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noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

 In the wider world, tofu is getting beyond its bland white cube image, turning up barbecued or even as a mousse.  In Hawai‘i, we’ve had a wealth of fresh tofu since the plantation days, and over the years, Hawai‘i has enjoyed a unique range of neighborhood tofu styles, often available direct from the factory.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports recent closures have left just a few local makers serving the fresh tofu market today.   

Tofu was definitely made on the plantations by Japanese and probably Chinese immigrants.  Tofu followed them off the plantations too.

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Hawaii Public Radio extends our mahalo to:

Grondin: French Latin Kitchen
Gyotaku
Jackson Ink
Kan Zaman
Kokua Market
La Tour Cafe
Madeleine McKay
Mission Social Hall & Cafe by Pili Group
Murphy's Bar and Grill
Napoleon's Bakery
Nico's Pier 38
Ruby Tuesday
Salad Envy
Sherry Nolte
Sweet Revenge Honolulu
Tacos Zarate
The Pig and the Lady
Thrivent
Wanda Adams
Whole Foods Market Kahala

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    Avid food truck enthusiasts will find the recent nexus at the old Fisherman’s Wharf  gone this week.  It will reopen in ten days as part of the new Makers and Tasters Kewalo community marketplace.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on this new revolving collection of curated food stands.

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   Poke, chicken long rice, lū‘au stew, pork katsu, ox tail soup---we all know what local food is, and we’re watching it evolve.  Changing demographics, food media, and travel are introducing new formats and flavors even as we continue to flock to our favorites.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Knowing your way around the kitchen may not seem like an obvious pathway out of prison. But at the Women’s Community Correctional Center on O‘ahu, a culinary program aims to provide inmates with job skills that will hopefully keep them from returning behind bars. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

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Lisa Risager / Flickr

There’s no question food is a popular hobby in Hawai‘i. From outdoor grilling to homemade recipes, many people enjoy cooking. But a recent survey shows that’s not the case everywhere, especially in some parts of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Pi Day in Hawaii

Mar 13, 2015
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Tomorrow’s date is 3/14/15. 

Women Chefs Cook Up Strategies for Success

Mar 2, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Several women are preparing a special meal highlighting female chefs and farmers in Hawai‘i. In the male-dominated restaurant industry, women tend to be under-represented, especially when you consider leadership positions like executive chefs and restaurant owners. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports that may be changing…slowly.

Popular Hispanic Market Looks for New Owner

Feb 18, 2015
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Honolulu's only Hispanic market is up for sale. Store owner Martha Sanchez Romero moved to the islands from Cuernavaca, Mexico in the 1970s. Soon after, she fell in love with a local Korean boy and decided to stay and raise a family. Along the way she opened her Honolulu storefront and has created a loyal following. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Any business-savvy or entrepreneurial folks who are interested in taking over Mercado de la Raza can give Martha a call at 593-2226.

Urban Foraging: On The Hunt in Honolulu

Jan 28, 2015
Molly Solomon

A movement to make better use of food resources already growing in our cities is taking root in the islands. It’s called urban foraging. The goal is to bring more wild foods back into our diet. HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report from the streets of Honolulu.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i could see its first community supported fishery as early as next year. The concept is similar to community supported agriculture, where customers bypass the supermarket and pay farmers directly for a weekly delivery of fresh produce. Now, as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, that same idea is making the leap from land to sea.

Town Square: Chef Mavro

Nov 27, 2014

  You may know his ever changing menu and the spot on King street that his restaurant has occupied for well over a decade…but how much do you know about Chef Mavro? You will this week when we take a Thanksgiving break and talk about the food of life and the life of food with George Mavrothalassitis.

Serving Up Thanksgiving Memories, Hawaii-Style

Nov 27, 2014
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Flickr / InaFrenzy

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner holds a different meaning here in the islands. Turkey baked in an imu could share table space with a plate of kalbi short ribs. And as families across the state get ready for the holiday, we checked in with local residents to hear what a Hawai‘i Thanksgiving means to them.

The Body Show: Nutrition

Oct 27, 2014

How can the holidays be fun, and healthy? Dr. Peggy Latare, pediatrician from Kaiser Permanente and Certified diabetes educator and nutritionist Sally Belles from Straub Clinic are in the studio to share their tips on keeping active and enjoying some treats during the next two months.

Tournament's Fresh Catch Goes to Feeding Homeless

Sep 25, 2014
IHS
IHS

The Third Annual Fishing Tournament for Hawai’i’s Hungry was conducted over the weekend. Today, the fish was cleaned and prepared for Institute for Human Services homeless shelter clients and guests. Volunteer Chef Eddie Mafnas supervised the cooking. 

More than 1,200 pounds of fish was caught in waters off the north shore of O’ahu during the two-day tournament.

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   Food safety is always a concern for travelers, especially in certain parts of the world. Scientists at China’s largest internet search engine have come up with a new idea to help. And it centers on chopsticks. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Bees with Altitude Check In at the Hyatt

Sep 2, 2014
Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Hyatt Regency Waikiki

New guests at a Waikīkī hotel are creating some buzz. 80,000 honey bees have taken up residence at the beachfront resort. HPR’s Molly Solomon paid a visit to the rooftop colony and has this report.

Fishy Labeling Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Aug 20, 2014
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Flickr / michellerlee

Mislabeling of seafood is a growing problem that often hits consumers at their wallets. But a new study out of the University of Hawai‘i suggests the impacts could be far more than economic. They might even be hazardous to your health. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

You can read the full report here.

Program Connects Low-Income Seniors With Fresh Produce

Jul 21, 2014
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Flickr / Rosa Say

Buying local can often come at a price. But a few incentive programs are encouraging shoppers to support Hawai‘i-grown produce. One of them targets older adults on a fixed income --- making it easier for our kūpuna to get their fair share of fresh fruits and veggies. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

Bring on the Slime: Local Residents Go Nuts for Natto!

Jul 10, 2014
Flickr / Jasja Dekker
Flickr / Jasja Dekker

It's been described as slimy, stringy, and its smell has drawn comparisons to dirty socks. Natto -- or Japanese fermented soybeans -- carries a reputation that is often less than desirable. But here in Hawai‘i, a loyal group of natto fans are celebrating the fermented dish.

Every year on July 10th, natto lovers gather to commemorate Natto Day, usually over a bowl of the pungent beans. HPR's Molly Solomon thought this under-appreciated ingredient deserved a closer look.

Local TV Show 'Family Ingredients' Scores Emmy Award

Jun 15, 2014
Family Ingredients
Family Ingredients

A local food and travel show seems to have discovered a recipe for success. “Family Ingredients” picked up an Emmy Award this weekend in the Lifestyle Program/Special category. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the show’s producer and has this report.

Study Examines Hawaii's Organic Food Industry

May 5, 2014
Kohala Center
Kohala Center

An organic certification is a way for customers to make sure the food they’re buying fits certain standards. But that can be challenging for many farmers here in Hawaii, especially since the state has no locally-based certifier. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on a recent study that takes a closer look at some of the issues and challenges faced by Hawaii’s organic food industry.

Read the full report here.

We all know that we should eat fresh food that's less processed, but what should you do if your favorite dish is full of toxins? Are we inadvertently poisoning our food supply? Is it worth the cost to insure that your family eats from sustainable sources? Jack Kittinger, from the Conservation International Center of Hawaii is in the studio, and we're going to talk about the food supply chain and how this affects your next meal. 

Kids Cooking Up Lessons in Sustainability

Feb 10, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

The "eat local" movement has reached a new level at one Hawaii school. Ninth graders from Mid-Pacific Institute are learning how to cook healthy recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Not only are they sharpening their culinary skills, they’re using food they grew themselves. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

I Am Haloa: Poi Documentary Rooted in Tradition

Jan 27, 2014
Aaron Yoshino
Aaron Yoshino

If you started the New Year with a diet resolution, it may have already fallen by the wayside. Not so for three seniors at Kamehameha Schools. They’re changing the way they eat with a uniquely Hawaiian twist: a 90-day poi diet. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, they’re documenting their journey in a new film that hopes to raise awareness of Hawaii’s starchy staple.

Ramen Burger's Hawaii Debut: Love at First Crunch

Jan 15, 2014
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Flickr / ManEatManila

A crowd of nearly 400 hungry people lined up in Kakaako for a chance to taste the latest food phenomenon: the Ramen Burger. Some waited as long as three and half hours for the burger’s Hawaii debut at Taste Table. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

Winners Announced for Mahi'ai Match-Up Ag Contest

Jan 15, 2014
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Flickr / KevC-6

Winners from a local farming contest will receive a five year land lease … for free! Three agricultural business plans were selected from the nearly 150 applications submitted last year. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the winners and has this report.

The Food Basket
The Food Basket

The State Department of Health is proposing changes to food sanitation rules.  They're holding public hearings statewide to get input on the 172 pages of new regulations. The Department is concerned with food safety.  But there may be consequences for nonprofit agencies, including on the Big Island, that feed those who need help.  HPR’s Sherry Bracken reports.

Local Farmers Turn to Microloans

Nov 14, 2013
WOW Farm
WOW Farm

The popularity of locally-grown food has led to increased demand for Hawaii farm products. But some of those operations need investment, which has been a challenge for many local farmers. As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, now there’s a program that’s helping.

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