ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
From the HIP
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME
If you're an architect on the cutting edge, the Interisland Terminal's Competition For New Community Architecture could be a venue to show off your chops.
"This competition provides an opportunity to see a concept go from a design to being built in a relatively short amount of time," says designer and curator Wei Fang. The competition calls for designers to submit up to four drawings for a sales and information kiosk for Ballet Hawaii performances at the Blaisdell Center. The contest winner gets $1,500, and the opportunity and funding to actually build the project. "There is a lot of talent working here in Hawai'i; this is a chance to come out of the woodwork," says Fang. For contest rules and entrance information, go to www.interislandterminal.org.
WHAT CHEFS EAT
You know that feeling when you're starving, your brain turns off and you can't figure out what to eat? There's an app for that. The What Chefs Eat app for your iPhone is the electronic route to quality, satisfying food.
Some of Hawai'i's most critically acclaimed chefs are featured, including Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's, Alan Wong, Ed Kenney of Town and Jon Matsubara of Azure.
Each chef lists a favorite dish at favorite restaurants, with details that give you a quick idea of items that fit your palate — from sushi, prime rib and poke to hot dogs, plate lunches and kalbi. The phone number, directions and basic information about the restaurant make it quick and easy to set up reservations with a touch of a button.
What Chefs Eat is brought to you by the people behind www.ShareYourTable.com. Advertiser readers can download the app free till March 15; after that the app will cost 99 cents. Still a bargain, with special deals and offers for What Chefs Eat users. Check it online at www.WhatChefsEat.com.
When Zoe Star was 5, mom Jenn Suzuki grew frustrated with what she found to dress her darling daughter. "There was a giant gap for 5- to 8-year-olds," she said, sighing. "I couldn't find fun, youthful, inspirational clothes for her."
As an enterprising graphic artist, Suzuki designed her own. It's anime-influenced, with endearing cartoon characters and plenty of personality. Starr Candy, Suzuki said, is "a celebration of youthful exuberance."
The designs are inspired by Suzuki's passion for surfing and rock bands — as well as Zoe, of course, who loves bugs, butterflies, cupcakes and dinosaurs. Now, with 7-month-old baby Elie Breeze on board, a line of baby clothes has been added, with rompers, onesies, bibs and tank tops.
Find Starr Candy at Novel T World in Ward Warehouse or at www.starrcandy.com. Prices range from $12 to $17, with an extensive $5 sale section.
— Paula Rath
Check out Sake Street for an up-to-the minute pick-me-up. The bright red walls, dark woods, well-designed lighting and classic chalkboard with daily sake specials at this new restaurant, in the former site of Wasabi Bistro, create a contemporary feel, while down-tempo house music on the overhead speakers and an outdoor patio add to the hip appeal. A dim-sum-style cart wheeled between tables makes grabbing a quick bite a case of instant gratification, with selections like grilled lamb or shu mai on your table as fast as you can snap your fingers. The full menu is a reflection of East-meets-West, and includes savory flavors with Asian spices and accents to complement the many varieties of sake. Each dish is paired with a suggested sake; and when we say sake, we mean sake — sparkling, sweet, dry, milky or strong. From connoisseur to lush, there is a sake that fits almost every desire. Sake Street, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, 1006 Kapahulu Ave.; 735-2266, www.sakestreet.com.
— Lacy Matsumoto
SALES & BARGAINS
Valerie Joseph is having a Two Doors Down sale until March 31, because the store will be moving two doors down from its present location in April. Buy one item and you'll get 25 percent off the next; this applies to everything in the store. Valerie Joseph clothes have a vintage, almost Victorian influence, with an updated flirty flair. Girly dresses start at just $23. And the store's decor makes you feel like you walked into a posh fantasy suite. (Joseph is an interior designer.) Accessories start at $5 for earrings, $7 for hair accessories, $9 for cocktail rings, $18 for belts, $15 for necklaces and $39 for handbags.
Joseph herself has impeccable style from head to toe, but there's so much more to this petite entrepreneur. She's a Roosevelt High School graduate who began her retail career at 16, working at the San Francisco Rag Shop. She'd stay up late at night sewing and creating one-of-a-kind pieces, even tweaking her mom's clothes because she didn't want to wear what everyone else was wearing. While she has a passion for fashion, she's also big on giving back to the community — she's involved in the Dress for Success program at the YWCA, gives motivational talks at the Jr. League's Her Story program and much more.
Check her shop out. Here's what we found at the boutique:
• A strapless fur dress with a polka dot ribbon ($49), and purple gemstone envelope clutch ($38) (pictured).
• A polka dot chiffon and lace ruffle top ($43), and a "peace" T-shirt for a pet doggie ($19).
• Kimmy's jewelry, colorful handmade clay beads with Swarovski crystals; and earrings made by local designer Sui Ping Lui ($18).
Valerie Joseph, Ala Moana Center; 942-5258, www.valeriejoseph.com.
• Prom is just around the corner, and Betsey Johnson has a prom dress registry for just about every school on O'ahu, so that before you buy your dress you'll know if anyone else has their eye on it. Betsey Johnson, Ala Moana Center; 949-3500, www.betseyjohnson.com.
• Wet Seal is having a Spring Fling Party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its renovation at Windward Mall. Get there early: The first 100 people to make a purchase will receive a goody bag on checkout. Enter to win a $50 gift card, while a local DJ spins in the store, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Wet Seal, Windward Mall; 235-0050, www.wetsealinc.com.
• Don't just wear green on St. Patrick's Day — why not be healthy and eat green, too? On Wednesday, Windward Mall hosts a local farmers market featuring locally grown produce and flowers, just right for your dining-room table. The market, in front of Macy's, runs from 3 p.m. until sunset every Wednesday. Windward Mall: 235-1143.
— Amanda Stevens
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