Guide to Rice Fest 2015


poster400Rice Fest 2015 marks the sixth annual festival celebrating Hawaii’s beloved food staple. Join other rice lovers in the Office Depot parking lot at Ward Village on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

There will be tons of food (featuring rice, of course), activities, live entertainment, a Riceipe competition challenging some of Hawaii’s chefs to make their best rice dish (I get to be a judge this year) and Spam musubi and poke bowl eating contests. Bring bags of brown rice or cash donations for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, the beneficiary of Rice Fest.

If you would like to enter the poke bowl eating contest (3 p.m.) or the Spam musubi eating competition (4:30 p.m.), registrations will be accepted at the event on a first come, first served basis.

The Parking

  • Behind Office Depot, access from Queen Street
  • Ward Village parking structure (T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom)
  • Ward Entertainment Center parking structure


The Schedule

10:00 a.m. Rice Fest begins with host Brudda Bryan from 94.7 KUMU
10:05 a.m. Jody Kamisato & the Ukulele Super Kids perform
11:00 a.m. Honoka & Azita performance
11:00 a.m. Meet & Greet with OC16’s Suzui Ohana (Ultimate Japan) and Kutmaster Spaz (Dis N Dat TV) at the Oceanic booth
11:30 a.m. Entertainment by Heart & Soul
12:00 p.m. Riceipe Cooking Competition
1:00 p.m. Cooking Demonstration with Chef Mavro’s George Mavrothalassitis and Cooking Hawaiian Style’s Lanai Tabura
1:00 p.m. Meet & Greet with OC16’s Davey D (Overdrive Live) at the Oceanic booth
1:30 p.m. Taiko Drumming Performance by Somei Taiko
2:00 p.m. Kanile`a `Ukulele Presents: Vaihi
2:45 p.m. A word from our beneficiary: Lanakila Pacific
3:00 p.m. First Annual Paina Cafe Poke Bowl Eating Competition
3:30 p.m. Traditional and Modern Tinikling Filipino Bamboo Dance performance by the Tekniqlingz Crew
4:30 p.m. 6th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Competition
5:00 p.m. Pau

The Food (and more)