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Food & Dining

Your guide to food, restaurants, wine and dining in Hawaii.

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // You’ll Say Cheese While Eating This Cake
Amy Brookes is a cheese-cake star, in my book. With no formal training in baking, Amy makes one of the best cheesecakes I have ever...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Taz’s Quick And Easy Comfort Food
Local boy Taz Vegas of Nanakuli can cook — and he can sing. You might recognize him from the group Typical Hawaiians and, most recently,...

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...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Killer Recommendations For Halloween
The day that allows people to dress up as an alter ego and gives some just enough reason to be as crazy as they want...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Anuhea Stops In To Rock The Kitchen
I was lucky enough to meet Anuhea when she first started her singing career on Maui. Beautiful, sweet vocals and the ability to play the...

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....

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Best Tools For Opening Up A Bottle
There are as many varieties of wine openers as Imelda Marcos has shoes. Each new producer of them has its own spin on how to...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // A Restaurateur’s Local-style Thai Dish
I met Maile Symmonds almost 20 years ago in her family’s restaurant Paesano. She has been around a kitchen her whole life and has restaurant...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Stealing The Stage From The Star
Have you ever gone to a stage presentation, play or musical and are so impressed by the supporting actor or singer that they overshadow the...

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...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Yes, Music Lovers, Henry Can Cook Too
We were honored to have Island music royalty in our kitchen this week. I have known Henry Kapono for about 10 years now, but like...

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...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Ratings And The Benefits Of Wine Notes
I write notes all the time. But what is their worth? Are wine notes a thing of the past? Strange for me to even pose...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // When It Comes To Poke, Just Say Noh
Raymond Noh, CEO of Noh Foods and a good friend, joined us in the kitchen for some fun along with some of his many products....

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,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tracking The Provenance Of Wines
Provenance is an important word in the world of wine, and not just for the wines in collectors’ and investors’ circles. It is something that...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // A Great Time With A Trailblazing TV Chef
Titus Chan is one of the first chefs ever to be on TV, and I haven’t heard or seen him since I was a young...

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...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Want Refreshing Yet Dry? Think Pink
Dry rosé’s popularity is still on the rise. Any top restaurant will have at least one dry rosé by the glass, and many have more...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // At The Next Party, Let Them Eat Cake
Who doesn’t like cake? Who doesn’t like sweets? Morris Wise and Chris Spinosa are some good guys to have as your friends, especially when you’re...


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