Pier joy

The Vertical Junkies—the party-and-promotions group—are turning into restaurateurs. First they teamed up with former Nobu pastry chef Alejandro Briceño to create V Lounge Pizza in 2009, and now they’re poised to conquer Kane‘ohe. Vertical Junkies founder Russ Inouye has a vision for his hometown. When it comes to food, “Kaneohe has the money and the knowledge, but there isn’t anything here,” says Inouye, who founded … Continue reading Pier joy


[I did a short piece on Eat the Street with a roundup of food trucks for Modern Luxury Hawaii, and they axed the part about Eat the Street. So here’s the whole unedited thing, which was written back in April.]

In January, Poni Askew organized Honolulu’s first food truck rally—Eat the Street. “We were hoping for 500 people and we got about 1,200!,” says the mom of three who started the foodtruck-tracking website StreetGrindz.com as a hobby when, after a long career (in the music and coffee worlds), she found being a stay-at-home mom “didn’t go over so well for me.”

Thanks to a partnership with Kamehameha Schools, Eat the Street is now a monthly event, held the last Thursday of the month in a large Kaka‘ako parking lot at 555 South Street. And in April, Askew launched the weekly Friday Night Bites, a lower-key, smaller confab of mobile eats at 1637 Kapiolani Blvd., on the Diamond Head end of the street. Continue reading “Clustertruck!”

Eat well + be on national TV: Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week

Just got the 411 on the Cooking Channel show Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week. Nathan Kam, McNeil Wilson Communications vice president for travel & tourism, said that on behalf of the Hawai‘i Visitor and Convention Bureau, he and his team got the food series over here. The show’s production crew will check out the food trucks Camille’s on Wheels, Flipt Out Eats, Opal … Continue reading Eat well + be on national TV: Eat Street shooting on O‘ahu this week

One more reason to go to Ka‘imuki: Salt

Today Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar officially opens at 5pm. This is the first Honolulu opening I’ve looked forward to in a long time. Why? It’s a Kevin Hanney production, and he’s teamed up with Robert McGee, who came to Honolulu from Portland’s Slow Bar and opened the kitchen at apartm3nt. Hanney blazed a trail with 12th Avenue Grill in 2005, and he’s doing it … Continue reading One more reason to go to Ka‘imuki: Salt