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New digs, longer hours

Ward Center’s Specialty Farmer’s Market has moved to the more spacious, open-air space of its parking lot across Ward 16 Theatre, at the corner of Auahi and Kamakee streets. The market, which runs Tuesdays, has also expanded its hours and is now open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors include Chyler’s Hawaii Beef Chips, Hula Shrimp Co., Lin’s Market and Rainbow Farm. For a detailed list of vendors, visit

Food tours roll into Chinatown

Walter Rhee offers more cooking classes and Chinatown food tours this month. Cost of classes is $80, cook’s tour is $40 and eateries tour is $80. Call 391-1550 for reservations or e-mail

"A Cook’s Tour of Chinatown" runs 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., then "Taste of Chinatown Eateries Tour" from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, repeating Jan. 29.

Cooking classes are 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Palama Market Dillingham, 1210 Dillingham Blvd. "Secrets of Japanese Cooking" will be held Saturday; "Basics of Korean Cooking," Jan. 29. 

Band fundraiser fires up imu oven

The Kailua High School Band Boosters will spend a weekend tending an imu and is offering space inside for trays of food.

Food goes into the underground oven on Feb. 4, emerging the next morning.

Cost is $15 per large foil tray. Food — such as whole turkeys, roasts or pork butt (meat chunks should have three deep cuts in them), sweet potatoes, taro or luau leaves — must be thawed, seasoned and well wrapped in foil. Place in pan and wrap again in foil. Weight limit per tray is 25 pounds.

Reservations due by Jan. 28. Make checks payable to Kailua High School Band Boosters and send to the school, 451 Ulumanu Drive, Kailua 96734. Write "Attention IMU" in lower left corner of the envelope. Include your name, telephone number and a self-addressed, stamped envelope so a confirmation ticket can be sent to you. To be included in an e-mail list for future imu, provide e-mail address as well.

Call 728-7389.

Class teaches food that heals

The Green House is offering a class about healing the body with organic food.

"Eating Your Way to Health," 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 29, features recipes such as Bieler Broth, Beet Kvass and a fruit juice drink that are designed to detoxify. Other recipes are meant to prevent toxins from building up in the body.

Fee is $25. Registration required; visit or call 524-8427. The Green House is at 224 Pakohana St.

Chocolate frenzy at Haleiwa event

Haleiwa Farmers’ Market will hold the Second Annual Hawaii Cacao Festival on Jan. 30, with market vendors featuring cacao and chocolate. The day will also include chef demonstrations and keiki cacao-related activities, plus tours of the Waialua Estate cacao orchard via shuttles.

The 20-acre orchard — reportedly the only one in the U.S. that specifically grows cacao — is situated along the banks of the Kaukonahua river, near Waialua town.

Home chefs and bakers can enter a cacao and chocolate recipe contest. Samples are to be submitted at the market between 9 and 10 a.m., with prizes awarded in three categories: baked, confection and professional, with bonus points available for use of Hawaii-grown chocolate. Request an entry form by e-mailing

The festival will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the junction of Kamehameha Highway and the Leong Bypass Road, near Haleiwa Beach Park. Call 388-9696 or visit

Workshop gets family eating well

Get your family to eat more healthful, local foods. Chef Leslie Ashburn will demonstrate several simple, delicious recipes using ingredients grown in Hawaii.

The workshop, hosted by the Malama Learning Center, runs 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 29 at Kapolei High School, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway.

Cost is $10 or $25 for a family of three. Registration is required; register online at Call 542-9107 or e-mail


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