My Point of Heu

Kapalua Wine: Seafood Festival

We got ready to boogie down, enjoy stellar wines and nosh on some of the best seafood dishes in Hawaii, prepared by 14 of Maui’s top chefs at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival’s sold-out Seafood Festival. The event was bustling…

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…

Our Top 5: Pitaya bowls

Pitaya bowl by Jess Da Best Crunchy, fresh, fruity, refreshing and often very filling… I am talking about sweet-tart pitaya bowls. These are kind of like acai bowls but with pitaya, a variation of dragon fruit, instead of acai. To…

Popping out of the Cave and into Kakaako

Los Dos Vatos Chances are you’ve never heard of Gilbert Arangure or Eddie Lopez … unless you’re in the restaurant business or a frequent guest at Vintage Cave. Let me tell you a little bit about these two amazingly talented…

Something new: Crackin’ Kitchen

White gloves at Crackin’ Kitchen — where the gloves are for the guests. At this writing, there are only five crab boil restaurants in Honolulu (and a sixth in Aiea). The newest to hit the scene is Crackin’ Kitchen, which…

What happened when Disney called: Kuana Torres Kahele

Kuana Torres Kahele When I think of Kuana Torres Kahele, I think there is nothing this Hilo man can’t do. Hula dancer, composer, songwriter, master lei maker, educator, award-winning musician… you get the gist, right? Now he can add Disney/Pixar…

Something new: Thai Lao Pearl City

Fried fish with chili sauce. Photo credit: Grant Shindo Growing up on Kauai, I wasn’t really into ethnic foods. When I say ethnic, I mean that aside from Kountry Kitchen, Bull Shed, Dukes, the always popular Kintaro and the traditional…

How to win Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune has long been the most-watched game show in Hawaii … and one of the most successful in American history. Even now, as I did growing up, at 6:45 p.m. I can hear the soft ping and spin…

Hidden gem: Da Crawfish & Crab Shack

Several years after the crab pot and boiling crab restaurant fad hit O’ahu, I was a bit hesitant to drive to the west side to try another place claiming to have fresh seafood in your choice of sauce, served in…

Footloose on Lana’i

As a kama’aina, born and raised in Hawaii, it surprises me when I hear someone say they’ve never been to the Pineapple Isle. It’s a unique place full of history, adventure, beauty and small-town charm. I have been fortunate enough to…

#DearThalia: What it’s really like to be homeless

#DearThalia is heart-wrenching, eye-opening, awe-inspiring, raw and insightful. If you take four minutes out of your day to watch the trailer of the brand new local documentary by my high school classmate Rex Moribe, you will tear up, as I…

Lauren Makk is living The FAB Life

She rose to fame on TLC’s Emmy-winning Trading Spaces and Drill Team on A&E, but interior design star Lauren Makk is still the home girl next door. The Oklahoma native-turned-Kakaako resident moved to Hawaii after coming for vacation and never…

Roy’s new throwback

Roy Yamaguchi helped pioneer Hawaii Regional Cuisine a generation ago, when few had heard of wasabi butter or firecracker aioli. Now the culinary icon is going in the opposite direction with his next restaurant — back to the past. “It’s…

The other side of Adam Tabura

Lanai and Adam Tabura It’s been two years since three Hawaii boys set out to capture the hearts of American foodies. Chef Adam Tabura, entrepreneur and media personality Lanai Tabura and comedian Shawn Felipe won $50,000 and a food truck…

Grey Goose Dayclub: Pow! Wow! edition

They’re here! More than 100 artists from around the globe have arrived in Honolulu for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2015. Before the annual art, music, education and mural painting festival gets under way Monday, featured artists got a chance to soak…

Are you ready? Pow! Wow! Hawaii starts Saturday

Get your party pants on and charge up those cell phones and camera batteries: Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2015 is about to get under way. The annual street art and music festival celebrates its fifth year in Honolulu with an all-star…

Knife Fight: Sheldon Simeon vs. Lyndon Honda

Chef Lyndon Honda and Chef Sheldon Simeon getting ready for their #KnifeFight tilapia battle It was expected to be an exciting and noteworthy duel… private chef, caterer and restaurant consultant Lyndon Honda taking on award-winning, “Top Chef” finalist/fan favorite Sheldon…

Molokai Ranch beef shines in Chef Bloc Maui dinner

The Maui food scene is heating up. There’s an impressive list of talented chefs and award-winning restaurants on the Valley Isle right now. With mom-and-pop shops, gourmet pies, juices, food trucks and fine dining, Maui has emerged as one of…

Get ready for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2015

Photo: Pow Wow Hawaii It’s exactly one month from the kickoff of Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2015. This year, more than a hundred artists from around the globe will converge on Oahu between Feb. 7-14, to create art, inspire others and…

Top 10 songs of 2014

Music moves my soul! No matter what time of day or night I tend to always have a song stuck in my head, and I like it that way. Music tends to take me back to a certain place or…

Taimane Gardner’s favorite places to write music

Known for her unique style and diverse repertoire, ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner has traveled the world sharing her music. Early next year, she’ll release her new album, “We Are Made of Stars,” inspired by our solar system. The album features…

Christmas with the Heus

Growing up the only child to a single parent, the Christmas holiday usually consisted of just me, my mom, and maybe a friend who would come over for dinner. Fast forward close to two decades and things have sure changed.…