HAWAIIAN EYE: Other than Don Ho, our favorite Hawaiian person is Leilani Wallace, the diminutive dynamo who, with husband Lloyd, owns Leilani's Restaurant on Howard Street's Antique Row. Leilani's will be hosting a Christmas bash Friday night and donating proceeds from the $10 donation taken at the door to needy children.
The admission includes hors d'oeuvres and a buffet, but don't expect all exotic dishes from the Volcanic Island. "Everybody thinks all my food is Hawaiian," Leilani says with a laugh.
OOPS! WE ERRED when we told you on Sunday that the Friends of School 33 Art Center's annual Winter Holiday Benefit Exhibition and Sale was tomorrow. It's Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the main gallery of the Art Center at 1427 Light St.
The exhibition and sale will feature one-of-a-kind jewelry and more from Baltimore area artists, including Judith Bird, Kate Burch, Mary Kay Dilli, Joyce Scott and Robin Greenspan. Prices start at $8.
AROUND TOWN: The Chesapeake Foundation for Human Development, a non-profit organization that helps youth-at-risk find employment, staged its annual awards ceremony at the newly refurbished Hollywood Diner the other night.
"Awards of Excellence" were presented to Stouffer's general manager Alan Villaverde and Chase Bank of Maryland's president Kevin Byrnes for their support of the foundation's activities . . . The Orchard Indoor Tennis Club will present a tennis clinic featuring Pam Shriver Sunday with proceeds benefiting the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons Association. Call (410) 542-7970.
THE FRIENDS OF the Cloisters Children's Museum hosted a reception Monday in honor of its new director Dr. Beatrice Taylor. Dr. Taylor was an assistant professor of art at California State University before moving to Baltimore with her husband Norman Taylor, director of United Way of Central Maryland, and daughter Kim, a student at Park School. Son Owen is a college student in California.
TOMORROW, TOMORROW: What would the holiday season be without "The Nutcracker"? The Maryland Ballet's new production of the holiday classic opens tomorrow at the Lyric Opera House through Dec. 22.
Guest artists from America's greatest ballet companies will be featured, including Julie Kent from the American Ballet Theater. Julie starred opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov in the movie "Dancers."