Singing in the new
Start the new year on a musical note with a free concert by St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of Calgary, Canada, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, 2500 Pali Highway. The event, featuring Ukrainian and holiday songs, is being held in conjunction with the "Holy Icons, Sacred Lights, Visions of Glory" art exhibit on display through next Thursday at the church’s Gallery on the Pali. Call 595-4047.
Spam musubi for the new year
As thoughts turn to the new year, mochi and ways for the family to stick together with rice, why not share your love of rice and musubi with a T-shirt?
Foodland has just introduced limited-edition T-shirts created in response to the popularity of the grocer’s musubi-design reusable shopping bag. The shirts come in white, black or teal, in adult sizes.
Like the bag, one tee shows how to create the perfect musubi, while "The Musubi Bunch" tee shows 10 variations on one of Hawaii’s favorite foods.
The shirts are a Maika’i special: two for $20 at Foodland, Foodland Farms and Sack N Save stores on Oahu.
Resolve to help; enter to win
Your New Year’s resolution to help others may help you win the first items from Jedidiah’s 2011 collection next month.
Through Monday, the clothing company is asking fans to submit their pledges to help others on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JedidiahClothing. Five winners will be picked on Tuesday.
Jedidiah’s mission is to use apparel sales as a vehicle to provide care, support and financial resources to those in need. Proceeds from its Spring and Summer 2011 collections will fund construction of a trauma recovery center in Cambodia in partnership with World Vision. Proceeds from Fall and Winter 2011 collections will fund construction of a community center in New York to serve homeless youths in partnership with StandUp for Kids.
Sedona offers gem of a sale
Tomorrow is the last day of Sedona’s "After Christmas Sale," with a variety of gemstones and jewelry equated with love, harmony, abundance and good health.
Shoppers will receive $10 off one merchandise purchase of $50 or more; $25 off a purchase of $125 or more; or $50 off a purchase of $197 or more; with all sales final. The offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or Star Cards.
Sedona is at Ward Centre. Call 591-8010.
Hit the street for new year fun
Japanese beauty expert and TV personality IKKO will appear at DFS Galleria Waikiki’s Aloha Nights celebration, 7 to 10 p.m. Monday.
Kalakaua Avenue in front of the DFS Galleria will be shut down for the New Year’s block party featuring entertainment by Jake Shimabukuro, Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm, and cuisine from restaurants such as Alan Wong’s, Nobu, Roy’s Waikiki, The Beachhouse at the Moana, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Sheraton Waikiki’s Kai Market.
Take a chance, grab a bag, enjoy the mystery
Ala Moana Center is bringing back its Fukubukuro, or "happy grab bags," with a number of stores offering the mystery bags, filled with merchandise, sold at half their retail value.
Only a limited number of bags will be available, and only on Saturday. The 50 participating merchants include food purveyors such as Godiva Chocolatier, Lupicia and Pacific Place Tea Garden; local-style boutiques such as Hilo Hattie, Island Edge, Reyn’s and Local Motion; and upscale stores Fendi, Emporio Armani and Salvatore Ferragamo. All sales of Fukubukuro merchandise are final.
The surprises vary, but expect jewelry, accessories, handbags, home goods and more. In past years, bag prices have ranged from $10 at Pacific Place Tea Garden to $5,000 at Gucci.
Fukubukuro is a Japanese custom and has been a New Year’s Day tradition at the mall since 2004.
For the complete list of merchants, visit www.AlaMoanaCenter.com.