October is Hawai’i Seafood Month, and local chefs are marking the occasion with meals across the state.
On Wednesday10/7 at MW Restaurant, enjoy a grazing-style meal presented by Wade Ueoka (MW), Mark "Gooch" Noguchi (Mission Social Hall & Cafe, Lunch Box by Pili) and Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Cafe, Hale Ohuna), as well as dessert by Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW). The chefs will whip up dishes using local fare such as opelu, opah, kampachi, hee (octopus), Samoan crab, ama ebi (shrimp), limu (seeweed) and sea salt.
Diners can also learn about local fisheries from experts Brooks Takenaka of the United Fishing Agency, Guy Tamashiro of Tamashiro Market and John Kaneko of the Hawaii Seafood Council.
The dinner runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Limited seats are $85; call 955-6505, ext. 2, for reservations. The venue is at 1538 Kapiolani Blvd.
More than 50 local restaurants, retailers and seafood businesses statewide are promoting sustainable local seafood this month. Visit hawaiiseafoodmonth.com.
Free forum helps kids with disabilities
The Learning Disabilities Association of Hawai’i will offer free screenings during its miniconference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus.
Themed "Building Bridges, Not Walls," the conference will also offer information on a wide range of topics for parents of children with disabilities, including how to understand their children’s needs, what rights and protections they have under the law, and what resources and services are available to them. Conference topics include tips for parents of children with dyslexia, assistive technology and autism insurance reform.
Music educator and author Micah Hirokawa will deliver a keynote lecture titled "Superheroes among us — redefining learning disabilities as abilities."
The screenings are for children ages 2 to 5 and will be available at the Kid Zone, which will also offer entertainment, developmental learning activities and child care.
While the event is free and open to all families, registration is required by calling LDAH at 800-533-9684 or emailing Rosie Rowe, LDAH education and training coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit ldahawaii.org.