Category: Food

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...

Eight Hawaii Spots Make Yelp’s Top 100

Hawaii may no longer hold the top spot in Yelp’s foodie rankings, but eight island restaurants made the Top 100 Places to Eat list for 2015, four of them marking their second year on the roster. Last year, Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona ranked first in Yelp’s Top 100 list, an honor...

Venturing Into Vintage Cave

A month ago, I’d have bet that most Honolulu residents didn’t even know that Vintage Cave existed. It’s been around since the end of 2012, and there is a very interesting story about how it came to be, with Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi providing chef Chris Kajioka a blank check to do...

Aloha Tofu Town Opening at Dole Cannery

Aloha Tofu Town is opening tomorrow at Dole Cannery, next to the movie theaters. Although tofu lovers have been able to visit and buy products at the Aloha Tofu factory in Kalihi, this looks like the company’s first retail location. Initial operating hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on...

New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

New Liliha Bakery Location Opens

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...

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

Hawaii’s best green restaurants up for vote

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...

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

Video: Mochi Making in Makiki

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...

Local Popsicles, Sauces Launched on Kickstarter

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”...

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

Eat Local Challenge Starts in September

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,...

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

Hawaii Street Food in the Spotlight

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...

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

Video: ‘Epic’ Manapua

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”...

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

“Eat the Street” Draws Thousands

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...

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

Lunch at Padovani’s Grill

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...

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

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...

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

“If there’s buzz, we’re on it.” So says Diane Seo today, in announcing NonstopHonolulu.com, which she hopes will be the city’s “main online source for eating, nightlife and events.” The site is rising from the ashes of a former shining star. When the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin morphed into...

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

Healthier Cooking for Kids in Kahala

It’s astonishing what kids will eat, and how much of it. But as a dad to three keiki, I can tell you that I’m not always proud of the things they put in their mouths. If you’re like me, you might want to check out “The Kids Food Adventure,” a...

Return to Waikiki

Return to Waikiki

It’s called “Return to Waikiki,” and like many things in Hawaii, its name has more than one meaning. The lu’au and cocktail show debuts Saturday with a special “VIP Opening Night,” and it’s a daring attempt to bring the magic back to the tourist Mecca: Return to Waikiki celebrates the...

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

Safeway ‘Just For U’ Not For Everyone

When it comes to national brands and promotions, Hawaii residents usually get the short end of the stick. Just check the fine print of most TV commercials — “Prices higher in Hawaii and Puerto Rico,” goes the standard disclaimer. (Heck, the fact that we’re finally getting a Bath & Body Works...

Blogger’s Bento Book a Blast

Blogger’s Bento Book a Blast

Local blogger Crystal “Pikko” Watanabe is a guru in the way of the bento — the traditional Japanese meal in a box. I became a fan through her many incredible “LOST”-themed bento creations, which were regularly featured on KITV‘s morning show. But there’s a lot more to bento making, which...