Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Honolulu Festival Preview

The Honolulu Festival, now in its 17th year, returns to Waikiki from March 11-13. The weekend is filled with free Japanese cultural activities, from music and dance to food sampling to hands-on craft demonstrations, culminating with a huge parade down Kalakaua Avenue.

One of the paid events is the Friendship Gala, where 10 of Honolulu’s outstanding chefs will have samples of their cuisine. There will also be live entertainment from Hawaii and Japan to promote cultural exchange. If you would like to attend the gala, click here for tickets, which are $85 each. The event is on March 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hawaii Convention Center.

We visited 3660 on the Rise with Russell Siu, one of the featured chefs at the Friendship Gala, who showed me how he makes his sake-marinated salmon with spicy yuzu ginger sauce. This is a special Honolulu Festival dish and is not served in his restaurant:

We also sat with Kana Uchino of the Honolulu Festival to talk about what’s happening this year. If you want to see the full interview, click here.