Moments after emerging, dripping, from fighting his way into second place in his Nov. 19 heat in sloppy surf, Florence takes a half hour to chat and sign autographs for the next generation of John Johns. “It’s unruly, but it’s fun,” he says to HONOLULU.
This year’s Hale ‘Aina Awards, themed Destination Delicious, took place on Sunday, Sept. 17 at The Royal Hawaiian. Guests took a culinary trip around the world in one evening as they dined on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs.
Rice Fest teamed up with Eat The Street for Hawai‘i’s largest rice festival on Sept. 9. In addition to live entertainment, cooking demos and eating contests, more than 20 vendors served dishes and drinks featuring rice, such as mochi, soup, horchata, ricewater lemonade and arroz con gandules.
This year’s Amazing Hawai‘i Comic Con took place from Aug. 25–27 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Comic, gaming and science fiction fans dressed in cosplay, attended discussion panels, took photos with celebrities and more.