Kokonut Wireless is an ongoing compilation series highlighting the latest local, national and global foodie and industry-related news that you may or may have not noticed. Note that select featured stories include personal commentary that are not part of the original news source.
Master Sommelier David Yoshida. Image source: Honolulu Star Advertiser
January 31, 2018
David Yoshida becomes 4th Master Sommelier in the state
David Yoshida, 34, a 2002 graduate of Iolani School, recently passed the extremely difficult Court of Master Sommelier exam in October 2017, making him the fourth Master Sommelier living and working in Hawaii, joining the honor alongside Patrick Okubo, Roberto Viernes and veteran Chuck Furuya. In that same year of receiving the coveted title, Yoshida also earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, the same state where he also served as Ministry Chaplain at a state prison.
Along with Yoshida, at the same time 7 other members were added to the Master Sommelier ranks, bringing the total to “only” 157 in the Americas and 247 worldwide. A very select, elite few!
January 28, 2018
Anyone from Hawaii will quickly point out the blunder in the naming of this new, and put here purposely in quotes, King “Kameha” Premium Iced Coffee product. Not surprisingly it quickly went viral all over social media, being almost entirely criticized. According to KITV4 News, a Kaneohe resident was able to contact the owner, asking him politely to correct it, to which the owner was said to be “friendly, apologetic and cooperative”.
A person who commented on the news story noted that on the product’s website (currently taken down), the description for this Kameha Iced Coffee product went like this:
For centuries, Hawaiian Kings enjoyed a rich cream coffee drink made from Kona coffee beans on “The Big Island of Hawaii” mixed with fresh cream from local cattle. This drink was consumed at elaborate ceremonies honoring the Gods and was only reserved for nobility. We have searched the world over from sea to sea for the finest coffee from Hawaii and best Caribbean rum to create this delicious, ready to drink premium blend.
To which he rebuked, “Coffee was only introduced to Hawaii in 1828 and the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, so 65 years is not centuries.”
My sister, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools (we’re both 1/4th Hawaiian), used to always scold me back when I was young “keed”, whenever I’d say “Kam School” or “Kam Highway”, angrily correcting me, “it’s not Kam! It’s Kamehameha! Get it straight!” Sorry, eh, sistah! Well, so much for “Kenny’s… in the Kam Shopping Center in Kali-hiiiii”. ;-)
The Brilliant Ox dining space. Image source: The Brilliant Ox on Facebook
January 26, 2018
It’s been over 5 years now since Pearl Ultralounge nightclub closed its doors at the foot of Hookipa Terrace in Ala Moana Center, with that space being vacant the entire time. Well, finally opening up in its place, please welcome The Brilliant Ox. The 5,000 sq. ft. gastropub, who celebrated its grand opening on January 20, 2018, features a design of concept of “rustic pub mixed with modern highlights”. Not be confused with The Whole Ox, an American deli formerly located in Kaka’ako next to the CompUSA lot, The Brilliant Ox suggests “brilliant drinks and brilliant food”.
Here’s a look at their menu:
The Brilliant Ox food and drinks menu. Image source: Yelp Honolulu/The Brilliant Ox
- Another Kaimuki fixture will close this month
JJ Bistro and Cafe Laufer both close due to lease issues
Pacific Business News – January 26, 2018
- North Shore cafe to replace Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop in Kailua
The Beet Box Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant on Oahu’s North Shore, will open its 2nd location in place of Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop in Kailua
Pacific Business News – January 27, 2018
- Time’s up, strip of businesses on Kuhio Avenue told
Booted: Seaside Bar & Grill, Old Saigon Vietnamese restaurant, Rock Star Tattoo & Piercing, SWAT Gun Club, adult store King Video, Tsunami’s Waikiki, Amnesia Waikiki, Club Envy (formerly Fusion Waikiki), Hawaii By Night and Club Alley Cat are all evicted come end of January from business complex notorious for crime
Honolulu Star Advertiser – January 25, 2018
- Mililani to incorporate more local ingredients in school lunches
Mililani High School, the second largest food production site in the Hawaii State Department of Education system, will be the next participant in the Aina Pono Farm-to-School program
KHON2 News – January 30, 2018
January 24, 2018
As the big game approaches, Dottie’s Donuts in Philadelphia has stopped selling Boston cream donuts, sending a clear message to New England fans. In response, Boston’s Esplanade Park aren’t allowing anyone with a Philly cheese steak, Philadelphia Cheese or even Crisco inside the park.
Hmm, Perhaps we should start doing that with every UH Football game during the next season: ban products or services from being purchased that originate from our opponent’s home state. Next time UNLV plays the Warriors, except for the team itself, sorry no flights are allowed from any carrier in or out of Las Vegas for that entire week. If you’re already there in Vegas, you’re stuck, buddy. And if UH loses, you ain’t ever coming back to Hawaii again. Call the 9th island your new home! All Vegas routes CANCELED! lol
January 27, 2018
If it looks like candy, eat it! Donut shops address the dangerous and troubling “Tide Pod Challenge” trend among teens by offering an honest to goodness edible donut that resembles it. While not included in the linked ABC report, other eateries are jumping on the opportunity as well, including a pizza shop that’s offering “Pied Pods” with a cheese topping colored to resemble its likeness, to cookies, cakes and more.
In response to that news article, there’s a fascinating comment made by a user named Emperor Tran who said, “I know there’s a beetle in Australia that would give up sex with the females over having sex with a brown beer bottle popular there because it resembled a large female. So Australia had to change the beer bottle color to save the species. This Tide Pod donut is the human version of that.” So true! Read all about the Australian Jewel Beetle and its “love for beer… bottles that is” in the interesting NPR article here.
- More caffeine, please: Keurig is buying Dr Pepper Snapple
The new company, Keurig Dr Pepper, plans to expand its bottled iced coffee for retail store distribution
ABC News – January 29, 2018
- Air Force One’s new refrigerators cost $24 million
Contract will cover the costs of engineering support services for the new chillers — including prototype design, manufacturing and installation
CNN – January 26, 2018
The new “Black Margarita” from Faros Tapas, a new restaurant in Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art
January 30, 2018
Faros Tapas, a new restaurant in Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art, has rolled out a new cocktail named the “Black Margarita”, a moody take on the classic, using charcoal powder to give the drink its titular black hue and black salt to line the rim. The most — wait for it — eye-catching part is the feral pig eye garnish that’s stabbed through with a cocktail spear and encased in ice before being placed on top of the drink.
Downing the cocktail is just part of the “full experience” that also includes the mandatory signing of a waiver, and get this: you have to lay in a bed, in an enclosed metal sphere for about 15 minutes, all while being accosted with flashing lights. Where do they think of this kinda’ stuff?!
Hmmm, perhaps here in Hawaii we could name this cocktail the “Maka Pua’a”. Instead of Tequila, use Okolehao to put the “Butt” in the pork of it all. 50% discount for patrons with a local pig hunters license.
This also begs the question: if you place this cocktail on the bar top with the eye pointed at a stranger sitting next to you, will they be offended that you’re staring at them vicariously through your drink? lol
- German police hunt thieves who stole 44 tons of chocolate
Truck trailers loaded with chocolate stolen in southern Germany with no sign of the sticky-fingered perpetrators
ABC News – January 29, 2018
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