The Tasty Island Events Calendar

In an effort to improve the usefulness of this site, The Tasty Island’s ‘Press’ page has now been replaced with an Events calendar page (see main navigation bar at the top), a source of current and upcoming “foodie” events and related happenings around Oahu.

A calendar was long overdue as, being this site has high traffic, I constantly get emails from local businesses and PR firms requesting event announcements, and I don’t want to sound like I’m “spamming” you regular readers with “posts” announcing them. Hence I’ve since refrained from even mentioning most of those requests. Yet, many of them really are exciting or at least useful to know, and I do want a place for these announcements on this site. To note, certain events that I personally have an interest in I will announce as a post to highlight it.

The links on the Events calendar opens a new HTML page that you can bookmark if desired, which works like any other page on this site, and should display properly on your mobile device, as I’ve tested it on both Android and iOS phones.

I’ll do my best to keep the Events calendar current. If you have or know of a “foodie” related event coming up on Oahu that you’d like added to the list, see the ‘About‘ page for contact info’.

The Tasty Island

P.S. For your convenience, here’s the first event/announcement added to the Events calendar…


HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is planning a second round of coffee sampling from September 16 to 29, 2014 where customers can get a free small hot cup of McCafe® coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants, no purchase necessary. In Hawaii only, the coffee is a unique Royal Kona Blend that now comes in a richer and bolder flavor. It is freshly roasted in Hawaii and supplied to McDonald’s by Hawaii Coffee Company.

“McDonald’s of Hawaii has been serving our Royal Kona Blend brand since its first restaurant opened in Aina Haina in 1968,” said Jim Lenhart, Hawaii Coffee Company vice president of sales and service. “We’re proud of our more than 40-year partnership and have enjoyed working with McDonald’s of Hawaii to develop quality local products for McDonald’s customers.”

In March, McDonald’s held a two-week giveaway of McCafe coffee, resulting in more than 22 million free cups of coffee. In Hawaii, about 220,000 cups were given away free to customers. “Our first free coffee event was a huge success in reacquainting customers with our enhanced Royal Kona Blend brand of McCafe,” said Melanie Okazaki, regional marketing manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii. “This time around, we hope even more customers have a chance to get their morning pick-me-up with our McCafe along with their favorite breakfast meal.”

Customers who get their free cup of coffee will also receive a coupon for a medium McCafe Iced Coffee with the purchase of any lunch or dinner regular menu sandwich (excluding sandwiches on the Dollar Menu and More).

McDonald’s is also calling on people to “sip and tell” their embarrassing pre-coffee moments on social media with @McCafe using the hashtag #SipandTell. Social media fans can also get creative and show how they wake up with McCafe by posting photos and using the hashtag #mcdonaldshawaii. Select fans can earn an additional week of free coffee once the promotion ends on September 29, which is National Coffee Day.