Stitch, of “Lilo & Stitch” fame, may not yet be seen in the live-action film because of the ongoing Hollywood writers and actors’ strike, but he’ll soon be varooming in a live-racing series of die-cast cars to be released by Beast Kingdom.

Disney will release six vehicles, date not yet known, to feature Stitch in a new dimension: a car racer.

The Stitch collectible race cars feature various motifs and colors.

In the new toy, Stitch is featured in various poses, in blue, pink, yellow and dark blue cars, and is shown donning yellow sunglasses in one car and eating an ice cream cone in another. A spaceship option also is available, with actual design elements not yet announced.

The cars are $35 apiece, which is more in the adult-collectible range, but if you buy the six-car collection, buyers will have an opportunity to win the  seventh chase car, designated as the Iridescent Ice Cream Sports Car.

Stritch racers will feature pull-back power for racing.

Stitch, a.k.a. Experiment 626, thus will break out as the most popular of the “Lilo & Stitch” ‘ohana, which includes Stitch’s best friend, Lilo, the Elvis-adoring hula-loving Hawaiian girl.

Beast Kingdom is the creator of a range of Disney franchise characters, including “Toy Story,” “Pinocchio,” “Star Wars,” and “Alice in Wonderland.”…

Chefs unite to kokua Maui

Chefs for Hope / Kako‘o Maui, a mammoth food, wine and entertainment fund-raisder benefitting the Maui wildfire victims, will be staged from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 15) at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Beneficiaries will include the Salvation Army and the Hawaiian Way Fund (Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for VIP seating guests, 6 p.m. for others.

Three tiers of service will be available:

  • VIP, with table service seating, $5,000 for a table of 10. Reservations at Chef Chai, at (808) 585-0011.
  • Reserved, self-serve seating, $300, or $3,000 for a table of 10. Reservations through the Blaisdell box office.
  • Grazing tickets, $200. Reservations through the Blaisdell box office.

Chef Chai Chaowasaree, pictured above left, and Pacific Rim Concepts LLC, are principal organizers.

Alphabetically, participating restaurants are: Basalt, Bubbly and Bleu, Chef Chai, Da Bald Buy Food Truck, Feast, Fig and Ginger, Fresh Box, Hot Pot Heaven, Jinya Honolulu, Kapa Hale, Kapolei Golf Club, Koko Head Café, KTER4U, Kuhio Ave. Food Hall, La Vie Waikiki, Layers of Flavor, Mariposa, Miro Kaimuki, Nami Kaze Hawaii, Nosh Hawaii, PAI Honolulu, Roy’s, Side Street Inn, The Kahala Hotel and Resort, and Tikis Grill and Bar.

Entertainers include the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, Jake Shimabukuro (pictured right), Robert Cazimero and Tavana; Billy V will emcee.

Beverages will be provided by Hawaiian Soda Co., RNDC and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. …

And that’s Show Biz. …

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