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  • Kau Kau Class at UH


    Author Arnold Hiura (Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands; co-author, The Blue Tomato with Chef Alan Wong) shared this photo with us. He says:

    For the second year, I accepted an invitation to participate in the Nihon University Summer Seminar, hosted by the Center for the Family at UH-Manoa. The students from Shizuoka, Japan, attend classes for about two weeks, studying food and nutrition, including a healthy dose of history and culture of Hawaii. All of the presentations are conducted in English, so the students also get credit for the language immersion experience. They even got to prepare loco moco with an instructor from KCC, visit the Farmers Market, and take a trip to the Big Island, where they vowed to visit Cafe 100, Two Ladies Kitchen and Big Island Candies after touring the Volcano.

    Arnold is no stranger to the classroom; last year he visited the Leeward Community College M‘AO Farms Youth Leadership intern class. Check out the photo gallery from that visit here.

  • Have a Rice Day!

    Join us at the 2011 Hawai‘i Rice Festival on Sunday, September 11 at Magic Island! The festival runs 10AM - 6PM, with plenty of entertainment and...rice!

    Contributors to The Hawai‘i Book of Rice will demonstrate recipes and battle it out in the Rice-ipe Contest for cash prizes, rice and bragging rights as the year’s Rice-ipe Champion! Visit the Festival’s website for full details on the entertainment schedule and food vendors.

    Stop by our booth and purchase an autographed copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi. A portion of each book purchased will go to the Festival’s two charitable beneficiaries, the Hawai‘i Foodbank and Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Buy a book and receive a complimentary Book of Rice rice paddle! We’ll also have unique gift sets for sale: just $18 for a copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice, a rice paddle and a Cane Haul Road dish towel featuring an “Ochazuke” design (see photo above; total retail value $24.95)

    Here’s a brief schedule of who, when and what’s cooking (all recipes are featured in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice). Learn more about our competitors and demonstration chefs by clicking on the links!

    11:00am-11:20am - Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef Kent Thompson and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto will prepare Chef Kent’s Creamy Korean-Style Musubi (right)

    11:30pm-12:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division

    Leticia Buhr - Cascaron

    Cathy Nobriga Kim - Cathy’s Curry Shrimp Rice

    Loreen Matsushima - Hurry Curry Fried Rice

    Mao Moeng - Chicken Fried Rice

    Joan Murata – Ono Fried Rice

    12:00pm-12:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Amateur Division
    Judges: John Heckathorn, Nadine Kam, Melissa Chang and Mari Taketa

    12:30pm-1:00pm “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

    Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Current Rice-ipe Champion! - Quack-quack Risotto (Chef Santa’s winning recipe from last year, Seafood Risotto, is published in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice; this year’s entry is not.)

    Chef Wayne Hirabayashi (Kahala Hotel & Resort) - ‘Ahi Poke Musubi (right)

    Chef Hector Morales (Turtle Bay) - Island-Style Black Bean Rice with Steak (Update: due to a scheduling conflict, Chef Lloyd Kukino of Turtle Bay Resort will stand in for Chef Hector)

    Chef Kent Thompson (retired; formerly of Sam Choy’s Breakfast Lunch & Crab) - Mango Bamboo Sticky Rice Truffle

    1:00pm-1:30pm Judging for “Rice-ipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division

    2:00pm-2:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef George Mavrothalassitis (Chef Mavro) and The Cat Dish’s Catherine Toth will prepare Chef Mavro’s Keahole Lobster Risotto

    4:00pm-4:20pm Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo
    Chef Craig Erickson (Napili Kai Resort, Sea House Restaurant) and KHON2’s Justin Cruz will prepare Chef Craig’s Pineapple Rice Cake (right)

  • Kualoa Keiki Festival - Rice Bowl Art Contest

    We spent Saturday (Aug. 20, 2011) at Kualoa Ranch coloring with kids! The Hawai‘i Book of Rice author Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, along with our friends from Island Family Magazine, hosted a coloring activity for the children. We were so impressed with all the young artists!

    These talented kids could win their families a Hawai‘i Book of Rice prize package, and you can help them do it! Vote for your favorite Rice Bowls at the photo gallery below. (All you have to do is click the “like” button on any artwork you want to vote for. You can vote for as many artists as you like, but only once for each Bowl. As a “Mahalo” gift for voting, take 30% off your purchase of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice at our online store; use code KUALOAART at checkout. (Offer expires Sept., 30, 2011.)

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    And check out this photo gallery of all our young artists, hard at work!

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    In addition to our coloring activity, we invited former Hōkūle‘a cremember and Eddie Wen’ Go author Marion Lyman-Mersereau and her cast of Eddie voices to perform a reading. Slack-key guitarist Danny Carvalho, whose wonderful music is featured on the Eddie CD (and on two fantastic CDs of his own!) also joined the cast and played a solo set himself.

    If you’ve never experienced a live Eddie reading, you might want to take a look at the video book trailer:

  • Family Fun & An Art Contest!

    Rice Bowl Artwork “This is really bad...I’ve now stopped working to play with the crayons!!!” reported The Hawai‘i Book of Rice author Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi when we asked her to decorate her own Rice Bowl Coloring Sheet (that’s her artwork at right). Stop by our booth at Kualoa Ranch’s inaugural Reading and Arts Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 to color your own Rice Bowl and enter our Art Contest!

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