Sunday, September 5, 2004


Dining around the islands

Kai Okonomi Cuisine's dish is topped with a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

Restaurant's top dish to benefit cause

The new restaurant Kai Okonomi Cuisine is donating a portion of sales of its most popular dish, Renkon Cheese Yaki, to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's local chapter.

Restaurant owner Isamu Kubota opened Kai Okonomi in April at 1427 Makaloa St. near Ala Moana. Okonomi cuisine -- literally, "as you like it" -- resembles an open-faced omelet, with various types of toppings.

The featured item is made with renkon -- or lotus root -- and cheese and is topped with a pink ribbon signifying support of breast cancer awareness.

The donation will continue through Oct. 24, the day of the Komen Hawaii Race for the Cure at Kapiolani Park.

Call 944-1555.


Compadres Bar & Grill begins its annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day with a two-week Tequila Festival.

The festival runs through Sept. 16, showcasing Compadres' extensive selection of tequilas.

Menu specials will include Camarones "Locos" (shrimp skewers marinated in tequila and spices), Margarita Prawn Fiesta Salad, Huajolote Especial (turkey tenderloin steak marinated in tequila) and Pollo Cabo Wabo (with chipotle chili and Cabo Wabo tequila sauce).

On Independence Day, Sept. 16, Mariachi Loco will provide strolling music. Call 591-8307.

Shutdown celebration

The Plumeria Beach Cafˇ is shutting down Sept. 13 for a face lift, but until then -- a celebration of the past.

Through Sept. 12 the restaurant's "Last Hurrah" pays tribute to its very first brunch, lunch and dinner menus, from 1996. Executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi is reproducing items from that year, complete with prices from that year.

Old favorites include the Kahala Burger at $12.75 (current price $14); gazpacho, $4.75 (now $7); and spaghetti with meat or tomato sauce, $12.75 (now $16). The lunch buffet will be $25 ($4 less), and the dinner buffet is $31.50 ($1.50 less).

The remodeled Plumeria Cafe will reopen in two months with a new buffet concept and new decor.

Call 739-8760.

Pagoda celebrates

Pagoda Hotel and Floating Restaurant celebrates its 40th birthday with an anniversary fair, 4:30-10 p.m. Friday.

Food booths will feature Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, American and Korean favorites from the Pagoda's menu or buffet line.

Craft booths and games are also part of the event.

Entertainment will include Ron Miyashiro, keyboardist from the Pagoda's LaSalle Lounge; a lion dance; taiko; and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Guests can make Japanese floating lanterns to take home or set afloat in the Pagoda koi pond.

The fair will be held in the back parking lot of the hotel along Kanunu Street. Admission is free, with scrip sold for the food and game booths. Call 941-6611.

Brunch with Melveen

Melveen Leed will perform at Sunday brunch at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort next Sunday. Doors open at 10 a.m., with the buffet beginning at 11 a.m. and the performance at noon. Cost is $50. Call 808-823-6369.

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