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Temple offers Thai buffet 

The Thai Buddhist Temple of Hawaii has built a reputation by offering one of the best Thai buffets on the island.

The temple will do it again from 9 a.m. to noon May 22. For about $6, enjoy a plate of rice and two entree choices, with additional dishes for $1 to $3.

The temple — also known as Wat Buddhajakramongkolvararam — is at 872-A 2nd St. in Pearl City. Call 456-4176.

Classes focus on vegan fare

Learn to prepare vegan and raw food dishes from award-winning chef Mark Reinfeld of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant in a 10-day class.

The hands-on training will take place in a private home in Honolulu, with each day devoted to a specific food preparation. The last three days are set aside for raw food.

Topics include soups, salads and dressings; grain and bean dishes; tofu, tempeh and seitan dishes; casseroles and sauces; sandwiches, wraps and spreads; and vegan desserts.

Raw food cuisine will include smoothies, pâtés, pasta and pudding; elixirs, soups, plant cheeses, ravioli, parfaits and ice cream; and nut and seed milks, granola, pizza, tacos and cheesecake.

Classes are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13 to 17 and 20 to 24. Cost is $1,500, $1,200 kamaaina rate. Call 822-0820 or email info@veganfusion.com, with "Honolulu training" in the subject line.

Learn secrets of Asian dishes

Continue to explore the realm of Asian cooking with Walter Rhee this month. All cooking classes are held at the Palama Market, 1210 Dillingham Blvd. Cost is $80, except the Chinatown tour, which is $50.

Reservations required; call 391-1550 or email walter@waltereatshawaii.com.

» Korean-Chinese Cooking (5 to 7:30 p.m. May 26): Learn to make chajangmyun (black bean sauce noodles), champong (seafood noodles), lahjohgi (hot spicy chicken) and sogogi tang soo yook (sweet-sour beef).

» The Only Korean Cooking Class You Will Ever Need (5 to 7:30 p.m. May 27): Basics of bulgogi, barbecue pork, Korean rice dumpling soup, spicy fried rice cake, chap chae and more.

» Ultrafast Meals in 19 Minutes or Less (2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 28): Simple yet savory meals like chicken wings in Singapore sauce, moo shu pork, vegetarian pad Thai, Oriental steak, Peking chicken, shrimp and eggs, and ma po tofu.

» A Cook’s Tour of Chinatown (8:30 to 11 a.m. May 28): Meet at the intersection of King and Smith streets.

Pineapple heritage

The Wahiawa Historical Society celebrates its town’s agricultural heritage with the Wahiawa Pineapple Festival this weekend at Wahiawa District Park. Highlights include ethnic food from eight restaurants, a fresh produce sale, cultural exhibits, crafts and games from plantation days. A parade at 9 a.m. Saturday kicks off the festivities. It starts from Kaala Elementary School and continues along California Avenue to N. Cane Street into the park. The fun continues through 4 p.m. On Sunday, the event runs at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a jazz festival.

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