Lo­cal ven­dors of­fer tastes and cre­ations of par­adise at a new block party

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - TGIF - By Erika En­gle erika@starad­ver­

Show­cas­ing food events around the is­land //

The first Lokahi Fes­ti­val Waikiki will cel­e­brate lo­cal cul­ture and small busi­nesses and give vis­i­tors and ka­maaina the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy lo­cal fla­vors, hand­crafts and other busi­nesses’ wares.

The word “lokahi” in Hawai­ian es­sen­tially means unity. “Our main purpose is to show­case the lo­cal ven­dors and give them the op­por­tu­nity to get in front of a nice au­di­ence … of lo­cals and the vis­i­tor com­mu­nity,” said David Mill­wood, pres­i­dent of event or­ga­nizer Mill­wood Pro­duc­tions. “We have more lo­cal ar­ti­sans than we’ve had in the past. It’s so neat,” he said, and there are ap­prox­i­mately 80 ven­dors reg­is­tered for the event. Pop­u­lar food trucks and ven­dors will in­clude Noi Thai Cui­sine; Nosh, fa­mous for its Brazil­ian cheese bread; Delice Crepes; Dick’s Le­chon; Olay’s Thai Ex­press; Petit Suisse Crepes; lo­cal-style com­fort food from Ron­nie’s Kitchen; Blue Tep­pa­nyaki; Crazy County Corn, fea­tur­ing roasted corn with var­i­ous fla­vored top­pings; Da Bo­lalo­han BBQ & Grill of­fer­ing Filipino and lo­cal food; Dragon Cones’ uniquely shaped ice cream treats; the Latin Amer­i­can food of Fla­vors of the World; Guava Smoked’s smoked meats; Il Gelato Hawaii; Ket­tle Corn Hawaii; Mega-Load Burg­ers; Snow Fac­tory; and Un­cle’s Hand­made Ice Cream. Mill­wood es­ti­mates that food prices will range “from a cou­ple dol­lars to $15 for a plate of steak and shrimp.” While the Pineap­ple Guy might sound like a food ven­dor, its spe­cialty is de­liv­er­ing 30-pound cases of pineap­ple to vis­i­tors on the day of their de­par­ture. Peo­ple are able to take a 30-pound case of lo­cal pineap­ple back to the main­land without a lug­gage fee, ac­cord­ing to Mill­wood, who also is owner of The Pineap­ple Guy.

In ad­di­tion to the food, re­tail and craft ven­dors, paint­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be of­fered by Wine & Can­vas, though no al­co­hol will be served at the block party.

For the wee ones, bouncy houses and other jumpers will be of­fered. Un­plugged en­ter­tain­ment will be of­fered by am­a­teur en­ter­tain­ers in­clud­ing a high school ukulele group.

A por­tion of sales pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.


The Pineap­ple Guy, which sells cases of fruit to vis­i­tors, will have a booth at Satur­day’s fes­ti­val.

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