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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

Happy April or official “start-of-the-second-quarter” to y’all! šŸ™‚ Did you survive all da April Fool’s jokes? I hope so!

Dis week, I know at least two of the tree goin’ be duck soup. Go get um!

Last time‘s Winnahs:
* Ala Moana Beach (Lia)
* Yotteko-Ya (Lia)
* Kilani Bakery (Kage)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 2, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 2, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 2, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 2, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 2, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 2, 2014


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* Man vs. VH07V?
How cool is this!? The Travel Channel’s popular host Adam Richman liked some of our #VH07V pics on Instagram recently! Who hoo! We gettin’ dea!

Mahalo for the Aloha Adam Richman!
Mahalo for the Aloha Adam Richman!

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* Stay safe out there following yesterday’s 8.2 earthquake in Chile!


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4th Annual Rice Fest Takes Place on Sunday, September 1 at Ward Centers

August 1, 2013

If you've been craving rice for the last year, your wait is no more! The 4th Annual Rice Fest will kick off National Rice Month and take place on Sunday, September 1st from 12pm-5pm at Ward Centers (in the square parking lot across the street from the movie theaters). Come on down and enjoy rice focused food and fun for the entire family.


4th Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
Ward Centers

Sunday, September 1 from 12pm-5pm

12pm – Rice Fest (at Ward Centers) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan

12:05pm-12:10pm – Dance routine by The Rascals

Rascals
Rascals

12:30pm-1:00pm – Entertainment by EMKE

EMKE
EMKE

1pm-1:20pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with OC16's "Cutty" Cutler and KITV's Yunji de Nies)

Cutty CutlerYunji de Nies
"Cutty" Cutler (Cookin' with Cutty) with Yunji de Nies (KITV)

1:30pm-2pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale

Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale
Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Hale

2pm-2:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro's Chef George Mavrothalassitis & Pastry Chef Elizabeth Dippong with Tiny Tadani)

Chefs Mavro & DippongTiny Tadani
Chef Mavro's George Mavrothalassitis & Pastry Chef Elizabeth Dippong (Chef Mavro) with Tiny Tadani (Tiny TV)

2:30pm-3pm – Musical performance by Honoka & Azita

Honoka & Azita
Honoka & Azita

3pm-4pm – Musical performance by Kapena

Kapena
Kapena

4pm-4:30pm – 4th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest – with three-time defending champ "Uncle Rodney"

Uncle Rodney
SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest two-time defending champ "Uncle Rodney"

4:30pm-5pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi
Guinness World Record™ for Largest SPAM® Musubi

5pm – 2013 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (12pm-5pm)

* OC16 appearances by Tiny Tadani from TinyTV & Scott, Mayumi & Skyler from Ultimate Japan!

Tiny TVUltimate Japan
Appearances by OC16's Tiny TV & Ultimate Japan!

* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations will be accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Record™ attempt – Construction of the world's Largest SPAM® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ of 628 lbs!

More info will be added as we get closer. See y'all there!

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Today’s 2012 Rice Fest Schedule of Events (from 11am-7pm)

September 29, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
0 days
!
8)

I posted something similar yesterday, but in case you missed it, here are all the details for the Common Grains 3rd Annual Rice Fest, taking place TODAY from 11am-7pm at Ward Warehouse. Hope to see y’all there!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TODAY from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

Uncle Rodney
SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi
Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Recordā„¢ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt. *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! šŸ™‚

Today’s 2012 Rice Fest Schedule of Events (from 11am-7pm)

September 29, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
0 days
!
8)

I posted something similar yesterday, but in case you missed it, here are all the details for the Common Grains 3rd Annual Rice Fest, taking place TODAY from 11am-7pm at Ward Warehouse. Hope to see y’all there!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TODAY from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

Uncle Rodney
SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi
Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Recordā„¢ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt. *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! šŸ™‚

2012 Rice Fest is TOMORROW!

September 28, 2012

Rice Fest countdown =
1 day
!
8)

Wow, I can’t believe Rice Fest 2012 is finally here! Tomorrow, from 11am-7pm, Hawaii’s only rice inspired food festival takes place at Ward Centers in Honolulu. Amongst the day’s food and festivities, there will be celebrity & chef cooking demonstrations, a “Riceipe” cooking competition, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato, and Jon Yamasato and a Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, a SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest, and a Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt to create the Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi in the world!

Below is the commercial and an an hour by hour breakdown of the day’s events. Hope you can join us!


Common Grains & JRE 3rd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival
Ward Warehouse
TOMORROW from @ 11am-7pm

11am – Rice Fest (at Ward Warehouse) starts, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
Our Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

12:15pm-12:35pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching)

Chef MavroStephanie LumShawn Ching
Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum & Shawn Ching

12:45pm-1:15pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest with returning champ Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Chef Eric Goodhew from Kincaid’s Restaurant, Chef Jonathan Mack from Caribbean Spice, and Chef Andy Dalan from YogurStory).

Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiEric Goodhew
Jonathan MackAndy Dalan
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Competitors: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Chef Eric Goodhew (Kincaid’s Restaurant), Chef Jonathan Mack (Caribbean Spice), and Chef Andy Dalan (YogurStory)

1:15pm-1:45pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judging – Food experts Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Melissa Chang & Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu, and Katie Ka’anapu from Ward Centers

Nadine KamMelissa Chang
Mari TaketaKatie Kaanapu
“Riceipe” Cooking Contest Judges: Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Melissa Chang (Nonstop Honolulu), Mari Taketa (Nonstop Honolulu), and Katie Ka’anapu (Ward Centers)

2pm-2:50pm – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

Jody Kamisato & Uke's Rising Stars
Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

3pm-3:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Hawaiian Grown Kitchen’s Chef Grant Kawasaki and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

Chef Grant KawasakiJustin Cruz
Chef Grant Kawasaki (Hawaiian Grown Kitchen) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

3:30pm-4pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

4pm-4:30pm – Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

Basketball Freestyle demo by former America's Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad
Basketball Freestyle demo by former America’s Got Talent contestant Kalani Ahmad

4:30pm-5pm – Musical performance by Jon Yamasato

Jon Yamasato
Jon Yamasato

6pm-6:10pm – 3rd Annual SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest – with two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

Uncle Rodney
SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest two-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

6:15pm-6:30pm – Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi
Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi

6:30pm-7pm – Contest Winner Announcements and closing remarks

7pm – 2012 Rice Fest concludes

All Day (11am-7pm)
* Brown Rice Donation Center – Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted for Lanakila Meals on Wheels at the Lanakila Pacific / Info booth, Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth, Channel808 booth, and VH07V booth
* Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt – Construction of the world’s Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi in an attempt to break the Guinness World Recordā„¢ of 286 lbs!
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & food trucks:

  • Camille’s On Wheels
    • Menu: Latin Fare w/ Cilantro Rice, Quinoa-Rice-Black Beans Salad
  • Channel808
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Common Grains
    • Menu: Hot Omusubi: Made to order with new crop rice from Japan; Any one vegetable filling ume or takuan, Meat filling; Japanese Curry Rice
  • Curry King
    • Menu: Curry & Rice; Mochi Fried Rice; Katsu Musubi
  • Dr. Maria Stewart, Professor of Nutrition
  • Ev’ryting Taste Betta Wit, LLC
  • Genki Sushi Ward Centers
    • Menu: Inari (2pcs), California Roll (2pcs), Spicy Tuna Handroll, California Handroll, Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • The Girls Who Bake Next Door
    • Menu: Mochi: bod-bod butter mochi (butter mochi on top, mochi rice on the bottom), butter mochi, and poi mochi; Cupcakes: chocolate toffee peanut butter, red velvet, and pumpkin; Cookies: chocolate chip with macadamia nuts, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal coconut chocolate chip
  • Hawaii Panel
  • Hawaii’s Fried Musubi
    • Menu: Fried Spam Musubis, Mama’s Fried Chicken Combo, Fried Hawaiian Style Ahi, Fried desserts (oreos, red velvet cupcakes, twinkies), Specialty drinks (home-made plantation iced-tea, and pineapple infused iced tea)
  • Kakaako Kitchen
    • Menu: Famous Kaka’ako Kitchen Fried Rice w/ Korean Style Beef, Coconut Scented Black Rice with Lemongrass Chicken
  • Kinkaid’s Ward
    • Menu: Salmon Risotto: Hearts of palm, crimini mushrooms, parmesan cheese, parsley, red wine gastrique; Pinapple Fried Rice with Pork Belly: Peas carrots, celery, sambal, green onion
  • Lanakila Pacific
    • * Brown Rice and monetary donations accepted here
  • Lundberg Family Farms / Aloha Natural Brokers
    • Menu: Single-serve Rice Chips
  • Ninja Sushi
    • Menu: Shoyu Ahi Poke w/ Rice, Spicy Ahi Poke w/ Rice
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
    • *** Brown Rice donations accepted here
  • Ono Pops
    • Menu: Fresh local handmade Hawaiian popsicles
  • Shigalicious
    • Menu: Spam Musubi, Shave Ice, Gotterbi, Gotter Balls
  • Shogunai Tacos
    • Menu: Osaka Jo, Japanese Pork Taco; Zeus’ Glory, Greek Lamb Taco; Salad de Casbah, Rice, with Tuna, Corn, Cumin, and Spicy Bacon; Damascus, Vegetarian Hummus Tacos; South of the Border, Mexican Ground Beef Taco; Ceylon, Spicy Sri Lankan, beef taco; Curry spiced beef with jalapeno, kimchee, and grilled onion; Moroccan Pomme Frites
  • SolarCity
  • Summer’s LavaDogs
  • Tango Market
    • Menu: Fried Rice w/ Braised Beef; Risotto w/ Garlic Shrimp; Danish Rice Pudding w/ Berry Compote; Hawaii Book of Rice
  • VH07V Apparel
    • Menu: Official 2012 Rice Fest Shirt (See below). *** Brown Rice donations accepted here.

Rice Fest 2012 T-Shirts
For sale at the VH07V booth: The official 2012 Rice Fest T-Shirts

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! šŸ™‚

2011 Rice Fest is TODAY (Schedule of Events from 10am-6pm)

September 11, 2011

Well, my baby has finally arrived. It took 1 whole year (again), but I pushed and I pushed and am ready to deliver it to you today. Hope you can make it down to Rice Fest at Ala Moana’s Magic Island today between 10am-6pm.

Check out the below for an hour by hour breakdown of the day’s festivities including celebrity & chef cooking demonstrations, “Riceipe” cooking competitions, live entertainment by Jody Kamisato, Bruce Shimabukuro and a Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, a SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest, and a Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt to create the Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi in the world!

2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
2nd Annual Hawaii Rice Festival

Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park
TODAY from @ 10am-6pm

10am – Rice Fest (at Ala Moana’s Magic Island) starts, hosted by 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan

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102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan

10:15am-10:45am – Ukulele performances by Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

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Jody Kamisato & Uke’s Rising Stars

11am-11:20am – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Kent Thompson and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto)

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Chef Kent Thompson and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto

11:30am-12:30pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division (including Leticia Buhr, Cathy Nobriga Kim, Loreen Matsushima, Mao Moeng, and Joan Murata).

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“Riceipe” Competition Amateurs: Leticia Buhr, Cathy Nobriga Kim, Loreen Matsushima, Mao Moeng, and Joan Murata

12:30pm-1:30pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division (including returning champ Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri Tei, Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi from the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Executive Chef Hector Morales from the Turtle Bay Resort, and retired chef Kent Thompson).

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“Riceipe” Competition Professionals: Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri Tei), Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Hotel & Resort), Executive Chef Hector Morales (Turtle Bay Resort), Chef Kent Thompson (retired)

“Riceipe” Cooking Competition – Judges (11:30pm-1:30pm) – Food experts John Heckathorn from Honolulu Magazine, Nadine Kam from the Honolulu Star Advertiser and Melissa Chang and Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu.

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Judges John Heckathorn, Nadine Kam, Melissa Chang Mari Taketa

2pm-2:20pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and The Cat Dish’s Catherine Toth)

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Chef/Proprietor George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro) & Catherine Toth (Cat Dish)

2:30pm-3pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

3pm-3:30pm – Ukulele performance by Bruce Shimabukuro

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Bruce Shimabukuro

4pm-4:20pm – 3rd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Maui’s Sea House Restaurant’s Executive Chef Craig Erickson and KHON2’s Justin Cruz)

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Executive Chef Craig Erickson (Maui’s Sea House Restaurant) & Justin Cruz (KHON2)

4:30pm-5pm – Guinness World Recordā„¢ for Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi – Official Weigh-In

5pm-5:30pm – 2nd Annual SPAMĀ® Musubi Eating Contest

5:30pm-6pm – Contest winner announcements

6pm – Rice Fest concludes

All Day (10am-6pm)
* Rice Donation Center – Donate your brown rice to Lanakila Meals on Wheels and white rice to Hawaii Foodbank
* Guinness World Recordā„¢ attempt to create the Largest SPAMĀ® Musubi
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Professor of Nutrition Dr. Maria Stewart, and
* The Keiki Zone – coloring contest hosted by members of the 2011 Narcissus Festival Court from 10am-2pm, bouncies, balloons and fun from Douglas Odani, Crystal Face Painting & Tattoos by Lei Crystal Tattoos, and games from JMJ Gaming.

2011 Narcissus Festival Court
2011 Narcissus Festival Court

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors & booths:

  • Bruce Shimabukuro / The Ukebox
  • Douglas Odani – Balloon Twister
  • Dr. Maria Stewart – University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition
  • Grandma G’s Kitchen
  • Hawaii Book of Rice / Watermark Publishing
  • Hawaii Foodbank
  • Hawaiian Style Chili Co.
  • Island Fruits
  • JMJ Gaming
  • Kat’s Sushi
  • The Keiki Zone
  • Lanakila Meals on Wheels
  • Lei Crystal Tattoos
  • Oceanic Time Warner Cable
  • Ono Local Foods
  • Ono Pops
  • Project Grad
  • Raised on Rice
  • Sam’s Kitchen
  • Shiga’licious
  • SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|
  • Taste & See Delights

Hope you can make it down to experience another long year of my blood, sweat and tears for this event… See y’all there! šŸ™‚

Scenes from the Rice Fest

September 20, 2010

(Warning: *CHOKE* Photos)

Yeah, I know. Dis post is more than a week overdue, but bruddah ova hea had to sift through 635 photos from all ova da creation (Twitter/Twitpic, flickr, Facebook, etc.) from like 20 different peeps. Finally whittled it down to a little over a hunny in the hopes of giving you a little glimpse into the event that absolutely consumed my life for the last year or so.

For those who don’t know, I am the co-founder of an event called Rice Fest , an event that I am very passionate about, and one that I can honestly say Hawaii wants/needs. Let’s face it. We love our rice here in Hawaii. The plan is to put the Rice Fest on every September (in line with National Rice Month), which we started at our inaugural event last week Saturday (September 11, 2010) at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Below are the scenes from that day. Mahalo to everyone for the support!

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Our Rice Fest sign on the morning of… Exciting!

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The line waits in anticipation (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Scenic shot of Aloha Tower (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Our Sponsor Diamond G Rice (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

(A big mahaloz to our sponsors/partners: Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, and the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace!)

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Diamond G Rice gave away free rice to patrons every half hour! (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Stephen aka @PHOTOluluTV won free rice and quickly donated it to our non-profit partner Lanakila Pacific. So thoughtful!

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Stephen donating his rice to Lanakila Pacific. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Still early in the day, I had some down time to visit each booth to capture the sights.

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Bruddah Kalani Miller and his niece(?) at their Mobile Gamer Guys’ booth.

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Some keiki having fun playing video games inside the posh Mobile Gamer Guys’ van. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Valen Ahlo posing with the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court (Princess Kimberly Fujinaka, Princess Cori Hanagami, Queen Marissa Machida, and Miss Congeniality Andrea Hiura). (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

Due to a tent mix-up, the ladies of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court were out in the hot sun for part of the day. A big mahalo to all of them for being such troopers!

Also in the Keiki Zone, University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Science educator Dr. Maria Stewart shared her current research in an interactive and educational display entitled “Nutrition for Everybody: Learn How Rice Promotes a Healthy Body”.

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Dr. Maria Stewart’s Rice Education booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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The fellas from the Snow F|A|C|T|O|R|Y (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Russ aka @ParkRat enjoying his treat from Snow F|A|C|T|O|R|Y. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

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The early scene from above. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Pacific Soul’s Sean Priester and his staff. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Pacific Soul’s offerings at the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Pelekunu’s booth. They won the Most Creative Booth Award! (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Grilled Teri Chicken plate from Pelekunu’s. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

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The Thai Kitchen booth

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The Mixed Plate from Thai Kitchen

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Slowly starting to pick up (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Don Ho’s Island Grill booth

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Kats Sushi booth. They won the “Best of Show” award as voted on by the visitors. (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

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Spicy Tuna temaki (handroll) from Kats Sushi. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Himalayan Kitchen’s booth.

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Eastern Food Center’s booth.

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Various rice offerings (including jung, mochi and SPAM musubis) from Eastern Food Center. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Primo Sushi’s booth. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Big City Diner’s booth. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Island Taste’s booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Arturo’s Hot Sauce booth. (Photo Courtesy @LanakilaPacific)

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Julia, Chimaine, Umma and Mai at the Scrip booth. (Photo Courtesy Umma Kayvalyam)

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Sweet Charlotte’s booth.

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Sweet Charlotte’s offerings. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Hawaiian Kine Seasonings’ booth.

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Offerings from Hawaiian Kine Seasonings. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Yelp booth. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

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Leonard Jr.’s malasada van. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Our friends at the Lanakila Pacific booth. (Photo Courtesy @Melissa808)

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One of @LanakilaPacific’s tweets during the day. (Photo Courtesy @LanakilaPacific)

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The guys from Oishi-Genmai GIC Japan. Look for their products next year!

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The Admission/Volunteer Check-In/Twitter #RICEHUNT booth. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Goodie bags for all Twitter #RICEHUNT participants. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And then the #RICEHUNT Twitter Scavenger hunt began! Here are the list of items the participants had to find and Twitpic out in order to win:

  • A member of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
  • A pair of chopsticks
  • A picture of Bruddah Bryan from 102.7 Da Bomb
  • A picture of both Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum at the Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo at 1PM
  • A scenic picture of Aloha Tower
  • A food dish with rice
  • A food booth at Rice Fest
  • Maribel with the new IntelliGo (at the Oceanic sponsor booth)
  • A close-up of The Mobile Gamer Guys’ Bus
  • A Rice Fest volunteer / staff – They must be wearing the Rice Fest shirt

Below are some of the images from the #RICEHUNT.

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“A member of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court” (Photo Courtesy @biznaz)

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“A pair of chopsticks” (Photo Courtesy @princesstara459)

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“A picture of Bruddah Bryan from 102.7 Da Bomb” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

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“A picture of both Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum at the Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo at 1PM” (Photo Courtesy @tweetpea)

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“A scenic picture of Aloha Tower” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

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“A food dish with rice” (Photo Courtesy @princesstara459)

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“A food booth at Rice Fest” (Photo Courtesy @emichan58)

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“Maribel with the new IntelliGo (at the Oceanic sponsor booth)” (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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“A close-up of The Mobile Gamer Guys’ Bus” (Photo Courtesy @bitachu)

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“A Rice Fest volunteer / staff – They must be wearing the Rice Fest shirt” (Photo Courtesy @LaurieCicotello)

Mahaloz to all of our #RICEHUNT participants: @amisan34 (and friend), @bitachu (and friend), @biznaz, @photolulutv, @princesstara459 (and friend), @emichan58 (and friend), and @lauriecicotello, and congratulations to @bitachu for winning the grand prize that included gifts from VG Addict, OhanaPCS, TNBLive, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Special thanks to @octobersoldier for coordinating the game and prizes! Awesome job!

And then, it was time for the Rice Fest to officially begin! 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan gets us started…

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102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan giving away a skateboard from Oceanic Time Warner Cable (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Cookin’ With Cutty’s Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum put on their Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Cutty and Stephanie’s “Healthy Fried Rice” dish. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

Ingredients for Cutty and Stephanie’s “Healthy Fried Rice”:

  • Brown Rice
  • Olive/Grapeseed Oil
  • Turkey Bacon/Turkey Sausage
  • Organic Eggs (whites only)
  • Carrots
  • Maui Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Seasonings
  • Lettuce Leaves
  • Cilantro
  • Braggs Liquid Aminos

Serve on a fresh butter lettuce leaf

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Stephen (@PhotoluluTV), Sara (@sarakata) and Melissa (@Melissa808) enjoying themselves at the Rice Fest (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Russ (@ParkRat), Melissa (@Melissa808), and Rick (@RickNakama) take time to pose at the Rice Fest (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And before you knew it, it was time for the 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo, featuring Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4’s Lara Yamada.

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Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya cooking with KITV4’s Lara Yamada

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Chef Darren and Lara’s dish (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Soon it was time for the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club to bless our event with good luck via a traditional lion dance. I was told to stand in front while the lions start on me. Love love LOVE this cool shot from @PhotoluluTV that totally captured the moment!

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Getting blessed from the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club Lion Dancers (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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The drummers from the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Up close on one of the lions. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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The lion dances through the crowd and all over the premises for good luck. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

Next up: The Ukulele Hale keiki and Jody Kamisato & Chris Salvador, aka Heart and Soul!

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Jody Kamisato introducing his band Heart & Soul (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Heart & Soul with their special guest Kalei Gamiao (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

I gotta say, I was REALLY impressed with young Chris Salvador’s voice. Wow!

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Kalei Gamiao, Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale keiki jammin’ it up! (Photo Courtesy Jody Kamisato)

One of my favorite events of the day was the “Riceipe” Cooking contest that pitted 5 professional chefs against each other to see who could make the best dish that incorporated rice. Fun, adrenaline pumpin’, exciting stuffs!

The participating chefs were Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi from Tokkuri-Tei, Chef Kendall Uyehara from HMSHost, Chef Robert Denis from Don Ho’s Island Grill, Chef Matthew Naula from RumFire, and Chef Colin Hazama from Kauai Grill.

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Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, Chef Kendall Uyehara, Chef Robert Denis, Chef Matthew Naula, and Chef Colin Hazama line up as Bruddah Bryan introduces them. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

3-2-1… Go!

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Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama goes at it. (Photo Courtesy @Mel808)

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Chef Colin’s Hanalei Squid Luau Risotto (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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RumFire’s Chef Matthew Naula tosses rice in his pan. (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)

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Chef Matt’s dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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The crowd gathers as the chefs hurry to complete their dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Don Ho’s Island Grill’s Chef Robert Denis preps his dish.

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Chef Robert’s Lomilomi Salmon Risotto Lollipops w/ Sweet Chili Glaze dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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HMSHost’s Chef Kendall Uyehara works on his gravy. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Kendall’s Loco Moco a la Francaise dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Tokkuri-Tei’s Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi just cruisin’. (Photo Courtesy @Mel808)

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Chef Santa kicks it into high gear. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Santa’s Seafood Risotto. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

I’m still trying to convince him that “Sugimoto Risotto” has a much better ring to it. šŸ˜‰

Meanwhile the judges took their places on stage and prepared to feast on some ono kine (rice) grindz! Our judges were Star-Advertiser Food Critic Nadine Kam, Twitter Goddess and all around foodie Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), Professional Baker Ed Morita (@NctrnlBst), and Diamond G Rice’s Harrison Wong.

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Harrison, Ed, Nadine, and Melissa get interviewed by Bruddah Bryan. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Melissa taking a shot of Chef Matthew Naula’s dish. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

And then it was time to announce the winner… I’ll just let the next four photos tell the (funny) story.

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Chef Santa asks, “Who me!?” (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa in shock. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa finally cracks a smile. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Chef Santa still in shock. (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)

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Chef Santa’s Seafood Risotto as seen from Nadine Kam’s perspective. (Photo Courtesy @fashiontribe)

Congratulations Santa-san!

Next up was an amazing Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin.

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Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii (Photo Courtesy @PHOTOluluTV)


@NctrnlBst’s Youtube video (for Nonstop Honolulu) with footage/images from the Rice Fest

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Crowd shot. (Photo Courtesy Tyson Yamada)

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Mel (@Mel808), Chris (@ChrisHall78) and Randi (@randi808) pose during the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy @ParkRat)

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Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto and Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama put on their Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo

I was unfortunately running around so I was unable to capture the dish, but FYI, it was “Slow cooked New Zealand King Salmon” with miso yuzu broth, young ginger, soft tofu, and crispy jasmine rice… A dish Chef Colin serves at his Kauai Grill restaurant.

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Now that’s a good lookin’ couple! šŸ˜› Ron and Sherry pose during the Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy Tyson Yamada)

And then Kapena takes the stage!

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Kapena / De Lima `Ohana serenading the audience at Rice Fest. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Kelly Boy, Kalena, and Lilo!

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Scenic shot of Aloha Tower as nightfall sets in. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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The crowd enjoys the music of Kapena. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Kelly Boy spontaneously calls on a girl from the Pelekunu booth to dance hula during a song. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Walter and Lincoln hanging out at the Vacations Hawaii booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Maude and Travis working the Oceanic Time Warner Cable booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Harrison holding things down at the Diamond G Rice booth. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

And then came the hilarious and entertaining SPAM Musubi eating contest. The contestants had 3 minutes to eat as many SPAM Musubis as possible!

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Bruddah Bryan counts down to the start of the SPAM Musubi Eating Contest.

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And… they’re off! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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The look of pain (or concentration)! One of the two. šŸ˜‰ (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Still going! … As the audience captures footage. (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Keep it going! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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Time’s running out! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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And Rodney’s the winnah! He ate an amazing 8 out of 10 SPAM musubis within the 3 minute period! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

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“Uncle Rodney” gets mobbed by his adoring fans/family! (Photo Courtesy Kiman Wong)

Why do I call him “Uncle Rodney”? Check out the video! LOL!


SPAM Musubi Eating Contest at the 2010 Rice Fest

And then it was a wrap!

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The 2010 Rice Fest is in the books! See you next year!

A big mahalo to everyone who came out to support our first event. Thank you to our hard working staff and volunteers (especially Lincoln Jacobe and my day-to-day partners in crime: Umma Kayvalyam, Harold Su and my wife Mai). Thank you to the media for all of your coverage, including Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise, KITV4 This Morning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Nikkan Sun, KUMU, Nonstop Honolulu and all those who talked/blogged about us in Hawaii’s Social Media space (@Melissa808, @ParkRat, @Mel808, @RickNakama, @sarakata, @PhotoluluTV, @fashiontribe, @octobersoldier, @LanakilaPacific, @randi808, @pacificsoul, @Nctrnlbst, @amisan34, @bitachu, @biznaz, @princesstara459, @emichan58, @lauriecicotello, @tweetpea, @haboolani, @HawaiiIRL, @hnlmark, @strobie, @SSquire, @MikeSumida, @ChrisHall78, @JKuroiwa, @atmarketing, @Living2Shop, @theodene, and more! Sorry, I know I’m missing a lot!). Mahaloz to @PhotoluluTV, @ParkRat, Kiman Wong, Todd Masui, Tyson Yamada, and more, for taking photos and letting me “borrow” some for this blog. šŸ˜›

Mahalo to our sponsors and partners Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace, and Rob Yunich and the rest of the USA Rice Federation team. Thank you to all of our vendors: Arturo’s Hot Sauce in Hawaii, Big City Diner, Don Ho’s Island Grill, Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition), Eastern Food Center, Hawaiian Kine Seasonings, Himalayan Kitchen, Island Taste, KATS SUSHI, Lanakila Pacific, Leonard’s Malasadas, Mobile Gamer Guys, OISHI-GENMAI – GIC JAPAN, Pelekunu’s Teri Sauces, Primo Sushi, Thai Kitchen, Soul Patrol, SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|, and Sweet Charlotte, and our entertainers: 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan, Cookin’ With Cutty’s Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler, Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum, Kai Market’s Darren Demaya, KITV4’s Lara Yamada, Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama, Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto, Ernie Loo and the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club, Heart & Soul (and Kalei Gamiao), the Ukulele Hale Keiki, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin, Kapena (Kelly Boy, Kalena, and Lilo De Lima), Jonathan Murai and the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court, and Bubbles Duh Clown.

Thank you to our SPAM musubi eating contestants and our “Riceipe” Cooking contestants: Don Ho’s Island Grill’s Chef Robert Denis, Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama (again!), Tokkuri-Tei’s Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, RumFire’s Chef Matthew Naula, and HMSHost’s Chef Kendall Uyehara. Mahalo also to our Starwood contacts: Candice Lee Kraughto, Jocelyn Elfstrom, Joanie Matsumoto, and Chaunce Lovett, among others. Mahaloz to the “World Wide Ed” community for reading this far and always showing your support in whatever I do. I know I’m forgetting a lot more, so thank you to anyone and everyone who helped make the inaugural Rice Fest a reality. See you guys next year! šŸ™‚


Video highlights from the 2010 Hawaii Rice Fest

Q & A With Shane Victorino [Video]

August 20, 2009

Alright alright! It’s another exciting day up in hurr. Can you feel it? šŸ™‚

I’d like to first start off by welcoming you new readers who found your way here via my floating head on the cover of today’s paper. Hope you like what you see and decide to check back often! 8) I would also like to send mad love to all y’all regular (dare I say daily?) readers! Majahloz for being a loyal member of our little WWE `ohana we got goin’ on ova hea!

Earlier this month, I asked you to post your questions for Mr. Shane Victorino to my blog. You see, your boy had the unique opportunity to meet and interview our beloved All Star and I wanted to take some of your questions with me, as we did with Bruddah BJ Penn. Well, I finally had the chance to edit, transcribe, and Youtube the puppy, and, below, is the fruit of our loins, er labor. šŸ˜› Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-fh0p1FANY

[bB ]: Did you have any baseball heroes and did you collect baseball cards of them?

I collected baseball cards, but I didn’t have really no baseball heroes growing up. I was very big into every sport I think. I never really focused on baseball, but I watched it definitely as a kid, but you know I never really was like “baseball’s gonna be my passion,” you know growing up as a kid. And of course now it is my passion, it is my job, it is my career, yeah I never really had any baseball heroes.

(Ed’s notes: Sorry beeBz, I got rayboyjr‘s question mixed up with yours! *blush*)

[hemajang]: Does Shane have any thoughts about life after baseball.

Life after baseball. Right now, you know what, I’m trying to line myself up with some things. You know things that you brainstorm. Hopefully I’ll have a long enough career, and hopefully I’ll save enough money that I make during my career and hopefully get to retire and sit back on the beach, but no, I definitely want to uh, you know anytime in this business I think you meet so many people you know, you just, youĀ try to keep getting better and you try to keep learning and you always listen to people’s advice and try to get the best advice you can.

[Matt ]: what’s it like when he runs into other Hawaii boys in the league?

What’s it like? I mean it’s just like you know it’s one of those things where it happens everywhere. You know how Hawaii is. We’re very family oriented, we always stick together. Like last night for instance, going over to support BJ (at UFC 101), going around the league and facing guys like Tyler Yates, and Brandon League, and playing against Kurt Suzuki. You feel good because you see a fellow “Hawaiian,” a guy that you know, hey, there’s not many of us out there that get the opportunity to do what we’re doing. You know you feel good for the guys that get the opportunity to go out there and do that.

[kuya.d ]: What do his teammates ask him to bring back for them from Hawaii?

Um, you know what, a lot of them always ask about the pineapples.Ā Hawaii’s got great pineapples. We got a lot of guys on our team that love pineapples. You know I brought President Obama… I gave him macadamia nuts and chocolates during the All Star game, so, you know stuff like that, little things like that that you bring home from Hawaii.

[NeedaHobby ]: did he know Kurt Suzuki growing up and does he keep in contact with him?

Yeah, no yeah. In fact we just spoke last night during the fights. He text messaged me over the phone and we definitely, I did play against him growing up. He was a couple years behind me. I think he was a sophomore when I was a senior. But I definitely played against Kurt. It’s definitely exciting to see another guy, another fellow Maui boy in fact, do well and with guys like Tyler, with Brandon, you know just seeing the state of Hawaii do well in baseball.

[rayboyjr]: Which current Major League player(s) are you a big fan of? Have you asked for autographs or game-used stuff from them after a game?

Yeah, no I get autographs from as many guys as I can. I never know how long I’m going to be playing in this game. I think when you go out there every day, playing with guys like Albert (Pujols), playing with guys like Jimmy (Rollins), Chase (Utley), and being friends with guys like (Ryan) Howard, you know being friends with the guys on my team, especially, you know, we got so many guys that are good on our team. I’m definitely a guy that likes to talk to people, and say hi and get to know people, so…

[zzzzzz]: Has he got any of his teammates hooked on Spam Musubi? Is PETA still giving him grief about Spam Musubi being his favorite food?

No PETA’s not giving me a hard time yet this year, but Scott Eyre, one of our relievers, he’s big into SPAM. He bought me some SPAM last week and we actually fried it up and ate it. Yeah we have some fun around here.

[skycastles]: Boxers or briefs?

Boxers or briefs? No answer on that one (*laughs*). No answer to that one. A little too much for me. (*laughs*)

(Ed’s notes: Never again sky! Nevahhhhhhh agaaaaain! šŸ˜› )

[Dave Oi]: What do you miss most about Maui in particular (not necessarily Hawaii)ā€¦besides family & friends.

What do I miss most about Maui in particular? I think uh, the beautiful weather, the beautiful beaches. Just paradise. I definitely miss that. The Jersey shore is about an hour from here, and it’s definitely not walking out to the white sandy beaches of Hawaii and uh, you know, it’s definitely different living on the east coast. But like I always said, if everybody’s healthy and my family’s doing well, home will always be home. But when I retire, that’s where I plan to be, I plan to be back home in Hawaii. I make my house right now what we consider the 9th island, and that’s in Las Vegas in the off season. When all is said and done, I definitely want to move home to Hawaii again.

[snow]: Does he feel that, coming out of a small state like Hawaii, he was at a disadvantage trying to break into the major leagues? Or might that have somehow worked in his favor?

Um, I say yes and no. It might’ve worked in my favor, but yet it might not have. I think once you get to where I’m at, when you get drafted, I think that everybody’s on uh, you know there’s guys that are, you know a different level, 1st rounder 2nd rounder, but you know what, to me, when you get drafted, everybody has a shot. If you work hard, you play the game the right way, you try to go out there with the right approach. You know I’ve seen a lot of guys get drafted after me, a lot of guys get drafted before me that didn’t get to the big leagues, so I think it depends on the individual, the character of the individual. Everybody has a chance. It might’ve helped me in a way being from Hawaii, but I think everybody gets a fair shot.Ā 

[YN]: what’s the weirdest request he has ever gotten from a female fan?

Weirdest request. Boy, you get some weird ones. Some I can’t talk about on camera, but some of the things you get asked to do, especially by female fans, it’s like, I can’t do it. It’s just not realistic. You know being around and having a passion for the game and fans loving you I think is such a nice thing. The most I do is sign balls you know and do little things like that.

[uncle jimmy]: Shane’s arrival and rise to a starting spot pretty much coincided with the re-emergence of the Philly Phranchise. try ask him if Pilly peopo consider him a good luck charm.

*modest laugh* I guess yes and no. I think this team’s a good team, but I think we all work together, we work hard. You know it might’ve been just a coincidence, but you know what, I appreciate the opportunity that I get to play here in this lovely city. And it’s one of those things where you never take it for granted.

If it sounded like I was kinda rushing, I really was. I had taken up a good part of his warmup time with my previous two sections and could tell he was getting a bit antsy. As you can hear towards the ending, some peeps started to trickle into the dugout as well! Apologies if I skipped your question but I think I got most of the non-duplicated ones in dea.

Look for the complete video interview and article at AroundHawaii.com on September 1st!

Hope you enjoyed it yo! Lemme know what you thank!

For those who get one holiday tomorrow (Statehood/Admission Day), enjoy! See y’all on Monday k? Shooots! šŸ™‚

Eating Your Way Through Japan – Part II

January 19, 2009
Part I |  Part II 

And… we’re… back. I know, I know, it’s been a while since part one, but no get all habuts. Takes long time fo put this together you know. šŸ™‚

We last left off sipping tea at Ito-Ya, waiting for the pops-recommended, kushikatsu joint to open up (opens at 5PM). When the clock hit 5, it was time to head over to Isomura’s in Ginza.

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Isomura’s in Ginza

The general concept of kushikatsu is that you get a variety of food items, battered up, deep fried, and served to you on a stick (kushi). The secret, according to pops, is to go right when they open, as they have a happy hour special: 12 courses (items), beer, soup, rice, tea and dessert all for X Yen. Hehe, sorry, I don’t remember how much it was, but I believe it was around $20 U.S.

The jubilee of choices came in the following sequence:

  1. Beef
  2. Shi-wrapped Shrimp
  3. Shiitake Mushroom
  4. Scallop
  5. Snow Peas
  6. Corn
  7. Asparagus
  8. Shrimp/Prawn
  9. Pork
  10. Bacon-wrapped Potato
  11. Tofu
  12. Fish Eggs

Here’s a lil’ preview:

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Snow peas and corn kushikatsu

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Biggest, deep fried asparagus you’ve ever seen!

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Prawn kushikatsu

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Tofu and fish eggs kushikatsu

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You put your stick in the fishy’s mouth after your done. We did some work son!

The next morning, we tried the other breakfast buffet option in our hotel, Taronga.

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Inside Taronga Grill and Wine

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My plate full o’ goodies

The atmosphere and food choices seemed a little higher scaled, but the options weren’t as plentiful. If I were to choose one, I’d stick with Ocean Dining.

With our fill of the Tokyo/Odaiba areas, it was off to adventure the rest of this beautiful country. We headed to Nagano, whose specialty is soba.

Since we were in the mood for rahmen yet again, we combined our hunger with Nagano’s finest and found a little shop that served soba, rahmen style.

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I wish I could read kanji better so I could tell you the name of this place. šŸ˜›

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Char siu rahmen soba

Some city browsing/touring followed and, on the way back to our hotel, we came across this neat little restaurant called Mountain Q Hawaiian Diner. Yep, that’s right, “Hawaiian” food in the middle of Japan.

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Mountain Q Hawaiian Diner

Inside Mountain Q was real kitchie (sp?), with your typical hula girl and grass skirt-type decorations, but the most interesting thing was eating “SPAM nigiri” (instead of SPAM musubi) while listening to KSSK on the radio.

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SPAM Onigiri

The next morning, we woke up early to go check out what Nagano is also famous for: Oyaki, a baked, almost mochi type shell, stuffed with veggies. On the way to Zenkoji temple, you will find this town’s popular oyaki shop on the right hand side.

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Popular Oyaki Shop in Nagano

Inside, there is an omiyage area, where you can buy your oyaki to go. In the back however, is where the magic happens… the area where they actually make the oyaki over an open fire. This is where we had to be.

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Where the oyaki are made

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Flames for two cooking spots, one to cook the flat sides, and one to cook the edges

The family seemed to take a liking to us, as they fed us a complete meal (soup and tea) with our oyaki, and they also offered to teach us how to make them ourselves (a class usually reserved for special days).

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Our oyaki meal

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Us gettin’ our oyaki on

Then it was off to another town in Yudanaka for more adventures. We stayed at Ryokan Biyunoyado (Yudanaka View Hotel), an excellent Western style Ryokan (onsen hotel) in the middle of a town known for onsens (hot springs).

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Yudanaka View Hotel

That evening, we were treated to the hotel’s inclusive dinner, which included soup, sashimi, soba, saba, buttered beef, mushroom (straight from the bark!), fresh fruits (Nagano is also known for their apples), sake, and the local beer Shiga Kogen Pale Ale.

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Our Spread

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Mushrooms, as fresh as you can get. Nuts yeah?

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Shiga Kogen Pale Ale

The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel as well, which included miso soup, salad, ham, eggs, salmon, udon, and fresh apple juice.

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Our morning spread

To leave enough for part 3, I think we’ll end it here… But before we go, here’s a parting shot from Yudanaka’s famous monkey park. Yep, sending you off with a little monkey bidness. šŸ™‚

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Monkeys from Yudanaka Monkey Park

Have a fun day Monday y’all!

Part I |  Part II 

Survey Thursday – Favorite Local Food?

October 16, 2008

This week’s question is inspired by the recent news on local boy Shane Victorino proclaiming SPAM musubi as his favorite food in the world.

* What is your favorite local food item/dish?

– I vote poke yo! This is a local thang right? šŸ˜›Ā Post your answer below, man!

[What da heck is Survey Thursday?]


Last Week’s Results (Favorite Neighbor Island)

  • Big Island: 6 (DA WINNAH!)
  • Oahu: 4
  • Maui: 4
  • Kauai: 3
  • Las Vegas: 3
  • Lanai: 1
  • Akebono: 1 (frankie being frankie šŸ˜› )
  • “the one in my kitchen”: 1 (thanks wisegal leerah!)

P.S. How ’bout my Phillies yo!!!??? World Series bound baby!!!