Drinks

Something new: Downtown’s Bar Leather Apron

Calling all cocktail lovers: One of Hawaii’s top mixologists, Justin Park, formerly of Manifest, has opened a cocktail bar in Topa Financial Center’s old Mezz 127 space. Park and his partner Tom Park, whose Leather Soul sells high-end men’s shoes,…

Modern kaiseki this Sunday at Hale Ohuna

Denise Luke and Lee Anne Wong of Hale Ohuna have been busy prepping for a special kaiseki this coming Sunday, featuring hand-picked sake pairings from award-winning Kikusui Brewery — three of which you can’t even get. When brewer Richard Priest got…

Hidden gem: Bev Mart

I’ve passed this corner store at Kapiolani and Date Street hundreds, if not thousands of times, and always wrote it off as another neighborhood spot selling green bottles, cigarettes and boiled peanuts. Then Michael Watanabe, a good friend and beer…

Watch a sake movie, then drink the sakes

In a crowded izakaya recently I found myself sitting next to Anderson Le, who flies to film fests all over the world in search of good picks for the Hawaii International Film Festival. “You!” he said. “There’s something I want…

Our Top 5: Late-night spots for study or work

It’s evening, you’re totally not feeling the heat in your muggy apartment or you’re getting too distracted at home, and you’ve got a big assignment due tomorrow. You want to go somewhere and work, but everywhere is closed … or…

Sneak peek: Hale Ohuna

After months of waiting … and waiting … and waiting, chef Lee Anne Wong’s newest restaurant is finally opening to the public Friday night. It seems quite fitting that the name is Hale Ohuna (which means “secret house” in Hawaiian),…

Guide to the Great Waikiki Beer Festival

The inaugural Great Waikiki Beer Festival happens at the Hilton Hawaiian Village this weekend, with a paired Brewer’s Dinner on Friday, the big beer event with 100 brews on Saturday and a “recovery day” Brewer’s Brunch on Sunday. Without further…

Olena and Melissa: Three-day juice cleanse

Juice cleanses have become extremely popular, but with so many different types — cold pressed, fresh squeezed, smoothies, master cleanses — it’s hard to discern between them all. Two of our bloggers Melissa Chang and Olena Heu recently went on…

Our Top 5: Cold brew iced coffee

If you’re like me, your day does not start until you have had coffee. Whether it be an iced quad Americano with Thai walls or a home-brewed cup of joe, it’s what gets our engines going in the morning. For…

Party pics: Joy of Sake 2015

Sake lovers came out in full force Friday night for Joy of Sake 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center. This annual event is the largest public sake-tasting celebration outside Japan, pairing premium sake with exquisite dishes from some of Hawaii’s…

Something new: Okina Cafe

Spending the last couple of years in Southern California, I drank my fair share of milk tea to the point where a boba IV drip stuck in my arm would have been a convenient accessory. Can you say, “boba drunk?”…

My first juice cleanse: Nalo Juice Company

Nalo Juice’s daily menu, found outside 24 Hour Fitness on King and Bishop streets. I was about to do a Something New post about Nalo Juice Company, which hit the scene quietly about three months ago, when owner Kale Furuya…

Kapalua Wine: The Grand Tasting

With winemaker Rajat Parr Foodies and oenophiles, visitors and locals converged this weekend for the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Highlighting Maui’s culinary superstars and Hawaii’s sommeliers, the event brings together the best in a tropical, picturesque locale. The…

Did this: Hennessy pairing at Chai’s

I always love the chance to see how new wines and spirits pair with different foods, so when Sten Lilja of Moet Hennessy — who presented a cognac dinner earlier this year — came back to Honolulu, I had to…

Learning about bourbon at DK Steakhouse

Every so often, DK Steakhouse will have special themed events: wine, vodka, Localicious, or tie-ins with holidays. You can find out about these events through their website or newsletter (which unfortunately is hard to find), or on their social media…

Something new: Taps and Apps

With 36 craft beers on tap and a food menu by Du Vin’s former executive chef, Hawaii’s newest brewpub opened over the weekend in Mililani Mauka. You’ll find a rotating selection of solid brews like Goose Island Matilda, Ballast Pt.…