"Love the Arts" in Volcano. Volcano Art Center's fundraiser for educational facilities takes the theme, "Amore per le Arti," and features wines, food and art with an Italian flavor, including a tasting of limoncello, a bright yellow lemon liqueur from southern Italy.
Items on the block: A Blue Hawaiian Helicopter adventure for four with National Geographic and Outside magazine photographer G. Brad Lewis as guide; a tasting of Volcano-grown teas with tea expert Eva Lee. Fine art and craft work include a framed, original oil painting by the center's artist, Dietrich Varez. Additional paintings, jewelry, glass, sculpture and woodwork on offer through live and silent auctions. Also an original plein-air oil painting from Italy by Vicki Penney-Rohner, whose solo show is on display at the center gallery. Ira Ono is auctioneer; Pedro Ka'awaloa will present an array of popular and classical Italian songs.
On the menu: Fine wines, chilled teas, exquisite chocolates, and Italian-inspired pupu, including tortellini, Tuscan truffle pecorino and buschetta goat cheeses, prosciutto with basil and mozzarella, marinated vegetables, fresh seasonal fruit, and grilled sun-dried tomatoes and Italian sausage tidbits. 6 p.m. Saturday in the Great Room at the art center's Niaulani campus. $40, 967-8222, www.volcanoartcenter.org.
Hale Koa Hotel has started a $50 million renovation project, the military hotel's first major renovation since it opened in 1975. The project is to be completed in March 2009, with the 'Ilima Tower's renovations to be completed in August. www.HaleKoa.com, (800) 367-6027.
Wild Side Specialty Tours' whale watch sails with marine biologists who discuss whale behaviors and explain their meanings. Afternoon beverages and snacks are included. The 2 1/2-hour Wai'anae Coast tour returns after sunset. $75 per person, 20-passenger maximum. Through April 15. www.sailhawaii.com.
Castle Resorts & Hotels has added 1,400 moderately priced rooms to its Waikiki properties including the Ocean Resort, the Maile Sky Court and the Queen Kapiolani. The Maile Sky Court's third-night-free rate starts at $101 per room per night, through June 5 (blackout dates Feb. 2-18). 800-367-5004, www.castleresorts.com.
Ohana Hotels' Honolulu Airport Hotel nightly rate of $129 includes a continental breakfast buffet through March 31. 800-462-6262.