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Our Favorite Things

Hawaii Business staff describes cherished foods, activities, entertainment and more

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David Sur           
>> Advertising Executive

Grilling: Pretty much any place and any food becomes “broke da mouth” when grilling and chilling with good friends, a good stogie and some ice, cold ones.

“Brian’s Song”: I’m talking about the original 1971 movie with James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. You can’t beat a real-life story that symbolizes the beauty of playing sports, its life lessons and the deep bond built among teammates.

Family vacations: Whether it’s an Oahu staycation, a Neighbor Island trip or taking a plane somewhere far away, I absolutely cherish these family times for the moments and memories. (Photos from Disneyland and Kennedy Space Center.)


Beverly Creamer           
>> Writer

Farmers markets: Any farmers market, but especially the Saturday morning market in Hilo or the shaded parking lot at Kapiolani Community College, presuming you can find a place to park your car.

Morning’s first cup of coffee:  It gives you time to wake up, and then remember those exquisite moments of sipping coffee in a Venice café, or imagine the next time you might be.

Joanna Lau Sullivan Chinese Courtyard: This courtyard with pond at the Honolulu Museum of Art is the perfect place to sketch, dream or lose yourself in thought.


Marcie Kagawa          
>> Writer, Intern

Live Rock: There’s no better way to enjoy rock music than hearing it performed live. Riffs, beats and melodies combine to make for a great night out.

Sleeping in on the weekend: After a long week of work and school, it’s nice to take a little me time and catch a couple of extra hours in the hay.

Char siu tsukemen: This dish, with thick, piping-hot pork bone-broth, firm ramen dipping noodles and a few pieces of homemade char siu, is my version of food heaven.


Bobby Senaha           
>> Advertising Director

Under the mango tree: My uncle’s house is the place for family gatherings, where we eat great food, drink a few beers and talk story until the sun goes down. The best part is hearing relatives in their 70s and 80s reminisce about the old days in Hawaii.

Ramen: Oahu has great ramen restaurants and some of my favorites are Goma Tei in Ward Center, where the char siu tan tan is killer; Yotteko-Ya at McCully Shopping Center, which uses a unique base in its paitan ramen; and Panya, which is not well-known for its ramen, yet makes an amazing Laksa ramen.

Sports: Whether it’s participating, attending or watching on TV, sporting events have always been a favorite part of my life. Like most hardcore fanatics, I can watch ESPN Sportscenter multiple times in one night.


Wil Farinas           
>> Associate Art Director

Hawaiian Chip Co.: Hawaiian Chip Co. creates the most delicious chips, freshly made to order with my favorite seasonings.

Jason Tom’s Human Beatbox Academy: Jason Tom leads the lively class at Chinatown’s ARTSmith, which is a great, creative alternative for kids.

La Tour Cafe’s macarons: Who could resist these bright colored french macarons. So airy and not overtly sweet. The flavors are also fun, like green tea and melona. Yum!


Photos: David Croxford; Courtesy Columbia Tristar; Honolulu Museum of Art; istockphoto/thinkstock; David Sur; Wil Farinas (Ramen, Jason Tom)

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