Top 5 things to do this weekend

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Foodies, you’re in luck. You can start a delicious weekend with a wine, craft beer and sake drink-around benefit for UH’s Shidler business school, celebrate The Moana Surfrider’s 115th birthday with Love of Libations, head to Mililani for Eat the Street SPAM, support the Malama Learning Center at Calabash & Cooks, and cap it all off with a huge fireworks finale at the Honolulu Festival.

Executive Vineyards 2016Executive Vineyards 2016
Thursday, Mar. 10
Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave.

The historic Royal Hawaiian is the gorgeous backdrop for Shidler Alumni Association’s annual evening benefit filled with 100-plus wines from around the world (rated 90 pts or higher of course) and delicious bites from Alan Wong’s, Da Hawaiian Poke Co., Azure, the Royal Hawaiian, MW Restaurant, HASR Bistro, Hy’s Steak House, Morimoto Waikiki and Beachhouse at the Moana. Get your tickets now, they’re almost sold out!

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22nd Annual Honolulu Festival22nd Annual Honolulu Festival
Friday, Mar. 11 – Sunday, Mar. 13
Various times
Venues throughout Waikiki

Promoting economic cooperation and cultural harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, the Honolulu Festival is a premier event that attracts thousands to Waikiki for stunning performances, grand parades and in recent times a huge fireworks finale. This year is no different: The Friendship Gala kicks off on Friday and dozens of activities and events are planned throughout the weekend.

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Love of Libations: 115th Birthday BashLove of Libations: 115th Birthday Bash
Friday, Mar. 11
6 p.m.
Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave.

Join an interactive competition highlighting Honolulu’s top chefs and mixologists at the Moana’s newest event series, Love of Libations. This LOL is special: It celebrates the Moana’s 115th birthday. Ono food and beverage pairings will be presented by the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider, RumFire from the Sheraton Waikiki, Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, The Pig and the Lady, Koko Head Café, MW Restaurant, MAC 24-7 and Square Barrels. Part of the proceeds benefit the Life Foundation Hawaii Chapter.

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Eat the Street Mililani: SPAMEat the Street Mililani: SPAM
Saturday, Mar. 12
2 – 7 p.m.
Rec 7 and Mililani Ike Elementary, 95-1333 Lehiwa Dr.

ETS is back in Mililani and the theme is SPAM! We’re talking serious street SPAM, Hawaii style, from 45 food trucks and booths with dishes like spam & mochi bao with gochujang, cucumbers and green onion from Bao Boys, Spam and cheese cupcakes from Girls Who Bake, and Musukawas’ Spam and fried saimin musubi. OMG. We’re salivating already!

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Calabash & CooksCalabash & Cooks
Saturday, Mar. 12
5:30 p.m.
91-5007 Kapolei Pkwy

Malama Learning Center’s annual benefit is one we always look forward to. More than 30 student chefs from six public high schools (Campbell, Kapolei, Moanalua, Radford, Waianae and Waipahu) will prepare dishes alongside chefs from Roy’s Ko Olina, Pono Plates, La’ela’e and Firehouse. Student chefs will also compete in an ahi bowl best recipe contest.

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