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Moili’ili Summer Fest

People packed into the parking lot of the old Varsity Theater to experience the first-ever Moili’ili Summer Festival

Posted July 8, 2012 by Ed Morita

People packed into the parking lot of the old Varsity Theater to experience the first-ever Moili’ili Summer Festival, which merged traditional bon dance eats with new street food and pop-up cuisine from such vendors as Shogunai Tacos, Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods, Fairycakes, Aloha Pops, Kettle Corn Hawaii as well as pop-up Miso & Ale.

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Moili'ili Summer Fest

Thai curry sausage with watermelon raita from Miso & Ale.

Photo by Melissa Chang

Here’s a video and photo collage by Susan Haramoto (@SusieSchmoozee) of the event.


  1. Posted July 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Too bad we couldn’t make it there. Looks like there was a lot of good food and good fun last night!

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

     @WERUreo i know u had a family thing. i missed it too :(

  3. lihinggirl
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    great pictures! cool to see you there @edmorita !

  4. chant808
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Grape soda donuts!! Always awesome to see what the boys from Miso & Ale come up with! 

  5. 808marv
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Had a good time on Sat. night, made a point to go since I missed out on Eat The Street the previous week.   I was a bit worried early on because the crowd was sparse, it was deathly hot, strong gusts of wind were blowing tents and stuff all over the place, and some of the food vendors were late in setting up.  But as the evening progressed the winds died down, the food started cooking, the crowd really started to come in, and of course the dancing and the fun began.  Overall I thought the Summer Festival was well organized. UH contributing parking and a shuttle was a big help.  Hope they can continue having it in this location.  
    Oh yeah and my food favorites were 4 Kings Kitchen’s mochiko chicken and the KC Waffle Dog.  Shoulda gone the previous night to try the BBQ sticks and chili too.  I feel like checking out other bon dances now but the parking won’t be as easy as this one was for me!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm

     @808marv I had forgotten how good 4 Kings’ mochiko chicken was!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

     @chant808 too bad dseohonolulu  didn’t come to get the misoandale   chicken sausage!

  8. Posted July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Grape soda donuts?! Wow, I want to try that. Looks like it was a lot of fun! 

  9. 808marv
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

     @Melissa808 yep one of the best mochiko chicken I’ve tasted in a while!

  10. Posted July 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm

     @lihinggirl Great seeing you and your family. It’s been a long time.

  11. DianeSeo
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

     @Melissa808 I know. Love that chicken sausage. Would like to have it for breakfast some time with some scrambled eggs and biscuits. misoandale ?

  12. Melissa808
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

     @DianeSeo  misoandale is on tomorrow’s IRL and you’ll see that Chris stood in one spot for 5 hours making all that sausage. LOL. Hopefully they can sell a batch…eggs & biscuits sounds yummy!


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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