September 20th, 2010
(Warning: *CHOKE* Photos)
Yeah, I know. Dis post is more than a week overdue, but bruddah ova hea had to sift through 635 photos from all ova da creation (Twitter/Twitpic, flickr, Facebook, etc.) from like 20 different peeps. Finally whittled it down to a little over a hunny in the hopes of giving you a little glimpse into the event that absolutely consumed my life for the last year or so.
For those who don't know, I am the co-founder of an event called Rice Fest , an event that I am very passionate about, and one that I can honestly say Hawaii wants/needs. Let's face it. We love our rice here in Hawaii. The plan is to put the Rice Fest on every September (in line with National Rice Month), which we started at our inaugural event last week Saturday (September 11, 2010) at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Below are the scenes from that day. Mahalo to everyone for the support!
(A big mahaloz to our sponsors/partners: Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, and the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace!)
Stephen aka @PHOTOluluTV won free rice and quickly donated it to our non-profit partner Lanakila Pacific. So thoughtful!
Still early in the day, I had some down time to visit each booth to capture the sights.
Valen Ahlo posing with the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court (Princess Kimberly Fujinaka, Princess Cori Hanagami, Queen Marissa Machida, and Miss Congeniality Andrea Hiura). (Photo Courtesy Todd Masui)
Due to a tent mix-up, the ladies of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court were out in the hot sun for part of the day. A big mahalo to all of them for being such troopers!
Also in the Keiki Zone, University of Hawaii at Manoa's Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Science educator Dr. Maria Stewart shared her current research in an interactive and educational display entitled "Nutrition for Everybody: Learn How Rice Promotes a Healthy Body".
And then the #RICEHUNT Twitter Scavenger hunt began! Here are the list of items the participants had to find and Twitpic out in order to win:
- A member of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
- A pair of chopsticks
- A picture of Bruddah Bryan from 102.7 Da Bomb
- A picture of both Chef Barry "Cutty" Cutler and Hawaii News Now's Stephanie Lum at the Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo at 1PM
- A scenic picture of Aloha Tower
- A food dish with rice
- A food booth at Rice Fest
- Maribel with the new IntelliGo (at the Oceanic sponsor booth)
- A close-up of The Mobile Gamer Guys' Bus
- A Rice Fest volunteer / staff - They must be wearing the Rice Fest shirt
Below are some of the images from the #RICEHUNT.
Mahaloz to all of our #RICEHUNT participants: @amisan34 (and friend), @bitachu (and friend), @biznaz, @photolulutv, @princesstara459 (and friend), @emichan58 (and friend), and @lauriecicotello, and congratulations to @bitachu for winning the grand prize that included gifts from VG Addict, OhanaPCS, TNBLive, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Special thanks to @octobersoldier for coordinating the game and prizes! Awesome job!
And then, it was time for the Rice Fest to officially begin! 102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan gets us started...
Ingredients for Cutty and Stephanie's "Healthy Fried Rice":
- Brown Rice
- Olive/Grapeseed Oil
- Turkey Bacon/Turkey Sausage
- Organic Eggs (whites only)
- Maui Onion
- Salt & Pepper
- Lettuce Leaves
- Braggs Liquid Aminos
Serve on a fresh butter lettuce leaf
And before you knew it, it was time for the 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo, featuring Kai Market's Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4's Lara Yamada.
Soon it was time for the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club to bless our event with good luck via a traditional lion dance. I was told to stand in front while the lions start on me. Love love LOVE this cool shot from @PhotoluluTV that totally captured the moment!
Next up: The Ukulele Hale keiki and Jody Kamisato & Chris Salvador, aka Heart and Soul!
I gotta say, I was REALLY impressed with young Chris Salvador's voice. Wow!
One of my favorite events of the day was the "Riceipe" Cooking contest that pitted 5 professional chefs against each other to see who could make the best dish that incorporated rice. Fun, adrenaline pumpin', exciting stuffs!
The participating chefs were Chef Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi from Tokkuri-Tei, Chef Kendall Uyehara from HMSHost, Chef Robert Denis from Don Ho's Island Grill, Chef Matthew Naula from RumFire, and Chef Colin Hazama from Kauai Grill.
I'm still trying to convince him that "Sugimoto Risotto" has a much better ring to it. 😉
Meanwhile the judges took their places on stage and prepared to feast on some ono kine (rice) grindz! Our judges were Star-Advertiser Food Critic Nadine Kam, Twitter Goddess and all around foodie Melissa Chang (@Melissa808), Professional Baker Ed Morita (@NctrnlBst), and Diamond G Rice's Harrison Wong.
And then it was time to announce the winner... I'll just let the next four photos tell the (funny) story.
Next up was an amazing Taiko Drum performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin.
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@NctrnlBst's Youtube video (for Nonstop Honolulu) with footage/images from the Rice Fest
I was unfortunately running around so I was unable to capture the dish, but FYI, it was "Slow cooked New Zealand King Salmon" with miso yuzu broth, young ginger, soft tofu, and crispy jasmine rice... A dish Chef Colin serves at his Kauai Grill restaurant.
And then Kapena takes the stage!
And then came the hilarious and entertaining SPAM Musubi eating contest. The contestants had 3 minutes to eat as many SPAM Musubis as possible!
Why do I call him "Uncle Rodney"? Check out the video! LOL!
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SPAM Musubi Eating Contest at the 2010 Rice Fest
And then it was a wrap!
A big mahalo to everyone who came out to support our first event. Thank you to our hard working staff and volunteers (especially Lincoln Jacobe and my day-to-day partners in crime: Umma Kayvalyam, Harold Su and my wife Mai). Thank you to the media for all of your coverage, including Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Hawaii News Now's Sunrise, KITV4 This Morning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Nikkan Sun, KUMU, Nonstop Honolulu and all those who talked/blogged about us in Hawaii's Social Media space (@Melissa808, @ParkRat, @Mel808, @RickNakama, @sarakata, @PhotoluluTV, @fashiontribe, @octobersoldier, @LanakilaPacific, @randi808, @pacificsoul, @Nctrnlbst, @amisan34, @bitachu, @biznaz, @princesstara459, @emichan58, @lauriecicotello, @tweetpea, @haboolani, @HawaiiIRL, @hnlmark, @strobie, @SSquire, @MikeSumida, @ChrisHall78, @JKuroiwa, @atmarketing, @Living2Shop, @theodene, and more! Sorry, I know I'm missing a lot!). Mahaloz to @PhotoluluTV, @ParkRat, Kiman Wong, Todd Masui, Tyson Yamada, and more, for taking photos and letting me "borrow" some for this blog. 😛
Mahalo to our sponsors and partners Diamond G Rice, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Lanakila Pacific, Vacations Hawaii, HPE Live, the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace, and Rob Yunich and the rest of the USA Rice Federation team. Thank you to all of our vendors: Arturo's Hot Sauce in Hawaii, Big City Diner, Don Ho's Island Grill, Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition), Eastern Food Center, Hawaiian Kine Seasonings, Himalayan Kitchen, Island Taste, KATS SUSHI, Lanakila Pacific, Leonard's Malasadas, Mobile Gamer Guys, OISHI-GENMAI - GIC JAPAN, Pelekunu's Teri Sauces, Primo Sushi, Thai Kitchen, Soul Patrol, SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|, and Sweet Charlotte, and our entertainers: 102.7 Da Bomb's Bruddah Bryan, Cookin' With Cutty's Chef Barry "Cutty" Cutler, Hawaii News Now's Stephanie Lum, Kai Market's Darren Demaya, KITV4's Lara Yamada, Kauai Grill's Chef Colin Hazama, Hawaii News Now's Minna Sugimoto, Ernie Loo and the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club, Heart & Soul (and Kalei Gamiao), the Ukulele Hale Keiki, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin, Kapena (Kelly Boy, Kalena, and Lilo De Lima), Jonathan Murai and the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court, and Bubbles Duh Clown.
Thank you to our SPAM musubi eating contestants and our "Riceipe" Cooking contestants: Don Ho's Island Grill's Chef Robert Denis, Kauai Grill's Chef Colin Hazama (again!), Tokkuri-Tei's Chef Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi, RumFire's Chef Matthew Naula, and HMSHost's Chef Kendall Uyehara. Mahalo also to our Starwood contacts: Candice Lee Kraughto, Jocelyn Elfstrom, Joanie Matsumoto, and Chaunce Lovett, among others. Mahaloz to the "World Wide Ed" community for reading this far and always showing your support in whatever I do. I know I'm forgetting a lot more, so thank you to anyone and everyone who helped make the inaugural Rice Fest a reality. See you guys next year! 🙂
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Video highlights from the 2010 Hawaii Rice Fest