Weekend Picks – September 20, 2012

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Glam Rocks

What: Go early and act fast when shopping RockaBella Jewels’ trunk show. Designer Kristel Bandisch is bringing her newest creations over from Maui, like 18k gold-tipped shark tooth earrings and sunrise shell rings, but in extremely limited quantities (just two or three pieces per style). Also keep an eye out for colorful pave bangles from HOLIDAY, a special collaboration with Sophie Grace Designs, and pyrite skull bangles by Olia, the newest designer in her online shop. Did we mention, everything is 15 percent off?

When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Cottage by the Sea, Ward Warehouse.

Details: Also enter to win a free cowrie shell friendship bracelet, no purchase necessary.


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Wandering Buy

What: A new shipment of Gypsy 05 just hit the floor at Aloha Aina Boutique, featuring breezy sherbet blouses (right), gauzy cold shoulder drawstring tops and perfectly draped cover-ups, all made out of soft, beautifully dyed silk. And, thanks to free one-hour parking with validation, then $1 per hour for the next three hours, you can afford to stay and try them all on.

Where: Aloha Aina Boutique, Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, Level 2.

Details: $155-$375. For more information, call (808) 924-4333.


Fan the Flames

What: Get fired up for the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation’s 3rd Annual Signature Chefs Food Festival. Sample offerings from some of Hawaii’s top restaurants, like Chai’s Island Bistro, 12th Avenue Grill and beachhouse at the moana; plates by Culinary Institute of the Pacific and Farrington High School students; and firehouse favorites prepared by some of the department’s very own firefighters. All proceeds go straight back to the Foundation’s community programs.

When: Tickets are available now for the event on October 12, 5:30-9 p.m.

Where: HFD Headquarters Complex, 636 South St.

Details: Tickets start at $150. Purchase them online or call Pacific Rim Concepts at (808) 864-9812.


Have a Bali

What: Be the first to check out new and unique finds from owner Caroline Hay’s recent trip to Bali, including sweet tie dye dresses, beautiful silk scarves and mala gemstone and tassel necklaces. Enjoy wine and pupu while you shop, and score a free ikat bag with purchases of $100 or more.

When: Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Where: TOR Boutique, 45 Hoolai St.


Viva Mexico

What: Just a few more spaces are left for Taco Night, a new cooking class at Kapiolani Community College. Learn how to make the real stuff – Baja-style fish tacos, tacos stuffed with chorizo, cheese and fresh salsa; and vegetarian tacos with roasted poblano peppers, onions, mushrooms and corn – from Chef Adriana Torres, who hails from Mexico City.

When: Monday, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Kapiolani Community College, Ohia Building, Rooms 109/112.

Details: $55. To register, click here or call (808) 734-9211.

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One Cool Cat

What: It’s Thursday. You deserve a break… and also some quality time with one of the most privileged cats in the world. Presenting Grazia’s exclusive photo diaries of Choupette, actual iPhone snapshots and captions by owner and design legend Karl Lagerfeld. So click through and find out what a typical morning is like for this fashionable feline. And yes, it’s perfectly normal to be insanely jealous of a cat.

Details: Start clicking here.


Week Spots

What: Kailua-Kona diners, eat your hearts out; the 3rd Annual Kau Kau Kailua Restaurant Week is in full swing. Dozens of restaurants are offering special three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40, so you can afford to tuck into some Pua‘a pork tacos at Kona Brewing Company one night, then feast on seafood chowder and kalbi at Honu’s on the Beach the next, without worrying about anything but your waistline.

When: Through Sunday.

Details: Click here for a full list of participating restaurants and more information.