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Coverage: 2016 Filipino Fiesta

The 2016 24th Annual Filipino Fiesta took place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Kapiolani Park on a beautiful sunny day in Waikiki. Following is The Tasty Island’s photo coverage of the event. Enjoy, minang mabuhay, salamat po, like dot. ;-)

Grill City (part of Seafood City) Lobster Ball, “Kwek-Kwek” Quail Egg Ball, Fish Ball, BBQ Chicken and BBQ Beef Sticks

“Kwek-Kwek” Fried Quail Egg Ball

Seafood City “Buchi” (Sesame Ball)… it’s like a deep-fried hollow mochi ball stuffed with Azuki bean paste (or something like that)

Pancit (enough to feed a Filipino army!), with the broth made from the dripping of the chopped Crispy Pata!

So hey Pomai, what ya’ got there for lunch? “Oh, just my usual: Corn on the Cob and Balut…” lol

Grill City BBQ Chicken and BBQ Beef Sticks


Pork Guisantes

Pork Guisantes

Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew)… my fave!


Pork Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Pinakbet (a Patis-flavored bitter melon “Ampalaya” dish that’s up there next to Dinuguan as my top Filipino faves… no wonder da’ buggah stay almost wipe out!)

“Dip Pd’rying” Crispy Pata

“Slabs” of Crispy Pata (hey you, wipe the drool off your keyboard lol)


Crispy Pata

Chicken Balut

To the tune of “Purple Rain” by Prince, “Purple Eggs, Purple Eggs. Purple Eggs, Purple Eggs. I only want to see you boiling with the Purple Eggs…” LOL!

Setting up Lechon (all pork belly!) “por dee pie-err” (for the fire)

Uncle Dick’s Lechon, Crispy Pata and Pancit plate

That “stuff” is a combination of various beans, de-cased Longanisa sausage and a fresh local egg, placed within a flavored flour wrapper, then “dip-pride” (deep-fried)… I didn’t try it, but you KNOW that’s gotta’ be masarap-sarap, as was the feedback from others there who did!

These are Ilocano Empenada are the kinda’ “dishes” I want on my kitchen sink rack!

Banana Lumpia (“Dip Pride”)


HPD Police Chaplain Alex Vergara with Mrs. Hawaii Filipina 2016 Jane Caballero Clement

Barong Tagalog male outfits (believe it or not, the young man on the left is half Greek, half Filipino)

If a Jeepnee magically transformed into a bird, that’s how it would look lol

Bulul with Priest Box – Cultural art from Ilocos Norte

Honolulu City & Country
Mayor Kirk Caldwell with Tribal Filipino warriors (take notes, Peter Carlisle!)

Philippines celebrity Sam Milby (I’ve been told this guy is HUGE in P.I., as you could tell by the reaction of the crowd at the Fiesta!)

Mrs. Hawaii Filipina 2016 Jane Caballero Clement, Honolulu City & County Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Pomai Souza of The Tasty Island

Scenes from the Filipino Fiesta Waikiki Parade on Kalakaua Avenue that started in the morning….

As you can tell, I had a FANTASTIC TIME at the 2016 Filipino Fiesta. Everyone was so nice, inviting me to sample their Filipino grindz, hang out in your booths and chat as if I were part of the family, and just, wow. You Filipino folks ROCK!

*All photos taken by Pomai with a Canon PowerShot S100.


4 thoughts on “Coverage: 2016 Filipino Fiesta

  • May 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    A combination of good stuff and some that could use a more sophisticated hand. Good California pimentos now are so cheap, there is no excuse not to use them. The Adobo has potatoes and is not refried as true Adobo is. I personally do not mind a bit of potato to regulate the vinegar  and thicken the gravy, but it must be cooked soft and the timing is often wrong as it appears here.

    Anyway, I would still love this stuff.

  • May 17, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Pomai, my other cousin who half Chinese and Flipino envy me for best events in Hawaii. In San Fran. there Filipino fest. but not as big as in

  • May 17, 2016 at 3:09 am

    @ Amy – While not Filipino, I still regret not checking out San Fran’s Chinatown district when I was there. Another reason to go back!

    This year’s (Hawaii) Filipino Fiesta was the biggest one I’ve personally been to so far. However I dunno’ if Kapiolani Park really is the right venue for this. Mainly because most of the outfits — especially the women with their very ornate and long dresses and gowns can easily get dirty on the open grass and dirt field surrounding the band stand. I was wearing athletic shoes and had mud all stuck in my soles afterwards. Imagine high heels stuck in mud. Yikes! Perhaps the Hawaii Convention Center would be a better place for future Filipino Fiesta events. Seriously.

    @ pat – Interesting point about using Potato in Adobo. Most often I find the shoyu and vinegar ratio off with adobo. If you want FANTASTIC pork adobo (as well as all other Filipino dishes) next time on Oahu, go check out Naty’s Filipino Food in the Maunakea Market Place food court in Chinatown. EXCELLENT! Actually, they don’t even put potato in their adobo, but it’s just executed perfectly. Super tender and very well infused with the flavor of the shoyu, vinegar, bay leaf and peppercorn.

    Back to the potatoes, if you go back and look at Diner C’s recipe here for Filipino Beef Mechado, while I just put the cut potatoes in the stew after the beef was tender and just let it go that way, being it was done in a pressure cooker, if you prepare it the REALLY proper way, you should take the potatoes out after its just tender, then crisp them in a separate pan with oil, and then place the tender-inside, crisp-outside bite-sized potatoes on TOP of the stew when serving, not mixed in.

  • May 31, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    was dat bbq stick really beef? Filipino bbq is usually pork


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