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Where in Hawaii is This? - September 10, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is This? - September 10, 2014

Celebrate national rice month at the 5th Annual Rice Fest – presented by Lundberg Family Farms – on Sunday, September 28th from 11am-5pm at Ward Centers! This year, the event organizers are looking to close off part of Auahi Street (fronting Ward Warehouse) to make it a bona fide street festival with all of your favorite rice-focused food and craft vendors.

Rice Fest Poster
Rice Fest Poster

As always, the beneficiary for the annual Rice Fest event is Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii’s largest and only island-wHiide meal service for seniors serving over 250,000 meals each year on over 90 different routes all over Oahu. They will be on site on the 28th accepting your monetary and brown rice donations.

 

 

New this year is Rice Fest’s partnership with Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) and their World Hunger Relief #PassTheRedCup Movement which has helped to raise nearly $185 million since 2007 in their attempt to end world hunger.

New partnership with Yum! And World Hunger Relief
New partnership with Yum! And World Hunger Relief

Event goers can enter for a chance to win a trip to Vegas compliments of Vacations Hawaii, donate to Lanakila Meals on Wheels for a chance to stay at the Sheraton Waikiki compliments of Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, have a sake tasting at the Joy of Sake Sake Lounge, enjoy live entertainment all day, including Kapena (presented by HI*Sessions), take advantage of FREE WiFi compliments of Oceanic Time Warner Cable, purchase official Rice Fest T-shirts at the VH07V booth, and watch an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Loco Moco at 500kg (1,102.31 lbs)!

Check out a tentative schedule of the day’s activities below:

11:00am – Rice Fest Begins, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s “Bruddah” Bryan

Rice Fest Emcee: 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan
Rice Fest Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

11:05am-11:35am – Entertainment by EMKE

EMKE
EMKE

11:40am-12:00pm – 1st Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo (participants TBA)

12:00pm-12:30pm – Ukulele performance by Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale

Jody Kamisato and Ukulele Hale
Jody Kamisato and Ukulele Hale

12:30pm-1:00pm – Entertainment by Honoka & Azita

Honoka & Azita
Honoka & Azita

1:00pm-1:30pm – Taiko Drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

1:30pm-1:50pm – 2nd Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo (participants TBA)

2:00pm-2:30pm – Entertainment by Jason Tom (Hawaii’s Human Beatbox) and Heart & Soul

Jason Tom (Hawaii's Human Beatbox) and Heart & Soul
Jason Tom (Hawaii’s Human Beatbox)
and Heart & Soul

2:30pm-2:50pm – 3rd Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo (participants TBA)

2:55pm-3:00pm – A word from our beneficiary: Lanakila Pacific

Lanakila Meals on Wheels
Lanakila Meals on Wheels

3:00pm-4:00pm – HI*Sessions presents Entertainment by Kapena

Kapena, presented by HI*Sessions
Kapena
, presented by HI*Sessions

4:00pm-4:30pm – 5th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest

SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest four-time defending champ
SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest four-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

4:30pm-5:00pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest Loco Moco – Official Weigh-In

5:00pm – Rice Fest Concludes

The 5th Annual Rice Fest is presented by Lundberg Family Farms, benefits Lanakila Meals on Wheels, and is sponsored by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Yum! Brands, Ward Centers, VH07V, Vacations Hawaii, Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, HPE Live, HI*Sessions & Channel808.

Don’t miss out on all of the food & festivities this month on Sunday, September 28th from 11am-5pm at Ward Centers! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the (early bird) confirmed vendors for this year’s Rice Fest!

(Early Bird) Confirmed Rice Fest Vendors
(Early Bird) Confirmed Rice Fest Vendors

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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

[ http://www.e-Hawaii.com ]

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