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Foodscene: June

Your guide to the best of this city’s noshable events

Posted June 5, 2012 by Mari Taketa

June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Just so you know

June 9: One-Year Anniversary, Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha
Aina Haina Shopping Center
820-850 W. Hind Drive
From 10:30 a.m.
Buy a shave ice and HOPA will donate one to its “Share-HOPA-Forward” campaign

June 12: Joy of Sake – Aftertaste
Chai’s Island Bistro
Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Tower Drive
6 to 8 p.m.
$40 at
Tastings of 40-plus premium sake plus appetizers and buffet by Chai’s

June 14: Garlic & Ginger Festival
Ward Warehouse, 1031 Auahi St.
4 to 10 p.m.
$3 admission
Ten restaurants including Prima, Side Street Inn, Poke Stop and the Grove; garlic ice cream; no-host bar; entertainment

June 16: Ewa Honganji Bon Dance
91-1133 Renton Road
7 to 10 p.m.
Old-style country eats. Oh, and bon dancing

June 17: Eat All Your Veggies Day

June 18: International Sushi Day
A travesty. Blog post coming soon.

June 22: National Onion Rings Day

June 22-23: Wahiawa Honganji Bon Dance
1067 California Ave.
6 to 10 p.m.
Known for various flavors of andagi. And bon dancing

June 29: Eat the Street Garlic Fest
550 South St. at Halekauwila
5 to 9 p.m.
Trucks and street food vendors celebrate the redolent bulb

June 29-30: Honpa Honganji Bon Dance
1727 Pali Highway
6 to 10 p.m.
Additional parking across Pali Highway at Hongwanji Mission School and at Kawananakoa Middle School. Known for baked goods, hot plain and cinnamon andagi, fresh-picked and buttered corn. And bon dancing

June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
A sweet and nostalgic aloha to June


  1. Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I can tell just by the names of some of these days that I’d love, love, love to attend! Yum. Looks like it’ll be a blast! 

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm

     @annedreshfield yes, but garlic ice cream…?!

  3. EurekaGal
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You know, I can’t remember the last time I saw you dancing at a bon dance…

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    @EurekaGal For reasons involving the safety of other dancers, ive learned to refrain

  5. Posted June 6, 2012 at 6:18 am

     @nonstopmari yeah…I might try it (I adore garlic), but it’d probably take some courage! 

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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