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Foodscene: September

Hawaii’s biggest food fest, your last chance for the best hot andagi, and a season for wine: September’s best noshable events

Posted August 27, 2012 by Mari Taketa

Sept. 1: Wine season begins
Probably the most ignored first-day-of-season ever. We’ll drink to that!

Sept. 1 & 2: Okinawan Festival
Kapiolani Park
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bon dance Saturday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Andagiiii!! Okifest’s crunchy fried donuts are among the best on the island, as are its shoyu pork, Oki dog burritos stuffed with shoyu pork, chili and hot dog, pig’s feet soup and champuru

Sept. 6 – 9: Hawaii Food & Wine Fest
Various venues
Tickets: $75 to $200 at
The Big One. More than 60 local, national and international culinary stars gather for food- and wine-centered events, including Hubert Keller, Hiroyuki Sakai, Ken Oringer, Jonathan Waxman, Nobu, Ming, Marcel …

Sept. 7: Dinner: Impossible LIVE
Blaisdell Concert Hall
777 Ward Ave.
8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 and $50 at
Food Network’s perennially stressed-out Robert Irvine does a series of live cooking challenges that involve the audience in a “high-energy, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience.” No wonder he’s stressed out

Sept. 15: Eat the Street Aloha Mililani
Rec. 7 & Ike Elem.
Mililani Ike Elementary School
95-1330 Lehiwa Dr.
2 to 7 p.m.
ETS’ third outing to the central burbs, featuring the re-debut of Famous Amos, this time selling his famous chocolate chip cookies in paper cones

Sept. 15: 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

Sept. 15: Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Ukee St.
5 to 10 p.m.
More andagi! And more to the point, the season’s last bon dance

Sept. 18: National Cheeseburger Day
Considering hamburgers were invented in the 1800s, you have to wonder why nobody thought to slap on cheese until a good 40 to 50 years later. (We’re taking ours with brie)

Sept. 28: Eat the Street Oktoberfest
555 South St. at Halekauwila
4 to 9 p.m.
ETS gets the jump on all street foods German, which means wurst, sauerkraut and dare we hope … strudel?

Sept. 29: Third Annual Rice Fest
Ward Centers
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hawaii celebrates its love affair with the starchy white grain with cooking demos, riceipe contest, Spam musubi eating contest and a new attempt at the record books: a gigantic Spam musubi even bigger than last year’s
Guinness World Record-setting 286-lb Spam musubi

Sept. 29: Kakaako Night Market
Auahi Street between Coral and Keawe
7 p.m. to midnight
Streetgrindz brings a way-urban vision of a night market to Honolulu, with Auahi Street closed off for food trucks, retail, fashion and art


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    EO:  thanks for the line up…it really is convenient!

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

     @Annoddah_Dave tnku for the feedback, ad :)

  3. turkfontaine
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    you’ve got the best Rolodex in Honolulu, Mari!

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

     @turkfontaine in my case, fat rolodex = full belly ;)

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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