Food News

Imua Haleiwa. The Haleiwa Farmers Market has been given a reprieve. It’s still in the crux of the two highways out there until further notice after a scary government order to vacate.

Aloha, Shiro-san: In case you hadn’t heard, dear hearts, Shiro Matsuo, aka Shiro, Da Saimin Guy, whose three monuments to saimin represent decades of work, died May 3 at 93. Services: Viewing 4:30-6, funeral 6 p.m., Mililani Mauka May 30. He worked at more than 15 restaurants, opened a half dozen more and launched many careers at Kapiolani Community College. And his poems were hilarious!

Wong again. Alan Wong’s Amasia has opened in the former Kincha restaurant in Wailea, an immensely beautiful room shipped piece by piece from Japan. Upscale but casual, small plates, family style. Check it out.

And da winnah. Chef Roger Stattler of the Four Seasons Resort Maui was awarded Chef of the Year by Maii No Ka ‘Oi magazine in their ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards program. See more on their Web site.

Something fruity. Tropical fruit enthusiast Ken Love was in town last weekend for the first of what will be a series of cooking demonstrations and tastings at local grocery stores of fruit you may never have met. Last weekend at Whole Foods Kahala, chef Kevin Hanney played with jackfruit, somewhat intimidating in its size and spiky appearance, but a delicious fruit beloved of Filipinos and southeast Asians, that you can use wherever you’d use mango or even peach. More demos to come.

Food stamps go green. Kanu Hawaii and the GreenWheel Food Hub are organizing pop-up farmers markets where those who receive help from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program can use their EBT cards to buy fresh, local produce. They’ll be at Honlulu Farmers Market at Blaisdell Wednesdays soon( but not today yet). Information: [].

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