Archive for December, 2009

Hail to the Chef! Alan Wong

December 30th, 2009
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Hail to the Chef! Alan Wong

From one home town boy to another, President Barack Obama loves Chef Alan Wong's culinary creations and who could disagree?  Winner of countless culinary awards, co-founder of Hawaii Regional Cuisine (1992), recognized by Robert Mondavi Winery as one of 13 Rising Star Chefs in America (1994), recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest,  Chef of the Year by Santé Magazine (2001), Gourmet Magazine ranked his restaurant sixth in a list of America’s Best 50 Restaurants... Alan Wong also owns The Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center, Alan Wong's on King St., and Alan Wong's Hawaii at Disneyland in Maihama, Japan... and yet he considers his business a mom and pop operation?

His Hawaii roots are grounded firmly in the islands and he proves it by the support he has given colleagues and local producers from the coffee farms in Holualoa to Nalo Farms in Waimanalo.  This interview is an excerpt from a series called Changing Hawaii. One of our most enjoyable documentary style forays into life in contemporary Hawaii on PacificNetwork.tv.

Do we miss King's Bakery, McCully Chop Suey, Flamingo's, College Inn for those of you old enough to recall, and so many other local landmarks that have disappeared during the last two decades?  Like Mavro, Hiroshi's, Dk's Steakhouse, Orchid's, Michel's at Colony Surf, Vino, Merriman's, Hoku's, Pastiche, and other spectacular Hawaii restaurants owned and operated as small businesses (vs large corporations) these restaurants and their Chefs are uniquely Hawaii and they reflect a lot about who we are. These restauranteurs and chefs have managed to survive and thrive through changing economies and changing audiences.  They remind us that there has to be change in all industries, including entertainment and travel, and that a good chef makes the most of the situation. Good food and dining with friends and family are comfort we long for during difficult times. So thanks to Chef Alan Wong and other great Chefs of Hawaii for making us feel that it's going to be ok... that Life is Good in Hawaii.  We just need to pay attention to the sign posts along the changing path.

For more video visit our Arts & Culture channel at http://ARTS.pacificnetwork.tv/ and http://news.pacificnetwork.tv/ChangingHawaii/

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Counting Down to a Greener Christmas

December 23rd, 2009
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Counting Down to a Greener Christmas

Christmas has snuck up on us again. But this year, more eco-conscious merrymakers have been humming to a different tune. It’s not the 12 days of Christmas but rather the 12 days to a greener holiday.

“We just think it’s important to keep it simple during the holidays because of the economy and how easy it is to get caught up being materialistic,” said Kelly Perry from the Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation.

She and dozens of other organizations shared their ideas on how to have an even greener Christmas in the islands at the Green Community Fair earlier this month.

The Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation suggests purchasing live, potted trees that can be kept even after the holidays. In order to reduce waste, cancel any unwanted holiday catalogs that usually get sent in the mail and choose reusable plates and utensils for those company Christmas parties. For those planning on caroling throughout neighborhoods, bring a trash bag along to pick up any litter.

Many at the fair got creative with wrapping gifts. They used recycled wrapping paper and decorated paper grocery bags with magazine cut-outs. Furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese cloth wrapping, could also be a more sustainable way of concealing those presents from loved ones. Handkerchiefs, hand towels and even paper towels make for great Furoshiki wrapping.

Shop for gently used gifts at thrift shops or garage sales this holiday season. Kamehameha High School students representing the Tree Huggers Club at the fair brought new color and life to old pieces of clothing and materials. Most planned on giving the items as gifts to friends and family.

“(Giving tie-dyed gifts) is good because you can go to Savers or a thrift store and just get white clothes to dye,” said senior and club member Sunshine Gay Warren. “It’s making stuff from the heart rather than buying stuff, so it’s cheap, and it’s heartfelt.”

For more video, visit http://ARTS.pacificnetwork.tv/HotPicks/

Alyssa S. Navares for PacificNetwork.tv

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The Eddie Aikau is on

December 10th, 2009
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Pretty much no words are necessary.  We all know why this is such a special event and why it means so much to local folks. Thank you to everyone who makes this event possible.  It is covered world wide and next time the state tourism considers what kind of messages and images draw the potential visitor?  I hope they remember that this event was front and center in the New York Times when the meet was postponed for one day.  And that ain't nothin'!  Congratulations to all the Invitees, safe surf, and let's all remember to preserve our oceans and shorelines.

For more video visit http://SPORTS.pacificnetwork.tv/HotPicks/

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Eddie Aikau Blessing -Pt 2

December 8th, 2009
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Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Event - Blessing Pt 2

Part 2. Pretty much no words are necessary.  We all know why this is such a special event and why it means so much to local folks.  Thank you to everyone who makes this event possible.  It is covered world wide and next time the state tourism considers what kind of messages and images draw the potential visitor?  I hope they remember that this event was front and center in the New York Times when the meet was postponed for one day.  And that ain't nothin'!  Congratulations to all the Invitees, safe surf, and let's all remember to preserve our oceans and shorelines.

For more video from the event go to http://SPORTS.pacificnetwork.tv/HotPicks/

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HI Tailgating - UH vs Wisconsin Pt 1

December 6th, 2009
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Hawaii Tailgating - UH vs Wisconsin Pt 1

We saved the best for last... and while the University of Hawaii celebrates 100 years of football we celebrate Hawaii tailgating with a bang. Watch the videos. You cannot believe how elaborate and just plain ono. Fresh grilled crab ten different ways. Alaskan King, dungeness, kona, snow crab... and raw clams, giant raw oysters, and barbecued abalone.  At this last game lots of parties prepared home-made laulau -- some with seafood and even a duck lau lau, squid luau, poke 101 ways and then the exotics: chichirones, pajeon, kilawin. During this last tailgating party on the tarmack every single group invited PacificNetwork.tv to join them. Our crew ate so much it was not to be believed. Only in Hawaii! They made plates, they packed us bentos, they did tastings and toaasts. Where else can you find this kind of aloha?  Our PacificNetwork.tv crew voted on today's best: Max: furikaki fried spam musubi; Tommy:  spicy odaeng (korean fish cake) Susanne: toss up between the bbq'd abalone, spicy pickled onions, and the chocolate chip Noh Foods haupia cake; Michelle: bourbon scallops with Noh BBQ sauce.

Stay tuned for the final cook off where we'll post all the finalists' recipes and announce winners and their prizes. For now, another great recipe: Chocolate Chip Noh Foods Haupia Cake.

1 Box mix cake, Noh Foods Haupia Pudding mix, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, Heath™ candy bar, good quality dark chocolate candy bar.Prepare the Noh haupia mix but make a pudding instead of a stiff jello. Bake cake as instructed on box and add chocolate chips and crushed Heath bars into batter.  Make two layers. Between the layers spread the haupia pudding. Top with the haupia pudding, toasted shaved coconut, and shaved chocolate candy bar.

We'll be posting more recipes so stay tuned.  It's been big fun and beyond the food, tailgating brings about life long friendships. During the season we met folks who had been tailgating for 15+ years. Some friendships formed right on the tarmack at Aloha Stadium. The crewalso caught up with UH football alumni greats and went behind the scenes into the stadium before the game to capture interviews with Coach Bob Wagner who took took the team to a WAC championship, Blazo Sarzevich, Merv Lopes Jr. - wide receiver, Michael Carter - quarterback who posted the UH's first bowl game victory.  Thanks to everyone who got into the mood and really came up with some incredible culinary creations. For more, keep in the loop at The Honolulu Advertiser and PacificNetwork.tv

http://sports.pacificnetwork.tv/tailgating and www.espn1420am.com

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