HFWF 2014: A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly

Photo by Ed Morita

A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly put 1,000 diners poolside at The Modern Honolulu Thursday night, grazing at 14 star-chef-studded stations and sipping Asian-inspired cocktails and wines poured by the vintners themselves.

Spotted: Legions of off-duty chefs, including the ponytailed Hubert Keller of SF’s Fleur de Lys, Jose Garces of Iron Chef fame, and Masaharu Morimoto, whose Morimoto Waikiki is in The Modern.

Hottest buzz for: Tender, grilled, bacon-topped abalone from Nancy Oakes of SF’s Boulevard Restaurant; smoked Kualoa oysters from Chris Kajioka; shave ice with mochi ice cream and haupia tapioca from MW Restaurant’s Michelle Karr Ueoka.

And despite the crowds and all those high heels, no one fell in the pool.

A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly

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Photos by Ed Morita