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New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

July 9th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 4 Comments · Business, Food

I work at Dole Cannery in Iwilei, and while it’s only a few blocks west of downtown Honolulu, it’s a comparative wasteland when it comes to food options. One can live on Costco hotdogs and pizza for only so long. Fortunately, a celebrated local eatery has finally opened its second location on Nimitz Highway, in […]

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Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

October 3rd, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Environment, Food

One Hawaii restaurant will be crowned the state’s best green restaurant in The Nature Conservancy‘s annual Nature’s Plate Awards. The finalists, selected from public nominations submitted last month, are: Greens & Vines (Honolulu, HI): Formerly Licious Dishes, the restaurant makes healthy eating a joy, reflected in chef and owner  Sylvia Thompson’s motto: “Share the Lifestyle.” Hilo […]

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Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

January 5th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Food, Video

One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is mochitsuki, or mochi making, which is a Japanese tradition that’s common in Hawaii. Last Saturday, the Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Makiki (where I serve on the Board of Directors) held its annual mochitsuki, or mochi making event, which puts out hundreds of pounds of mochi that’s […]

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Local Popsicles, Sauces Launched on Kickstarter

November 25th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Food, The Web

Kathy Sills, the culinary artist behind the former Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor, says the Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle came to her in a dream. And she, her custom-made tricycle, and her handmade popsicles have become a fixture around town ever since her debut at “Eat the Street” last July. She even became […]

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Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

August 30th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Food

To mark it’s third year, the “Eat Local Challenge” is expanding from a week-long initiative to one that spans the whole month of September. The aim is to encourage thousands of people to build a more sustainable, secure, and healthy local food system. And to help everyone through the month, there are weekly mini-challenges: Week […]

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Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

June 21st, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Food, Television

Hawaii street food will get an international boost thanks to “Eat St.” It’s both a TV show (that airs on Food Network Canada and the Cooking Channel in the U.S.) as well as an iPhone app that’s described as “a lip-smacking celebration of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food.” Back in April, […]

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Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

April 12th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Food, Video

It’s not the world’s largest manapua, but it sure looks like it could be. A group of local media makers documented the construction of a massive, 13,300-calorie manapua in a video titled,“Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” (Rated PG-13, per Cynthia Hoskins, so click with care.) The “Epic Kaukau Time” title reveals the video to […]

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“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

February 28th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Food

Friday brought Honolulu’s second “Eat the Street” Food Truck Rally, held in Kaka’ako. The first, organized by StreetGrindz.com, drew a dozen vendors and over 1,000 people to a small lot on Kapiolani Boulevard. For this second event, Kamehameha Schools hosted everyone on a four-acre parking lot on South Street, and brought significant logistical expertise to the […]

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Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

January 29th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Food, The Web

I wish I was enough of a foodie to say that I was always familiar with the background and talents of award-winning chef Philippe Padovani. But apart from knowing that he was one of the founders of “Hawaii Regional Cuisine,” I only truly became a fan of his after my coworkers and I developed an […]

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Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

October 4th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Food, Hawaii

Scientists call it piper methysticum, or “intoxicating pepper,” but in Hawaii, it’s known as ‘awa. Studied and used by people as diverse as researchers, nutritionists, and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, this plant and the products derived from it will again be explored and shared at the Hawaii Pacific Island Kava Festival. The free, public festival […]

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