| NEW RESTAURANTS IN HAWAII
SKY Waikiki has opened on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza in Honolulu. Executive chef Lance Kosaka, who also oversees upstairs neighbor Top of Waikiki, guides the menu at this rooftop bistro, lounge and nightclub. Expect dishes such as yuzu miso butterfish with crispy rice. SKY Waikiki, Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-979-7590.
Chef/owner Ed Kenney has opened his third restaurant in Honolulu's Kaimuki neighborhood. Joining Town and Kaimuki Superette is Mud Hen Water, which presents contemporary Hawaiian fare such as clams with kalua pig, cabbage and charred chives. Mud Hen Water, 3452 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-737-6000.
Rijo in Honolulu takes its name from a castle in Japan. This contemporary Japanese restaurant presents dishes like maki sushi, dynamite crab crusted fish of the day and misoyaki filet mignon with garlic kale, scalloped potato and foie gras demi glaze. Rijo, Harbor Court, 66 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-208-8180.
Town's chef/owner Ed Kenney offers casual fare at Kaimuki Superette in Honolulu. Offerings include breakfast bites, soups, salads and sandwiches such as porchetta with braised fennel and arugula. Kaimuki Superette, 3458 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-734-7800.
Lemona Hawaii in Waikiki offers shave ice made with fresh fruit syrups in flavors like Meyer lemon, papaya, pineapple and strawberry. There are also toppings such as Hokkaido azuki beans and organic condensed milk. Lemona Hawaii, 421 Lewers St., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-922-9590.
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a new specialty ice cream shop in Honolulu. Owner Lee Wang creates all the flavors from scratch, including whiskey bacon, honey lavender and earl grey. The shop is named after his mother, who passed away in 2012 from breast cancer. A portion of the shop’s proceeds will be donated to various breast cancer charities. Lucy's Lab Creamery, 435 Kamakee St., Ste. 102, Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Restaurant Week Wailea Returns November 1-7
During Restaurant Week Wailea, more than a dozen restaurants (including DUO, Capische and Humuhumunukunukuapuaa) will offer three-course prix-fixe menus priced at either $29, $39 or $49, depending on the restaurant. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. Each participating restaurant has agreed to make a contribution to the Maui Food Bank for every pre-fixe entrée sold during this event. For more information, please visit the Wailea Resort Association's website
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Takes Place November 6-15
The annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will take place at various locations in the Kona area. Dozens of events will be scheduled during the course of the festival, including the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition, Kona recipe competitions, art exhibits, Kona coffee farm tours and cultural happenings that honor 200 years of coffee heritage in Hawaii. For more information, visit Kona Coffee Cultural Festival's official website
Alan Wong Expanding to China
Chef Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu) will open Alan Wong's Shanghai in China. Some dishes on the menu might include "Duck Duck" (duck meatball and foie gras steamed in rice paper with yuzu ponzu); Niman Ranch New York strip with black bean sambal shrimp; and lilikoi tart with caramel meringue, shortbread crumbs and brown sugar crisp. Alan Wong's Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-2526.
Jonathan Mizukami has been named chef de cuisine of Chef Mavro in Honolulu. Most recently, he was executive chef of Honolulu’s Vintage Cave. A graduate of the Maui Culinary Academy, Mizukami also worked with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry for 10 years. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-944-4714.
Jennifer Ackrill has stepped in as director of mixology at Top of Waikiki. Guests will encounter cocktails such as the Trade-winds Manhattan made with whiskey, dark rum and cinnamon infused vermouth. Top of Waikiki, Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-3877.
|HAWAII RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Soul de Cuba, Honolulu's Cuban eatery with a festive Latin atmosphere, shuttered in July 2015. The restaurant hopes to re-open in a new location. Soul de Cuba, 1121 Bethel St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-545-2822.
Kenny's Restaurant has closed its locations in Kalihi and Waikiki. Kenny's Restaurant, 1620 N School St., Honolulu, HI 96817, no phone.
Chef-owner Chai Chaowasaree has replaced Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki with Chai's Waikiki Café & Market. The menu features "local favorites" like Kobe beef loco moco, grilled miso salmon, Hawaiian-style beef stew and sweet potato haupia cake. Singha Thai Cuisine, 1910 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.
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