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The Traditional Hawaiian Diet — Paradise with Foods, Herbals and Supplements, John Westerdahl and Amy C. Brown discuss how the Hawaiian diet can promote health and provide information on noni, kava and ginger, 7 p.m. today, Castle Medical Center's Wellness Center auditorium; free. Registration required: 263-5400.
A Taste of Lahaina, 15th annual culinary event with food samples from island chefs, cook-offs, food demos and entertainment, 5-10 p.m. Friday with The Makaha Sons, Ekolu and Henry Kapono and 4-10 p.m. Saturday with Makana, Crazy Fingers and Willie K, Lahaina Recreation Park II, Lahaina, Maui; $5 general admission, $75 VIP package with preferred seating and table service, food and beverage scripts and special access parking. (888) 310-1117, www.visitlahaina.com.
Kama'aina Tuesdays, in celebration of the restaurant's 16th year, Hawai'i residents with ID may order any entree at a 50 percent discount, 6 p.m. to closing, Tuesdays in September, David Paul's Lahaina Grill, Maui. Reservations: (808) 667-5117.
"Eat, Drink and Be Merry," Catherine Conway discusses the dangers of relying on comfort foods and offers alternative ways to handle emotional eating, 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Ala Wai Gold Course clubhouse; free, sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. 944-8344.
Carolyn Hootkins Dinner, four-course meal prepared by the Halekulani's Executive Chef, Darryl Fujita and Carolyn Hootkins, former Executive Chef to Prince Charles and Princess Diana, culinary advisor to The Prince's Foundation and organic product developer for Duchy Originals, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 14, Halekulani hotel; $75 includes an organic wine reception and presentation by Hootkins. Reservations: 931-5040.
Farmers' Market, produce, meats, seafood and flowers, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, Kapi'olani Community College parking lot C. 848-2074.
Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School, Hale'iwa. 237-8248.
A Cook's Tour of Chinatown, Walter Rhee leads a tour of downtown markets: learn about meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, meet near Hawaiian National Bank between King and Smith Sts.; $15. Also, Rhee leads a tour of Chinatown eateries, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, meet at same location; $59. Reservations required: 391-1550.
Farmers' Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau, 8-11 a.m. Sundays, Mililani High School, in front of the gymnasium. 848-2074.
Country Market & Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center, 1330 Kalaniana'ole Highway. 259-5349.
"Dining Out with Chai," Chai Chaowasaree of Chai's Island Bistro and Singha Thai Cuisine hosts a new TV show with cooking tips and information on Hawai'i and Mainland restaurants, 5 p.m. Sundays, KHON-2. 381-8483, 585-0011.
Farmers' Market, fruits and vegetables, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. 396-0766.
Culinary Tour of Chinatown, visit noodle shops, dim sum parlors, food courts, bakeries and other food venues in downtown Honolulu with food writer Anthony Chang, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 42 N. King St.; $10. 533-3181.
Fresh Mondays, locally grown produce with free food samples, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Kaiser Nanaikeola clinic lobby; repeats 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 432-2270.
Waikiki Farmers' Market, fruits, vegetables, musubi and chow mein,
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Waikiki Community Center's parking lot. 923-1802.
Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Merriman's Restaurant, Waimea, Big Island; $115 (all-inclusive). Reservations: (808) 885-6822.
Fort Street Open-Air Market, produce, plants, flowers, locally prepared foods, arts and crafts from Hawai'i, Polynesia and Asia, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Pauahi and Fort streets; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's). 441-4995.
Fresh Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m. first and third Wednesdays, Kaiser Ko'olau Clinic (432-3800); also, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic (432-3100).
"Shig Happens!" food safety TV show with Chef Henry Holthaus, instructor at Kapi'olani Community College's Culinary Institute of the Pacific, offers tips on avoiding contamination by Shigella bacteria, reports on bugs and bug parts found in food, reports on current news about food safety and visits local restaurants and food vendors to test food temperatures, 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on Oceanic Cable channel 55. www.shighappens.com.
Fresh Thursdays, healthy and fresh, locally grown produce with free food samples, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, Kaiser Moanalua clinic, main entrance; free admission. 432-2270.
Kailua Farmers' Market, prepared foods, plate dinners, pies, cookies, jams and sauces in addition to fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat, herbs and cut flowers, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Kailua Town Center parking garage (behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road). 848-2074.
Fresh Fridays, locally grown produce, healthy cooking demonstrations, educational information on disease prevention through nutrition, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Clinic. 432-2000.
Matthew Gray's Hawaii Food Tours offers three guided restaurant tours — Hole-in-the Wall, Hawaiian Feast and Gourmet Trilogy — in and around Honolulu; $59, $99 and $149. Reservations at 926-3663, www.HawaiiFoodTours.com.
Gourmet Cooking Hawaii offers ongoing hands-on and demonstration cooking classes with top island chefs in their restaurants. Choose your own chef, menu and date or join preset classes offered on Saturdays throughout the year. Schedule, pricing and booking information: www.gourmetcookinghawaii.com, 735-7788.
Send announcements with contact name and phone number to: Culinary Calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; fax 525-8055; firstname.lastname@example.org with "Cul Cal" in the subject line.