Weekend Picks - April 5, 2012
What: Pop by the farmers market to sample new dishes from The Pig and the Lady, a pop-up restaurant known for its homey Vietnamese comfort food. Try Suon Heo Nau Dau, a classic Vietnamese/French pork stew cooked in white wine and served with a French baguette.
When: Today, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Kailua Farmers Market, then Saturday, 7-11 a.m. at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market.
Where: 609 Kailua Rd. and Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd., Parking Lot C.
Details: View The Pig and the Lady's full menu here.
What: Project Runway meets Fashion Star when students from the University of Hawaii Apparel Product Design Merchandising take over DFS Galleria Waikiki for "Inspired by Nature." Watch them use fresh flowers to create new garments, then stay for the senior design collection fashion show featuring natural fabrics by textile artist Akihiko Izukura.
When: Saturday, 2-10 p.m. View the full schedule here.
Where: DFS Galleria Waikiki, 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Details: Free admission and free 4-hour validated parking at Waikiki Trade Center with any tax-free DFS purchase. Click here for more information.
What: Go mad for Mandalynn's newest collection of retro-inspired swimsuits, just into Basique Threads. Pick up a strapless cut-out one-piece or ruffled bikini in black, purple, charcoal grunge or tribal print for about $100.
Where: Basique Threads, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite 1270
Details: View the full collection here, then contact the store by phone at (808) 597-1720 or e-mail info@BasiqueThreads.com.
Fit for a Queen (or Prince/Princess)
What: For the first time ever, Iolani Palace is inviting keiki of all ages to the palace grounds for a Royal Egg Hunt (find one of 12 golden eggs to score a special prize). Then stay for an afternoon of games, contests and special tours of the Palace, where you can see elaborate costumes that children wore to Queen Liliuokalani's dress balls in 1892.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Iolani Palace, 364 South King St.
Details: Admission is free for children. The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m., children's tours and contests begin at 12 p.m. For more information, call (808) 522-0822 or visit Iolani Palace's Web site.
What: Spend a day on the water at Waikiki Ocean Club, a 10,000-square-foot off-shore playground. The former KanDoo! Island catamaran underwent a $1.8 million makeover and reopened this week under new owners, with a floating trampoline, water slide and diving platforms. Ride a jet ski, parasail, learn how to paddle board or go helmet diving for an additional fee.
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Three hundred yards off Waikiki. Shuttles depart from the pier fronting Hilton Hawaiian Village or Ala Wai Harbor.
Details: Kamaaina and military rates are $79 for adults, $59 for children and $25 for ages 3 and under. Check the full list of activities, then call (808) 927-9606 or e-mail email@example.com to make a reservation.
Night on the Town
Lei Chic's Guide to First Friday
Who: Barrio Vintage, 1160 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: Chinatown's popular vintage pop-up opens a permanent location, 5-11 p.m.
Who: La Muse, 1156 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: La Muse's first trunk show featuring Simply Sparkle Designs. Meet designer Tracie Isara from 5-9 p.m.
Who: Owens & Co., 1152 Nuuanu Ave.
Details: Nele K designer Nele Henderson will be in-store at 6 p.m. with new clothes and lingerie.
Who: Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St.
Details: Indah Clothing and Nattolee Jewelry trunk show from 5-9:30 p.m. Buy anything from the show and get 10 percent off your purchase.
Who: Fashionista's Market, 1185 Bethel St.
Details: Dark Chocolate and Tulips trunk show, 5-8 p.m. Receive a free customized hand-stamped gift with any purchase over $75.
Who: Milk & Honey, 1128 Smith St.
Details: Score 10 percent off your purchase (excluding local designer pieces, designer jewelry, handbags and sunglasses) and 30 percent off heels until 10 p.m.
Who: MiShMaSh Shop, 1164 Smith St.
Details: Huge spring cleaning sale with prices starting at just $2, open 1-10 p.m.