Hawaii Food & Wine roundup

Here’s a look at the events we’ve hit as part of this year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Best of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

After a week of phenomenal food by 75 of the best chefs from around the world, it proved difficult to pick the best of the best dishes and moments.

Under the Modern Moon

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One of the first real eye openers for me at this year's festival was Chef Bryant Ng's cereal prawns, which included fried prawns topped with toasted corn flakes, then mixed with salt and milk powder to add sweetness and texture.

Photo by Ed Morita


Savory Ever After

Sunday’s finale of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival at Ko Olina was a fitting end, with some of the country’s most celebrated chefs offering bites.

Savory Ever After

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The lagoons at Ko Olina provided a beautiful backdrop for the festival finale. - Photo by Myong Choi


Taste Our Love for the Land

Eighteen world-renowned chefs, many of whom promote the “farm to table” concept in their restaurants, were featured at last night’s gala in the Hawaii Convention Center’s rooftop garden.

Taste Our Love of the Land

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Hawaii Food & Wine: Pa’ina on the Pier

Featured chefs, local farmers, food purveyors and media got to mingle and taste some of the products that Hawaii has to offer, all in the area that is used for the daily fish auction.

Paina on the pier

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Rice Plus, Fire it Up With Chiles, My Italian Way

Fire it Up With Chiles

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Attendees each received a set of glasses for each of the Belgian beers at Saturday's cooking demo. —Photo by Grant Shindo


Hawaii Food & Wine: After-party with DJ Hubert Keller

The chefs from the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival got to relax, mingle and get down to DJ/Chef Hubert Keller spinning electro house and dance beats at Japengo on Friday night.

Food and Wine Festival After-Party

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Hawaii Food & Wine: Under the Modern Moon

Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto and Friends, Thursday night’s Oahu opening gala, was an upscale Asian street festival. A sell-out crowd of 850 grazed at 15 restaurant booths staffed by culinary glitterati like Anita Lo, Floyd Cardoz, Amber Lin, Charles Phan and Yuji Wakiya. Winemakers like Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen and Greg Brewer of Diatom and Brewer-Clifton poured their labels, and mixologists made cocktails to order.

Under the Modern Moon

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Poolside, The Modern.


Malama Maui

Although the events take place on Oahu this week, the festival itself kicked off with a special, open-air, open-kitchen dinner at the Hyatt Regency Maui over the weekend.

Hawaii Food & Wine on Maui

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Having fun behind the scenes: chefs Marcel Vigneron and Hiroyuki Sakai prepping in the Hyatt kitchen during the day. —Photo by Ed Morita