Goodbye, Chai By the end of 2012, award-winning Chai’s Island Bistro will shut its doors for good after more than 14 years of business. The final month will be full of live music from longtime friends such as Jake Shimabukuro, Barry Flanagan and Willie K.
Grill it more A new seasonal menu at quick-serve, healthy food-based Grylt features a portabella caprese salad–tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and a marinated portabella mushroom with Grylt’s new citrus Asian sauce. Add organic quinoa or an extra protein to complete your meal.
Local delights A new desserts and treats store, Big Island Delights, has opened in Ward Center across from Rainbowtique. Founded in Hilo, Big Island Delights specializes in gift baskets for the holiday season and sells items such as furikake party mix, macadamia nut cookies, lilikoi cookies and more.
Welcome aboard David Cruz is now head chef at the remodeled and expanded Big Aloha Brewery. Sam Choy’s/Big Aloha Brewery, 580 N.
More sushi! By popular demand, the sushi buffet at Waikiki-based Hakone Restaurant has been extended to Wednesdays and Thursdays every week, in addition to Fridays and the weekend. The buffet features shabu shabu, tempura, weekly specials and, of course, sushi and sashimi.
Come and Taste: Neither a restaurant nor a pop-up, TASTE is a cutting-edge “food venue.” that celebrated its grand opening in Kakaako Saturday (10/27) with food prepared by Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi, Pig and the Lady and Sweet Bread. Brought to life by Noguchi, Eat The Street’s Poni and Brandon Askew and Under My Umbrella’s Amanda Corby, TASTE brings a new plane of possibilities for foodies seeking innovative eats.
Maui-based restaurant Amasia has been voted “Best Neighbor Island Restaurant” by the Critic’s Choice Ilima Awards, as well as the “Best New Restaurant” by the Best of Maui Reader’s Choice. Perhaps Alan Wong’s touch is magic indeed.
Go Ahead, Be Crabby. Karai Crab at The Willows — is the world going crazy for crab or have we not had at least four openings lately? — is open at The Willows, with a crab-cominated menu created by chef Miles Miyamoto.
Sugar, sugar. Adega, the Portuguese-Brazilian pub in Chinatown, has malassadas daily.
Chai Changing: Chef-restaurateur Chai Chaowasaree will open Chef Chai at Pacifica in the 45-story Pacifica condominium (formerly Moana Vista) at Ward Avenue and Kapi’olani Boulevard, likely in January. Meanwhile, he’ll keep Chai’s Island Bistro at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Pork Rules: Shinsato Hog Farm is partnering with Oahu Fresh, the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery service, to add pork to the menu of items that might appear in weekly subscribers’ baskets. Delivery is downtown; baskets consist of whatever’s fresh and local; pork will be added to price structure for those who wish to receive it.
Moving Target: David Paul’s Lahaina Grill in Lahaina Center, Maui, has closed. Award-winning chef/co-owner David Paul Johnson plans to open a small bistro elsewhere on the Valley Isle as soon as possible.
To Market: The successful Ala Moana Farmers’ Market is opening a new weekly Tuesday evening market from 4-7pm at the Ala Moana Center, second-level parking lot near Sears. More than 50 vendors are expected and there will be a 70-seat café.
Adding to the burger craze McCully Shopping Center has opened a new addition to the complex: Pipi’s Burgers. The joint, which has replaced Banana Leaf Pasta and Café, boasts fresh meals, handcrafted and inspired by our island flavors.
There shall be dinner! Known for its commitment to serving the best local meats, The Whole Ox Deli has only served breakfast, lunch and sides–until now.
Downtown set to close In an unfortunate turn of events, the Hawaii State Art Museum’s Ilima Awards-winning restaurant, Downtown, is set to close Sept. 15.
Convenient cupcakes Reminiscent of nostalgic ice cream trucks, The Girls Who Bake Next Door Dessert Truck just happens to be so much more. Selling treats like cupcakes, mochi and fudge tarts, this new truck roams the streets of Honolulu Mon.–Fri.
Valiant return The Haleiwa Farmers’ Market celebrates its grand re-opening this Thursday from 3–7pm in Waimea Valley’s Pikake Pavillion with an opening pule by Waimea kupuna. The market will feature 50 booths and be open every Thursday.
Bistro to bow. Terry Kakazu of HASR Wine in Chinatown has partnered with chef Rodney Uyehara, formerly of the Moana-Surfrider Beachhouse, to open HASR Bistro in the recently vacated Grand Café and Bakery, HASR Wine’s neighbor on North Puahi Street.
Say ‘Uncle.’ Lots of folks are lovin’ on Uncles Hawaiian Organics breads available at local farmers markets and open markets. Classic “auntie-style” banana or mango quick breads are made gluten-free from coconut flour; cold pressed raw coconut oil instead of lard, shortening, butter or other oils; free-range organic eggs (or, for the vegan version, egg replacer); brown sugar or agave syrup and organic macadamia nuts.
Naked, But Not Alone. Naked Cow Dairy cheese is proliferating.
Mahalo and Aloha. Grand Cafe and Bakery closed its retro-diner doors in Chinatown yesterday and is seeking a new location.
Food News / Naked, But Not Alone. Naked Cow Dairy cheese is proliferating.
Soul Drain. Chef Sean Priester has closed his Pacific Soul restaurant in Kaimuki but follow him online to find out where his Soul Patrol food truck will be parked (often Kaka’ako area).
Seafood a la JJ? JJ Luangkhot, known for his JJ’s Bistro and French Pastry Restaurant in Kaimuki, has opened an all-seafood restaurant, Crab City, in the former La Cacao Bistro space.
For this year’s Food + Drink issue, we compiled 100-plus memories of the fantastic bites we’ve taken, the culinary experiences we’ve undergone and other tasteful moments of absolutely loving what Hawaii’s food scene has to offer. The result is a mixed plate of the Weekly ‘ohana’s favorite dishes, libations, produce, places and some lesser-known joys.
Respect Your Veg At long last, vegetables are being recognized as culinary stars. The following dishes have two things in common: They’re veggie-centric, if not strictly vegetarian, and best eaten on the spot.
Paitan Broth: Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya If you’re a ramen lover, you know the most important element of the bowl is the broth. At Kyoto Ramen Yotekko-Ya, the paitan broth ($9.95 for paitan chashu ramen) is deeply savory.
Naan: Cafe Maharani “The dough is just special,” says owner Chris Rahman of Cafe Maharani. The naan ($2.99) is made to order and handled very delicately.
Asian: Green Door Cafe Enter into Green Door Cafe to find a whole ‘nother world. Owner Betty Peng is a one-woman show (don’t start with her, or else) and cooks all of her Singaporean dishes to order.
Byron’s Drive-in The vacant, former Byron’s Drive-in building still stands near the airport since closing its doors in February. “We’d always go [to Byron’s] late at night,” says Sabrina Thompson, a Tripler Hospital nurse.
Shinsato Pork: Guava Smoked Scott Shibuya of Guava Smoked made a splash in the farmers’ market scene with his finger-licking good, guava wood-smoked Shinsato Pork. “I really wanted to be my own boss,” he says.
Cheese: Surfing Goat Dairy Owners Thomas and Eva Kafsack moved from Germany to Maui and found that they missed receiving fresh goat cheese from their neighbors’ backyards. A few goats from the Big Island (and a huge investment) later, Surfing Goat Dairy was born.
Decadent Fries: Home Bar and Grill These aren’t ordinary fried potatoes. Chef Neil Nakasone’s Parmesan truffle fries ($8) are an elite class of spuds.
Rotations: Taste Some might say Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi and partner Amanda Corby, with the help of another power couple, Poni and Brandon Askew of StreetGrindz, fleshed out the pop-up trend with Taste. But: “Actually, Adam is Taste,” Gooch explains, referring to Taste’s general manager, Adam Lock.
Healthy Food Truck: Beet Box Cafe The Beet Box Cafe is a sit-down eatery located in Haleiwa Town, but their bright yellow lunch wagon is also worth following. The lunchtruck serves organic, vegetarian burritos ($7-10), a special of the day made with farm-to-table ingredients ($10-12), smoothies ($7.50), kombucha ($5) and snacks such as baked goods and dried fruits ($3).
A Cook’s Catch When it comes to fish, freshness really matters, so eating local from our Hawaiian waters is always in the best of taste. Health and sustainability also count.
Whole Foods & Down To Earth Down to Earth offers strictly vegetarian delights such as Bombay spinach, eggplant parmesan, stuffed shells, Thai curry and vegetable korma ($9.59/pound). The tofu and eggplant are always sourced from local producers.
Edible Land: Permablitz Fruit trees flourish in Hawaii but sadly, much goes to waste. Permablitz aims to change that.
Foraging: Strawberry Guava at Waahila Ridge Strawberry guava is invasive to Hawaii, which is why I don’t feel an ounce of guilt picking the small, red fruits in (free!) handfuls whenever I hike up Waahila Ridge. When they’re a light red color, just pull them off the trees, check for bug-made holes and bite in.
Nutmeg and Cloves: Frankie’s Nursery Want to spice up your kitchen? Lynn Tsuruda of Frankie’s Nursery says they sell spices grown in Hawaii, by the plant or the fruit.
Filipino: Pacific Drive out to Central Oahu and find Pacific Supermarket, a haven for all things Southeast Asian. With the Leeward community’s large Filipino population, access to local favorites at Pacific is a big deal.
Korean Chew: Taegu Taegu, more properly pronounced as dae-goo, is either a variety of cod, sliced into strips and seasoned, or a seasoned side dish. There is some confusion, as I came to realize while asking my born-and-raised-in-Korea mom, because those side dishes are made with different fish.
Matcha Latte: Peace Cafe Peace Cafe, a second home for vegans, carries a matcha (green tea) latte with a secret. “The first sip is always the most important,” explains an employee.
Good For You: Kombucha A SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast integral to making kombucha. Kombucha, a fizzy tea, is full of promises to boost detoxification, immunity and digestion and joint health.
Free: Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Kahala offers free cooking classes at CookSpace in Ward Warehouse. “We just did a Health Starts Here cooking class,” says Whole Foods marketing supervisor Natalie Aczon.
Wine Tasting: Kalapawai Cafe Every second Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m., Kalapawai Cafe holds a free wine tasting. “We [have] five wines.
Dear Friends, Readers, and Advertisers, I am sorry to say that this will be the last issue of the Weekly that we will print. I am sad about closing but I see no way that we can maintain our revenue stream and our fiscal health.
Native Hawaiians and preservationists have pledged to fight a law, signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie on May 28, that will allow some construction projects to begin before the site has been fully inspected for ancient burials.
Imagine you’re walking through downtown Honolulu and, rather than bypassing an empty, blighted park, you’re drawn into an urban oasis–a forest of fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. You could spend your lunch break chatting with friends in the shade of an ‘ulu tree–and, if you’re hungry, pick whatever’s in season.
Road Rule On May 20, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 73, requiring all vehicle passengers to buckle up regardless of age or seating arrangement.
Tourists enjoying the Waikiki waterfront were treated to Hawaiian phrases such as “Aole, aole, aole GMO!” chanted by protesters in the March Against Monsanto on Sat., May 25. Translation: No GMOs, ever.
The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) made its proposed plan to redevelop the Kakaako district available to the community during an open house on Thu., May 23. HCDA Executive Director Tony Ching began with a presentation of the new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan before letting residents ask questions.
In 2011 the city Department of Transportation Services (DTS) was tasked by then-Mayor Peter Carlisle’s administration to shave $10 million from its budget. Over the course of a year, several bus routes were cut and many more were shortened or reconfigured and the frequency of service decreased.
You mentioned in your May 29 GMO article (“Big Pharm Fallout”) that GMO bans were placed on taro and coffee in 2008 in Kohala County. However it was an islandwide ban in Hawaii County.
What a great quote: “I understand that it’s frustrating that we can’t get past the issue of homelessness . .
I know space is limited and you couldn’t put everything in one small article (“Art with HART,” May 29). Here is the rest of what I wanted to have said.
Have five or more contractors “compete” by tackling sections of roadway (“Road Repaving,” May 29). Criteria for competing are expenses, timeliness and a level of quality assurance standards.
Thanks for this article (“The Naked Truth,” May 22), I’m Mykel Hicks, grandson of Sharon Hicks, and I am so proud of my grandma for all she has done for herself, this family and specifically me. She is an amazing grandma who comes with a moving story I hope can help people around the world.
Please remind readers that the HCDA is not interested in providing housing for minimum wage individuals or families, but in providing property developers with profitable opportunities; that our ancient water and sewage lines were not designed to support the needs of thousands of condo and apartment dwellers, but no one is interested in replacing them because no one wants to pay the price (“Civix,” May 22). As a result, Kakaako’s streets are regularly flooded with no sidewalk retreat for pedestrians, wheelchairs, bicyclists, skateboarders, etc., and constantly excavated/repaired to accommodate one project after the other.