It’s A Fun, Food-filled Mother’s Day Weekend For Windward

Gabriel Pokipala (far left), Armando Panelo and KEY Project board member Gary Masuda pitch in to prepare and package the kalua pig, fresh from the imu pit, for KEY's third annual 'Mothers & Others' benefit breakfast May 12 - the day before Mother's Day. Windward families can graze and enjoy that event, then move on to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast May 13 and finish up with a lavish dinner feast that night at Kualoa Ranch. Photo by Leah Friel,

At least three Windward venues are preparing to host special Mother’s Day meals and tributes May 12 and 13 to keep that special woman of the house well-fed and entertained throughout the weekend. For reservations and ticket information, see below.

* KEY Project in Kahaluu will have its third annual Mothers and Others breakfast benefit May 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (9 to 10:30 a.m for takeout) in its Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Pavilion, 47-200 Waihee Road. On the menu is kalua pig from the nonprofit community organization’s imu pit, along with plant and crafts sales, flowers, and entertainment by Johnna Padeken, Pa’ahana and Ho’omaikai Hula Halau. Tickets cost $10 and are available from any KEY board member or from the office, 239-5777. Proceeds support KEY’s mission to nurture and uplift families in the Kualoa-to-Heeia area.

* Kaneohe Kiwanis Club will serve its 51st annual Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast from 6:30 to 11 a.m. May 13 at Ben Parker Elementary School cafeteria. Presale tickets (by May 7) cost $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12; or $7 and $3.50 at the door. Proceeds support the club’s work with Kaneohe Elementary, King Intermediate and Castle High School students, as well as area service projects. For more information, call club president Joshua Chang at 392-3731.

* Kualoa Ranch will have a Mother’s Day dinner, music and flowers for moms from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 13, serving an island-style menu of prime rib, macadamia nutcrusted mahimahi, chicken, banana bread, plus side dishes and desserts. Entertainment includes Hawaiian music, hula and legends of Kualoa. Kamaaina tickets cost $39 for adults, $29 for keiki. For more details and reservations, call 237-7321.