July 6: Puff & Blow
Whole Ox Deli
327 Keawe St.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$35 gets you three cigars, three drinks and a Cuban burger at the coolest deli in town: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 7: Moiliili Summer Festival
Varsity parking lot
1110 University Ave.
3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Moiliili Honganji bon dance meets Japanese street food, taiko drumming, flower festival and more. If you know bon dances, this is seismic
July 7 & 8: 50th Hawaii State Farm Fair
49-560 Kamehameha Highway
July 7 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 8 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$5 admission for adults
The annual tradition moves to Windward Oahu, complete with country market, produce and plant sale, ag-tastic expo, keiki horse rides, food trucks and the 4-H livestock exhibit
July 10: Natto Day
What? You didn’t know?!
July 14: Korean Festival
Kapiolani Park Bandstand
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Martial arts, dancing and every Korean street food imaginable in Hawaii
July 19: National Ice Cream Day
Because we have to draw the line somewhere. July alone has Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day (July 1st), National Strawberry Sundae Day (7th), National Peach Ice Cream Day (17th), National Ice Cream Soda Day (20th), National Vanilla Ice Cream Day (23rd), National Hot Fudge Sundae Day (25th) and National Coffee Milkshake Day (26th)
July 20: Joy of Sake
Pier 2 Cruise Terminal
Foot of Channel Street across Nimitz from Restaurant Row
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Tickets $75 at Sake Shop or $80 at www.joyofsake.com
The biggest sake celebration outside Japan pairs 360 sake with sake-friendly apps from top restaurants. The main question: How do you taste 360 sake in 2.5 hours?
July 20 & 21: Jikoen Honganji Bon Dance
1731 N. School St.
From 6 p.m.
Kalbi plate lunch, andagi, Okinawan gumbo (maybe) and Buddha willing, butter-dipped, furikake-sprinkled corn. Additional parking at Kapalama Elementary School
July 20 & 21: Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission Bon Dance
164 California Ave.
7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Kalua pig and cabbage, chili nachos, sushi bento with rolled, cone and takuan sushi, and if we’re lucky, chicken hekka
July 21: Mangoes at the Moana
2365 Kalakaua Ave.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mingle and “mango,” the website says (ouch), through mango dishes, mango cocktails, mango workshops, and best mango recipe and best mango contests. For an all-inclusive $75 or $6 scrip per booth, you can taste dishes in the Mango Throwdown among top restaurants
July 27: Eat the Street Spicy
555 South St. at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row
4 to 9 p.m.
Forty-some food trucks and street food vendors vie to answer the question: What can’t you make spicy?
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