Author: Diane Seo

Cool slurps: Mul naengmyeon at Budnamujip

Always in a stainless steel bowl, always icy cold: This hot-weather favorite of thin, chewy buckwheat noodles is served in a chilled beef broth, with strips of beef, hard-boiled egg and crunchy slivers of Korean pear, cucumber and radish. Like…

Coming to town: Hot yoga + cycling and group circuit training

Two new, cutting-edge fitness studios will open in Honolulu this spring, offering heated vinyasa yoga, cycling classes (think SoulCycle), meditation sessions and group circuit training with high-tech heart-rate monitoring. Orangetheory Fitness and Atmasphare both are scheduled for launch at the…

Watermelon shochu and daiquiris by Bevy’s Christian Self

Bevy’s Christian Self, one of Honolulu’s premier mixologists, is crafting two yummy specialty cocktails at Frolic’s Something New Salt party on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the new Salt in Our Kaka‘ako. The first is a refreshing watermelon shochu made from…

Something new: Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

Big news for beer lovers: Hawaii’s first dedicated craft beer store and cafe is coming to Our Kaka‘ako, offering more than 500 craft beers plus 16 rotating draft selections — all available for sampling in an on-site tasting room. Village…

Early peek: Bloomingdale’s Ala Moana Center

Fashionistas take note: Bloomingdale’s will be making its official Hawaii debut on Thursday in the new Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. After an early preview Tuesday morning, what I can tell you is this: It’s dangerous. The New York-based…

Ten Eleven bar @ Makers & Tasters

Makers & Tasters, a recently launched destination for food truck at Kewalo Basin, has added a new element — an outdoor bar with craft-your-own-cocktails, specialty drinks, beer, wine and wells. The bar, called Ten Eleven, debuts today, and it’ll be…

#HFWF15: 5 questions with Drew Nieporent

Calling all entrepreneurs, food and beverage workers, aspiring restaurateurs, tourism industry professionals and basically anyone interested in brand building. On Friday, Sept. 11, as part of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, a renowned mixologist, restaurateur, television personality and celebrity…

Shep Gordon: Hawaii’s secret culinary mastermind

Among the events at this year’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, the one that’s triggered my personal radar unfolds on Maui, with Hollywood agent and longtime Wailea resident Shep Gordon as a special honoree. What’s intriguing is that it’s a…

Catching up with chef Jose Garces

Chef Jose Garces, who owns more than a dozen notable restaurants across the country, will be one of several premier chefs making their way to the islands for the fifth annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which runs from Aug.…

Something New event: Chris Kajioka takes on tilapia

Something New is a food celebration with a twist: Nine of Honolulu’s craziest chefs will unleash their creativity in fun new ways, each challenged with a local ingredient that takes them out of their comfort zone. Join us for a…

The Bar Method arrives in Honolulu

I admit… I’m exactly who barre classes are aimed at — women wanting to be toned without getting too buffed, those who prefer working out in studios, preferably nicer ones, and don’t mind paying for workouts that yield results. I…

The Canvas — more than just a coworking space

Last Friday, I attended the launch party for The Canvas, a coworking space in Kalihi created by high school students for high school students. While checking it out, amid a sea of teens from across the island, something unexpected happened.…

Malika Dudley’s Maui

Who better to tell us about Maui’s hotspots than Malika Dudley, Hawaii News Now’s former weekend weather anchor, who now lives in Kihei, Maui with her husband, Kaimi Judd, and their 2-year-old son, Jackson? After packing up from Honolulu in…

Pinch of Salt for the Holidays

Hundreds of holiday shoppers turned out for Sunday’s Pinch of Salt for the Holidays, an annual one-day, pop-up shopping event in Our Kaka‘ako that featured dozens of local designers and vendors. From the opening, the Sig Zane booth (with the…

Something to see: Modern Love exhibit

Copyright Moyoco Anno / Cork Inc. There’s an intriguing exhibit now underway at Honolulu Museum of Art focused on modern love, specifically 20th Century Japanese erotic art that includes paintings, prints and even graphic novels otherwise known as manga. The…

CorePower Yoga to open at Ward Village

Since its 2012 arrival at Kahala Mall, CorePower Yoga has developed almost a cult-like following for its Sculpt, Hot Power Fusion and other heated yoga sessions. The classes are typically packed, with mats having to be placed only inches apart…

The amazing works of Present Project

When I first heard about Present Project, I didn’t initially grasp the intention of the program. But after meeting founder and director Hadley Nunes in the Our Kaka‘ako space, shortly after its early September launch, I was excited to see…

Parklets unveiled in Our Kaka‘ako

Two custom-designed parklets were unveiled Saturday on Coral Street, offering pedestrians a new outdoor place to sit, dine, relax or meet friends. Located in front of Hank’s Haute Dogs, the parklets are public structures that essentially extend the sidewalk space…

Present Project underway in Our Kaka‘ako

Director/curator Hadley Nunes is the founder of Present Project.This month, in two adjacent warehouses along Cooke Street in Our Kaka‘ako, five noteworthy artists have taken up residency as part of a new endeavor, called Present Project. Conceptualized and led by…

A chat with Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro exudes a calmness that initially may be characterized as mellow and understated, but as he discusses the evolution of his music, it’s clear Hawai‘i’s biggest ukulele ambassador is a replica of his musical style — perhaps quiet at…

Something new: King’s Hawaiian truck

A new food truck has rolled into town with a name rooted in the past, but with a forward-thinking concept and menu. The King’s Hawaiian truck made its Oahu debut at Saturday’s Honolulu Night Market, with a big crowd eager…

Something new: LemonTea

These teas may not be for everyone, but I’ve found my new favorite place for iced tea on the island. It’s called LemonTea, a kiosk specializing in multi-flavored teas and lemonades that opened earlier this summer at Pearlridge. I sampled…

Something new: Food truck central in Waikiki

If you’re into food trucks, take note. There’s a new food truck hub that emerged just last Saturday, in a small, nondescript parking lot along Beach Walk in Waikiki. It’s a kitschy, yet cool, little set-up, called Pau Hana Market…