Did this: Honolulu Festival Friendship Gala

The eating goes on

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By Diane Seo and Mari Taketa

Despite the tragedy unfolding in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, Honolulu Festival organizers decided to proceed not only with the festival, but with Saturday night’s Friendship Gala at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Although the crowd was thinner and the mood more subdued than in years past, the eating went on, with 10 top Hawaii restaurants offering everything from seared tenderloin to lobster miso soup to a Godiva chocolate cheesecake.

Photo by Ed Morita