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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival celebrates fifth anniversary this year

May 6th, 2015

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, presented by First Hawaiian Bank and MasterCard, announces tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual event on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu, set for August 29 – September 13. Preferred access to select events will be provided to ticket purchasers when using their First Hawaiian Bank Personal Credit MasterCard.

It's amazing to me that this festival is already five years old! I was involved from the very first one because I was working at Halekulani at the time, and it was a fun event from the start. It's nice to see it grow into a Pacific Rim destination event.

2012- setting up before Halekulani's dinner

2012- setting up before Halekulani's dinner

At the 2013 event with (L-R) my GM Ulrich Krauer, the Maharajah of India, and my corporate SR VP Yoshinori Maeda

At the 2013 event with (L-R) my GM Ulrich Krauer, the Maharajah of India, and my corporate SR VP Yoshinori Maeda

2013 - Chef Grant Achatz and PR person Sean Morris

2013 - Chef Grant Achatz and the festival's Asia PR person Sean Morris


The festival also announces Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Kā‘anapali with the expansion of the festival to a total of three days on the island of Maui. With this addition, over 10,000 attendees are expected to participate in events on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and O‘ahu for a two-week celebration of sustainable cuisine.

Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival showcases the bounty of fresh ingredients and produce – sourced from local farmers, fishermen, and purveyors – available in the state of Hawai‘i through interactive dining experiences, cooking demonstrations, industry panels and hands-on events.

More than 100 internationally-renowned chefs and personalities will participate in the 2015 Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, including: Cat Cora (Cat Cora Inc., Los Angeles), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s, Dallas), Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka (MW Restaurant, Honolulu), Ed Kenney (TOWN, Honolulu), David LeFevre (MB Post, Manhattan Beach), Michael Meredith (Meredith’s Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand), Michael Mina (Mina), Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu), Mark Noguchi (LUNCHBOX, Honolulu), Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco), Paul Qui (qui, Austin), Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Los Angeles), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, New York), Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Yuji Wakiya (Wakiya, Tokyo, Japan), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York), Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café, Honolulu), and Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Los Angeles).

“The expansion of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival on Maui gives visitors the opportunity to participate in an entire weekend of new and immersive culinary activities, including a golf tournament hosted by celebrity chefs and winemakers,” says the festival’s Executive Director Denise Yamaguchi. “Our goal is to have an extensive roster of culinary events in every location so that travelers can plan their vacations to different islands and still have access to a full range of festival experiences.”

Festival proceeds will benefit the Hawai‘i Agriculture Foundation, Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program, Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, Hawaii Seafood Council, Honolulu Zoo Society, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Maui County Farm Bureau, Maui Culinary Academy, Paepae o He‘eia, and Papahana Kuaola.

Signature events for the 2015 festival include:

Saturday, August 29
Seven Chefs, One Big Island
Location: Hilton Waikoloa Village – Waikoloa Village, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500

Go big with a culinary adventure on the largest island in the Hawaiian chain, where seven chefs prepare a six-course menu prepared with Hawai‘i Island’s bounty under the Hawaiian skies at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Featured chefs include:
· Floyd Cardoz (White Street, New York)
· Jayson Kanekoa (Waikoloa Beach Marriot, Waikoloa)
· Hans Lentz (Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa)
· Michael Meredith (Meredith’s Restaurant, Auckland, NZ)
· Paul Qui (qui, Austin)
· Richard Rosendale (Rosendale Collective, Leeseburg)
· Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Wellesley)

Friday, September 4
Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Roy’s Annual Golf Classic
Location: Kaanapali Golf Course – Kā‘anapali, HI
Time: 12 p.m.
Ticket Price: Starting at $600

Tee off with celebrity chefs, winemakers and golf pros at the 18th Annual Roy’s Golf Classic. As part of a new Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Kā‘anapali, the Roy’s Golf Classic will feature gourmet food, beer and cocktails throughout the world-class Kā‘anapali Golf Course. The 19th hole will feature a dinner prepared by Roy’s Kaanapali. Space is limited to 138 players.

Featured chefs include:
· Henry Adaniya (Hank’s Haute Dogs, Kā‘anapali)
· Tom Muromoto (Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Kā‘anapali)
· Bernardo Salazar (Royal Lahaina Resort, Kā‘anapali)
· Sheldon Simeon (MiGrant, Wailea)
· Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Hawaii)

Saturday, September 5
Maui on my Mind
Location: Sheraton Maui – Lahaina, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $200/VIP $300

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Black Rock lawn is the backdrop to an evening of gourmet delights created by eight renowned chefs. Maui on My Mind will reflect the best of what Maui has to offer - its beauty, bounty of locally grown, raised, and caught products, as well as its talent.

Featured chefs include:
· Nick Anderer (Maialino, New York)
· Stephen Durfee (Culinary Institute of America, Saint Helena)
· Beverly Gannon (Bev Gannon Restaurants, Wailea)
· Gregory Gaspar (Sheraton, Kaanapali)
· Colin Hazama (Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu)
· David LeFevre (MB Post, Manhattan Beach)
· Nancy Oakes (Boulevard, San Francisco)
· Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two, Chicago)
· Marcel Vigneron (Modern Global Tasting Inc., Los Angeles)

Sunday, September 6
Hawaiian Airlines Presents Legend of Shep Gordon
Location: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – Lahaina, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $250/VIP $500

From managing the careers of prominent musicians such as Alice Cooper to celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse, Shep Gordon has more than earned a documentary movie about himself. Supermensch: Legend of Shep Gordon was produced in 2013 by Mike Meyers to honor a kind and gentle soul who  coached, counseled, supported and helped many of his friends in the entertainment business. To celebrate his life and achievements, the Festival honors Shep with a six-course dinner created by six of his chef friends at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Featured chefs include:
· Robert Del Grande (RDG + Bar Annie, Houston)
· Celestino Drago (Drago Restaurant Group, Los Angeles)
· Dean Fearing (Fearing’s, Dallas)
· Greg Grohowski (Hyatt Maui, Lahaina)
· Nancy Silverton (Mozza, Los Angeles)
· Mark Tarbell (Tarbell’s, Phoenix)

Thursday, September 10
Chopstix & Cocktails
Location: THE MODERN HONOLULU – Honolulu, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $225-$325/VIP $500

Cocktails take center stage at Chopstix & Cocktails as 13 of the world’s most esteemed international chefs will present dishes inspired by Asian countries that use chopsticks.

Featured chefs include:
· Kenichi and Kentaro Chen (Shisen Hanten, Akasaka, Japan)
· Bobby Chinn (Restaurant Bobby Chin, Vietnam)
· Elizabeth Falkner (New York)
· Michelle Karr-Ueoka (MW Restaurant, Honolulu)
· Masaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu)
· Charles Phan (The Slanted Door, San Francisco)
· Thierry Rautureau (Luc Restaurant, Seattle)
· Sarah and Evan Rich (Rich Table, San Francisco)
· Celina Tio (Julian, Kansas City)
· Scott Toner (THE MODERN Honolulu, Honolulu)
· Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, New York)
· Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York)
· Sang Yoon (Lukshon, Los Angeles)

Friday, September 11
Fifth Annual Halekulani Culinary Masters Gala Series: Indulge
Location: Halekulani – Honolulu, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Ticket Price: $1,000

This epicurean journey features the gourmet delicacies created by five master chefs. The finest wines will be selected and paired with premium ingredients including caviar, foie gras, wagyu and even gold.

Featured chefs include:
· Vikram Garg (Halekulani, Honolulu)
· Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras, New York)
· Jun Kurogi (Kurogi, Bukyo, Japan)
· Michael Mina (Mina)
· Janice Wong (2am:dessertbar, Singapore)

Saturday, September 12
HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun
Location: Honolulu Zoo – Honolulu, HI
Time: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $5

HMAA Presents Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness & Fun is a family outing for everyone. At this all-day event, keiki will have an opportunity to meet and take photos with celebrity chefs, watch live chefs demonstrations, interact with finalists of the Kellogg’s and Foodland Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, enjoy foods from Hawai‘i’s best food trucks, participate in fitness and friendly physical challenges, shop at the Made in Hawai‘i Marketplace and enjoy live entertainment.

Featured chefs include:
· William Chen (fresh BOX, Honolulu)
· Sheldon Simeon (MiGrant, Wailea)

Hawaiian Airlines Presents Corks & Forks Pacific Coast
Location: Hawaii Convention Center – Honolulu, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $225-$325/VIP $500

This event features 20 of the most coveted red wines from the Pacific Coast on the rooftop of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Twenty celebrity chefs will also be featuring gourmet tastings created with Hawai‘i’s bounty from the land and sea. Craft cocktails, specialty beers and white wines will also be available for ample tastings of everything your stomach desires. There is also a silent auction and art exhibit.

Featured chefs include:
· Keoni Chang (Foodland Super Markets, Honolulu)
· Chai Chaowasaree (Chef Chai, Honolulu)
· Josiah Citrin (Mélisse, Santa Monica)
· Cat Cora (Cat Cora Inc., Los Angeles)
· Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro, Chicago)
· Mark Freischmidt (Halekulani, Honolulu)
· Johnny Iuzzini (Sugar Fueled Inc., New York)
· Ed Kenney (TOWN, Honolulu)
· Raphael Lunetta (JiRaffe, Santa Monica)
· Gary Matsumoto (Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu)
· Jun Peng (Shanghai Xinhaung Jinpin Hotel, Shanghai)
· Alan Takasaki (Le Bistro, Honolulu)
· Kent Torrey (The Cheese Shop, Carmel)
· Yuki Wakiya (Wakiya, Tokyo)
· Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi, Chicago)
· Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles)
· Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook, San Mateo)

Sunday, September 13
Battle of the Brunch Showdown II
Location: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa – Honolulu, HI
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ticket Price: $115

Reining showdown winners, Chefs Lee Anne Wong and Sven Ullrich are back to defend their title as they duke it out at Round II of Battle of the Brunch Showdown. Three teams will be asked to use the highest quality local products to create the most innovative and delicious brunch dish. Guests will vote for their favorite. Morning cocktails will be served courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits Hawaii.

Featured chefs include:
· Chris Kajioka (CK Restaurant, Honolulu)
· Jackie Lau (Roy’s Hawaii, Honolulu)
· Raphael Lunetta (JiRaffe, Santa Monica)
· Sven Ullrich (Hyatt Waikiki, Honolulu)
· Lee Anne Wong (Koko Head Café, Honolulu)
· Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles)

Beauty & the Feast
Location: Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa – Ko Olina, HI
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ticket Price: $250-$350/VIP $500

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is the site of the finale, Beauty & the Feast. The show starts with a craft cocktail, specialty beer, and wine by renowned vintners, before 12 celebrity chefs cook up a feast fit for a king.

Featured chefs include:
· Michelle Bernstein (Michy’s, Miami)
· Jose Garces (Garces Group, Philadelphia)
· Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys, San Francisco)
· Mourad Lahlou (Aziza, San Francisco)
· George Mavrothalassitis (Mavro, Honolulu)
· Tory McPhail (Commander’s Place, New Orleans)
· Zach Pollack (Alimento, Los Angeles)
· Andrew Sutton (Napa Rose, Anaheim)
· Tetsuya Wakuda (Tetsuya, Sydney)
· Jen Yee (Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery, New York)
· Kevin Chong (‘Ama’Ama at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina)

For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit

Cafeteria food on Kaho`olawe

January 7th, 2015

Most of us went over not expecting to be so well fed on Kaho`olawe, and we were happily surprised that in the mess hall, a real chef spends the day cooking us 11 course meals. Gerald worked in food and beverage at hotels before opening his own cafe, and now goes over to cook for the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission staff and volunteers when called upon.

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We guessed that the idea is to reward you for hard work and give you an incentive to risk your life; after all, most of the island is not cleared of bombs, and a good percentage are unexploded ordnance. The days start early and end late, and we appreciated two hot meals a day at the mess hall (lunch was usually sandwiches on the road).

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So whatever calories I worked off during the day came right back on by nightfall!

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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!


Hawaii Rice Festival Celebrates Five Years

September 24th, 2014

Marking a celebratory fifth year of honoring rice in Hawai‘i, the 5th Annual Hawaii Rice Festival has a full schedule planned for family and friends who attend the free festival on Sunday, September 28, 2014, which will run from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Ward Centers.
Headlining the event is an impressive attempt to establish a Guinness World Record for the Largest Loco Moco, which will weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Live entertainment is courtesy of Kapena, Jody Kamisato and the Ukulele Super Kids, EMKE, Honoka & Azita, Jason Tom (Hawaii’s Human Beatbox), Heat & Soul, and taiko drumming by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii. The event emcee will be 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan.

Chef and celebrity cooking demos will showcase the talents of Colin Hazama of the Sheraton Waikiki paired with 2001 Miss Hawaii & OC16 The Pet Hui host Denby Dung; and Grant Kawasaki of Hawaiian Grown TV and Hawaiian Grown Kitchen on OC16 with KHON2 reporter Manolo Morales.

Family and friends can cheer on a speed eating race between 10 brave competitors at the 5th Annual SPAM Musubi Eating Contest.
A growing list of vendors includes: Lundberg Family Farms, Grill’N Out, Paletas Hawaii, The Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl, Hawaiian Twisted Tater, Eat da Bowl, Bubble Puff & Tea, Da Bag Place, Pop Pop Donuts, Hawaii's Fried Musubi, The Sugar Hut, Tea Girls Hawaii, MunchieZ by Sweet Pea Cafe, Beyond Burgers HI, Yum Restaurants, Spin Grill, Yajima-Ya, Hawaiian Fresh Farms, Shiga'licious / Aloha Cones, Milk Tea Hawaii, 'Ono Kettle Korn, Ono Pops, Tin Hut BBQ, Inferno's Pizza, Channel 808, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, VH07V, Susan Page Modeling, and Yelp. Rice Fest will offer delicious and unique rice dishes prepared by these local vendors.

The 5th Annual Rice Festival will graciously accept monetary and brown rice donations for Lanakila Pacific Meals on Wheels, the only island-wide meal service for seniors. Also, Rice Fest is partnering this year with Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) and the World Hunger Relief to spread the #PassTheRedCup Movement that aims to provide food to help aid the global crisis of world hunger.

The Hawaii Rice Festival is a free, annual family-friendly event that celebrates Hawaii’s most beloved grain, bringing together food trucks, entertainment, celebrity chefs, cooking and eating competitions, and fun for the entire family. For general information, visit

Flying poshen

August 11th, 2014

Olivia had a playdate with Meya. They were in the kitchen asking for weird ingredients and little bowls and measuring devices.

When I say weird, I mean weird. She asked if I had dragonfly breath. I was like, "Dragon breath? You mean bad breath?"

"No, Mommy. *eye roll* DragonFLY breath," said the sassy girl. "Where can we buy some?"

Oh, right, I just saw that on special in the weekly Long's ad.

They wouldn't tell us what they were trying to make but I figured out it wasn't brownies. Anyway, as long as they weren't burning the house down I didn't care as long as they were occupied and not fighting.

Then, Claus picked up his iPad to use (we are always grateful it hasn't melted from being Netflix'ed to death for hours upon hours) and saw this:

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Potions for how to fly and become a vampire. Poshens, I should say.

Upshot: it didn't work. I still have Earth-bound, non-blood sucking little girls running around the house.

But if it does kick in after a delayed reaction, I'll have to try some myself. If I were a vampire I wouldn't be so sleep deprived on the morning shift, plus I could fly to and from work and avoid the afternoon congestion on the roads.