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Cooking from the Garden - October 13, 9am to Noon

Posted by CLYDE on Saturday, October 13, 2012 4:21 PM


Cooking demonstrations using fresh herbs and produce with UGC Volunteer, Julia Cabatu, who will be presenting "Filipino Cooking Using Unusual Fruits and Vegetables", starting at 10AM.
No preregistration needed. Dishes to be demonstrated are: sari sari, chicken marungay, banana and jackfruit lumpia, layered cassava dessert, kamote and katuday salad, guayabano (soursop) chiller. Filipino recipe cookbook will be available for purchase. Samples will be given out for tasting.

Restaurant Week Hawaii | November 16-22, 2009

Posted by CLYDE on Saturday, November 07, 2009 1:16 AM



EAT OUT!
The second annual Restaurant Week Hawaii will be a seven day celebration of the cuisine scene in Hawaii. From fine dining to fast-food, participating restaurants will feature special menu items, promotions and discounts. Diners can sample Hawaii's newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes now being prepared by Hawaii's chefs using locally grown produce. Restaurant Week is a reminder that Hawaii is a culinary destination with top chefs, farm to table dining, wonderful wine and a lot more to discover and explore.

A portion of the proceeds from Restaurant Week Hawaii will support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head.

Hawaiian Electric Company Presents Hawaii State Farm Fair

Posted by Clyde on Friday, July 17, 2009 5:12 AM


Saturday, July 18, 9am to 8pm
Sunday, July 19, 9am to 5pm
$5 Adults, $3 children (4-12 years of age)
Non resident
$15.95 Adults, $12.95 children (4-12 years of age)
Free admission for Hawaii Farm Bureau and Bishop Museum Members
Admission includes entry into all museum attractions!

4-H Livestock Exhibit
Livestock show and auction
Farmers' Market
Fresh, local produce
Hawaii-grown, Hawaii-made products: jams 'n jellies, fresh-baked breads, specialty items you won't find anywhere else
Huge Plant Sale
Orchids, Indoor/Outdoor Plants, Native Species
Ask the Plant Doctor
Cooking Demonstrations, Exhibits, Special Presentations
Corn Husking & Watermelon Eating Contest
Kiddie Rides & Live Entertainment
Feast on fabulous food
Andouille sausages and burgers
Fabulous specialty plates: teri beef, beef stew, hamburger steak, meatloaf, chop steak, kalua pig, garlic shrimp, Hawaiian plate, chili 'n rice, chowder, fresh roasted corn, and Egyptian/Mediterranean spiced chicken, lamb and gyros.
Taro mochi, assorted lumpia, beignets
For more information...


Korean Festival 2009

Posted by Clyde on Thursday, July 09, 2009 6:44 AM


The Korean Festival is an annual event run by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with dozens of community organizations and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers. The purpose of the Korean Festival is to share, promote, and raise awareness of Korean culture in the community. Additionally, proceeds from the Festival are used to fund service projects and ventures which benefit the Korean and larger community in Hawaii, including an annual scholarship fund for outstanding, civic-minded students entering or currently enrolled in college.
The Korean Festival presents a unique, authentic taste of Korean culture through food, dance, art, music, and entertainment. The program of festival events varies from year to year, but past Festivals have included performances such as taekwondo (Korean martial arts) demonstration, a coming-of-age traditional tea ceremony, and Korean fan and drum dances.

Past festivals have also provided interactive activities, such as Korean cooking lessons from talented chefs from the community, Korean youth singing competitions, and even a Kim Chi eating contest. Visitors have enjoyed perusing through the various unique products and services available in the product tent, and, of course, savored their favorite Korean food, such as kalbi (BBQ shortribs), bibimbap (mixed rice and vegetables), and kim chee fried rice.

Come see, taste, and listen... and experience Korea! Visit website.



Explore Kailua's Food @ I Love Kailua" This Sunday

Posted by Clyde on Saturday, April 25, 2009 4:50 PM


Whether you love Kailua or just want to get a flavor of the Windward community, tomorrow's 17th Annual "I Love Kailua" Town Party might be worth checking out. more

The event, which runs along Kailua Road, features "The Taste of Kailua" showcase of 25 restaurants (several are new), live music and hula performances, art and handmade crafts, a plant sale, keiki rides and activities, community information booths and free health screenings.

Admission requires purchasing a $3 button from one of 30 Kailua establishments, including Longs, First Hawaiian Bank and Hardware Hawaii.

For more information, contact Amy Hammond at 234-0404.


Don't Miss SPAM Jam 2009 on April 25.

Posted by Clyde on Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:58 PM


The WAIKIKI SPAM JAM® is a street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii's love for SPAM®, a canned meat from Hormel Foods. In Hawaii, you will find SPAM® at all grocery and convenience stores, many restaurants and in most homes in Hawaii.

This street festival is great for all ages, as the event includes Hawaii's top restaurants, two stages with free entertainment,and a variety of Hawaiian crafters. This is also a special event that benefits the Hawaii Food Bank, the largest non-profit in Hawaii that feeds the needy. Visit their website for more information.


E & O Trading Co. Closing

Posted by HAKEN on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 2:25 PM


E&O Trading Co. restaurant and bar will close after service Saturday, just shy of its fourth anniversary in Honolulu.

The closing of the 7,000 square-foot, 215-seat restaurant will send 42 people looking for work and will leave the second floor of Ward Centre, once a destination for dining and cocktails, with only one restaurant, Ryan's Grill.

From the 1980s through the 1990s it was a place to be seen, with the movers and shakers of business and politics often spotted in second-floor restaurants for meals and pau-hana cocktails. Social movers and shakers active in the nightlife scene also frequented the various eateries.

Compadres and Brew Moon closed in recent months leaving gaping holes.

The economy, declining foot traffic and lingering construction issues relating to parking at the Ward complex contributed to the decision to close E&O, said managing partner Kenwei Chong.

"It became final yesterday morning after discussions with General Growth," and employees were notified, he said yesterday. "We were getting ready to roll out a new menu next week."

Officials at General Growth Properties did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

"The hardest part ... the staff is just so amazing ... putting 42 people into unemployment in this environment is the last thing we would have ever wanted," they were like family, said Chong.

The complex lost 200 parking stalls when Ward Village Shops closed in 2005.

"When that went away we certainly felt it," he said.

The expectation was that "parking was coming in 2007 or 2008. It never materialized and that hurt us."

A Star-Bulletin story earlier this month explained that the shell of a new parking garage remains in "limbo," while the developer deals with contractor liens.

Chong focused on the positives. "It's been a great experience, a lot of fun. We've served a lot of satisfied guests," including seven-day-a-week patrons who Chong only identified as Mark and Glenn.

In power outages after the 2006 earthquake and again in December, the restaurant continued to host guests, cooking with gas and serving by candlelight.

"It felt like a real community," Chong said.

The closure will have no effect on the three California E&O restaurants, in San Francisco, San Diego and Larkspur, he said.

Another E&O opened in Lahaina in 2006, but closed in 2007.

The chain's founder is Chris Hemmeter Jr., son of the late developer who made a splash in Hawaii in earlier decades.

Hemmeter, Chong and Rodney Loo, "both from longtime Hawaii families," are partners in the Hawaii restaurant, which also has other investors.

Source: Erika Engle of Starbulletin


Windward Mall Plans Extensive Food Court Renovation and Expansion

Posted by Clyde on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:52 AM


HONOLULU – Windward Mall announced today plans to renovate and expand its existing food court in the second and final phase of the center’s comprehensive renovation. The project will more than double the size of the existing Food Court to 18,590 square-feet while providing an entirely new layout and design. The renovation is scheduled to begin in mid-January 2009 and will require the demolition and closure of the food court during construction. The renovated dining facility is scheduled to reopen prior to the 2009 holiday season.

“We are excited to complete the work that we began during Windward Mall’s initial 2006 renovation when we updated the common areas of the majority of the center,” said Jonathan Kim, General Manager of Windward Mall. “The food court was the only section of the mall that was not renovated in that initial phase due to leasing commitments.”

Windward Mall owner Kamehameha Schools selected Honolulu-based Next Design LLC for the food court project. Plans for Windward Mall’s food court include providing direct access to the mall’s center court. Design elements were inspired by the ‘aina (land) on which Windward Mall is built. The beauty and vibrancy of the ahupua‘a of He‘eia, legacy lands of Kamehameha Schools founder Princes Bernice Pauahi Bishop, will be reflected throughout the food court in themes that include the Ko‘olau Mountains, Kane‘ohe Bay, as well as its fish ponds, streams, springs, flowers and wild life.

“This renovation will transform Windward Mall’s food court by providing enhanced functionality with more tenant bays, increased seating and updated utilities,” said Catherine Camp, Retail Development Manager, Kamehameha Schools. “We are working diligently to secure a great mix of national and local food court tenants to continue a tradition of exciting dining options at Windward Mall.”

Gateside, Inc., a firm established in 2006 as an Employee Stock Option Program for the management employees of J. Kadowaki, Inc., has been selected as the General Contractor for the food court renovation. J. Kadowaki, Inc, has served Hawaii since 1974. The company brings a 34-year track record with experience in retail, commercial office, and medical facilities work. Projects have included interior improvements, renovations, and ground-up buildings. Among the company’s recent completed projects is Nordstrom at Ala Moana. Other notable projects include DFS Galleria and a Ward Centre expansion which added 20,000 square feet of retail space.

“Windward Mall has enjoyed a significant renewal since renovations began two years ago and we continue to see even greater potential in this important commercial property that serves the Windward community and beyond,” said Kirk Belsby, Vice President of Endowment for Kamehameha Schools. “Windward Mall’s success directly supports Kamehameha Schools’ continued efforts to expand educational programs at our three campuses and in numerous communities.”

A total of nine current food merchants will be affected by the renovation, with their last day of operation on Wednesday, December 31, 2008. The new food court will feature a total of 10 food court tenants and 206 additional seats, bringing the total seating area to 408.

While the food court is closed, Windward Mall shoppers may continue to enjoy the mall’s multitude of dining options located throughout center, including full-service restaurants, Ruby Tuesday, IHOP and Farrell’s; casual dining options such as Macy’s Gazebo, Ninja Sushi and Taco Del Mar; and fast food options which include Arby’s, Boston’s Pizza, Hot Dog on a Stick, H&T Burgers, Maruki Tei, Panda Express and Subway, to name just a few.



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