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with_aloha_benefit_Sendai_Tohoku_hospitalIf you’re on Oahu on Sat., April 9, HAWAII Magazine would like you to consider taking some time out to attend—or lend your kokua (help) to—a benefit for a cause that’s near to our hearts.

We’ve all seen the devastation wreaked on the Japanese coastal city of Sendai by the catastrophic March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Many of us have since given money to American Red Cross efforts to provide aid and relief to residents of Sendai and the Tohoku area.

Since the disaster, Tohoku University Hospital, in the heart of Sendai, has also been providing as much food, medicine and other necessities as it can to people from the surrounding areas in need. Scott Schumaker, president of HAWAII Magazine parent company PacificBasin Communications, has in recent weeks, kept an online journal about the hospital’s role in relief and recovery efforts for the region.

with_aloha_benefit_Sendai_Tohoku_hospitalSchumaker’s wife, Yasue, was in Sendai at the time of the disaster, caring for her mother who is in Tokoku University Hospital. Yasue was on her way to the hospital when the earthquake happened.

If Yasue’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely you heard her voice on TV in the hours following the earthquake and tsunami. From the hospital, she was interviewed by international media, providing some of the first on-the-ground news and details about the impact of the tsunami on the Sendai area.

Yasue is still in Sendai, still caring for her mother and still witnessing all of the contributions the hospital has been making to help people in the area recover.

Tohoku University Hospital could use our help.

with_aloha_benefit_Sendai_Tohoku_hospitalWhich is why Oahu restaurants, musicians, businesses, community groups and HAWAII Magazine parent companies PacificBasin Communications and aio are coming together for "With Aloha,” a  benefit aimed at raising money for Sendai’s Tohoku University Hospital. “With Aloha” will happen from 5 to 9 p.m., Sat., April 9, at Honolulu’s Pagoda Hotel.If you can make it, we’d like you to be there.

Here’s what will be happening at the “With Aloha” benefit (with more being added, as details are finalized):

• Dishes from 24 restaurants, including Le Bistro, Pagoda, Hukilau Honolulu, Honolulu Burger Co., Ryan’s Grill, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Kincaid’s, Hy’s Steakhouse and more.

with_aloha_benefit_Sendai_Tohoku_hospital• Live entertainment from Hapa (pictured, below), Brother Noland (pictured, above), Natural Vibrations, Kala Boys, Juke Joint 5PM, Rock Steady, Shinnyo-Taiko Group and others.

• Wine- and beer-tasting stations, and soft drinks, from Better Brands, Hawaii Nui, Anheuser-Busch, Southern Wines, Paradise Beverages and Johnson Brothers.

• An origami crane-making booth, with a goal of folding 1,000-plus cranes carrying messages of hope to Sendai residents.

• A silent auction.

• Still more to come.

Free parking for the event will be available at the nearby Pacific Guardian Tower (1440 Kapiolani Blvd.) and HMSA Center (818 Keeaumoku St.) buildings.

with_aloha_benefit_Sendai_Tohoku_hospitalTickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, with proceeds directly benefiting the Tohoku University Hospital. For “With Aloha” ticket purchase information or to purchase tickets, click here.

If you're on Oahu, we hope to see you there.

If you’re not able to attend “With Aloha”, you can make a monetary donation to the “Tohoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund” online at www.withaloha.org. You can also mail your donation to the fund to: Tokoku University Hospital-Japan Relief Fund, 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 610, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813. Checks should be made payable to "Tohoku Hospital Japan Relief Fund."

100 percent of the proceeds received from the “With Aloha” event and all donations will go directly to Tohoku University Hospital.”

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Tohuku University Hospital, Sendai, Japan

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the people and businesses who have come forward to help us produce ‘With Aloha’ for the people of Japan,” said Duane Kurisu, chairman and CEO of aio, the parent company of PacificBasin Communications. “We are inspired each day by the generous contributions by our own employees, vendors, clients. It gives us hope for the rehabilitation of our neighbors in Japan.”

Mahalo for your kokua and attendance!
 
Photos and image credits (top-bottom): With Aloha, Hukilau Honolulu, Mountain Apple Co., Ryan's Grill, Wikipedia Commons
 

happiest_state_in_the_nation_HawaiiWe really didn’t need a survey to tell us, but it’s nice to have it validated just the same.

Hawaii was named the happiest state in the nation, according to the recently released 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

Hawaii scored a 71.0 average well-being score, out of a possible 100 points in the annual poll. That’s up from 70.2 last year. Wyoming was second with a score of 69.2 and North Dakota rounded the Top 3 with 68.4.

The results marked the second consecutive year that Hawaii took top honors in the annual poll.

The telephone poll, conducted throughout 2010 by Gallup-Healthways, surveyed 352,840 adults in all 50 states.

The state’s top placement was due to high scores in three of the survey’s six categories: life evaluation, emotional health and physical health. (The other three categories, by the way, were work environment, healthy behavior and basic access to things like healthcare and safe places to exercise.)

Pretty good, considering the survey doesn’t even factor in our wonderful year-round weather as a qualifier.

That said, perpetually cold Alaska made the index’s Top 10, too, as one of the nation’s happiest states, too. Maybe it’s those Northern Lights.

But there’s a lot more than just our balmy weather and world-class surf to love about Hawaii. For proof, check out HAWAII Magazine’s current March/April 2011 issue and its cover feature: “The Now List: 20 Things We Love About Our Islands ... Right Now.” The new issue is on sale on newsstands and in bookstores nationwide ... right now.

Believe us, there’s lots to love about Hawaii.

And for the record, here are the top 10 states in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and their average well-being scores (out of a possible 100 points):

1. Hawaii: 71.0
2. Wyoming: 69.2
3. North Dakota: 68.4
4. Alaska: 68.3
5. Colorado: 68.0
6. Minnesota: 68.0
7. South Dakota: 68.0
8. Utah: 67.9
9. Connecticut: 67.9
10. Nebraska: 67.8

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Sri Maiava Rusden
 
The cover feature of HAWAII Magazine’s March/April issue is our 2011 Now List , a.k.a. our annual “20 Things We Love About Hawaii … Right Now” list.

Among the collection of things we’re currently enamored of here in the Islands, you’ll find our favorite handmade, fresh-ingredient-fused Hawaiian paleta to cool down with on a hot day. Our favorite means of giving directions to folks who are lost. The best 95-year-old floral parade in Hawaii. Our favorite Maui comfort food. And, well, the entire island of Lanai.

You’ll find all “20 things” in HAWAII Magazine’s current issue, in bookstores and on newsstands nationwide … right now. You can also subscribe to HAWAII Magazine’s print edition by clicking here.

Here on HawaiiMagazine.com, we’re hoping to whet your appetite enough to check out the full list and write-ups in HAWAII Magazine's March/April 2011 print edition feature with this sneak peek at one of our “20 Things To Love About Hawaii Right Now”:

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Sunday Walks On An Active Volcano

Frequent visitors  to the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park know its most fascinating, rarely seen  natural wonders are often found on the vast park’s miles of hiking trails. A solo hike sound a bit daunting? You’ve never hike alone on Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s monthly Sunday Walks in the Park—guided group hikes on the area’s diverse trail system. Hike through fern-filled rain forests, over the hardened lava of a Kilauea volcano caldera, to the edge of steam and sulphur vents. The hike (and scenery) changes every month.  Become a member and the hike is free.

The Friends’ next Sunday Walk in the Park happens on April 10, from noon to 2 p.m. The hike will start at the Kilauea Visitor Center near the park entrance, and include a mile-hike on the Sulphur Banks and Crater Rim Trail, then another mile-long hike on the forested loop trail at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park).

Future Sunday Walks in the Park will be held on the second Sunday of every month.

Click Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s website for meeting place, maps and more details.

Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson
 
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Prince Kuhio Day observed in Hawaii this weekend. Here's where to go.



prince_kuhio_day_Hawaii_this_weekend_where_to_goA statewide holiday and annual celebrations this weekend on Oahu and Kauai will honor the birthday of Hawaii’s Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.

Who is Prince Kuhio?

Born in the south Kauai town of Koloa in 1871, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole created much of the Hawaii the world sees today. A prince of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kuhio was next in line to become king when Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in 1894 bringing an end to the Hawaiian monarchy. Despite the overthrow, Kuhio’s determination and dedication to the people of the Hawaiian Islands never wavered.

He worked throughout his life to perpetuate and preserve Native Hawaiian culture and practices. He served as Hawaii’s second congressional delegate from 1903 until his death in 1922, instituting government policies still in effect today. Because of Kuhio’s influence, we observe King Kamehameha Day each June 11—the only state holiday dedicated to Hawaiian royalty other than Kuhio Day.

Prince Kuhio Day is traditionally celebrated on March 26—the prince’s actual birthday. But because March 26 falls on a Saturday this year, the Prince Kuhio Day holiday will be observed tomorrow, with schools and colleges statewide closed, Honolulu’s public transportation system operating on a holiday schedule and many people statewide off from work for the day.

Annual celebrations on Oahu and Kauai this weekend honor the prince’s memory. Here is a list of Prince Kuhio Day celebrations on both islands, from today through Saturday:


Thurs., March 24

Kauai

Hula kahiko (traditional hula) performance
, 4:30 p.m., Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa


prince_kuhio_day_Hawaii_this_weekend_where_to_goFri. March 25

Kauai

Evening of Hawaiian music
with slack-key guitar masters Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa, falsetto singer Kamakakehau Fernandez and hula performances, 6 p.m., Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa


Sat. March 26

Oahu

• Prince Kuhio Celebration of Life,
services at Prince Kuhio’s final resting place, Oahu’s Royal Mausoleum at Maunaala, 8 a.m., 2261 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, Oahu

Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade and Hoolaulea
. The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs presents a parade down Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park at 10 a.m., lei draping of Waikiki's Prince Kuhio statue (pictured, right) and Hawaiian arts and crafts, live music and hula, and food booths at Kapiolani Park until 5 p.m.

Kauai

Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies
, Hawaiian protocol honoring Kuhio through the offering of hookupu (gifts), hula and singing, 10 a.m., Prince Kuhio Park in Poipu.

Craft fair, cultural demonstrations and live entertainment, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Photos: Wikipedia Commons
 

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May Day may be lei day in Hawaii.

But really, any day in the Islands is a good day to celebrate the art and culture of Hawaiian lei making. And if you’re on Oahu this weekend and love lei, you’re in luck.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts is once again dedicating an entire spring weekend to the craft with A Celebration of Hawaiian Lei Making. The two-day lei festival, happening March 26 and 27 at the Academy Art Center at Linekona, will gather experts in traditional and contemporary lei making for talk-story sessions, demonstrations and lessons in creating and giving lei.

Experts on hand will demonstrate basic methods of lei construction from kui (stringing) and haku (mounted or braided), to wili  (winding) and kipuu (knotting). Both days will also feature liva hula performances, and video presentations on Hawaiian lei masters.

All events are free, and open to the public.

art_of_Hawaii_lei_making_festivalHere’s the Celebration of Hawaiian Lei Making weekend schedule:

Sat., March 26


• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., lei demonstrations
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., lei making videos, in art center community room
• 1 p.m., hula performance from May Day lei court
• 2:15 p.m., “Planting and Maintaining a Lei Garden,” panel discussion, in art center community room

Sun. March 27

• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., lei demonstrations
• 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., lei making videos, in art center community room
• 1 p.m., hula performance from May Day lei court
• 2:15 p.m., Talk Story session on the craft of lei making, in art center community room

A Celebration of Lei Making, Honolulu Academy of Arts Academy Art Center at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 26 & 27, for more information visit the Honolulu Academy of Arts website, or call (808) 532-8741.

Photos: Nathan Yuen (top), Shuzo Uemoto (bottom)
 
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Hawaii_open_for_businessThere’s still much talk swirling in the national and international media about just how much of Hawaii is really open for business in the wake of last Friday’s tsunami-generated ocean surges, spawned by the Japan earthquake.

So much talk, in fact, that Hawaii tourism officials and Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie took to issuing multiple media statements this week declaring the Islands “open for business.” A handful of HAWAII Magazine readers have e-mailed us with questions, too, asking what reported information out there is true and not true.

The truth? Repairs to a number of coastal residences, businesses, piers and parks statewide are expected to reach in the tens of millions of dollars. But except for the closure of two resorts on the Big Island’s South Kohala Coast for repairs, Hawaii really is open for business.

Here’s everything we know:

• All beaches and oceanfront parks are open statewide. Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (pictured, above), 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona town, is open, but much of the park along its coastal trails are closed while park officials survey trail damage and clear debris.

• All state and county roads on all Islands are open and drivable. This includes Kailua-Kona’s waterfront Alii Drive, which did suffer initial damage when the tsunami surge occurred, but is now open.

• No airports statewide sustained damage.

• Kailua-Kona Pier is open for all ocean sport and boating activities, as well as docking cruise ships.

Hawaii_open_for_business• Hulihee Palace is open. The historic palace (pictured, left) located on the waterfront in Kailua-Kona, reopened on March 22 after a brief closure to repair basement damage.

• The King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is open. The hotel, neighboring Kailua-Kona Pier, sustained initial ocean surge damage to its first floor retail areas but was never closed.

• The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the Kona Village Resort are the only Hawaii hotels closed. The resorts, which neighbor each other about 17 miles north of Kailua-Kona, suffered significant damage from tsunami-generated ocean surges. The 243-room Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will be closed until April 30, largely for cleanup of sand and debris, and repair of water damage to the some of the resort’s oceanfront guest rooms, landscaping, restaurants and public areas. The all-bungalow Kona Village Resort sustained major damage to a number of its oceanfront bungalows, as well as damage to its restaurant, beach bar and oceanfront public areas. The resort is now closed indefinitely, and may not reopen.

• No harmful levels of radiation resulting from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emergency have reached Hawaii, nor are harmful levels of radiation expected to reach Hawaii.

Anything else we should add to this list, or more questions for us? Please let us know with a comment on our HAWAII Magazine Facebook page or tweet us on our Twitter page.

Our thoughts and aloha continue to go out to our reader ohana in Japan, the people of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunamis there, and Hawaii residents and businesses affected by the ocean surges here. If you would like to make a contribution to American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan or Hawaii, please click the banner below.

Mahalo!

Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami

Photos: Wikipedia Commons
 

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Hawaii may not have the largest Irish population among U.S. states (or countries in the Pacific Rim, for that matter). But such trivialities never give a moment's pause to the thousands of people who turn out every year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Honolulu.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Chinatown Block Party—just a couple of blocks from HAWAII Magazine’s downtown office—lures thousands of revelers to the Honolulu Chinatown Arts District’s unofficial “Irish Corner.” If you’re going to the party tonight—and you should if you’re on Oahu—that would be the intersection of Merchant Street and Nuuanu Avenue, where Murphy’s Bar & Grill and O’Toole’s Irish Pub are located.

No less than the brewers of Guinness Irish Stout have called our humble Honolulu block party “the single biggest St. Patrick’s Day party any one bar throws in the United States,” according to event organizer and Murphy’s Bar & Grill owner Don Murphy.

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Murphy started the downtown St. Patrick’s Day celebration 24 years ago as a simple but boisterous party, kept within the confines of his Irish restaurant and pub. Within a decade the party spilled out onto Merchant Street, then Nuuanu Avenue, then a neighboring parking lot. Now it’s a massive open-air festival boasting Irish foods, live entertainment and, of course, a stellar variety of beers, Irish and otherwise.

The restaurant opens for lunch at 11 a.m. with a St. Paddy’s menu that reads like a Dublin pub: corned beef and cabbage, Guinness-braised lamb shanks, blarney burgers, fish-and-chips and homemade Irish whiskey cake and bread pudding. Murphy’s is also bringing back its popular St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Oyster Bar, with hundreds of fresh-shucked oysters, steamed clams, sautéed shrimp, crab cakes and oyster shooters.

Whatever you nosh, however, make sure you order some corned beef. Murphy’s is donating $2 for every pound of corned beef it sells throughout March to the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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Can’t make it for lunch? No worries, the real partying doesn’t begin until sunset, when Murphy’s shuts down Merchant Street and Nuuanu Avenue for the big block party. As for live music stages: Doolin’ Rakes promises to bring the Irish tunes, while Elephant throws down harder-edge rock.

If you’re in the neighborhood, sport some green and head to Chinatown. For more information, visit www.murphyshawaii.com or call (808) 531-0422.

Other interesting “green” events are also happening around Honolulu today. Here’s a list:


• 44th annual Waikiki St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Waikiki
Noon

Bands, marchers and floats head down Kalakaua Avenue and past Kuhio Beach to Kapiolani Park for an afternoon of Irish food, music and entertainment. The parade is sponsored by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Hawaii.

• St. Patrick’s Day at the Tower
Aloha Tower Marketplace
6 - 8 p.m.


The Marketplace’s celebration isn’t as, ahem, lively as the block party in neighboring Chinatown. But if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate and subdued, the Marketplace might be the place for you. Restaurants will offer Irish menus and the center atrium will feature "The Magical Music of Ireland"—an evening of Irish song and dance inspired by the history and legend of the Emerald Isles.

Erin go bragh!

Photos: David Croxford
 

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An aerial view of the Kamoamoa fissure on March 10, after lava activity had ceased. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS.

It's over … for now.

Kilauea volcano’s most recent fissure eruption, which last week sent lava spatter up to 160 feet in the air from a 1.4-mile crack in the earth, has ended indefinitely.

The breakout Kamoamoa fissure, near Puu Oo crater on the Kilauea summit’s east rift zone, paused last Wednesday evening after five days of continuous, often dramatic lava activity. Seismic tremor in the area of the fissure—which would indicate activity below the surface—has dipped to levels present before the fissure opened on March 5.

The Kamoamoa fissure roared to life just after 5 p.m. on Sat., March 5, producing low-level lava fountains along a 535-yard long newly-opened crack in the ground just two miles from Kilauea’s long-erupting Puu Oo crater. The floor of Puu Oo crater had collapsed only three hours earlier, as magma began withdrawing from beneath its surface.

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Lava activity at the Kamoamoa fissure on March 6, a day after it had opened. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS

Lava activity at the Kamoamoa fissure continued steadily over the next five days with lulls in activity occasionally punctuated by lava fountains and spatter up to 160 feet. By the conclusion of surface lava activity at the site last Wednesday evening, the length of the fissure had extended to 1.4 miles.

In their daily update this morning, geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported persistent glowing spots overnight in Puu Oo crater, while Kamoamoa fissure remains inactive.

Though eruptive activity at Kamoamoa has ceased for the time being, access to the remote area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains off limits to hikers. Continuing activity at Halemaumau crater on Kilauea volcano’s summit can be observed by park visitors from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s Thomas A. Jaggar Museum overlook, which is open 24 hours daily.

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A geologist stands near ground cracks between the east and west fissures of Kamoamoa on March 10. (Click photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS

Daily updates on Kilauea volcano activity are available at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

HawaiiMagazine.com has reported regularly on lava activity at Kilauea volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Click here to catch up with all of our Volcano News posts. You can also follow our updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 
 

HAWAII Magazine Guide to Annual Hawaii Food Festivals



guide_Hawaii_food_festivalsPicture yourself at a beachside barbecue, on the lawn at aptly named Paradise Cove, Oahu. As the sun sets through the waving palms, you wander from food tent to food tent—and realize this is not just any barbecue.

There’s roast duck with red wine teriyaki sauce. A seafood pouch with shrimp, clams, mahimahi and honshimeiji mushrooms. Maui Cattle Co. beef and smoked ahi. Moi, the fish of Hawaiian royalty, with cherry tomato jus. Ramen noodles and mushrooms in truffle broth. More and more, cooked right in front of you by some of Hawaii's most noted chefs.

In another tent, Gerhardt Reisacher of Napa’s Delectus Winery is pouring his top-of-the-line red, the $135-a-bottle Cuvée Julia. Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family Winery will take you through his highly regarded Silverado Trail varietals, from chardonnay to cabernet. Eight major California wineries have sent their best wines.

Don’t drink wine? There are chilled bottles of microbrewed beer and ale from Hawaii Nui Brewing. Distiller Mark Nigbur of Pau Maui Vodka has flown over to shake and pour martinis. Not to mention bubbly mango and pineapple soda from Waialua Soda Works.

guide_Hawaii_food_festivalsThere’s live music from the stage. Just when you’re sitting back, perhaps sipping a fine glass of wine, there are not one, but two fashion shows—one of Tahitian-inspired aloha wear and another of bikinis from Hawai‘i designer Honey Girl.

Sound like a good time? This event is the Paradise Beachside Barbecue, and it’s only one of the four galas in Oahu’s premier food festival, Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise (pictured, above), held annually over three days.

And joining the celebrated Hawaii chefs at the 2011 Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise? Food Network celebrity chef Anne Burrell of Iron Chef America and Worst Cooks in America. (Don't worry. Burrell's not one of the latter.)

Next festival: May 20 & 21, 2011, www.hawaiifoodandwineparadise.com.

Here’s even better news: Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise is only one of dozens of culinary festivals held in the Islands each year. People in Hawaii love to throw a party, and a festival here of any kind usually has food, often lots of it.

Here and on the following pages, HAWAII Magazine presents our guide to the biggest and best annual culinary festivals in the Islands.


OAHU

Hale Aina Awards

In addition to Hawaii Food and Wine Paradise, there’s another Oahu festival that consistently draws top chefs. Honolulu Magazine bestows its annual Hale Aina Awards on the top restaurants in the state—so, of course, it’s the state’s award-winning chefs who come together for the Hale Aina Awards Gala on the lawn of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Each chef knows he’s cooking for his peers and rises to the occasion, making you also the beneficiary of their most dazzling culinary skills.

Next event: November 2011, www.HonoluluMagazine.com.

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Regional Cuisine co-founding chef Roy Yamaguchi (of Roy's Restaurants fame) is spearheading the first Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, set for late September. Yamaguchi is looking to put together a three-evening fest, with foodie events spread across three Waikiki hotels: Halekulani, Hilton Hawaiian Village and Waikiki Edition. The fest is still in the planning stages, but expect top Hawaii chefs to be there, along with a few Mainland and international chefs, and as many Hawaii farmers as can attend.The goal? Promoting sustainable agriculture in the Islands and promoting the Islands as an international culinary mecca.

First event: Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011, website coming soon. 

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Joy of Sake

Joy of Sake

If you’re a fan of Japanese sake, Honolulu boasts America’s largest and most important sake event, Joy of Sake. Joy of Sake is so well-reputed, it now journeys to San Francisco, New York and Tokyo, but the Honolulu event is the original and biggest. Of course, there’s gourmet food at both the wine and sake festivals, with an emphasis on Japanese fare at Joy of Sake.

Next event: August 2011, www.joyofsake.com.

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Waikiki Spam Jam

Not all Island food events are serious gourmet affairs. Some are just fun. For instance, Hawaii has the highest per capita consumption of Spam in the country. So why not throw a massive street party to celebrate Hormel’s pink luncheon loaf? Enter the annual Waikiki Spam Jam. Last year, 20,000 people showed up at Waikiki Spam Jam to hear free entertainment from two stages and sample Spam in all varieties, from the ever popular Spam musubi to such variations as Cajun Spam and Spamokopita.

Next event: April 30, 2011, www.spamjamhawaii.com.

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Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival. Photo: John Heckathorn

Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival

You can’t live by Spam alone. Fishing is part of the Island culture, and the annual Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival draws thousands to Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 38, where you can learn about Hawaii seafood, peruse almost every kind of fishing supply imaginable, and sample food from innumerable booths.

Next festival: October 2011, www.hawaiifishingfestival.com.

 

Geologists at the Big Island's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory yesterday released dramatic video of last weekend’s collapse of the Puu Oo crater floor on Kilauea volcano.

The time-lapse video below, captured over 19 hours on Saturday, shows the Puu Oo crater floor dropping more than 377 feet. As the floor of the crater gives way, fiery rubble, lava and incandescent fractures can be seen in the gaping hole left behind.

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CLICK ON IMAGE FOR VIDEO. The floor of Kilauea volcano's Puu Oo crater collapsing on March 5.

The Puu Oo vent collapse event began at around 2:16 p.m. on Saturday, creating a large ash and fume cloud over the vent as magma withdrew from the disintegrating crater floor. At 5:15 p.m., HVO geologists discovered a freshly opened lava fissure in the Kamoamoa forest area about two miles west of Puu Oo, producing low-level lava fountains along a 535-yard long crack in the earth.

Lava activity at the Kamoamoa fissure has continued steadily since Saturday with lulls in activity occasionally punctuated by lava fountaining and spattering up to 160 feet into the air. The length of the fissure had extended to 1.4 miles as of Wednesday evening, with lava activity limited to its western end.

HVO geologists yesterday released the photos and video footage below, shot on Monday and Tuesday, of lava spattering activity at the new fissure:

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Lava spatters into the air on the west end of the Kamoamoa fissure on Mon., March 7. (Click on photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS

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CLICK ON IMAGE FOR VIDEO. Low-level lava fountaining at the Kamoamoa fissure on Mon., March 7.

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Wide view of the Kamoamoa eruption showing the fissure's 1.4 mile length, on Tues., March 8. The fissure's actively erupting southwestern vent is in the foreground, while its northeastern vent is the distant fume at the base of Puu Oo, in the background. (Click on photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS.


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Lava fountaining from the Kamoamoa fissure's northeastern vent on Tues., March 8. Puu Oo cone is in the background. (Click on photo to enlarge.) Photo: USGS

The new Kamoamoa fissure, located between Puu Oo and Napau craters, is in a remote area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, now closed to the public.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists on Sunday set up a webcam offering live views of the new fissure eruption, refreshed every five minutes.

Access to Puu Oo is off limits to hikers. But activity at Halemaumau crater is visible to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park visitors from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s Thomas A. Jaggar Museum overlook, which is open 24 hours daily. Daily updates on Kilauea volcano activity are available at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website.

HawaiiMagazine.com has reported regularly on lava activity at Kilauea volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Click here to catch up with all of our Volcano News posts. You can also follow our updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages. 
  
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