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2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
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2017 Okinawan Festival – On the Menu at the Okinawan Festival

There’ll be no shortage of delicious food at the Okinawan Festival, including many dishes that are served in Okinawan home kitchens. Spend a day — or both days — at the Festival and make sure you try everything, all of it prepared and served by HUOA volunteers. Andagi: Okinawan deep fried doughnut — a local....
Rafute . . . ready to devour!

Okinawan Food and Heritage – “Kwatch Sabira”, “Thank You for this Food”

Okinawan Culture Reflected in Its Food Lynette Lo Tom Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “If you aren’t going to enjoy the fat, then don’t eat rafute,” Grant Murata declares passionately. Rafute is the unctuous braised pork belly that is a signature dish of Okinawa. Not to be confused with the more common and usually leaner....
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Ryan’s Table – A Toast to Negroni Week

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto For the past five years, Imbibe magazine and Campari have teamed up during the first week of June to celebrate Negroni Week, a time when restaurants and bars worldwide raise money for various charities by toasting the aperitif that was created in the early 1900s. The first Negroni Week, in....
Photo outside of storefront with sign, Miyako Sushi in Maui

Maui Grinds – Sushi Shop OR Antique Store? Both!

Decades-old Maui Sushi Business Still Going Strong Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Running a food business was never in Stella and Douglas Kodama’s plan in 1980 when they sought to purchase the property next to their own on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. They were eyeing that parcel, occupied by Miyako Sushi, to....
Chef Kelly Degala. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – An Ambitious New Direction for Kosasas’ ABC Stores

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Dukes Lane Market & Eatery Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel 2255 Kühiö Ave. (808) 923-5678 What started in the 1940s as a neighborhood pharmacy and then reinvented itself in 1964 to become the ultimate convenience store with 30 locations in Waikïkï alone(!) — is growing once again. If you thought....
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Ryan’s Table – “Springtime in Provence” in Honolulu

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Spring is in the air . . . especially at Chef Mavro, the eponymous restaurant operated by Chef George Mavrothalassitis for the past 19 years. And, once again to welcome the arrival of spring, Chef Mavro recently hosted his biannual dinner for generous, regular supporters of Hawai‘i Public Radio. While....
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Itadakimasu – Aloha Beer and Grinds

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto We must be getting younger! Why? Because we usually pay our first visit to a new restaurant about a year or two after its grand opening, in part because life (aka work) usually gets in the way and because we want to give the new restaurant time to iron out....
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Itadakimasu – Hospitality at its Finest

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Xenia: The ancient Greek concept of hospitality, generosity and courtesy shown to those from near and afar. Senia: The newest and most anticipated restaurant in the 50th’s dining scene. As I mentioned in an earlier column, the opening of Senia was likely the most anticipated restaurant event in recent Hawai‘i....
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Itadakimasu – Nose-To-Tail Dining

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto We closed out 2016 with the good fortune of having secured a table at Fete restaurant in Chinatown to sample the cuisine of the butcher of Panzano, Riccardo Ricci. If you were under the impression that butchers simply reduce an animal carcass to manageable pieces . . . well, you....

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