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Chef Ed Kenney's new restaurant, Mud Hen Water

November 21st, 2014

Chef Ed Kenney has a lot on his metaphoric plate. The award-winning, telegenic, seemingly ubiquitous culinary figure recently opened Kaimuki Superette, is still managing Town, and is in the planning stages of his latest restaurant, named after the area of town its located in.

Me with Chef Ed Kenney

Me with Chef Ed Kenney

"This is going to be an evening restaurant. We're calling it Mud Hen Water. It's the English translation of Waialae; wai is water, and alae is the native mud hen. The legend goes that there used to be a spring here that the alae frequented and it was only for royalty. It was literally a watering hole. This is going to be a watering hole," he exclaims with what I'm starting to understand is his trademark charismatic enthusiasm. He pointed to a section of the wall and indicated that he'd like to open up the wall and add an outdoors dining section there.

Site of the future Mud Hen Water

Site of the future Mud Hen Water

Kenney kindly took time out of his schedule to continue showing me around the property at the corner of Waialae and 9th Avenue. He gestures to a small shed attached to the two-story building. "This whole property, we're calling it Food Shed. It's because this shed was here, but it's also based on a watershed - the flow of food from producer to consumer. We look at everything we want to put in this property as kind of food or health and wellness oriented. Upstairs we have acupuncture, Eastern medicine," he continues.

He's excited about the venture, and tireless - and I'm sure Oahu gourmands will be just as excited to see what he comes up with next!


5 Responses to “Chef Ed Kenney's new restaurant, Mud Hen Water”

  1. Rick Martinez:

    Hi Diane. This is exciting news. Congratulations to you and Ed and your new restaurant and life together. You make a wonderful couple. I wish you both much happiness together. You both worked hard and deserve it.

  2. N:

    Didn't know Ako was going into the restaurant biz per Martinez's comment. A wonderful couple, happiness together? I am so out of the loop didn't know she got divorced.

  3. Diane Ako:

    Hello, I am totally not divorced. I have no idea what Rick Martinez's comment meant but I think he probably either just assumed I"m married to Ed because of the blog photo with him, or maybe Ed's wife name is Diane. I don't know. I, Diane Ako, am still married to Claus, with no intention of leaving either my husband or my career in news. But it's an amusing mistake! And thanks for reading the blog!

  4. Rick Martinez:

    Oops. Sorry. 🙁

  5. Diane Ako:

    Rick Martinez--- It's fine. It was funny! Don't be sorry. Thanks for the chuckle.

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