Food Benefits On Monday, 2/4, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival presented checks to five local nonprofit beneficiaries, totaling $210,000. The money, which was raised during last year’s festival, benefitted various foundations and programs, all with ties to teaching and spreading knowledge about agriculture, food and sustainability. This year’s festival is set for 9/1–9/8.
Choose Your Cut As of earlier this month, The Whole Ox Butcher and Deli brought in a mass of local meat cuts worthy of its deli name and Kakaako fame. Owner Bob McGee now offers local beef from Kauai’s Makaweli Ranch and local favorite Shinsato Farm pork, as well as pork from Maui’s Malama Farm.
New Swirl A local favorite, Samurai recently opened in Kalihi on the ‘Ewa side of Umi Street, near the beginning of North King Street. Their famous strawberry and vanilla swirl, likened to a mix between shave ice and soft serve, goes for $2.75/small and $3.50/large.
Turning Japanese Ninikuya was revamped to become Restaurant & Bar Ko on Waialae Avenue. Happy hour (or rather, half hour) is from 5–6:30 p.m. The Japanese restaurant features sushi and seafood as well as donburis and fusion dishes such as salmon grill with cheese.
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