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Food & Dining

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

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...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // An Exceptional Food And Wine Experience
Last week I wrote about Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. This week I’m doing it again. But this is the real story; last week was...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Mahealani Mixes It Up
Former KITV 4 anchor Mahealani Richardson has been a friend of mine for a long time, and we had to get her in the kitchen...

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,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tasting The Best Australia Has To Offer
If anyone asks you about Australian wine, what do you think of? Do you think of the ubiquitous Kangaroo-labeled bottle? Do you instantly think of...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // The Cookie Man Is In The Kitchen
Most know him as Famous Amos or The Cookie Man. I am not only a cookie fanatic, but a fan of Wally Amos. We make...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Best Festival
Which is the best wine festival in Hawaii? That would be, in my opinion, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. Now in its fourth year, it...

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...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Aunty Bea Keeps It Traditional
Aunty Bea Rodrigues visited the kitchen with some green bananas and a spunky personality. The former Miss Puerto Rico, born and raised in Hawaii, knows...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Fine Art Of Blending Wines
Like the artist who blends colors to create masterful pieces, so do winemakers blend in order to reach the highest pinnacle of their product. The...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Sari Sari — Shaken, Not Stirred
Richard Butuyan is part of the Filipino food empire Elena’s in Waipahu. I’ve been going to the family establishment for more than 20 years, and...

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,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Cruising For Some Splashy Wine Deals
I’ll bet you would never guess what restaurants have some of the best prices for their wines. I am always looking for the best deals,...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Cooking, Singing And Laughing With Kaleo
Kaleo Pilanca adds chicken broth to his Hamburger Watercress Kaleo Pilanca is one of the funniest guys I know. He is truly Mr. Aloha and...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Something Special In A Bottle Of Silvaner
Have you ever heard of a bocksbeutel? It is the traditional shape of a wine bottle from the area of Franconia in Germany. It is...

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

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // A Coconut Tapioca Worth Waiting For
Betty Shimabukuro writer, author and cook. If you don’t know Betty, you probably recognize her name from her columns in Honolulu Star-Advertiser or her many...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Hawaii Wine Tasting At Its Best
I just helped a friend celebrate his birthday, and he always does it in style by putting together what I like to call “The Greatest...

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...


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