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Taste of Hawaii 2016

Taste of Hawaii will be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 at Smith’s Tropical Paradise. Daniel Lane photo

Listening to music at the Taste of Hawaii. Daniel Lane photo.

Listening to music at the Taste of Hawaii. Daniel Lane photo.

For 28 years, the Rotary Club of Kapaa has hosted the Taste of Hawaii. The fundraiser benefits many things including scholarship programs for students; Kanuikapono Music Festival; youth programs; programs for the homeless and hungry and Kapaa/Wailua refurbishing projects. This year’s event takes place on

Sunday June 5
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise

Some restaurants have yet to decide what they’re making! But here is the current list of food, beverages, beer and wine for this year’s event: 

  • The Green Pig – Braised Pork Belly
  • The Bistro Kilauea – Chef John Paul Gordon -Blackened Fish with Spicy Mayo and Sweet Soy
  • Café Pesto, Hilo – Chef Casey Halpern – Candy Apple Banana Lumpia with Mango dipping Sauce
  • DaKine Foods – Owner/Chef Bobby James – Kauai-made Bread Sticks, Rum Cakes, Cookies and Muffins
  • The Greenery –Dayne Green – Kauai Kale Salad with Organic bbq Chicken and Kauai Sweet Basil Pasta Salad
  • Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program – Chef Allan Okuda aka “Chef O” – Hawaiian Banger Sausage & Island Kraut
  • Hukilau Lanai – Chef Adam Phelps – “Cochinita Taco” – Slow Roasted Marinated Pork in a Tortilla with Pickled red Onion
  • Kauai Marriott Resort – Kukui’s restaurant – Chef Guy Higa – Kaneshiro Farms Pork Taco with Sriracha Aioli
  • Lava Lava Beach Club
  • Marriott Courtyard – Voyager Grill – Chef Lucas Sautter – Lobster ceviche
  • Merriman’s Fish House – Chef Mark Arriola – Maui Nui Venison Sausage with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Maple Mustard
  • Oasis on the Beach – Chef Sean Smull – House-Made Head Cheese
  • Olympic Café – Tomato Bruschetta
  • Party Sushi – Tempura Mushroom Bombers
  • Plantation Gardens – Chef Ken Morikawa – Crab Rangoon with Spicy Dijon Sauce, Jicama and Green Papaya Slaw
  • Rainbeau Jo’s
  • Recessions Original Santa Maria BBQ – TriTip Sandwich and Salad
  • Seaside Restaurant, Hilo – Chef Colin Nakagawa – Grilled Shrimp with Umi Wasabi Aioli & Wasabi served on Mescaline Greens
  • St. Regis Princeville – Kauai Grill Chef Maxime Michaud and Chef Frederic Hoffmann
  • Street Burger – Gourmet Burgers featuring Kauai-made Passion Bakery Buns and S’mores
  • Sushi Bushido – Chef/Owner Victor Herresa Jr & Chef Chris Sataoka – Coffee & Brown Sugar Rubbed Waru with Coffee Cream Sauce
  • Sweet Marie’s Hawaii – Chef/Owner Marie Cassell – tbd salad & dessert
  • Tahiti Nui – Owner Nanea Marston Kalua Pork Watercress and Poisson Cru with Ulu Chip – also serving mini mai tais from their old family recipe
  • Tiki Tacos
  • Westin, Princeville – Nanea Restaurant & Bar – Jason Sessions – “The Deckle Moco” – crispy Fried Rice, Seared Ribeye Deckle, Quail egg, Hollandaise & Sexy Scallions – also serving a vanilla citrus sangria
  • Ya Quddus Organic Bagels


  • Alchemy of Aloha – herbal infused ionized water
  • Hawaii Volcanic
  • Hee Fat General Store – shave ice
  • Jamba Juice – Lime Dream Smoothies
  • Kauai Springs Water
  • Kauai Coffee Company
  • Menehune Water
  • Pepsi
  • Wai Koko Water


  • Anheuser Busch
  • Hawaii Nui & Mehana Brewing
  • Kauai Beer Company
  • Kauai Island Brewing
  • Kona Brewing Company
  • Lagunitas
  • Maui Brewing Co
  • Sierra Nevada 


  • Barefoot Wine
  • Delegat Wines
  • Nani Moon Meadery
  • Southern Wine & Spirits
  • Young’s Market Company of Hawaii

Tickets are $100 ($125 at the door) and available for online purchase at the Taste of Hawaii website.