A visual comparison of table rice and milled rice for ginjo and daiginjo grade sake.

Ryan’s Table – For Sake’s Sake

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist My earliest exposure to sake was memorable though not very pleasurable. You see, the Tatsumoto clan always hosted a New Year’s Eve party for my mom’s co-workers from Kahalu‘u Elementary School, Dad’s University of Hawai‘i football tailgate crew and other friends and family.
Smile and say “Andagi!” It’s everyone’s Okinawan Festival favorite.

2019 Okinawan Festival – “The Festival” and “The Mura”

Last year, the leadership and member-clubs of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association took a leap into the unknown and moved the Okinawan Festival from Kapi‘olani Park to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was an experimental year for the state’s largest ethnic festival. It proved to be a good move as it had an estimated 56,000....
Paranku Clubs of Hawaii member Pat Davidson with the Hawaii United Okinawa Association club banners behind her. (Photo by Cora Hiranaka)

2019 Okinawan Festival – Music, Odori, Taiko, Karate, and More!

SATURDAY, AUG. 31, 2019  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Toyoko Toma Sokyo Kai Kazuko Ito...
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa shared a batch of nattö he had prepared 10 days earlier with his Hawai‘i nattö lecture audience. (Photos by Jackie Kojima)

Lead Story – Let’s Talk Natto

The Fermented Soybean Has a Fan Club in Hawai‘i! Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Eien Hunter-Ishikawa begins each morning with a cup of hot home-roasted coffee, two pieces of homemade toast drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a most unlikely topping: a heaping scoop of freshly made nattō — yes, those pungent....
And . . . taran! Look closely, the cooked taroimo (taro) leaves can be seen in the lower right hand corner

My Hawaii – Wow, Laulau!

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake GINOZA-SON — I now live more than 4,800 miles away from my....

Natto Time: Talk Story and Demo

WHO/WHAT: Musician, educator and “natto demonstrator” Eien Hunter-Ishikawa will talk about natto (fermented beans), which is regarded as a “superfood” in Japan. Natto is known for its many health benefits including cardiovascular health, brain...
A young boy and girl holding their daikons at the Daikon Festival at Honbushin

Daikon Festival at Honbushin

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Lead Story – Arigatou Ojisan!

A Homesick Hawai‘i Student Find a Home Away From Home in Yokohama Jackie Kojima Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At 86 years of age, Kei Komuro may just be the busiest retiree in Yokohama. Between running his okonomiyaki shop and cooking up the savory Japanese pancake four days a week, swimming laps at a local....
Photo of Ethel's Grill, 808-847-6467, 232 Kalihi St.

Ryan’s Table – Chuggy’s Super Secret Supper Club

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist It’s not really a secret club. It’s just dinners arranged by Grant Shindo –– also known as “Chuggy Bear” –– who started the venture with his business partner, Thomas Obungen. They had planned on opening a restaurant consulting business called Slug Media. As more and more friends asked to join,....
Butcher & Bird’s meats.

Ryan’s Table – Mealtime in Kakaako

RYAN'S TABLE By Ryan Tatsumoto Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably seen, or are at least aware of the proliferation of condominiums in the new “live, work and play Kaka‘ako” — ideal living conditions for local families right in the heart of Honolulu, with shops, restaurants and supermarkets all within walking distance.Who am....

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