Something new: Man Ichi

Something new: Man IchiHonolulu has its share of ramen restaurants, but a new one opens today where another once stood. Ramen Man-Ichi, part of a company that has about 22 shops throughout Asia, has opened on Kona Street next to Ailana Shave Ice (where Ramen Kai used to be). It’s the first stand-alone restaurant in Hawaii for the company; they have a Man-Ichi counter at the Windward Mall food court and an Ippudodo counter inside Shirokiya.

Established in 1953, the Manichi Group is known for its pork-based tonkotsu ramen and its award-winning karamiso gyoza. This new shop will have several ramen (using local company Sun Noodle) and a few gyoza options. I got a sneak peek of their food and menu recently:

Something new: Man Ichi

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Man Ichi opens today in the spot that was previously Ramen Kai on Kona Street.

The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. today and be open daily until about 9 p.m.

Ramen Man-Ichi
1430 Kona St.

Healthy-licious cooking with Kahala Nui

The KCC student teams who competed yesterday.

The KCC student teams who competed yesterday.

When you talk about cooking healthy — especially for seniors — it doesn’t usually conjure up thoughts of tasty food. But for at least the last four years, the Kahala Nui Senior Living Community has challenged Kapiolani Community College (KCC) culinary students to create delicious dishes that have high nutritional value and are easy for people to make at home.

This year’s featured ingredient was kampachi, and four teams presented their recipes, with samples, to a crowd from Kahala Nui as well as four of us judges. The teams were critiqued on taste, simplicity, the oral presentation, nutrition, and appearance of the dish. I was pretty surprised to see such creative, easy ways to make meals that were packed with flavor and nutrients. The other nice thing was seeing the students step up to demonstrate their recipes in an entertaining way.

The winners got $700 each, and the other contestants received Williams Sonoma gift certificates. But it was obvious that all of them walked away with a winning experience.

KCC kampachi competition

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Richelle Herreira and Gino Ojano prepping their Filipino soup, kampachi in a pouch. The recipe had veggies and — most importantly — kalamungai leaves.

The recipes will be available later via KCC.

Party pics: Summit Fest kickoff

Hawaii’s first Summit Fest — a weekend celebration of arts, culture and ideas — kicked off last night on the rooftop of the IBM Building on Ala Moana Boulevard. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception with a “post modern luau” created by Christina and Jennifer Hee; music by Lucie & The Perfect Wave; and previews of the weekend from Summit Magazine’s Ikaika Hussey, KITV’s Yunji de Nies, Project Runway contestant Kini Zamora and musician Iyeoka Okoawo.

Summit Fest kickoff

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Okoawo recited an original poem to introduce the Summit Fest activities. She and her band, the Quadraphonix, will be performing this weekend.

Tickets to the Summit Fest events are still available. Click here for the schedule and more information.

Summit Fest 2014
October 24-26
In Kakaako, with related events throughout Honolulu

Preview: Summit Fest’s post-modern luau

The inaugural Summit Fest — a celebration of fashion, music, culinary arts, and ideas — happens this weekend. Presented by Summit Magazine and Ward Village, the three-day event highlights Hawaii as an innovation hub with networking events and speakers that will share culture and promote discussion or collaboration on current issues.

Hee sistersIf you look at the schedule of events, it’s heady stuff, but you get the opportunity to meet some progressive local movers and shakers, like Alison Izu Song and Summer Shiigi of The Cut Collective; artist Sergio Garzon; DevLeague’s Jason Sewell; and Melissa May White and Toby Portner of the Hawaii Fashion Incubator.

The Summit Fest kicks off tonight on the top floor of the IBM Building with a cocktail reception featuring a post-modern luau created by Christina and Jennifer Hee (whom I interviewed four years ago), followed by a show featuring Garrick Paikai, R. Kevin Doyle, Summit Magazine’s Ikaika Hussey, KITV’s Yunji de Nies, Project Runway contestant Kini Zamora and music by Iyeoka. We caught up with the Hee sisters yesterday as they were getting their ingredients together for tonight.

If you want to attend tonight’s kickoff reception or any of the weekend events, visit to get tickets.

Summit Fest 2014
October 24-26
In Kakaako, with related events throughout Honolulu

Party pics: Hawaii Bowl Flavors

The Hawaii Bowl held its annual fundraiser last night in the Sheraton Waikiki main ballroom, featuring wines and spirits from Youngs Market Co., as well as a variety of upscale food stations by chef Colin Hazama. The event also had a live and silent auction, and attendees could order any of the wines presented (which will be picked up later at Tamura’s Market).

All proceeds from the evening are distributed to various nonprofits for children at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in December.

Hawaii Bowl Flavors

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