KCC culinary benefit
By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor
Because of the teacher strikes, Kapi'olani Community College has postponed its "Ho'okipa 2001" culinary event, which had been scheduled for Friday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel's Monarch Room.
The gala, a sellout last year, is a fund-raiser for the KCC's Food Service and Hospitality Education Program, which includes the culinary arts training.
"The strike is a big disappointment to our kids and our program," said Kelvin Ro, one of the organizers, particularly since reservations and donations of food and gifts signaled that this would be another successful benefit. The event as originally planned would have included 14 food stations, a silent auction and entertainment.
A new date will be announced following the settlement of the University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly strike; a fall make-up date is likely, said Ro.
Those who wish to get a refund for ticket payments should call Sami Takai at 734-9572.
In other strike-related developments:
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth is launching two spring plays for families, "Beyond the Falls" and "Come See the Peppermint Tree," beginning April 28 at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park.
However, patrons are asked to call HTY at 839-9885 for strike-related updates.
"Peppermint" will be staged at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. April 28 and "Falls" at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Additional Saturday shows had been set for May, but if the Hawai'i State Teachers Association strike continues beyond April, these would be canceled, said a theater spokeswoman.
Also, school performances are to start at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. April 23, but if the public schools are not back in session, these performances will be open to the general public. Weekday shows will continue through April 27 and also on April 30.
"Peppermint" also will tour O'ahu preschools Monday through June 2; these shows are not affected by the strike.
Some performances of the mammoth spring production of Goethe's "Faust" have been canceled because of the UHPA strike; if there is a resolution in the next week, Kennedy Theatre hopes to open the production on April 26.
Additional play dates are questionable for now.
The "Spring Footholds" production, at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre, still is proceeding with plays May 2-6.
Information: 526-4400 (Ticket Plus), 956-7655 (Kennedy box office).