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Tuesday, April 15, 2014         

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The Waikiki Aquarium will promote Hawaii's unique ecosystem with the seventh annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19.

Celebrate Earth Month at the Grow Hawaiian Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Museum. The event, presented by Hawaiian Electric Co., encourages clean energy, conservation, sustainable practices and native culture with hands-on family activities.

Celebrate Noruz, or Persian New Year, at the Honolulu Museum of Art's ARTafterDARK event this Friday with traditional food, belly dancing and, of course, art.

Did you know that one-third of a typical U.S. diet depends on honeybee pollination? Honeybees were introduced to Hawaii in the 1850s and have been relatively free of pests and diseases that commonly affect mainland bees.

For those with diabetes, it can be challenging to come up with healthful meals. One simple step is to revamp the pantry and replace refined grains with whole grains such as barley, bulgur, quinoa and whole-wheat flour.

We're always on the lookout for the next "big thing," and when it comes to food, fruits and vegetables are where it's at. Kale and acai have become common household words, but what about kohlrabi?

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii celebrates youths who inspire others with their leadership, resilience and service at the annual Youth of the Year awards, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 8 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Chocolate has a rich history in the islands, dating to the 1800s when cacao was introduced and the first farm was established on Hawaii island. Today there are hopes that Hawaii-grown and produced chocolates will become the state's new ambassador of aloha, similar to macadamia nuts or Kona coffee.

Anyone who has tried making reservations for Valentine's Day knows that without advance planning, you may have no plan. This year, with Valentine's Day falling on a Friday, more lovebirds will likely hit the restaurants.

Kaiser Permanente's Great Aloha Run, now in its 30th year, supports local charities while educating people about healthy, active lifestyles. The run, slated for 7 a.m. Feb. 17, is an 8.15-mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Visit greataloharun.com.

If you love getting your hands into soil, consider becoming a master gardener. The University of Hawaii master gardeners are volunteers who provide outreach to the community.

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. If you haven't done so already, look up your horoscope and see what the Year of the Wooden Horse has in store for you. Whatever your sign, the new year should be celebrated with delicious food, family and friends.

Oahu's elementary school students are starting off the year right by making wise decisions on saving energy at home, based on illustrations in a New Year's resolutions drawing contest. The contest was part of the Home Energy Challenge, a yearlong energy conservation program.

Ever wonder what to do with leftover mochi after the New Year? Think beyond dessert. Mochi can be used in savory dishes or as appetizers.

With the start of the new year, many of us are more conscious of how we eat, whether it be eating light, consuming more fiber or incorporating more fresh vegetables. These recipes are filling and packed with flavor, to help keep your New Year's resolutions. Here's to a happy and nutritious 2014!

New Year's Day is just around the corner, and it's a time for stocking up on enough good luck to carry us through the coming year. Every culture has its own traditional good-luck food meant to ensure prosperity.

‘Tis the season for getting together with loved ones, but it can be challenging to find time for making those potluck dishes to take along. This week, we feature easy-to-make pupu for those who are on the go. Prepare these dishes in advance and heat up before the party.

Who in Hawaii doesn't love food? Because we have an appreciation for foodstuff, a gift made from scratch is well-appreciated.

Holiday season is in full gear. Our calendars are filled with Christmas shopping, office parties, family get-togethers and, of course, potlucks. It can be stressful to come up with a dish that will please friends and family yet not take an entire day to prepare.

Join us at the opening night of Hono­lulu City Lights and the Electric Light Parade on Dec. 7. Each year, Hawaiian Electric teams up with the Friends of Hono­lulu City Lights to light up Hono­­lulu with festive cheer.

In food-centric Hawaii, sharing food is part of our culture; it's the way we bond with one another.

Community outreach is part of our local culture and that of the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday. The Institute for Human Services depends on the community's support to provide essential programs and services to those who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.

In Hawaii, hurricane season runs through November, but the American Red Cross never stops preparing for emergencies. The Red Cross’ Oahu chapter encourages families to stock up on food, water and first-aid supplies for up to seven days.

With Arbor Day on Friday, Hawaiian Electric is sponsoring the planting of 20 trees on Hawaii island through the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.

It's pumpkin season! Take your keiki to Aloun Farms or Waimanalo Country Farms, where families can pick their own pumpkins.

Family, friends and residents of the Kapolei community will come together Nov. 2 for a night of ethnic cuisine at the first Calabash & Cooks Fundraiser to benefit the Malama Learning Center.

Got fish? The Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival does. Taste Hawaii's local seafood, watch fishing demonstrations, tour a longline boat or learn to cast.

October is National Energy Action Month, the perfect time to learn to use less energy. Weatherizing houses, buying energy-efficient appliances and investing in renewable energy are just a few ways to do so.

Root vegetables are wonderful additions to any menu lineup. Not only are they high in fiber, vitamin C, beta carotene, essential minerals and antioxidants, they are versatile to cook.

Desserts have gone beyond the bakery to dessert trucks, pop-up cafes and farmers markets. A sweet bonus is that in indulging, customers are also supporting local businesses.

Eating local is easy for those who participate in Consumer Supported Agriculture, or CSA. CSA customers subscribe to a particular service and receive bagged or boxed fresh local products on a regular schedule.

Did you know a healthy heart is connected to brain health? The Alzheimer's Association has found strong evidence linking brain health to heart health and recommends following a Mediterranean diet, rich in seafood, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fatty acids.

A great place to take the family for ono food and fun is the 31st annual Okinawan Festival, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and until 5 p.m. Sunday at Kapiolani Park.

Each year, the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, pre­sents a Hawaii's Distinguished Citizen Award to a resident whose work and leadership have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of Hawaii.

Now that school is back in session, start off right by feeding your kids healthful food and incorporating exercise into their daily routine.

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the U.S. and claim more than 813,000 lives annually. Support research, education and community programs by taking part in the American Heart Association's Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday.

Xeriscaping is a great way to reduce outdoor water consumption by 30 to 80 percent while still maintaining a beautifully landscaped garden. Learn about xeric (dry) plants, water and energy conservation at the Hono­lulu Board of Water Supply's Unthirsty Plant Sale.

A welcome addition is coming Aug. 11 to the West Oahu community: a weekly farmers market organized by ‘Nalo Farms, to be presented at Leeward Community College.

Obon season, a time to celebrate ancestors, typically runs from June through August. It is believed that during this time their spirits return to visit. Bon festivals are fun not only for the dancing, but also for the food. This week we feature some festival favorites.

Celebrate Korean culture at the 12th Annual Korean Festival this weekend at Kapiolani Park. Compete in a kim chee eating contest and peruse unique Korean products. Prepared food, such as kalbi, bi bim bap and kim chee fried rice, will be available for purchase.

Summer is the perfect weather to satisfy your craving for a frozen treat. The beauty of a homemade sorbet, or granita is its simplicity — a few ingredients go a long way. Best of all, they require little to no cooking time and use little energy.

If you brown-bag it every day, keeping lunches interesting can be a challenge. Mix things up with a Vietnamese banh mi. The sandwich features a Vietnamese-style French baguette made with rice and wheat flour, creating an airy loaf with a light, crackly crust.

If you're lucky enough to have a fruit tree of your own, remember to be safe while picking fruit. Be sure branches aren't touching power lines, and keep yourself and any tools at least 10 feet away from existing lines.

Treat Dad to breakfast at the Hawaii Kai Lions Club's annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast.

Visits to the zoo aren't just for kids anymore. The Hono­lulu Zoo Society has launched a new weekly program for adults 50 and older.

If you haven't figured out what to do with your keiki this summer, consider the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii programs. The nonprofit organization operates at 12 sites on Oahu and Kauai for children ages 7 to 17. The club emphasizes character development and teaches life skills.

More than 5,000 candlelit lanterns will be set afloat in honor of loved ones who have died at the 15th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Ala Moana Beach Park.

With graduation season in full swing, consider a handmade lei filled with delicious homemade goodies. Each lei can be customized to your grad's favorite flavors.

Surprise your mom this Mother's Day with a gift that keeps on living, such as an orchid plant or a basket of potted herbs.

Celebrate May Day at Kapolei High School's Eat the Street event Saturday. Indulge in local grinds and gourmet street food from a variety of food trucks, and enjoy hula, taiko performances and Kapolei's May Day program and court. This week we are featuring delectable street foods that you can prepare at home.

Hawaii's Hispanic community will come together at the Cinco de Mayo Street Festival in Chinatown.

Celebrate Earth Day and learn about conservation and sustainable practices at the Grow Hawaiian Festival on Saturday.

Enjoy a sea urchin release, keiki arts and crafts, and educational displays at the sixth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at the Waikiki Aquarium. The event shares how to be good stewards of our natural resources.

Spring signals new beginnings, so it's the perfect time to start fresh with getting healthy. Eating the right foods can help increase metabolism. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in fiber, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids.

With Easter around the corner, eggs are at the top of the shopping list. This holiday, be sure to look for the Island Fresh Egg label and buy local to support Hawaii's four family-owned egg farms and help build a sustainable economy.

Ensuring that our fisheries are sustainable means more than just protecting the resource. It is a perpetuation of our culture and way of life. This week we offer recipes showcasing seafood caught or farmed locally.

The American Diabetes Association celebrates the 14th Annual Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes on Saturday. Join in with family and friends to support the fight against diabetes.

Thai cuisine comprises a complex and dynamic flavor profile, and attempting to recreate the delicate balance of salty, sweet, spicy, sour and bitter might seem daunting.

During these busy times, the slow cooker has become one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It's a good option for those who want to minimize their time in the kitchen and still provide a home-cooked meal.

For most families, sitting at the table for breakfast has been replaced by eating on the run. But the family can still enjoy a good breakfast — for dinner. Your family gets the best of both worlds: relaxing together at the end of the day, and simple comfort food.

On Feb. 23 the Hawaii Chocolate Festival will showcase chocolate made exclusively from Hawaii-grown cacao.

Chinese New Year is Sunday and welcomes the Year of the Snake. Celebrations include a festival Friday and Saturday at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit www.chinatownhi.com for a calendar of events.

For the home gardener, the Urban Garden Center's annual plant sale is the perfect place to find locally grown native plants, vegetables, palms, herbs and fruit trees.

Sometimes it's a bowl of jook that your popo whipped up when you were sick. Other times, it's a plate of your mom's curry beef stew. Or it could even be an Eskimo Pie your dad ate while watching TV.

We found classic recipes that are hearty and easy to make during the busy work week when time is of the essence.

Planning and illustrating a New Year's resolution to conserve electricity at home was the task assigned to hundreds of elementary school students participating in the Home Energy Challenge, sponsored by the state Department of Education and Hawaiian Electric Co.

Take part in the many festivities presented by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Snake. The Narcissus Festival Pageant on Jan. 12 is among the events, with 11 contestants vying for the Narcissus court titles.

In the winter months, hot drinks appeal because they add to a feeling of coziness and comfort. Warm beverages are perfect for snuggling up to watch a favorite TV show or have an intimate gathering with friends.

During the holidays, gatherings abound with everything from family parties to work potlucks, and selecting the perfect dish can be fun and creative.

Be the star of your holiday parties with this collection of appetizers that range from fast to fancy. Gau gee are a traditional local favorite, while the crab- and cream cheese-stuffed mushrooms are easy and delicious. Lamb meatballs with yogurt sauce are a new twist on a classic recipe.

Everyone enjoys receiving yummy homemade food treats, and with the holidays looming, it's time to get started on them. When giving edible gifts, it's all about presentation. Make your gifts look as good as they taste with simple, inexpensive packaging ideas.

Don't miss opening night of Honolulu City Lights, where Hawaiian Electric is again bringing its float to the Electric Light Parade.

Hawaiian Electric Co. employees once again have teamed up to raise funds for the Aloha United Way with a cookbook, "A Taste to Remember, Volume 7: Hawaii's Chefs and Hawaiian Electric Family Edition."

Incorporate delicious local flavors and ingredients into your Thanksgiving meal for an unusual take on tradition. Make a kalua turkey, a moist and flavorful preparation that still keeps with tradition.

Ewa residents have reason to celebrate with the recent opening of a new Mahiku farmers market in their neighborhood. Expect an array of fresh produce, prepared meals, Kahuku shrimp, kettle corn, freshly baked bread and much more.

Get a free tree Saturday at the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. Up for grabs are variety of popular fruit trees, flowering shrubs and native plants.

October is Energy Awareness Month, and the whole family can get on board. Youngsters can get a copy of the Energy Detective Guide from Hawaiian Electric Co., a free, colorfully illustrated booklet that helps families find the hidden energy villains that lead to higher utility bills.

When you're craving a healthy, hearty meal, consider root vegetables. They have tremendous health benefits since they grow in the ground and absorb nutrients and minerals from the soil. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive, keep well and taste delicious.

The Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival gathers some 20,000 people each year with more than 100 vendors, delicious local seafood, live fishing demonstrations, longline boat tours and lessons in casting techniques.

October is Energy Awareness Month, and what better way to conserve energy than using a slow cooker? These economical and efficient kitchen appliances save time, money and energy since all you need to do is prepare the ingredients, set the timer and get ready for a delicious meal.

Bisque is a rich and creamy soup that's been puréed to give it a smooth texture and complex taste. Bisque is traditionally made with cream and a blend of spices. Seafood bisques are common, but the soup is made with all kinds of ingredients. Here are some new takes on an old classic.

Eating food that has been grown locally tastes better and is better for the environment. When you buy directly from local farmers, your dollars stay within our community.

With school back in session, working parents might find weeknight cooking a challenge. But a few time-saving techniques can ease the stress.

Get a taste of Uchi­nan­chu flavors this weekend at the 30th annual Okinawan Festival. Sample local favorites such as pig's feet soup, Okinawa soba, champuru, andagi and the ever-popular Okidog and Andadog.

Hawaii's Greek community celebrates the 32nd anniversary of bringing the flavors of the Greek islands to the Hawaiian Islands.

Now that it's summer and fruits are at the peak of their season, you may want to fill up on peaches, strawberries and blueberries, and there's no better way to save some money by purchasing in bulk. But what to do with all the extra?

Join thousands of walkers from across the island as they step out in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. The walk celebrates those who made changes to improve their health and encourages others to do the same. This week's recipes are from Kapiolani Community College's heart-healthy cookbook, "A Dash of Aloha."

When it's time to decide what to serve for dinner, chicken is one food that will please most palates. Chicken is versatile and easy to cook, but finding new and different ways to prepare it can be a challenge.

Summer months are the perfect time for camping. While some think camping out means having to eat pre-made meals, that's not true. These local favorites can be easily made right on the camp stove or grill.

The Malama Learning Center, the Waianae Farmers' Market and Kapolei High School have partnered to provide the Kapolei community with Makeke Kapolei, a weekly farmers market with dozens of vendors showcasing their locally grown food and products, as well as cultural presentations from local artisans.

Kapiolani Park will come alive with Korean cuisine and culture at the 11th Annual Korean Festival Saturday. Get your taste buds ready with these tasty, popular dishes compliments of the United Korean Association of Hawaii.

As the weather turns warmer and warmer, there's no better time to think about salads. Salad means so much more than just lettuce these days, so here are some delicious and cool ideas that will be great during these hot summer days.

If the warm, sticky weather makes you feel too hot to cook or even eat, revive yourself with a refreshing bowl of cold soup made with the ripe, sun-kissed bounties of summer: vegetables, fruits, legumes and herbs.

Although sodium is an important and necessary mineral, it is best consumed in moderation. Sodium controls fluid balance in the body and maintains blood volume and blood pressure. Eating too much could affect this delicate balance.

People in Hawaii just love mangoes, and this year the season is bountiful. Though mangoes are commonly eaten fresh or made into jams and chutneys, there are other ways to prepare them that make the most of their fragrant sweetness.

You probably know that legumes are good for you, but did you know there are two types of legumes?

Many folks avoiding processed sugar are turning to natural sweeteners such as honey and agave.

Memorial Day offers us a time to get together to remember patriotic heroes and our loved ones.

With graduation season just around the corner, we've come up with the cookies for a tasty gift basket your graduate can enjoy.

In celebration of mothers and all the wonderful women in your life, invite them over for a special afternoon tea.



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