By Wayne Harada
It’s a summer’s-end bonanza of Island music this week. Plus a lot more.
If you’ve got the time, here’s a quick compass of who’s doing what and where:
Island music: C&K, Raiatea Helm, Willie K, Keali’i Reichel
Cecilio & Kapono’s “Back in the Day — The Legend Series” sets anchor at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Aug. 27 through 29) at the Hawai’i Theatre.
Tickets: $35, $45; $125 VIP. Call 528-0506.
Raiatea Helm performs in “Moonlight Mele” at 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 27) on the Bishop Museum lawn. Tickets: 847-3511.
Willie K takes the waterfront stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at the marina of Hawai’i Kai Towne Center. Admission is free; seating is limited, so arrive early.
Keali’i Reichel’s “Kukahi” concert gets a hana hou screening at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 28) on KGMB9. Surely, it’s “one of the good things about Hawai’i.”
Dining: Gayot bestows Three Toques on Mavro
Chef George Mavrothalassitis, known simply as Chef Mavro, is the lone Hawai’i chef to earn Three Toques and an 18/20 rating from Gayot, the visitor dining-hotel-travel guide.
The laurels were bestowed to his restaurant, Chef Mavro's, in an updated Island survey of restaurant menus. Mavro and his chef de cuisine Kevin Chong continue to outpace the competition; the rankings are based on in-depth analysis from professional restaurant reviewers and discriminating and savvy critics and food, travel and lifestyle experts.
The menu at Chef Mavro restaurant is reinvented each season as the culinary team works hand-in-hand with local farmers to bring new products to the table, and to develop innovative techniques that enhance the natural flavors of fresh regional products.
But every day is a challenge, Mavro said in a statement, referring to his start-from-scratch ritual. “We start each morning with nothing. No ingredients from yesterday, no ratings from yesterday. We’re happy when guests and critics give us positive review but tomorrow we start from nothing again.”
Mavro is founding member of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine and is a James Beard Award winner and among the lauded chefs in the nation. His restaurant has earned numerous AAA Five Diamond awards.
Chef Mavro is located 1969 S. King St. For reservations, call 944-4714 or go to email@example.com.
Tourism: Princeville resort offers kama’aina deal
Kama’aina visitors can explore the luxurious St. Regis Princeville Resort in a pre-opening special of $195 a night.
The special rate includes a 25 per cent discount at Makana Terrace restaurant and Nalu Kai Grill & Bar, a 25 per cent discount for spa treatments at the Halele’a Spa, and a 50 per cent discount on resort parking.
Further, Hawai’i residents may reserve a round of golf on the Prince Golf Course for $50 per person; green fees include a golf cart, range balls and practice range facilities.
The $195 rate is for a stay between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3; the kama’aina rate will be $299 from Oct. 4 through Dec. 24.
The 252-room hotel, part of the Starwood’s Luxury Collection, officially opens Oct. 1.
Proof of residency is required at check-in; advance reservations are required. Some blackout dates may apply, and the rate is for double occupancy. Reservations: 800-325-3589 or www.stregisprinceville.com.
HIFF: Film fest set for Oct. 15 through 25
The Hawaii International Film Festival, slated for Oct. 15 through 25, has redesigned and launched a new website that is easier to navigate. Further, there will be more film trailers to buoy the visual experience.
The slate of films for the festival will be revealed sometime in Septeber, with tickets going on sale for HIFF Ohana members on Oct. 1, followed by public sales on Oct. 5.
Check it out: http://www.hiff.org/
Opera: Cast sought for ‘Cinderella’ tour
Hawaii Opera Theatre needs male and females singers and actors for its forthcoming Opera Express Tour of “Cinderella,” set to play O’ahu Oct. 19 through 30.
Performers will be paid.
Information: Kristin Stone, 596-7372 ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bargains: First Friday fashions Sept. 4
Here’s a new wrinkle in downtown’s First Friday calendar: A bargain basement fundraiser for the Hawaii Opera Theatre.
The ground level of Mark’s Garage will host a $10 bargain basement sale of designer dresses, casual wear and accessories, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4.
Clothing for both men and women will be available and some items will still bear the original pricetags.
Kahala Mall: Anuhea, Maunalua in concert
Kahala Mall hosts Anuhea from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Center Court stage.
Maunalua will follow, from 2 to 3 p.m. the same day.
Admission is free.