Category: Food

New Kona Coffee Farm Launches Online Store

The Big Island coffee farm founded by a former California winemaker and family man has launched its online store to ship its unique Kona coffee varieties to coffee lovers worldwide. Carta Coffee Merchants was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign when I wrote about the farm back in October, and even then...

Video & Gallery: Making Mochi for the New Year

As we near the end of the year, one of the cherished traditions in Hawaii is “mochitsuki,” or the making of mochi. Japanese rice cakes are enjoyed year round, of course, but mochi is the signature food of New Year’s celebrations, and there are several different preparations and presentations. My wife and I...

Dive Into a ‘Dessert Fantasy’ on Sunday

The name of the event almost says it all. “Dessert Fantasy,” which takes place on Sunday, fills a giant ballroom with desserts from more than 30 local restaurants and dessert makers. You can sample all the sweet treats you can eat, all for a good cause. The day after Halloween, no less....

Winemaker Turned Coffee Farmer Growing Kona Farm

“Once you taste this coffee, you’ll never go back to Starbucks again.” That’s the bold pitch for Carta Coffee Merchants, founded in Kona by third-generation winemaker Scott Burr. “I grew up on a small winery south of San Francisco, where I learned firsthand that it takes a lot of hard work...

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Ten Eleven Bar Opens on Kakaako Waterfront

Situated perfectly between downtown and Waikiki along the waterfront at Kewalo Harbor, the Makers & Tasters food park and market now offers luscious libations daily through the new Ten Eleven bar, which celebrated its grand opening tonight. Makers & Tasters is the permanent and ruggedly picturesque descendant of the massively popular...

October Seafood Celebration Goes Statewide

If you love seafood, you have a great excuse to indulge throughout the month of October. More than 50 restaurants across the state will be celebrating Hawaii Seafood Month, drawing diners in with specials and special dishes and sneaking some sustainability education onto the plate. “Fishing and seafood are essential...

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

Chinese Festival Celebrates the Harvest Moon

This weekend, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is organizing its first Moon Festival, calling it the largest such festival in the state. The fall full moon has been celebrated by cultures around the world for centuries. The mid-autumn festival (中秋節) is a holiday in China, and is similarly celebrated...

Gallery: Yamanashi Club Annual Picnic

Every Labor Day weekend, the Yamanashi Kyoyukai Friendship Club holds its annual picnic at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park. My dad Walter has been part of the club leadership for over a decade, and he and his wife Gayle have worked hard to ensure it continues and keeping it a...

Makers & Tasters Marks Milestone for Food Fests

For Honolulu foodies, Eat the Street food truck rallies are already an island institution. Husband and wife entrepreneurs Poni and Brandon Askew launched them five years ago under the Street Grindz banner, but this week their business is graduating into a permanent resident of Kakaako. Following a preview event tonight, a...

Fifth Food and Wine Festival Starts Saturday

Fifth Food and Wine Festival Starts Saturday

The state’s biggest celebration of food and drink, mixing local specialties with internationally adored dishes and flavors, is expected to draw over 10,000 attendees across twenty one events over nine days this year. The fifth annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, co-founded by renown island chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, is expected...

Gallery: Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance

With the otoba come and gone, and the formal obon services complete, this weekend brought the annual bon dance at the Jodo Mission of Hawaii. There was a little rain tonight, but as always there was a lot of music, dancing, tasty food, and fun little games for kids. The Friday night...

Wally ‘Cookie Kahuna’ Amos to Sell at Costco

There is absolutely no doubt that Wally Amos loves making cookies. At age 79, he’s been at it for 40 years, much of it against the odds. And now, the latest incarnation of his cookie business has found a new outlet. “Clearly, I am proving you are never too old to quit, eating...

Hank’s Haute Dogs Bowing Out for Now

The first person to urge me to check out Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako was local business reporter and fellow foodie Erika Engle, who emailed me eight years ago this week with a one-word review: “Yum!” Hank’s had just opened, and was heralded as a Honolulu dining milestone. Founder Henry...

App Enables Advance Ordering at Isle Restaurants

A locally built app for hungry people in a hurry helps customers order ahead, while also helping businesses find and keep new customers. Dodecki only hit the Apple App Store in March and came out for Android in May, but has already added its 100th restaurant. “It’s really picking up,” says Dodecki cofounder...

Anthony Bourdain Revisits Hawaii

My wife and I love Anthony Bourdain. He’s a famously acid-tongued chef and writer turned celebrity chef and travel host. He’s anchored several travel and food shows: “A Cook’s Tour” for the Food Network, “No Reservations” and “The Layover” on the Travel Channel, and now “Parts Unknown” on CNN. Bourdain featured...

Traveling Chef Show to Tour Hawaii

Australian chef, paleo diet crusader, and avid surfer Pete Evans is bringing his traveling food show “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking” to Hawaii next week. The series is a partnership between Boston-based public television station WGBH and Fine Cooking magazine, and is currently filming its third season. Earlier this month,...

Some Dishes Were Winners

Gallery: 13th Annual Waikiki Spam Jam

Today, crowds packed Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki to celebrate Spam, which Wikipedia helpfully defines as “a brand of canned precooked meat products made by Hormel Foods Corporation.” It was the 13th annual Spam Jam, and reaffirmed the Aloha State as the state with the most love for the stuff. Dozens...

‘Iolani Fair a Fantastic Foodie Festival

In Hawaii, the food can make or break an event. So the menu is one key way that the upcoming 24th annual ‘Iolani School Fair sets itself above the usual carnival fare. The dishes being served up at the fair, which runs April 10 & 11 at the ‘Iolani School campus,...

Aloha Tofu Town Celebrates Grand Opening

Although Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery had been serving tofu-centric lunches and specialty desserts since its soft opening last month, it celebrated its official grand opening this evening. The latest enterprise of the Uyehara family — Paul and Misa Uyehara representing the third generation to run Aloha Tofu — Aloha...

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

Valentine’s Day in Iwilei

With Valentine’s Day on Saturday, I’m probably not alone in looking for something special for someone special this week. While I’d love to scour the island day and night, chances are I’m going to have to do my treasure hunting from my office in Dole Cannery. Fortunately, there are some interesting options...