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Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit with a flavor that's a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. The juice of the yuzu can be used in marinades and dressings for fish and meats, in desserts such as meringues, jellies and custards, and in drinks when used as a bitter.

The YWCA of O‘ahu's annual LeaderLuncheon recognizes female leaders who exemplify its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. This year's 38th event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 27 at Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort.

On May 24, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii will hold its Second Annual "Perfect Pairings" event at the Plaza Club, featuring food and wine pairings from master sommelier Patrick Okubo and chef Randy Whiteford.

Summer is peak harvest season for pineapple and a great time to enjoy this sweet and tart tropical fruit. Pineapples can be enjoyed cooked, juiced, preserved or simply served fresh with a sprinkle of salt or li hing powder, and are found in a wide array of cuisines.

The Hawaiian Humane Society celebrates "Be Kind to Animals Week," Sunday to May 9, by encouraging the community to show kindness to animals through their social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Celebrate Earth Month and enjoy the day at Hawaiian Electric's Grow Hawaiian Festival at Bishop Museum. The festival offers fascinating crafts, family activities and ono food prepared by local chefs.

Take a drive to the west side for Aloun Farms' Third Annual Sweet Onion Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 25 and 26. Purchase onions and other fresh, local produce while the keiki enjoy a hayride and other activities.

The eighth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo at Wai­kiki Aquarium on April 18 will showcase activities and programs that preserve and protect Hawaii's environment, including a moi release, ocean animal sculpture exhibit and native plant giveaway.

On Sunday, after all the Easter baskets have been assembled and the eggs have been hidden and found, it will be time to celebrate with a family brunch. Whether you like sweet or savory dishes, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Spring is here, and the crisp weather is perfect for enjoying hearty soups. Spring soups are full of flavor and color thanks to the wide array of vegetables and fruits in season.

One of Easter's treasured traditions is giving and receiving colorful baskets, stuffed to the brim with decorative eggs, plush bunnies and chicks, and, of course, candies in all sorts of different shapes and colors.

This spring, visit the "Less = More" exhibit at the Hono­­lulu Museum of Art's Spal­ding House, sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Co. See how artists transform the simple into the complex using basic principles of math, from origami sculptures to a stunning portrait crafted from a half-mile-long piece of thread and thousands of nails.

Treat your family to a day at the beach and celebrate the 30th Annual Duke Kaha­na­moku Beach Challenge, a benefit for the Wai­kiki Community Center. Proceeds support programs and services for Wai­kiki visitors and residents.

Lavender, known for its healing and calming properties, is commonly used in body care products. But did you know that lavender also can be used for cooking?

One of the most important dishes served on Chinese New Year is fish. Any fish — snapper, mullet, bass — will suffice as long as it is served whole. Whole fish symbolize unity and completeness.

Do you have a green thumb and like to get out into the community? If so, the Oahu Urban Garden Center is looking for you. The center needs volunteers to take part in educational programs such as garden maintenence, building infrastructure, fundraising and staffing their annual plant sale.

Smoking everything is one of 2015's hottest food trends, according to various professionals in the food industry. Look for smoked proteins, vegetables and even cocktails, adding spice and imparting a depth of flavor that only smoking can.

Those looking for a nontraditional sugary treat will find a variety of natural sugar alternatives in honey, agave and stevia. It's important to remember that these alternatives aren't necessarily calorie-free, and they might contain a fair amount of sugar, so read labels carefully.

The Malama Learning Center kicks off the New Year with a WOW (WithOut Walls) hands-on cooking class that teaches individuals and families to prepare several delicious, nutritious dishes.

Celebrate Honolulu Theatre for Youth's 60th season and watch "Suzette Who Set to Sea," a tale of a courageous young woman growing up in a small seaside village where men build boats and women do not.

Each year, the Chinese community looks forward to the Narcissus Queen Pageant, one of Hawaii's oldest cultural events. The 66th contest will be held Saturday at Hawaii Theatre.

The new year signals a fresh start, and many of us are resolving to make positive changes in our lives. Among those top goals is eating healthfully. That doesn't have to be a sacrifice, especially with some great recipes that deliver hearty and satisfying dishes.

With the winter season upon us, wouldn't it be comforting to warm up party guests with delightful nonalcoholic drinks? Whether they enjoy chocolate, tea or fruity beverages, these drinks will be perfect for adding to the celebrations.

With Christmas around the corner, a good way to keep ourselves from over-indulging is to balance hearty holiday foods with light and festive side dishes.

Appetizers are just one or two bites of a tasty dish, served before the main meal. But they are arguably the most important part of your holiday feast, setting the tone for the meal ahead.

If you or your friends have gone gluten-free this year, thinking of a holiday dessert or baked good that doesn't include all-purpose flour or cake flour can be a challenge.

Join us at the 30th annual Hono­lulu City Lights on opening night, 6 p.m. Dec. 6, when festivities include the Electric Light Parade.

Did you know that the Institute for Human Services, or IHS, provides take-home food to households in need through a partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank?

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine crumbs, 5 tablespoons of sugar and butter; mix well. Press half of mixture into 9-inch square pan. Reserve remainder for topping.

Celebrate Arbor Day with a new tree or shrub. Hawaiian Electric and its partners will be giving away trees and shrubs — one per family at six locations Saturday — for the day, which is officially Friday.

Kick off this year's Narcissus Festival with the 12th annual Splendor of China cultural festival and trade show at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in several countries around the world.Although it is a common belief that Halloween originated from the Christian observance of All Hallows' Eve (the day before All Hallows' Day Feast), some historians maintain that Halloween has roots in Celtic harvest festivals, a celebration of the close of harvest season.

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

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.

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