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Foodscene: July

Korean Fest, Mangoes at the Moana, Joy of Sake: Your guide to the city’s best noshable events

Posted June 25, 2012 by Mari Taketa

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day
Way more than wings and drumsticks: chicken nuggets, Korean fried chicken, chicken katsu, popcorn chicken, Chinese crispy fried chicken…

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:

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
Kualoa Ranch
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 13 & 14: Rissho Kosei Kai Bon Dance
2280 Auhuhu St.
6 to 9:30 p.m.
Oden, grilled mochi, garlic chicken, garlic fries and ice cream sundaes, all in the hills behind Pearl City

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 14: Eat the Street Kapolei
Kapolei High School
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway
3 to 8 p.m.
ETS’s second foray to the second city. But is Kapolei ready for three dozen food trucks?

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
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
Moana Surfrider
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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  1. Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:48 am

    It all looks so good! I’d definitely hit up the sake, the ice cream, and the mango events. Maybe the fried chicken one if I got in some exercise first. ;) 

  2. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    EO:  Say this is a guud idea to have a monthly calendar of stuff.  Hope you can do it for every month.  Makes it easier for us to plan out the month ahead.

  3. turkfontaine
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    and that’s why HNL is the most culturally diverse town in the US. natto day? nonaturk

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm

     @turkfontaine YES. someone reached out to me to help organize a natto dinner in celebration. we’re having a command performance natto dinner!!!

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

     @Annoddah_Dave thnku. this is my second one; just started in june. july is FULL. i’d include nonstop dinners but they fill up too fast.

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

     @annedreshfield don’t worry, ice cream and fried chicken are make-ur-own-celebration days. so is natto day. if u’re in town, natto fans are having special dinners: come!

  7. Posted June 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

     @nonstopmari Awesome! 

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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