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Father's Day options include Scotch, craft beer and local music

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June 12th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Kapena will be among the local bands on stage at the Hawai'i Convention Center on Father's Day during a special edition of Hawaii's Finest's Revive the Live concert series.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Kapena will be among the local bands on stage at the Hawai'i Convention Center on Father's Day during a special edition of Hawaii's Finest's Revive the Live concert series.

Made plans for Father’s Day yet? With one week to go, there are still plenty of options for those who haven’t decided where to take Dad this year.

While the actual day can be reserved for more family-friendly gatherings, Turtle Bay Resort will debut a new type of event in Kahuku on Saturday. Give Dad a chance to relax and unwind at the resort’s Pa’akai Lanai during the inaugural Scotch & Cigar Bar from 5 to 8 p.m.

For $90, guests will be able to enjoy two different types of Scotch and a featured bourbon, a choice of two beers, a cigar and heavy pupu along with a Lindemans beer glass to take home.

Along with Maker’s Mark Cask Strength bourbon, servers will pour samples of Laphroaig Quarter Cask and Ardmore Legacy; guests will be able to choose two beers from a list that includes Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock, Lindemans Framboise, Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, Pinkus Pilsner and Rochefort Trappistes. The featured cigar is a Rocky Patel Sun Grown Robusto and entertainment for the evening will be provided by local musician Alex Oasay.

Tickets for the first Scotch & Cigar Bar at Turtle Bay are $90 per person, $510 for a VIP table that will accommodate six people. Call 293-6000 for more info.

ALSO ON SATURDAY, local clothing company Hawaii’s Finest will host a special Father’s Day edition of its Revive the Live concert series at the Hawai’i Convention Center’s Kalakaua Ballroom. Food and drinks will be provided by Levy Restaurants, with live performances by Kapena, Mana’o Company, Bruddah Waltah and Maoli.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday; music will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $30 at the door; pick up pre-sales at the Hawaii’s Finest retail shop at 1522 Makaloa St. or buy online at flavorus.com.

FOR COUPLES with kids who are old enough to drink themselves, give some thought to the Moana Surfrider’s annual Beer Fest on Father’s Day starting at 4 p.m. at the hotel’s Beach Bar.

Nearly 20 different craft beers will be served alongside several paired food options by executive chef Jason Watanabe, which include PB&J wings with peanut dipping sauce, kalbi short rib sliders with kim chee kale, truffle tater tots, crispy pork belly bun, bratwurst with onion and papaya kraut and smoked pork ribs with amber and lilikoi barbecue sauce.

Breweries scheduled to participate in this event include:

» Chimay
» Maui Brewing Co.
» Gigantic Brewing Company
» Green Flash Brewing Co.
» Belching Beaver Brewery
» Coronado Brewing Company
» Occidental Brewing Co.
» Breakside Brewery
» Sierra Nevada
» Coopers
» Midnight Sun Brewing

Tickets for Beer Fest are $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Call 922-3111 for more details. Guests can also schedule four express treatments at Moana Lani Spa for $220 (regular price is $270), including an express facial; eye treatment; shoulder, neck and scalp massage; back, neck and shoulder massage; body scrub; foot treatment; or reflexology treatment. Call 237-2535 for an appointment.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Local breweries share the spotlight at two tap takeovers

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June 10th, 2016



COURTESY SQUARE BARRELSHead to downtown Honolulu tonight for an all-local brewery tap takeover at Square Barrels.

COURTESY SQUARE BARRELS

Head to downtown Honolulu tonight for an all-local brewery tap takeover at Square Barrels.

Do you think Kamehameha the Great would have enjoyed the variety of quality craft beer created in Hawaii these days?

Today, the day before the official state holiday named after the legendary Hawaiian alii, the Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild will hoist more than a few pints in his honor starting at 6 p.m. during an all-local brewery tap takeover.

The event is a fundraiser for the HCBG, with no cover charge and all 16-ounce pours sold for $9 each. Participating breweries and the beers they plan to serve include:

» Big Island Brewhaus (Monks Brunch Pale Ale)
» Hawaii Nui / Mehana Brewing (Southern Cross Double Red Ale)
» Home of the Brave (442 Go For Broke Amber Ale)
» Honolulu Beerworks (CocoWeizen)
» Kauai Island Brewing (Belgium Porter)
» Kauai Beer Co. (Lihue Lager, Black Limo)
» Kohola Brewery (Talk Story American Pale Ale)
» Lanikai Brewing Company (Hamakua Sunrise-Tangelo, Spring Mango Wit)
» Maui Brewing Company (Mosaic Mo’Betta IPA)
» Mehana/ Hawaii Nui (Southern Cross)
» Stewbum and Stonewall (Batch 518 Pale Ale)
» Waikiki Brewing (Black Strap Molasses Porter)

Square Barrels is located at 1001 Bishop St. Validated parking will be available for $2 at Bishop Square on Alakea St. Call 524-2747.

Also coming up at Real a Gastropub is Brewed in Hawaii, a craft beer event featuring eight local breweries. Doors open at 2 p.m. June 21, featuring beers from BeerLab Hawaii, Big Island Brewhaus, Honolulu Beerworks, Kona Brewing Co., Lanikai Brewing Co., Maui Brewing Co., Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co. and Waikiki Brewing Co.

Beer selections and prices have yet to be determined; call 596-2526 or visit realagastropub.com for more info. Real is located at 1020 Auahi St. at the Ward Farmer’s Market.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Koloa Rum racks up awards in national, international competition

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June 8th, 2016



COURTESY KOLOA RUM CO.The lineup of award-winning rums from Koloa Rum Co. Not pictured is the company's newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum.

COURTESY KOLOA RUM CO.

The lineup of award-winning rums from Koloa Rum Co. Not pictured is the company's newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum.

Kauai-based rum distillers Koloa Rum Co. continue to pick up awards in 2016, adding five gold medals at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in April.

The gold medals follow a win at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in March, where the distillery’s Kauai Coconut Rum won the competition’s Chairman’s Trophy and its Kauai Coffee Rum — the company’s newest product — was named a finalist. That same month, Koloa’s Kauai Coffee Rum also won a gold medal a the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Judges at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival evaluated rums from 22 countries and six different U.S. states and territories. Koloa’s Kauai Coffee Rum was awarded a “Best in Class” gold medal, the highest honor available, while its Kauai White Rum, Kauai Gold Rum, Kauai Spice Rum and Kauai Dark all won gold medals in their respective categories.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America also honored Koloa in April, awarding silver medals for its Kauai Coffee Rum and Kauai Coconut Rum.

“It is exciting and extremely gratifying to receive these awards,” Koloa Rum Co. president and CEO Bob Gunter said in a release announcing the wins. “It is a testament to the experience, skill and hard work … by the entire Koloa Rum team.”
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Negroni Week helps raise money for local charities

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June 7th, 2016



It used to be when I asked for a Negroni, most bartenders would think I had just hurled some sort of racial slur their way.

Not anymore.

Now that craft is king and self-described mixologists typically outnumber the old-fashioned barman (or woman), it’s become cool to belly up to a bar and ask for the cocktail made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. The drink — which dates back nearly 100 years to Italy where Count Camillo Negroni invented it after spending time in the United States — is a twist on an Americano, but the Negroni swaps the club soda in that drink with gin to give it an added kick.

DENNIS ODA / 2015 The Negroni cocktail is made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin with an orange wedge.

DENNIS ODA / 2015

The Negroni cocktail is made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin with an orange wedge.

The Negroni’s recent rise in popularity can be linked to an increased promotional push in the United States by the Campari brand, which purchased the Wild Turkey distillery from Pernod Ricard in 2009 to increase its production capacity. Two years later, national bartending convention Tales of the Cocktail made history in New Orleans by concocting the world’s largest Negroni.

These days, it’s hard to find a well-developed cocktail menu that doesn’t include the drink. Even if it’s not listed, many establishments have Campari behind the bar and can easily make one for you.

Here in Honolulu, I never hesitate to seek out Bevy co-owner and award-winning bartender Christian Self when I need my Negroni fix. You’ll want to check him out this week as well, since the bar is taking part in Negroni Week 2016. Today through Sunday, $1 of every Negroni (or a variation) sold there will be donated to the Oahu Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

And if you feel like putting your dancing shoes on to help celebrate Negroni Week, check out Bevy on Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight for Maybe Bacon Music with DJs DanceMachine, Tfuj and Nicky Thunders. Call 594-7445 for more info.

According to the official Negroni Week website, other bars taking part are Pint+Jigger, 1936 S. King St., and The Pig & The Lady, 83 N. King St. P+J owner Dave Newman said his bar would be donating a portion of sales this week to the Children's Cancer Foundation of Hawaii.

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Beer Camp brews hit Honolulu store shelves and bar taps

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June 3rd, 2016



COURTESY SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. Beer Camp Across America features the collaborative efforts of more than 30 top craft breweries from the United States.

COURTESY SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO.

Beer Camp Across America features the collaborative efforts of more than 30 top craft breweries from the United States.

“It was like being in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for a brewer.”

Maui Brewing Co. CEO Garrett Marrero couldn’t have said it better about Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Beer Camp Across America, an annual event that saw more than 30 leading craft breweries from the United States take part in creating six different beers that are currently being sold across the country and will be poured during official Beer Camp beer festivals held in six different cities starting this weekend.

This year also marked the first time a Hawaii-based craft brewer was invited to participate in Beer Camp. Marrero brought “a touch of Hawaiian ‘aloha’ from the addition of hibiscus” to the West Latitude Session Rye created by a team of mostly California-based brewers.

“Bringing that attention to Hawaii is no joke,” he said. “To have real craft beer coming from Hawaii like we’ve been doing and to get the notoriety for that, it’s an epic win for the state.”

After tasting all six of this year’s beers — which also include the Sweet Sunny South Table Beer, Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA, Family Values Imperal Brown Ale, Pat-Rye-Ot Revolutionary Pale Ale and Stout of the Union Robust Stout — it was the touch of hibiscus in the West Latitude Session Rye that set it apart from the rest of this year’s offerings for me.

Read more of my thoughts on this year’s crop of Beer Camp brews in Barfly, available online to subscribers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser here.

Want to skip the extra reading and just try the beers for yourself? Pick up mixed 12-packs with two bottles of each beer for about $30 at Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors locations on Waialae Ave. and at the Aikahi Shopping Center, or stop by Bev Mart at 2441 Date St. Single bottles of select beers are also available at the Liquor Collection at Ward Village for $3.25 each.

Kegs of all six beers are also on island, with Real a Gastropub at Ward Village leading the charge. They tapped a keg of each beer yesterday and are probably your best bet at finding all six in the same place at the same time right now. Tropics Tap House at Puck’s Alley aims to do the same, but they won’t have all the beers available for another week or two.

Pint + Jigger, 1936 S. King St., is taking a more staggered approach, tapping two kegs at a time until their allocation runs dry. Owner Dave Newman said Beer Camp’s Stout of the Union Robust Stout and West Latitude Session Rye were the first to be poured at the bar yesterday.

Know of any other stores, bars or restaurants serving Beer Camp Across America beers? Share the location(s) in the comments below.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Kona Brewing brings 'Bruddahs' back for new ad campaign

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June 1st, 2016



COURTESY KONA BREWING COMPANY Dave Bell, left, and Brutus La Benz star as the Bruddahs in an updated series of commercials by Kona Brewing Company.

COURTESY KONA BREWING COMPANY

Dave Bell, left, and Brutus La Benz star as the Bruddahs in an updated series of commercials by Kona Brewing Company.

Two years after introducing their version of the Bruddahs to beer drinkers around the country, Kona Brewing Company is back with a new series of commercials starring local actors Dave Bell and Brutus La Benz.

The pair appear in three new 30-second ads — “Little Friday,” “Itself” and “FOMO” — that began airing in San Diego, Sacramento, Seattle and Orlando last month. They follow 2014’s “Single-Tasking” and “Sad Hour” in continuing with the tradition of addressing audiences with “Dear Mainland” at the start of each spot.

“It was supposed to be two days (of shooting) and two commercials,” said La Benz, 36. “But they got four scripts approved,” of which three were made into commercials. All were produced on Oahu at locations in Kahala and Ko Olina.

La Benz might look familiar to local TV viewers, thanks to recent appearances in commercials for Hawaiian Telcom and Island Insurance. He also serves as a kahu at weddings and lectures at UH-Manoa when he’s not working at his day job with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

“It’s fun,” he said. “I just like doing acting, so anytime I can get in front of a camera, that’s pretty cool. I’ve been pretty blessed with these gigs.”

The new lineup of Kona Brewing ads will air through the first week of September in the cities mentioned above, but users of online streaming services like Hulu and Spotify may notice them popping up during commercial breaks as well. The brewery’s multi-million dollar integrated marketing campaign also calls for ads to appear on social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

“People loved the laid back banter and distinct local perspective of the Bruddahs (in 2014), especially since so many of us are leading increasingly busy, multi-tasking lives,” Kona Brewing director of brand marketing Cindy Wang said in a release about the new commercials. “We’re really excited to bring this latest installment of sage island wisdom to the mainland again this summer.”
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Hemp History Week kicks off on Maui with exclusive beer tasting

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June 1st, 2016



COURTESY BRYAN BERKOWITZ A Maui Brewing Co. employee brews a batch of English-style pale ale made with hemp last month. Guests at a Hemp History Week kickoff event this weekend will be able to sample the brew.

COURTESY BRYAN BERKOWITZ

A Maui Brewing Co. employee brews a batch of English-style pale ale made with hemp last month. Guests at a Hemp History Week kickoff event this weekend will be able to sample the brew.

The Maui Hemp Institute for Research & Innovation celebrates all things hemp with two Hemp History Week kickoff events this weekend.

Now in its seventh year, Hemp History Week is a grassroots campaign from Monday through June 12 that has taken on additional meaning on Maui, where recent legislation was passed to allow hemp’s use as an agricultural crop there. This year’s theme is “Grow Our Future,” a nod to the variety of uses for hemp and how the plant can contribute to healthier lifestyles, regenerative agriculture and new uses for green technology on the island.

The Maui Hemp Institute partnered with Maui Brewing Co. to host an evening with author Doug Fine at Maui Brewing’s Kihei brewpub, 605 Lipoa Pkwy. Along with Fine’s keynote address, guests will participate in sampling a new batch of the brewery’s English-style pale ale made with hemp as well as a “Hemp Movie Night” accompanied by live music. The free event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“Hemp is a great food resource as well as textile and building material,” said Maui Brewing Co. CEO Garrett Marrero. “We’ve been making hemp beer for 11 years now. We did a hemp brown ale called Hemp Man from ’05 to ’08 and we did a smoked hemp beer for Taste of Hawaii about five years ago.

“It’s more about awareness than anything else. This is our way of being able to show its versatility.”

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Hemplicious Fundraiser Dinner at Sugar Beach Events, 145 N. Kihei Rd., will present Maui’s Hempster of the Year award alongside a multi-course dinner showcasing hemp as the featured ingredient and live entertainment by Fulton Tashombe. Tickets are $150 each.

Official Hemp History Week events include free hemp product tasting at Mana Foods in Paia on Tuesday, Whole Foods Kahului on June 8 and Down to Earth Kahului on June 10. Call the Maui Hemp Institute at (808) 463-4042 for times.

On June 9, the Maui Hemp Institute will partner with the Maui chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union for a potluck dinner at Maui Tropical Plantation, 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy., starting at 6 p.m. Doug Fine will be in attendance as well; those who don’t bring a dish to share will have to pay $10 at the door.

Hemp History Week 2016 will wrap up on June 12 with a working visit to Maui’s first “hemp-infused food forest” in Lahaina. Maui Hemp Institute representative Steve Rose said while there will not be any actual hemp in use just yet, participants will help prepare former pineapple and sugar cane fields for the organization’s sustainable forest project.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the visit will be followed by an off-site pizza lunch. Cost is $40 general admission; $25 for Hawaii Farmers Union and Maui Hemp Insititute members. Call (808) 463-4042 for location and more information.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Atlantis Cruises welcomes Majestic to Honolulu Harbor

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May 28th, 2016



JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMAtlantis Cruises hosted a media preview event aboard its new cruise vessel, Majestic, on Thursday.

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Atlantis Cruises hosted a media preview event aboard its new cruise vessel, Majestic, on Thursday.

Atlantis Cruises unveiled its next generation of sailing vessel this week, and at the same time bid aloha to a ship that faithfully served dinner cruise passengers for more than 15 years.

The company purchased Majestic earlier this year and had it delivered from Long Beach, Calif. to its new home near Aloha Tower last month. A blessing for the 150-foot ship was held Thursday and its inaugural dinner cruise took place last night.

“Majestic is a significant upgrade in quality of experience,” said Ronald Williams, Atlantis Adventures president and CEO. “It’s spaciousness, floor plan design and interior decor make it much more comfortable for guests to move about, enjoy the spectacular views and be entertained.”

The ship features three separate guest experiences, with a cocktail lounge and dance floor sandwiched between Majestic’s formal dining space and an open-air observation deck that also includes a private bridal suite to accommodate wedding parties. It also utilizes Seakeeper gyroscopic stabilizing technology to provide the smoothest ride possible.

In the short term, Williams said all three decks will be available for customers to explore and create their own “freestyle” dinner cruise.

“You don’t have to go downstairs right away,” he said. “You can come up to the lounge, have a few drinks and then eat downstairs at your leisure.

“We want to get out of this box that says, ‘This is what we want you to do.’ We want you to buy an experience, and now we offer a variety of options to go with that experience.”

COURTESY ATLANTIS CRUISESMajestic welcomed its first passengers on Friday.

COURTESY ATLANTIS CRUISES

Majestic welcomed its first passengers on Friday.

Majestic can accommodate up to 400 passengers, which is more than the Navatek previously carried when it handled dinner cruise duties off Honolulu’s south shore for Atlantis. The company has yet to determine that ship’s future after retiring it from active service yesterday.

“Navatek has been a wonderful cruise vessel the past 16 years and made a lot of happy memories for guests,” Williams said. “Majestic is the future for Atlantis and we’re excited about showing our guests a new and better way to enjoy the cruise experience in Hawaii.”

The new ship will also serve as an experiment of sorts for Atlantis. Williams said the company will continue to monitor and evaluate guest behavior in an effort to provide the best experience possible.

“The customer is going to tell us a lot about what they want,” he said. “What (Majestic) looks like on her maiden voyage will be totally different than what she looks like a year from now.

“Once we believe we have the formula, this type of ship could then show up on other islands.”

Learn more about Majestic and the types of cruises available to guests by visiting the Atlantis Cruises website; discounts are available when booking and paying for a reservation online.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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Three months, three different sake-related events in Honolulu

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May 17th, 2016



CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2014The Joy of Sake returns to the Hawai'i Convention Center in July.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2014

The Joy of Sake returns to the Hawai'i Convention Center in July.

Now in its 16th year, the Joy of Sake has grown into a three-city tour that bills itself as “the world’s largest sake celebration outside Japan.”

When the annual tasting returns to the Hawai’i Convention Center on July 22, nearly 400 different types of sake will be poured alongside food from more than 20 local restaurants. The event will also feature an Izakaya Alley with “upscale Japanese street food” served in an outdoor setting.

“We’re excited to bring The Joy of Sake to three cities where people clearly embrace sake and want to explore more,” organizer Chris Pearce said in a statement. The public tasting follows the private U.S. National Sake Appraisal, which also takes place here in July and features more than 160 sake breweries competing in a blind tasting by judges from the United States and Japan.

Tickets for the Honolulu stop are $100.74, with a limited number of $153.24 early access tickets also available. The higher priced early access gets you inside at 5:30 p.m., an hour before doors open to the general admission ticket holders. The tasting will run until 9 p.m. and is open to those 21-and-over only. Click here for tickets.

DON'T WANT to wait until July? Tickets are also on sale now for Sake Fest at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

From 6 to 9 p.m. June 13 in Waikiki, $75 will buy you sample sips of more than 50 different types of sake, shochu and Japanese beer, including:

» Bizen
» Born
» Echigo
» Ginrei
» Hakkaisan
» Hakutake
» Iichiko
» Kawabe
» Kikusui
» Kinjo
» Kubota
» Mugon
» Piritto Umeshu
» Sakura Muromachi
» Sengetsu
» Shiranami Genshu
» Tatsuriki
» Umepon
» Yamato Shizuku

Along with the liquor, guests will enjoy Japanese street food. Reservations are required; call (808) 739-9463 or email JasonF@times-supermarket.com to secure your spot.

AND IF next month is still too long to wait, make plans to check out the Sake Shop, 1461 S. King St., from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday for a Japanese Whisky and Sake Tasting.

Owners Malcolm and Nadine Leong have enlisted Scot Whigam from Southern Wine and Spirits to pour samples of Hibiki Japanese Harmony, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt and Mars Iwai whiskies.

Sake fans can try a sip of Yoshinogawa Echigo junmai and Kaiun junmai ginjo — or press your luck and try all five, since this tasting is free to attend! (Although you might want to consider supporting this local business and pick up a bottle or two if you plan on drinking more than one flight of samples.)

Get more information about this weekend’s tasting and future events by following the Sake Shop on Twitter or calling (808) 947-7253.
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Time running out for Kapalua Wine and Food Fest discounts

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April 26th, 2016



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival returns to Maui in June.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2012

The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival returns to Maui in June.

Only a few days remain to take advantage of early bird ticket specials for the longest-running food and wine event in the United States.

The 35th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival is set for June 9 through June 12 on Maui, with a variety of educational and tasting events scheduled at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay.

Special guests this year include restauranteur and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson and chef Michele Mazza of New York’s Il Mulino, who will both lead celebrity chef cooking demonstrations during the festival. Annual gala events include the Grand Tasting, featuring food from Kapalua-area restaurants and premium wines, and the Seafood Festival, which features 14 of Maui’s top restaurants and more wine to go with live music by Maui’s Nuff Sedd.

A number of wine seminars are also scheduled, including a “Champagne and Scooby Snack” tasting hosted by master sommelier Rob Bigelow, and “Family Tree - Scions of Family Wineries” with special guest panelists Carlo Mondavi (RAEN Vineyards/Continuum), Christopher Hyde (Hyde and Sons) and Brandon De Luze (ZD) among others. Master sommelier Michael Jordan will also present “Ten Year Magic Retrospective,” a look at what a decade of aging can do to bottles of cabernet sauvignon.

Now through April 30, four-day passes are available for $895, with gala event tickets discounted to $180 each. Special room, air and car packages are also available through the festival’s travel partners; visit kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com for more details.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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