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Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Sweet Holiday Ham To Sing About
“A Cazimero Christmas” will go on hiatus this December out of consideration for the health of Roland Cazimero of The Brothers Cazimero, but his award-winning...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Ward Off The Evil Eye With These Cookies
Kelsey Hanson moved back to Hawaii after spending 14 years on the Mainland, and she now lives in Maunawili with her grandmother, sister and cousin....

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // An ADA-approved, Diabetic-friendly Meal
A Punahou graduate and busy mother of two, Dr. Jennifer Loh finds time to sit on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) board of directors and...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Exotic Indian Spices Add Kick To Patties
When the woman she was working for moved back to the Mainland eight years ago, Kaneohe resident Jhanna Kanoa seized the opportunity to start her...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // The Iron Chef’s Awesome Ahi Pizza
Congratulations to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on the fourth anniversary of Morimoto Waikiki! General manager Chad Yang began his career with Morimoto Waikiki in 2011,...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Peppers Star In Zia’s Zesty Bruschetta
Sheela Junk was born and raised on the Windward side of Oahu, and she really enjoys her job as service manager at Zia’s Cafe in...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // An Eggs-tra Easy Gluten-free Quiche
The folks at Volcano Village are especially grateful for being spared from the worst of Tropical Storm Iselle, but they want everyone to remember that...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Fast, Fresh And Fruity Chicken Salad
Aiea resident Dr. James Choy has a simple philosophy that carries over to his dental practice: “Be, then do.” With his kind and compassionate nature,...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Tangy Feta Adds Zest To Salad
Married couple and business partners Holly Hadsell El Hajji and Moumen El Hajji grew up in separate cultures on different continents, but have been in...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Savory Shrimp Fave From Ruth’s Chris
Jay Kaneshiro’s first position at Ruth’s Chris Steak House was busboy. Today, he is vice president of Desert Island Restaurants in Hawaii, overseeing operations for...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A New Home For Ho Farms
Ho Farms recently moved its operations to 60 acres in Ho’opili and is the first “Grown in Ho’opili” farm. Working directly with D.R. Horton Hawaii,...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Poifect Poi Parfait
HPC Foods Ltd., the state’s foremost taro processor, and its...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Flan And Mojitos Courtesy Ballet Hawaii
Five years ago, artistic director and famed choreographer for the Washington Ballet, Septime Webre, was invited by Ballet Hawaii to bring his production of Peter...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // More Fabulous Foodie Finds In Sin City
This week I’m continuing our Las Vegas culinary adventures with local boy Royden Ellamar, executive chef at Sensi in the Bellagio. Chef Ellamar was born...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Heading To Vegas For The Great Food
When I go to Las Vegas, I don’t go to gamble (much). I go to eat! Indulging is not something I do too often, but...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Always A Family Favorite
Happy birthday, MidWeek! It’s hard to believe, but I have been writing this column in MidWeek for the past 19 years, and before that for...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Getting Keiki Started On Healthy Pizza
Born and raised in Honolulu, Pauline Sato is executive and program director of Malama Learning Center, a non-profit organization based in Kapolei. Pauline has a...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Fiddling Around With Pohole Fern Shoots
Colleen Kimura is the owner and designer of Tutuvi, a tropical design collection of screen-printed fabric, clothing, interior furnishings and banners inspired by plants, sea...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Barbecuing Spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Dr. Renee Nagata has been a veterinarian at VCA Kaneohe Animal Hospital in Kaneohe for the past 19 years. Her caring and compassion are what...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Lots Of Good Things Go Into This Pesto
Born and raised on Oahu, Nalei Akina believes it was a great privilege to learn from her kupuna about her Hawaiian heritage, and honors those...


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