Bring the cans A canned food drive is set for Wed., 4/10 at Bishop Square, sponsored by Aloha Harvest. Until then, schools, businesses and organizations are encouraged to collect canned food items and/or pennies. Pick ups will be available between Mon., 4/8 and Tue., 4/9, and donations may be dropped off at the drive. Last year, more than 1,500 pounds of food were collected and more than $600 donated.
Wing it A new ice cream parlor in Chinatown called Wing specializes in customizable sundaes ($5.25), shave ice ($2/sm, $2.75/med, $3.50/lrg) and acai bowls ($8.50). The venue is also available for private events and birthday parties, and dessert specials are listed on their website.
An anticipated opening The menu at Chef Chai, a restaurant we’ve followed since December, is finally ready to taste. Chai Chaowasaree created a more health-conscious, anti-butter menu with an emphasis on spices: healthy stir fry ($19), local fresh vegetable curry ($19), kabayaki king salmon ($32), Chinese style steamed fresh catch (market price), Mongolian lamb chops with brandy demi ($39).
Au revoir The La Tour Bakehouse on North King Street, which was the original Ba-Le location, has closed. This is where Ba-Le founder Than Quoc Lam started baking and perfecting his French bread, manapua and well-known pate sandwich. Ba-Le/La Tour still has more than 25 locations open throughout the state.
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