Friday, September 25, 2015

Events for the weekend of September 25, 2015

What's going on this weekend in Hawaii? Well, Thursday, September 24, 2015 was the beginning of Maui's County Fair. This started off with the annual Thursday parade that marched right in to the gates of the county fair. The first 2000 entrants get in free courtesy of Fun Factory.

Like every weekend in the lovely state of Hawaii there is something to be found for everyone. There are many cultural events and festivals this weekend including the Maui County Fair, Aloha Festival Floral Parade, and a comedy show as well. Wishing everyone an awesome weekend!!!


Date:  September 25-26, 2015
Time: Friday @ 8:00PM and Saturday 1:00PM to 8:00PM
Place:  Wo Hing Museum (Front Street, Lahaina)

Maui's agricultural harvest is in the spotlight during the Moon Festival.  There will be a display of cultural activities such as Chinese knot tying, talk on Kau Chim divination, craft making for the kids, a talk on how to plant Chinese Lantern and Moon Flower seeds.  Cultural exhibits will on display, Chinese tea and moon cakes,  an instrumental erhu performance, a tea garden featuring various tea samples, Cantonese cooking demonstrations, and gau chee sampling. Chinese dishes will be on sale with moon cakes. Moon cakes can be pre-ordered by contacting the museum.

For more information call the museum at 808-661-5553


Date:  September 25, 2015
Time:  5:30PM to 10:00PM
Location:  Kaunakakai Town Street(Fronting Library)

In remembrance of earlier years of the Molokai Hoe along with the Aloha Festivals Hoolaulea at Hale o Lono, this was Molokai's version of kulaia.  Enjoy local entertainment, crafts, merchandise vendors, food booths, and free lomilomi massages.

For more information contact Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello at 808-553-3214


Date:  September 26, 2015 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Location:  Ala Moana Park to Kapiolani Park

Experience and colorful equestrian procession of pau(long-skirted)riders, exquisite floats with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, hula halau, marching bands and dignitaries.


Date:  September 26, 2015
Time:  9:00AM to 3:00PM
Location:  Waikoloa Stables

Join in the celebration of our native dryland forest and wiliwili flowering season.  The festival is FREE. There will be educational workshops, tours, vendors, native plant sales, prizes, keiki activities, silent auction, live music, food and much more.

For more information call Jen Lawson at 808-494-2208.


Date:  September 26, 2015
Time:  9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall

The Kauai Japanese Cultural Society will be celebrating with Karaoke singers, dancers, martial arts, drumming, kimon kitsuke for adults as well as children, bento sales, origami, oshibana, musubi madness, contest, mochi pounding, mini bon dance, tea ceremony, bonsai, jorei and flower circle.  Enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and Japanese dance by our Japanese visitors and local artists.


Date:  September 26, 2015
Time:  11:00AM to 3:00PM
Location:  Donkey Mill Art Center
Tickets:  $20 pre-sale/$25 at the event

A celebration of the ceramic, musical, and culinary arts. Enjoy live music while tasting noodles and sipping sake. 


Date:  September 27, 2015
Time:  8:00PM
Location:  Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Legendary comedian Bob Saget will be performing at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa as part of the Maui Celebrity Series.  Known for his work on "Full House," "America's Funniest Home Videos," and numerous movies and TV Shows will perform in Lahaina with special guest Brian Evans.


Date:  September 27, 2015
Time:  9:00AM to 5:00PM
Location:  Lahaina Banyan Tree Park

In honor of the renowned Lahaina kumu hula, Emma Farden Sharpe, through a celebration of hula, a day of exhibits, workshops, artisans and a lifetime achievement award dedicated to  a pillar in the hula community kumu Ualani Makaike Calleja.

There would also be lei making, keiki activities, Maui Made crafters and artisans. A movie will be shown on the lawn of the Old Lahaina Court House, Pioneer Inn side.


Date:  September 27, 2015
Time:  10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location:  Bailey House Museum

Join in on the cultural presentations, activities, demonstrations, entertainment and food with a photographic exhibit of Maui Chinese Families in Early 1900s, a behind the scenes look at the Kung Fu moves associated with the Lion Dance. Chinese cooking demonstration with Exec Chef Tom Muromoto and Sous Chef Chris Napoleon of Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Chinese caligraphy, ribbon dance, tea ceremony, Feng Shui, acupuncture, poetry and music. A special presentation of honorable Dr. Busaba Yip of Wo Hing Museum. Food booths with food from Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Royal Kitchen, Ululani's Shave Ice & Manapua, and the Maui Chinese Cultural Society will be selling Chinese mooncakes.


Date:  September 24-27, 2015
Time:  Thursday 5:00PM - 11:00PM
 Friday 5:00PM - Midnight
 Saturday 10:00AM - Midnight
Sunday 10:00AM - 11:00PM
Location:  War Memorial Sports Complex

The Maui County Fair starts off with the annual parade that starts off at MCC up to the fairgrounds. Enjoy four days full of rides, live music and entertainment, food booths, products and services tent, Orchid contest, arts and crafts, horticulture, livestock and poultry tent, 11th annual Chili Cook off, pie competition, Baby of the Year contest, Maui Fair School Art Exhibit, performances from Malino, Anuhea, Willie K, Nuff Sed, and many more.

 Aloha from the beautiful state of Hawaii!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015 Weekend Events

Aloha Friday everyone!!!! Hope you all looking forward to this weekend. There is so much going on around the islands. One of the biggest events you will find this weekend is the Aloha Festival, Festival of Aloha, and Hawaii Island Festivals. This is a month long event with various activities to enjoy.  There will also be a comedy show, a benefit for Mental Health Kokua, and also a woodshow presented by the Honolulu Museum. Lots of food and entertainment this weekend along with arts and crafts. Hope everyone enjoys themselves. Have a nice weekend!!!

Date:  September 19, 2015
Time:  6:00PM -10 PM
Location:  Royal Hawaiian Center

The Annual Waikiki Hoolaulea is Hawaii's largest block party. Thousands of people will take to the streets along Kalakaua Avenue for food, fun and entertainment. There will be performances by top Island entertainers along with hula halau (hula schools). Hawaiian crafts, flower leis on display and for sale and many varieties of island cuisine will be featured throughout the event.

Date: September 18, 2015
Time:  5:30-7:30PM
Location:  8992 Kula Hwy(across from Keokea Park)
Admissions: $40 (808)878-1485 for information and tickets

Enjoy a night under the stars in Kula with heavy BBQ pupus and Maui Winery Tasting. There will be a live auction and a VIP Silent auction preview. Live entertainment includes special performance by Gordean Bailey and Halau Wehiwehi O Leilehua.

Date:  September 19. 2015
Time: 9:00am to 4:00PM
Location:  8992 Kula Hwy (across from Keokea Park)
Admission: $1.00

Enjoy the day with something for everyone. Live entertainment, ono food, and a Kids zone with various games. Also there will be arts and crafts, gifts, produce, and baked goods for sale. There will be a quilt show and auction as well. Proceeds will be shared with Hospice Maui and Imua Family Services. Come and enjoy!

DATE: September 18, 2015
Time:  7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location:  Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center

Come and partake in the events which include keiki entertainment, cultural artisians, hula, and live music. The annual festival honors our Hawaiian heritage.  This year's theme, "Ola ke Kaiaulu I ke aloha o loko reminds us to live with Aloha in our hearts as the community thrives when there is aloha from within.

Contact :  Daryl Fujiwara @ 808-264-8779

Photo courtesy of Festivals of Aloha Facebook page
Date: September 18, 2015
Time:  7:00PM
Location: Hilo Civic Auditorium
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $25 VIP Seating

"Laugh Under The Stars" Hilo tour will be on Friday, September 18, 2015.  This event will feature Augie T, Taz Vegas, Frank DeLima, Shar Carillo, and BuL aia.

DATE: September 19, 2015
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Location:  Lahaina Banyan Tree Park

The Festivals of Aloha Banyan Tree Hoolaulea will be featuring the 2015 Richard Hoopii Falsetto winners, live entertainment, crafters, and artisans. 

Richard Hoopii Falsetto winners

Date:  September 19, 2015
Time: 10am to 11am
Location:  Waimea Park

The Waimea Paniolo Parade will show of the paniolo, the art of pau, the art of hula, oli, olelo, their royal society, Ahahui Kaahumanu Waimea Chapter. Many of the riders are true paniolo; they all own ranches, work and live the way of the paniolo as their kupuna and teach it to the younger generations, thus perpetuating our host culture. Some of the pau riders are fifth generation who live the lifestyle.  The Waimea Hoolaulea is to follow after the parade in Waimea Park.

For more information contact:  Moani Akana 808-936-3706

Date:  September 19, 2015
Time:  11:00am to 4:00pm
Location:  Waimea Park

Come and enjoy a day of celebration with live music all day from Hawaii's local bands.  There will be food booths, fried kole, pork teriyaki plates. Craft booths featuring our lei hulu, pohaku, and Wahine Toa clothing line.  Reconnect with the community.

For more information contact: Linda Pokipala 808-937-4896

Date:  September 20-26, 2015
Location:  Kauai Beach Resort

This will be a week-long festival celebrating the Hawaiian culture which includes a music contest, 3 day hula competition, craft fair and workshops at locations around the island of Kauai. All events will be at the Kauai Beach Resort unless otherwise stated.

For more information visit or phone: 808-245-1955

Date: September 19, 2015
Time:    7:00PM to 10:00PM
Location:  Maui Arts And Cultural Center
Tickets:  $30; Students $15

Mental Health Kokua presents ARISE - a film and music benefit featuring keynote speaker, Jessie Close. Enjoy Hawaiian music performed by multiple Na Hoku Hanohano winning artists, including Moanalani and Keola Beamer with Uluwehi Guerrero in concert. The evening will also include a world premiere screening of "Haleakala - A Trek for Dignity," directed by Don Lane and produced by Dr. Tom Vendetti, and a performance by the Makaha Sons.  There is also a silent auction in the courtyard that will start at 5PM.

For more information contact 242-7469.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Date:  September 20, 2015
Time:  12:00PM to 6:00PM
Location:  Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium
Tickets:  $10, $8 with a canned good donation.
Free for Children 12 and under.

Enjoy music from some of Hawaii's recording artists, Grammy award winners, and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winners. Artists' such as Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Peterson, Cyril Pahinui, Makana, Keoki Kahumoku, Ken Emerson, The Kalapana Awa Band, Mele uhane, Bulla Kailiwai, and Christy Leinaala Lassiter. There will also be  Hawaiian food booths, craft booths, and information booths as well.

For more information:  Gay Tolar 808-315-2374

Date:  September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Location:  Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona

Hawaii's Woodshow will be opening on September 19, 2015.  This show was created to promote an appreciation fo the remarkable variety of Hawaii-grown woods. This show attracts talented woodworks throughout the state who submit their entries showcasing the versatility and beauty of Hawaii woods.


Date:  September 20, 2015
Time:  9:30AM to 4:00PM
Location:  Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

In continued celebration of the month long Aloha Festivals, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is presenting an all day festival. Come and enjoy live Hawaiian music, hula performances, arts and crafts, and also clothing vendors.  There will be food booths as well. Executive Chef Peter Abarcar Jr's famous Hawaiian  plates which include huli huli pig, fresh catch poke and haupia will be available as well.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015 Weekend Events

What's going on around Hawaii this weekend? Well, there is Hawaiian Music from one of Hawaii's best, a lot of cultural events going on as well as festivals, an LGBT event, even some comedy. How about a county fair? There is a Broadway musical and even a Chinese lion dance. Not to forget, lots and lots of food in all varieties, and arts and crafts as well. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!! 

Date:  September 10, 2015
Time:  6:00PM
Location:  Royal Hawaiian Center

Sean Naauao has won Hawaii's prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Awards multiple times including Contemporary Album of the Year for his song "Fish and Poi". He is a recognized Slack Key guitarist, vocalist, composer, and producer. He has exceptional vocal abilities which made "Kapalina" a famous hit.

KU MAI KA HULA(10th Annual Hula Competition)
Date:  September 10-12, 2015
Thursday 9/10 @ 7:30PM
Friday 9/11 @ 6:00PM
Saturday 9/12 @ 1:00PM
Location:  Castle Theater
***Kalama's Local Grinds will be offering a pre-show menu.

This event will feature award-winning halau from Hawaii, the continental U.S. and Japan, competing for solo and group performances.  Male and female dancers perform both kahiko(traditional) and 'auana (modern) hula styles.

Date:  September 11-13, 2015
Location : Four Seasons Hualalai
Friday, September 11, 2015 @ 6PM - 19th Annual Taste of Hawaii Island
Kick off the weekend with the Taste of Hawaii culinary event. Chefs from around the Hawaiian Islands in one place for an evening of food, drinks, and island music. The silent auction highlights unique vacation packages, and island gifts.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 1:00PM Shotgun Golf Tournament; 2:00PM Tennis Tournament
Saturday features annual golf tournament at 1:00 on the Hualalai Golf Course. At 2:00PM, Tennis fans will enjoy a fun round robin tournament at the tennis pavilion.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 7:00AM Run for Hope 10K Run/Walk and Keiki Dash 6:30AM The event concludes with refreshments and raffle prizes at the Hoku Amphitheater.

Proceeds benefit cancer research and awareness in Hawaii. Four Seasons has raised $1,100,000 in funds over the last 19 years.

Date:  September 11, 2015
Time:  7:00PM - 11:00PM
Location:  Kauai Ward Memorial Convention Hall
Tickets:  $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 for VIP which includes a free Augie T CD.

"Laugh Under The Stars" features Augie T, Frank DeLima, Ed Kaahea, Shar Carillo, and Shilo Pa.

For more information: or Box Office:  808-241-6623

Date:  September 10-13, 2015
Thursday, Sept 10 &11 opens @ 6:30PM
Saturday, September 12 opens @ 10AM
Sunday, September 13 opens @ 10AM
Location:  Afook Chinen Civic Center in Hilo

Enjoy the annual Hawaii County Fair. There will be rides and games provided by E.K. Fernandez, Food Booths, entertainment, exhibits, plant and produce sales, and much more.

Date:  September 11-13, 2015
Time:  Friday @ 3:00PM
          Saturday and Sunday @ 10AM
Location:  Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Tickets:  $3.00; Seniors 65 and up and Children under 7 FREE

Check out 200 booths of food, fun, fashion, entertainment, and arts and crafts.  There will fabulous prizes as well. So don't forget to enter to win.

Dates: September 11, 2015 @ 7:00PM
          September 13, 2015 @ 2:30PM & 7:00PM
Location: Palace Theater

It's an LGBT Double Feature Event. On Friday, they will be showing "The Watermelon Woman" and "Black is Blue." On Sunday, they will be showing "Do I Sound Gay?" followed by "A Place In The Middle." Sunday's show will have two showings.

Dates: September 12-20, 2015
Times: Vary
Location: Hawaii Theatre

Enjoy this musical presented by Matson.  It is a internationally acclaimed underwater fantasy about protecting the ocean environment. This show is a family friendly story that teaches lessons on friendship and virtues of saving the ocean in a Broadway style musical through the magic of theatre.

Date: September 12, 2015
Time:  9:00AM to 2:00PM
Location:  Dole Park Square

The Island of Lanai invites the public to come and enjoy themselves in everything cultural from ancient Polynesian crafts and demonstrations to Hawaiian music and hula. There will be a parade through town and a  celebration of the County of Maui's birthday; Enjoy in the demonstrations, artisans, food, and entertainment.

For more information: Nani Watanabe 808-870-7546

Date:  September 12, 2015
Time:  11:00AM - 6:30PM
Location:  Chinatown Cultural Plaza

Come and enjoy the 6th Annual Celebration of the Autumn Moon . There will be moon cake sampling, make and take crafts, lion dances, a precious stone exhibit, tai chi and martial arts demonstrations, free entertainment, door prizes, food booths, and much more!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

World's best Gelato right here in Hawaii ?

Say Aloha to Gelato! Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. Italy has always been connected to the best ice-cream in the world and has always been a tourism attraction for visitors to Italy.
A German man residing in the U.S. State of Hawaii is taking on Italy to have the United States to become the next global travel destination for the best ice cream in the world. He already introduced a new tourism attraction for Gelato in his home State of Hawaii.

Dirk Koeppenkastrop announces his team members selected for Team USA, which will compete for the 2016 World Gelato Championship title.
The organizer of the 7th edition of the Gelato World Cup just released a list of countries admitted.
The United States is one of fourteen countries from around the world competing for the world title. Other countries competing for the best Gelato in the world are Argentina, Australia, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland.
The 2016 Team USA Gelato team members are:
-John S. Hui, CEPC, AAC – Team Manager - Corporate Pastry Chef – Pebble Beach Resorts, Calfornia
- Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Ph.D. – Team Captain - Maestro Gelatiere / Owner – IL Gelato, LLC – Honolulu and Haleiwa, Hawaii
- Michele Pompei – Lead Team Pastry Chef – Baking & Pastry Instructor – Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art, Seattle, Washington
- Tim Brown, B.A. –Team Pastry Chef – Baking & Pastry Instructor – Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island
- Chris Foltz –World Champion Ice Carver – Culinary Instructor - Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Oregon.
The five-member team was formed under the American Culinary Federation Chapter from Oregon.
“We are very excited to have world class and competitive chefs and one of the world’s best ice carver on our team” Koeppenkastrop, owner of IL Gelato Hawaii in Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore said.
John Hui is the Executive Pastry Chef of the Pebble Beach Resort, and founded the Gelato Team USA in 2005.
The other team members, Michele Pompei and Tim Brown, are highly decorated and experienced pastry chefs. Chris Foltz is not only an experienced chef but holds three ice carving and four wood carving world champion titles.
Since 2006 the USA has participated in seven gelato world competitions. Gelato Team USA has received “Best Gelato Cake” award in 2006 and “Best Gelato Tub” award in 2008.
Team USA received the International “Best Taste Award” and the “People’s Choice Award” in 2012. The international main sponsors for Gelato Team USA includes the Italian gelato ingredient manufacturer Stella and the Italian gelato equipment manufacturer Cattabriga – both major names in the gelato making industry.
The World Gelato Championship - a highly prestigious event in the culinary industry – is held every two years as part of the International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery and Bakery Goods in Rimini, Italy.
The Championships will take place from the 23th to the 25th of January 2016.
Each team will choose a theme, which has to be reflected in seven different championship tests including a decorated “coppa” (sundae), gelato cake, four assorted miniature chocolate gelatos, an entrée serving a savory gelato, a center piece croccante sculpture as well as an ice sculpture and its final presentation. The contest marked by a growing interest from around the world is streamed live in Italian and English for the duration of the event.
Isle chef Dirk Koeppenkastrop past Chair of the Hawaii Restaurant Association is founder and co-owner of IL Gelato Hawaii, an authentic Italian-style Gelateria at Kahala Mall, Kalihi and owner of his new Gelato shop on the North Shore Market Place in Haleiwa.
IL Gelato offers delicious premium gelato (ice cream), non-fat sorbetto (sorbet), coppas (sundaes), Panini (grilled sandwiches), Belgian Waffles as well as sweet and savory crêpe and authentic Italian Coffee. IL Gelato Hawaii makes their gelato and sorbetto fresh daily and focuses on all-natural Hawaiian, Asian, and Italian ingredients. In addition, IL Gelato Hawaii offers wholesale and catering services to hotels, restaurants, gelato bars, and smoothie/coffee shops. Quarts and scoops are available directly from the factory outlet at Iwilei.
IL Gelato Hawai’i served its Haupia Coconut Gelato at the final APEC conference hosted by President Barrack Obama and its Mango Sorbetto to the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet during his last visit in Honolulu.