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Kick off summer in Honolulu with six June food and drink events


Cachaca samba cocktail at House without a Key and Orchids

Photo by Sisto Domingo, courtesy of Halekulani

Kick off summer with any of these June food and dining events. From wine to sake to hot dogs, there's no excuse to be bored:

Enjoy sake and sushi at Japengo in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Dinner includes Ty Ku Premium sake selections and Japengo's sushi such as the Mother and Child maki, with salmon and ikura; Tootsie, a shellfish smorgasbord of soft shell crab, snow crab and lobster teriyaki; and Dragon, spicy tuna rolled with unagi, tobiko and cucumber.
$60, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, waikiki.hyatt.com

Get your patriotism on before Independence Day at the All American Wine Dinner by Eat and master sommelier Patrick Okubo. The five-course, wine-paired (and music-paired!) dinner includes a Shinsato Farm pork slider with housemade Ho Farms ketchup (music: jazz), slow-roasted beef brisket (music: ragtime), and a vanilla panna cotta with Maui Coconut Porter caramel to finish.
$85, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, reservations required: 487-7926, facebook.com/events/452742058070484/

Throughout June, 12th Ave Grill celebrates its eighth anniversary by donating a dollar from each "School Garden" special that will help fund school gardens at Waikiki Elementary, King Liholiho Elementary and Kahala Elementary. Specials feature Hawaii Island Red Veal, Maui Cattle Co. braised beef cheeks, Makaha Mango desserts and more.
732-9469, 12thavegrill.com

Spend a summer afternoon at House Without a Key, drink in a sunset and one of their summer cocktails: a Cachaca Samba with cachaca and acai berry liqueur, a Mango Mint Freeze blending Malibu rum and mango puree; and The Charlie Chan with pisco, guava liqueur and strawberry puree.

The Mai Tai Bar at The Royal Hawaiian knows it's not summer without hot dogs. From the Dogs of the World menu, choose from an all-American dog with a half-pound beef hot dog on a brioche bun, topped with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese; a kim chee sausage with kochujang vinaigrette; a Portuguese sausage complemented with tomatoes stewed in port wine; a Puerto Rican-style dog with a patele sausage and pickled Maui onions and chilies.
$20 per dog, served 2pm to 4pm at the Mai Tai Bar, royal-hawaiian.com/dining/maitaibar

Celebrate Nobu Waikiki's fifth anniversary with the kokoro (heart) omakase, available throughout the month of June. The menu includes shiromi usuzukuri (white fish sashimi with ponzu), tempura, Nobu's signature black cod with miso and sashimi.
$65, for reservations, call 237-6999 or visit opentable.com

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