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Tonight, at the Hawaii Convention Center, the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan takes place, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California! I think it’s still not too late to purchase your Joy of Sake tickets for the event, so go getum!

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

The following is a guide for those who will be attending this year.

Joy of Sake how-to guide – (from Frolic Hawaii’s Mari Taketa)

  1. Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a very good sampling.
  2. If you’ve never tried sake, start with a daiginjo A. It’ll be floral, nuanced, gentle, a good intro.
  3. Check the card in front of each sake: It’ll tell you if judges awarded it a gold or silver star in its category. No star doesn’t mean it’s bad. The overall level of sake entered in Joy of Sake judging is impressive and hard to match even in Japan, where the JOS tour ends this fall after a stop in New York next month.
  4. If you see a black star, that sake isn’t available in the U.S. The card also tells you where it was made, in case you’re interested in sake from a particular region.
  5. If you’re a novice, don’t worry about searching for the harmony of taste, aroma, body and texture the pros look for. Everyone will have a different personal favorite. Just sip to find what you like.

Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans - from Kaiwa
Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans – from Kaiwa

And here’s the list of restaurants and their featured dishes for the night!

  • Banzai Sushi Bar – Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers
  • BLT Steak – Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina – Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas
  • Cakeworks – Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee
  • Chef Chai – Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip
  • Doraku – Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam
  • Gokujo Sushi – Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi
  • Halekulani – Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad
  • Hoku’s (The Kahala Hotel & Resort) – Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw
  • Hopscotch (Oakland) – Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg
  • Kaiwa – Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans
  • Koko Head Cafe – Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu
  • Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint (San Francisco) – 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
  • Migrant Maui – Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang
  • MW Restaurant – “Spam” Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf
  • The Pig and The Lady – Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat
  • Pili Group – Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh pa`i`ai
  • Three Fat Pigs – Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru
  • Vintage Cave Honolulu – Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu - from Koko Head Cafe
Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu – from Koko Head Cafe

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat - from The Pig and The Lady
Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat – from The Pig and The Lady

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Purchase Tickets to next week's Joy of Sake event!
Purchase Tickets to next week’s Joy of Sake event!

Honolulu’s Joy of Sake event is the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan, and is celebrating Hawaii’s hundred-year history with sake with their event next Friday, July 18th at the Hawaii Convention Center. The event offers the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition, half of them daiginjos, most not available in the U.S.

New this year is an upscale street food section called “Izakaya Alley” to go along with the sake-friendly appetizers by 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California including:

  • Vintage Cave (Honolulu)
  • The Three Fat Pigs (Waikoloa)
  • The Pig and the Lady (Honolulu)
  • The Halekulani (Honolulu)
  • Pili Hawaii (Honolulu)
  • MW Restaurant (Honolulu)
  • Migrant Maui (Wailea)
  • Memphis Minnie’s (San Francisco)
  • Koko Head CafĂ© (Honolulu)
  • Kaiwa (Honolulu)
  • Kahala Hotel & Resort (Honolulu)
  • Hopscotch (Oakland)
  • Gokujo Sushi (Honolulu)
  • Doraku (Honolulu)
  • Chef Chai (Honolulu)
  • Cakeworks (Honolulu)
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina (Honolulu)
  • BLT Steak (Honolulu) &amp
  • Banzai Sushi Bar (Haleiwa)

Early bird tickets (which gives you access one hour early) are $145 while General Admission Tickets are going for $95. Purchase your Joy of Sake tickets today!

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

According to Spokeo, the top 20 cities Hawaii people relocate to are:

  1. Las Vegas, NV (duh!)
  2. Henderson, NV
  3. Reno, NV
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. Fremont, CA
  9. Sacramento, CA
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. San Antonio, TX
  12. Houston, TX
  13. Dallas, TX
  14. Phoenix, AZ
  15. Chicago, IL
  16. Virginia Beach, VA
  17. Colorado Springs, CO
  18. Denver, CO
  19. Salt Lake City, UT
  20. Fayetteville, NC

Surprised by some of the results?

Queen Lili'uokalani Statue at the Hawaii State Capitol

Art Wall on Old Fort Weaver Road

Na Kanaka Kinai Ahi Statue at Hale Kinai Ahi - Honolulu Fire Department

“Na Kanaka Kinai Ahi”
The Fire Fighters
Cast Bronze, 2006 By: Honors of Excellence
Commission on Culture and the Arts: Mayor Mufi Hanneman
Art in City Buildings: City and County of Honolulu

Malaekahana State Recreational Area

Territorial Office Building (Kekuanaoa)

Liliha Bakery at Sunrise

September 1, 2013

Liliha Bakery at Sunrise

Shingon Shu Temple Hawaii (Hawaii Shingon Mission) - Kobo Daishi Kukai Statue

Shingon Shu Temple Hawaii (Hawaii Shingon Mission)
915 Sheridan St
Honolulu, HI 96814

Ali'i Place - Downtown Honolulu

Ala Moana Beach

July 17, 2013

Ala Moana Beach

Kaneohe Skate Park

January 27, 2013

Kaneohe Skate Park

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Mele Kalikimaka

December 25, 2012

Mele Kalikimaka

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Diamond Head

November 2, 2012

Diamond Head

boom kanani

October 31, 2012

boom kanani – Pidgin English Definition


boom kanani
(boom kuh nuh knee)

Definition: statement of jubilation. oh yeah!; booyah! Recently used as a hashtag on epic photos: #boomkanani
Used In A Sentence: You went see my new chick or wot? Boom Kanani!
In English?: Have I introduced you to my new girlfriend yet? What a looker!

Makiki District Park

March 20, 2012

Makiki District Park

Safe Haven Statue at the Honolulu Police Department's Kapolei Station

Safe Haven Statue
Jane De Decker, Sculptor
November 2001

Dedicated to the men and women of the Honolulu Police Department for their tireless efforts in making the community a safe haven.

Commission of Culture and the Arts.
City and County of Honolulu
Jeremy Harris, Mayor

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Mililani Sunset

December 11, 2011

Mililani Sunset

The shore near Makapuu Tide Pools

Sunset over Mauna Kea, taken from Leleiwi Beach Park in Hilo

Photo courtesy: Dewi Sosa

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