What’s Up Weekend: September 8th – September 10th, 2017 (Living808)

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend. Hawaii CW Star, Mikey Moniz has you covered in today’s What’s Up Weekend feature.

Original video from: http://khon2.com/2017/09/08/whats-up-weekend-september-8th-september-10th-2017/

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Guide to Rice Fest 2017 (Frolic Hawaii)

Original article from: http://www.frolichawaii.com/stories/guide-to-saturdays-rice-fest-2017//


Rice Fest, the huge block party honoring our starch of choice, is back for its eighth year of serving up ricey dishes from around the world. This year packs in three eating competitions, tons of food booths, and entertainment onto Auahi Street like a bento between Ward Centre and Pier 1 Imports.

The lineup of live performances is set to include Honoka & Azita, Ukulele Hale Jammers and a taiko set by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii. The crowd-favorite “ricepie” cooking competition is also on the docket and the stakes are high.

This year’s nonprofit beneficiary is Lanakila Meals on Wheels, who will be available to accept monetary and brown rice donations at the festival.

Free and valet parking will be available in surrounding Ward Village lots and structures.


3:00 p.m. – 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan kicks off Rice Fest
3:15 p.m. – Taiko drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
4:00 p.m. – Ukulele performances by Ukulele Hale Jammers
5:00 p.m. – Celebrity & chef “Riceipe” cooking competition
6:00 p.m. – Lanakila Pacific
6:10 p.m. – Cooking demo by Frank Chun (Lanakila Pacific)
6:30 p.m. – Paina Cafe poke bowl eating competition
7:00 p.m. – Ukulele performance by Karlie Goya
7:30 p.m. – Rainbow Drive-In Loco Moco eating competition, Honoka & Azita meet and greet at VIP booth
8:00 p.m. – Ukulele performance by Honoka & Azita
8:30 p.m. – SPAM musubi eating competition

Ukulele phenoms Azita (left) and Honoka (right) with Ed Sugimoto of Rice Fest.

The food

Be sure to come hungry and eat your way through these curated restaurant pop-ups:

Bake Me Pretty (Tambry and Mochi)

Chocolate dream, ube, and haupia cake parfaits, poi crunch, cookies’n’cream mochi, butter mochi, mochi-covered brownies, mochi-covered cookie dough, and circus cookies

Chamorro Grindz

Red rice loco mocos, chalakeles (Chamorro rice soup) and red rice Spam musubis

Da Ultimate Grindz Hawaii (Da Bolalohan)

Chicken arroz caldo (Filipino chicken rice porridge)


Rice water teas and horchata

Koolau Burger Company


La Leyenda

Mexican fried rice and enchiladas

Latinas Kitchen

Arros con gandules, pasteles, pastele stew

Mega Load

Rice lumpia with pork belly adobo and arancini

Rainbow Drive-In

Chili bowls

Sabaii Kitchen

Steamed sticky rice with pork belly, Chinese sausage and peanuts

Shigalicious/Aloha Cones

Shave ice and poke cones

Sweet Creams (4 p.m. start time)

Genmaicha and strawberry mochi flavors

Ulu’s Lemonade

Ricewater lemonade

Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi

Poi mochi

Up Roll Cafe

Ahi lover, sexy salmon, inari tofu, and teriyaki chicken rolls

Rice Fest
Saturday, September 9, 2017
3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Auahi Street in front of Ward Centre

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Your Guide to the 8th Annual Rice Festival (Honolulu Magazine)

Original article from: http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/September-2017/Your-Guide-to-the-8th-Annual-Rice-Festival/




Rice is a daily staple in the Islands, but it really takes center stage in September, National Rice Month. The annual Rice Festival promises fun, entertainment, educational activities and, of course, lots of rice.

What It Is
The celebration of Hawaiʻi’s main grain offers six hours of cooking and eating competitions, live entertainment, ʻono food and more. In addition to being tons of fun, the event brings awareness to Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels program, which helps feed needy kūpuna. Brown rice donations, as well as monetary gifts, will be accepted at the Eighth Annual Rice Fest.

How Much it Costs
Admission is free, but it’s a good idea to keep some cash on hand for the more than 20 vendors that will be offering yummy grinds and other goodies.

Continuous live entertainment begins at 3:15 and will include taiko drumming, cooking demonstrations, ʻukulele performances and food-eating contests. The evening will finish up with the eighth annual Spam musubi eating competition at 8:30 p.m.

What to Know Before You Go
There will be lots of rice dishes available for purchase, including red rice loco moco from Chamorro Grinds and fried rice from Hula Shrimp Co., as well as other treats, too, such as shave ice from Shiga’licious and poi mochi from Uncle Lani’s. A few vendors will also be selling nonfood items, such as novelty T-shirts and musubi-shaped cookie cutters.

Registration for participation in the food-eating contests is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you think you’re up to the challenge, check the schedule and get there early to sign up!

Where and When
The party runs from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, on Auahi Street, fronting Ward Centre.

Find lots of free parking in the Ward Village Shops and Ward Centre parking garages. Valet parking is also available at Ward Centre, adjacent to Genki Sushi.

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The 2017 Rice Fest is this weekend (KHON)

It is a staple here in Hawaii that we all know and love… rice! And there is an event that celebrates the delicious dish happening this weekend. Toby Tamaye, Co-Chair of Rice Fest, and Crystine Ito, from Rainbow Drive-In, join us with the details of the 2017 Rice Fest!

Original video from: http://khon2.com/2017/09/06/the-2017-rice-fest-is-this-weekend/

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Weekend Yelp Segment on KITV: Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi at Rice Fest

Original video from: http://www.kitv.com/clip/13698980/yelp-ricefest-uncle-lanis-poi-mochi

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Guinness World Records – World’s Largest Loco Moco

It took quite a bit of time and hard work, but we have finally been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the record holder for the World’s Largest Loco Moco, weighing in at a whopping 510.8kg (over 1,126 lbs)! This is our second time in the record books. The first being the record for the World’s Largest SPAM Musubi at 284.86 kg (628 lbs). Look for the Rainbow Drive-In Loco Moco eating competition, new to the event this year (2017).

— Original Message —
On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:40 PM, Guinness World Records wrote:

We are thrilled to inform you that your application for Largest serving of loco moco has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder!

You are now eligible for one complimentary Guinness World Records certificate.

You can order your complimentary certificate and purchase further certificates for your new record by visiting the Guinness World Records store.

For more information on certificates please visit our certificate FAQs.

Access your Online Application Summary here.

Please log into the store using your Guinness World Records account login and password and your free certificate will be added to your basket automatically.

Congratulations, you are Officially Amazing!
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8th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village Saturday, September 9 from 3pm-9pm

For Immediate Release

Contact: Toby Tamaye
(808) 497-1228

8th Annual Rice Fest at Ward Village Saturday, September 9 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Hawaii’s largest annual rice event once again teams up with Eat The Street and will be held on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre

Honolulu, HIRice Fest is an opportunity for people from a variety of cultures to come together and celebrate the unique elements that unite them.

This year marks the 8th Annual Rice Fest and will be at Ward Village on September 9, 2017 from 3pm to 9pm. The event will take place on Auahi Street, fronting Ward Centre, Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx.

At the Rice Fest, you will experience Hawaii’s culinary diversity via food demonstrations, entertainment, and more. This festival celebrates the world’s melting pot for the otherwise ordinary grain. This daily staple is transformed and infused with new and fantastic flavors that tantalize the taste buds.
Rice Fest will include live entertainment, celebrity & chef cooking competitions, a SPAM musubi eating contest and a Poke Bowl eating contest.

One of the primary initiatives for this event is to bring awareness to Lanakila Meals on Wheels, a wonderful program that helps to feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at the Lanakila Pacific booth at the Rice Fest.

Plenty of Free & Valet parking available. Self-parking at Ward Village Shops & Ward Centre parking garages or Valet at Ward Centre, adjacent to Genki Sushi and just a few steps away from the action.

For more information, visit www.ricefest.com or find the event on Facebook, Twitter (@ricefest) and Instagram (@ricefest)

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300 Pounds of Rice Donated to Lanakila Pacific (KITV4)

Original Story: http://www.kitv.com/story/33740326/300-pounds-of-rice-donated-to-lanakila-pacific

By Brandi Higa

A special delivery today to the Lanakila Pacific facility in Liliha. Chef Andy Dalan of Uber Factory in Wahiawa, Rice Fest Founder Ed Sugimoto, and KITV’s Brandi Higa teamed up to donate 300 pounds of rice to the facility.

Brandi Higa, Ed Sugimoto & Chef Andy Dalan

KITV’s Brandi Higa, Rice Fest’s Ed Sugimoto & Uber Factory’s Chef Andy Dalan and their 300 pounds of donate brown rice.

The rice will go toward feeding thousands of kupuna and people with disabilities. ” We feed about 2,000 people per day and that takes two hundred pounds of rice,” said Lori Lau, Lanakila Meals on Wheels Director.

Lau added, “The holidays are a really important time for us. Many of our kupuna don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with. So we’re actually gearing up for our Thanksgiving holiday meal service and then looking forward to our Christmas holiday meal service as well”.

Today’s rice donation was part of a prize won by Chef Andy Dalan and KITV’s Brandi Higa as winners of the 2016 Rice Fest “Rice-ipe” Challenge. Instead of accepting that prize they chose to donate it in its entirety. But so much more is needed to help Hawaii’s disabled and aging population through Lanakila.

“There are opportunities for people to volunteer their time, there’s opportunities for people to give monetary donations if they so choose, and we also have ways for people to interact and do other things with our participants.” said Lori Lau.

Lanakila Pacific is a non-profit organization that builds independence for thousands of people living challenged lives. It offers programs and services that enable adults with disabilities, ranging from cognitive, physical and age-related challenges, to reach their goals and potential, while building independence and promoting community inclusion.

To find out more or to donate, head to https://www.lanakilapacific.org/donate/

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Uber Factory takes top honors in Rice Fest ‘Riceipe’ contest (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Original Story: http://takeabite.staradvertiserblogs.com/2016/09/29/uber-factory-takes-top-honors-in-rice-fest-riceipe-contest/

By Nadine Kam


Chef Andy Dalan of Wahiawa’s Uber Factory dessert shop successfully defended his Riceipe champ title, taking home first place honors for a second consecutive year during the 7th annual Rice Festival’s Riceipe cooking contest that took place Sept. 25 on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre.

Dalan, also a chef consultant at Waimea Valley, was teamed with KITV4’s Brandi Higa for the task.

The event featured four chef/TV celebrity teams vying for the top spot, with recipes judged on criteria of taste, creativity, simplicity of preparation and visual appeal. The other teams were Johnny Kai (Treetops Restaurant) and Hawaii News Now’s Lacy Deniz, Maile Sengoura (Maile’s Thai Bistro) with KHON2’s Kelly Simek, and Robbie “Rbz” Acoba (Side Street Inn on Da Strip) with OC16’s Tiny Tadani. All three presented variations of fried rice.

Dalan differentiated himself from the pack by presenting a surprising pineapple and rice crème brulée tart. Rice is used as a basis for dessert throughout the world, but not so much in the U.S., so it did get curious audience members coming up to the stage area to see just how good a rice brulée could be.

And that’s the whole point of the fest, to see this food staple in a new light, look beyond the basics and appreciate rice in all its forms.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday’s Crave section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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KITV Takes Top Spot in Rice Fest Media Showdown

Original video from: http://www.kitv.com/clip/12756401/kitv-takes-top-spot-in-rice-fest-media-showdown

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