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along with the ones you thought were the best.
2 “Marin Club Sandwich” When you think lunch
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3 “Cooking with Citrus” “The concept
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5 “Chefs Speak Out” Spanning three islands
and three weekends this year, the seventh annual
Hawaii Food and Wine Festival is continuing to
deliver the gastronomical magic. Here, some of the
Honolulu participants reveal their favorite things on
Oahu, including the sunset cocktail spot that is not
to be missed.
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Spanning three islands and three weekends this year,
the seventh annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival
is continuing to deliver the gastronomical magic to
the tune of cooking demos, dining adventures, wine
tastings and food from more than 100 top culinary talents. Here,
some of the Honolulu participants reveal their favorite things on
Oahu, including the sunset cocktail spot that is not to be missed.
The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival takes place October 20
through November 5. hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com
WHO ROY YAMAGUCHI
WHERE ROY’S RESTAURANTS
Specialty Dish It’s more about the classics we created for Roy’s like the miso-yaki butterfish, Szechuan
baby back pork ribs and hibachi salmon, and for Eating
House, the plantation paella, Hapa Burger, Shrimp Piri-Piri with rice pilaf and the plantation ramen.
Favorite Sunset Cocktail I enjoy having a sunset
cocktail and listening to live Hawaiian music at the
House Without A Key at the Halekulani Hotel.
Favorite Local Food I like Helena’s Hawaiian Food
and Papa Ole’s Kitchen.
Favorite Special Occasion Alan Wong’s, for over
WHO ALAN WONG
WHERE ALAN WONG’S RESTAURANTS
Specialty Dish Ginger Crusted Onaga, Soup and
Sandwich, The Coconut, and Da Bag. No matter how
much I change and provide variations, people still
want to order these dishes.
Favorite Sunset Cocktail House Without A Key res-
taurant, at the Halekulani hotel overlooking Waikiki
Beach with Hawaiian music; the hula dancing is magi-
cal. I imagine some couple saving up money their
entire lifetime so that they can sit on this beach. We
locals sometimes take it for granted because we live
here, so to come into Waikiki, relax and experience
this is not only nostalgic but really unique.
Favorite Local Food Ono Hawaiian Foods in Kapahulu
has been around for decades and serves great
authentic Hawaiian food. We bring our staff there and
out-of-town visitors so that they start to understand
that traditional Hawaiian is its own ethnicity with its
own food, versus the food of modern-day Hawaii.
Favorite Special Occasion It depends on the occa-
sion of course, but it’s where the people I want to be
with for the occasion are. We make our own fun.
WHO KEITH PAJINAG
WHERE THE MODERN HONOLULU
Specialty Dish So I get asked the specialty question
a lot, and it changes from time to time. Right now my
personal specialty dish is making any kind of fresh
pasta while I am braising some sort of meat, preferably lamb. I love combining braised lamb shanks with
fresh pasta. My favorite.
Favorite Sunset Cocktail I probably shouldn’t say this
because I work here, but honestly here at Ravish is the
best place I have had a sunset drink. The drinks are
awesome and you just can’t beat the view from here.
Favorite Local Food My favorite place to eat local
food here on Oahu would be just grabbing a mini mix
plate at Alicia’s Market. Then pulling over at a beach
park and eating eat it outside. I always order the
roast pork and sweet tako poke. It comes with rice,
mac salad and kimchee.
Favorite Special Occasion Well, since it appeals for
a variety of occasions, I like to do my little triangle
restaurant/bar hop in the middle of Chinatown:
Livestock Tavern and on to Tchin Tchin and then
Lucky Belly. And yes eat something at every one of
those places. You might get full, so pace yourself,
because the drinks go down easy.
WHO GEORGE MAVROTHALASSITIS
WHERE CHEF MAVRO
Specialty Dish Salt-crusted onaga with ogo-vierge
sauce; spicy ahi aioli; island snapper Chinatown
style; Yukon-potato-crusted shutome; Keahole lobster Indochine; kumu en papillote — these dishes
reflect my 29 years working from the local market.
The onago earned a spot on GQ magazine’s Top Ten
Dishes, was featured prominently in The New York
Times and is a consistent guest favorite. The salt
crust is just to protect the fish while baking and is
Favorite Sunset Cocktail There’s only one place:
House Without A Key at the Halekulani. It never
Favorite Local Food Tripe stew at Helena’s
Favorite Special Occasion Nobu terrace bar
(recently moved to Auahi Street in Ward Village).
There’s one small booth for two in the middle.
WHO ED KENNEY
WHERE MUD HEN WATER
Specialty Dish At Mud Hen Water, don’t miss the
he’e lu’au with inamona dukkah. It’s our version of a
classic Hawaiian dish of octopus braised
with taro leaves and coconut milk. We
know not to tamper with tradition so we
simply improve the original by squeezing
fresh coconut milk every day (the only
restaurant on the island to do so) and by
grilling the braised he’e (octopus) over
kiawe wood in our hearth, resulting in a
tender interior and smoky, crisp exterior.
We stray from tradition with the addition
of a sprinkling of inamona dukkah at the
end. Inamona dukkah is toasted native
kukui nut to which we add ni’oi (Hawaiian
chile pepper), sesame seeds, grated coconut, and ‘alaea salt (sea salt).
Favorite Sunset Cocktail The House
Without A Key at the Halekulani Hotel has
a special place in my heart. This is where
my parents used to perform when I was
a child. My emotional connection aside,
with live Hawaiian music and hula every
evening, it is the most authentic and stunning venue in all of Honolulu for cocktails
Favorite Local Food Ono Hawaiian Foods on
Kapahulu, but they are closing their doors in August
after more than 50 years. So, I would have to say
Waiahole Poi Factory, although it is a bit of a drive
— albeit a pretty beautiful drive. I like the Laulau/
Luau Stew combo plate. And don’t forget the kulolo
for the road.
Favorite Special Occasion Go to Tamura’s Market
in Kaimuki and pack a cooler with goodies from the
extensive wine collection, poke counter and gourmet
foods aisle, and then head to any of the dozens of
Oahu’s public beaches, parks or hiking trails for a
special occasion that you’ll never forget.
WHO JUSTIN PARK
WHERE BAR LEATHER APRON
Specialty Drink Our house old fashioned (the BLA
old fashioned) is our most popular drink. We use
Japanese wasanbon sugar, which gives it a very rich,
unique flavor. We import the sugar ourselves directly
from a sugar factory in Japan.
Sunset Cocktail A House Without A Key
in the Halekulani Hotel is my favorite
place to relax, enjoy the sunset and take in
the laid-back Hawaiian vibe.
Favorite Local Food I absolutely love
Tanioka’s in Waipahu. It’s worth the drive
to experience true local takeout food.
They have the perfect grab-and-go-to-the-beach food. They also have the best
poke, fried chicken and musubi.
Favorite Special Occasion You can’t beat
the service and old-school ambience of
Hy’s Steak House. There’s no other place
in Hawaii like it and it’s my go-to place for
a special occasion. They grill steaks with
local kiawe wood, which gives the beef a
WHO DAVE NEWMAN
WHERE PINT + JIGGER AND HARRY’S
Specialty Drink My favorite drink I have ever created
is called the Drawn and Quartered — equal parts
Campari, Angostura, lime juice, apricot simple syrup
and a splash of soda. It was created for a Campari
competition in which I lost out on a trip to New York
City. The name was something I thought up during
the competition while I was waiting my turn to go
onstage. The drink is this deep reddish brown color,
very similar to dried blood. This got me to thinking
of all sorts of serial killer names and then I thought
about it being equal parts of four ingredients. I love
Favorite Sunset Cocktail My favorite place on the
island to enjoy the sunset while having a cocktail or
sipping some champagne and taking in the scenic
beauty of Hawaii is a spot called China Walls in Port
Lock near Hawaii Kai. Now if you want a proper
cocktail with one of the best views in Honolulu you
must go see Jen Ackrill at Top of Waikiki. Formerly of
Rye in San Francisco, she is presiding over the bars at
Top of Waikiki and the club Sky as well. The revolv-
ing bar and restaurant give an unparalleled view
of Waikiki and if you go in time for the sunset it’s
Favorite Local Food One of my all-time favorite spots
for local food is about to shut its doors for good. Ono
Hawaiian Foods on Kapahulu is a true gem. Helena’s
Hawaiian Food would be my second choice.
Favorite Special Occasion Newer to the scene but
making waves is Restaurant Senia. Helmed by chef
juggernauts Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush with
Chris Remelb crushing the wine program, this place
is a must-try. The talent that this place has packed
into it is almost silly. If you want to celebrate a special
occasion and you love wine then I can’t think of a
better place to go. I know this sounds crazy, but you
must order the cabbage. I know, I know cabbage?
Trust me, cabbage. Let Chris pair your meal with wine
and enjoy the magic.
WHO CHRIS KAJIOKA
WHERE RESTAURANT SENIA
Specialty Dish Charred Cabbage. This is dish is particularly special since my close friends, the Hirabaras,
of Hirabara Farms, grow the caraflex cabbage just for
us. I couldn’t source it locally, so they started to plant
it specifically for our use.
Favorite Sunset Cocktail The Halekulani, House
Without A Key.
Favorite Local Food Ethel’s (in Kalihi).
Favorite Special Occasion Sushi Sho.
WHO WAYNE HIRABAYASHI
WHERE THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT
Specialty Dish The Kahala’s famous Ahi Poke
Favorite Sunset Cocktail Sushi ii.
Favorite Local Food Ono’s.
Favorite Special Occasion Outrigger Canoe Club.
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