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Join the thousands of runners and walkers this weekend at the 20th Annual Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure on Sunday at Kapiolani Park. Up to 75 percent of funds raised in Hawaii stays here to support local breast cancer programs through educational outreach, while 25 percent is designated for research.

Unleash your inner superhero at the Heroes of Aloha Charity Event, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Waikiki Shell.

Learn about clean renewable energy, energy conservation and electrical safety at the annual Clean Energy Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kahala Mall near Macy's.

Celebrate all things rice at the Fifth Annual Hawaii Rice Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ward Centers. The free event includes cooking demos, eating contests, ono food and more.

When the first large wave of Portuguese immigrants arrived in 1878, they brought a distinctive cuisine that bears Mediterranean influences and incorporates a variety of spices such as chilies, coriander, cinnamon and saffron.

Hawaii's largest block party, the 62nd annual Aloha Festivals Waikiki Ho'olaule'a, takes place 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 with the theme "Maluhia Honua -- World Peace With Aloha."

This year, the Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival is profiling some of the state's best young cooks with Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun!, a cooking competition for youth, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Honolulu Zoo.

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association anticipates more than 50,000 attendees at its 32nd annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park this weekend.

This weekend, travel to Greece without leaving Hawaii at the 33rd annual Greek Festival, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ala Moana Beach Park's McCoy Pavilion.

Finding time to cook on weeknights can be quite the challenge. After a full day of work, soccer practice and piano lessons, there's little time — or energy — to prepare a home-cooked meal.

A healthy diet and proper nutrition are important for everyone, especially seniors. Many seniors find it challenging to stay motivated to cook healthy meals because they live alone or are intimidated by complicated recipes.

In Saturday the Board of Water Supply's Halawa Xeriscape Garden will celebrate its 25th anniversary honoring those who helped in the development and maintenance of the garden.

Pickling is one of the oldest methods of food preservation; traditionally, seasonal foods and foods limited in availability were pickled using a combination of vinegar, salt, sugar and spices.

Spicy, creamy, cool or cheesy, dips are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser you can take to any occasion this summer. Dips are easily paired with chips, crackers, pita, crudites or even fresh fruit.

Get an authentic taste of Korean culture through food, dance, art and music at the 13th Annual Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce Korean Festival, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Magic Island.

For its 23rd year, Ala Moana Center will host one of Hawaii's largest Fourth of July fireworks shows, 8:30 p.m. Friday off Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Miss the days of rock 'n' roll, roller rinks and diners? Manoa Valley Theatre's production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," running July 3 to 20, will have you swooning in your seats.

That summer staple, the Wildest Show in Town concert series at the Honolulu Zoo, returns this month and continues through mid-August. On the lineup are Kapena, Raiatea Helm, Hookena and ManoaDNA.

This weekend the Pan Pacific Festival will celebrate 35 years of bringing cultures together with food, art and dance from around the Pacific. Festivities begin with a hoolaulea in Waikiki, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday

On June 15 the Hawaii Kai Lions Club will serve more than 3,500 meals at its annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast at Kaiser High School. For more than 40 years, the event has benefited such projects as vision testing for area preschoolers, Kaiser's Project Graduation and the Hawaii Kai holiday parade.

Get your kids in the kitchen and begin a lifelong culinary adventure. Every month the Hawaii Children's Discovery Center hosts its Kids in the Kitchen workshop to expose children ages 4 and up to new flavors, foods and healthy eating habits.

Memorial Day unofficially kicks off summer, and that means picnics at the beach and backyard barbecues. One way to enjoy the outdoors and cut down on electricity usage is grilling.

Are you welcoming a new addition to your ohana, planning a first-birthday luau or just want a one-stop shopping spot to find all the things your baby or toddler needs? Visit the 17th Annual Baby Expo on Saturday and Sunday.

The Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth Project, known as KEY and serving the area's multicultural community, will host its fifth annual Mothers & Others brunch benefit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the project's center, 47-200 Waihee Road.

Join the Filipino Community Center at its annual Flores de Mayo Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Honolulu municipal grounds, 650 S. King St., with free parking at the event site.

The Hawaiian Humane Society's Canine Game Day, 1 to 5 p.m. May 3 at Blaisdell Park, is a chance for our four-legged friends to enjoy a day of activities such as obstacle and agility courses, doggie massages and a doggie pool.

Traditionally, painted eggs were given during Easter to celebrate spring because they signify rebirth and fertility. We continue the tradition today with egg dyeing.

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."


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