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Honolulu erupts with foodie bon dances, smoked meat, Greek food and pork: August’s best noshable events

Posted August 5, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Aug. 3: August Moon
Honolulu Academy of Art
900 S. Beretania St.
6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets $85 online presale, $95 at the door
Thirty wineries, 13 restaurants and food vendors and artists doing live art team up in this benefit for arts education

Aug. 3 & 4: Koganji Temple Bon Dance
2869 Oahu Ave.
5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The mother of foodie bon dances: Andagi, andagi-clad kimono dogs, awesome country store with Bishop Rose’s bottled sauces, and that famous shoyu-brushed grilled corn

Aug. 3 & 4: Pacific Beach Hotel Natsu Matsuri
2490 Kalakaua Ave.
5:30 to 9 p.m.
Japanese-style summer festival with bon dancing, Japanese games and oishii eats: takoyaki, okonomiyaki, grilled squid, buttered potatoes, choco bananas

Aug. 4: Waialua Honganji Bon Dance
67-313 Kealohanui St.
7 to 10 p.m.
Chicken hekka, pork squash, Waialua-style (yes, Waialua-style) flying saucers, and whatever else temple volunteers cook and bring

Aug. 5: National Oyster Day
As if we need an excuse??

Aug. 9 – 11: Latin Nights popUP
661 Auahi St.
6 p.m.
Tickets: $75 at
Six courses of gourmet Latin tapas, including an amazing smoked ahi and a killer chocolate-cinnamon trifle, from Streetgrindz and Baja Style

Aug. 10 & 11: Soto Mission of Aiea-Taiheiji Bon Dance
99-045 Kauhale St.
7 to 10:30 p.m.
Your major connection to old-time Kauai eats: Goteburg sausage rice cups, Hanapepe-style flying saucers (cooked by volunteers from Hanapepe), smoked meat. All in amounts doubled from last year, since they sold out so fast

Aug. 10 & 11: Pacific Beach Hotel Natsu Matsuri
See Aug. 3 & 4 above
Only bon dance we know of with cotton candy, just saying

Aug. 17 – 19: Made in Hawaii Festival
Blaisdell Exhibition Hall & Arena
777 Ward Ave.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $4, children 6 & under free
Locally made food and other stuff from nearly 400 vendors across the state, more than 70 of them new. Can you say SAMPLES?

Aug. 18: Up in Smoke Cook-Off & Nobody Cares Car Show
Aloha Stadium Salt Lake Boulevard parking lot
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$5 admission, children 10 & under free
Hawaii’s only smoked meat competition, featuring secret recipes from home kitchens, free public tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and awarding of a People’s Choice award

Aug. 18: Eat Out Kailua
Enchanted Lake Elementary School
770 Keolu Dr.
4 to 8 p.m.
The Windward side’s own monthly food truck confab, benefiting school programs and youth sports teams

Aug. 18: Kahala Wine & Food Classic: A Celebration of France
Hoku’s at the Kahala Resort
6 to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $100 presale, $150 VIP, $125 at door
Top vintners from California celebrate French winemaking, 11 top chefs from Honolulu celebrate dishes from different French provinces

Aug. 25 & 26: Greek Festival
McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park
12 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $3, kids 12 & under and active-duty military free
Greek food, Greek dancing, Greek wine, you need more?

Aug. 31: Eat the Street Pork Fest
555 South St. at Halekauwila
4 to 9 p.m.
Parking on site and surrounding streets
Street food gets pork-tastic in one of the year’s most popular ETS themes. Not to be confused with ETS bacon fest


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  1. Posted July 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Looks like it’s going to be an AWESOME month! 

  2. 808marv
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Koganji and Aiea Taiheiji look like a go.  Need to finally get a Goteborg saucer lol! 

  3. Posted July 31, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of food!  Gonna hate missing ETS Pork…

  4. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    EO:  thanks again for the calendar!

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

     @annedreshfield once again! ;)

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

     @808marv how abt that smoked meat?? reverend says ppl get the smoked meat plate lunch, then go back and buy a 1-lb bag of it frozen to take home

  7. nonstopmari
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm

     @WERUreo pork is BIG, for some reason. i mean, even if we had ets chicken or ets beef i don’t think it wd be as big as pork

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

     @Annoddah_Dave always!!

  9. Posted July 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    @nonstopmari not gonna lie… I kinda wish June was pork instead of garlic… :P

  10. nonstopmari
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

     @WERUreo hooooo, u don’t ask for much, u! btw 11 trucks at tacoako today, according to my trusty source harrycovair 

  11. Posted July 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    @nonstopmari @harrycovair yeah I saw a lot of tweets from the different trucks that were out. I wish I could have seen it at its peak before the crackdown…

  12. harrycovair
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    @nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave Ditto! Great calender.

  13. harrycovair
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

    @WERUreo No worries, TacoakoTuesday is coming back. A couple of new trucks debut last week. There may be a few more trucks that might join the Tuesday escapade.

  14. 808marv
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

     @nonstopmari smoked meat eh? I’m on it! (get it? see what I did there?) ;) 

  15. nonstopmari
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

     @808marv i’m laughing over here, marv ;D

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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