
When: Sunday. VIP Reception and Awards Presentation, 5 to 7 p.m., Hale ‘Aina Celebration, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Hawaiian Monarch Ballroom & Ocean Lawn, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
Details: VIP Reception and Awards Presentation are open to invited guests and corporate sponsors only. Individual tickets for the Hale ‘Aina Celebration are $150, 10-ticket packages are $1,000. To purchase a ticket or for more info, call 808.534.7568 or click here.

Girls' Night Out: All Dolled Up

What: Grab the girls and head to Pearl Ultralounge for Girls' Night Out: All Dolled Up. Enjoy happy hour appetizer and drink specials and free beauty bar treatments from Desire Salon and Spa, including manicures, massages, brow waxing, mini-makeovers and hair styling. Plus, e
nter to win one of five Lei Chic beauty gift bags, packed with cosmetics and fragrances from M.A.C., Dior, Bare Escentuals and more.
When: Tonight! Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Happy hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m., beauty bar from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Ala Moana Center, Ho'
okipa Terrace, Level 3
Details: 21+, free cover all night. For more info, call 808.944.8000 or click here.

Ooh La La!
What: Escape to Paris (well, almost) at the newly-opened Le Crêpe Café. Once a cart in Waikiki, the traditional French crêperie now has a permanent spot in Manoa. The award-winning crêpes are made with fresh and organic ingredients, and come in sweet and savory flavors. Bon appétit!
When: Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Le Crêpe Café, 2740 E. Manoa Rd.
Details: For more info, call 808.372.3989 or click here.

The Sample Life
What: Free beer! Need we say more? Grab a cold one and get started on your holiday shopping, all while supporting local designers at this month’s Rock Shop. Pick up goodies from Cloth and MCK Metal, and score deals at the sample sale by Billbong, Indah and Insight.
When: Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Coral Loft, 1033A Smith St., Chinatown
Details: Free. For more info, call 808.722.3988 or click here

Pure Bliss
What: Shop for chic women’s and children’s clothing at the new Bliss online boutique, launched just this week by Aina Haina resident Wendy Chang. Enjoy 25 percent off storewide until November 15 and check out Bliss’ shopping party service which offers guests exclusive discounts and opportunities to win gift certificates.
Where: www.shopblissonline.com
Details: Free shipping on orders over $50 and free gift wrapping.

Art Me Up
What: Stop by thirtyninehotel to view co-owner Richard Earl Leong Yu Hadad-Ralya’s In This Order exhibition. His drawings, paintings and mixed-media installation pieces are themed around globalism, sovereignty and Hawai‘i’s sustainability (or lack thereof).
When: Today through December 31. Opening receptions tonight and Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: thirtyninehotel, 39 Hotel St., 2nd Floor
Details: For more info, call 808.599.2552 or click here.

Just Like Heaven
What: Treat yourself to a customized spa package, worth up to $185, for just $99 during November only. Choose any two treatments from a list of massages, facials, body wraps, highlights, mani-pedis and Kerastase treatments.
When: Through November 30
Where: Heaven on Earth Salon & Day Spa, 1050 Alakea St., downtown
Details: For more info, call 808.599.5501 or click here