The Waiola Burger is making a comeback. The tasty hamburger, created by Richard (above) and Ellen Ishii, is being re-created by their grandson Jonathan and will be served at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's "Kodomo no Hi: Keiki Fun Fest" Sunday.
Waiola Burgers return
If you remember the '60s, you probably remember Waiola Burgers, served at a place the kids from Washington Intermediate called "the Candy Shop" or "the Back Store."
Good news: they're making a comeback. Jonathan Ishii, a chef and graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, has moved back to Oahu to carry on the tradition of his grandparents, Richard and Ellen Ishii.
He re-created their burger recipe and is selling the spice package for $3 online (www.dabackstore.com).
Mix with a pound of ground round, an egg, soy sauce and hot sauce. Of course, the bun has "gotta be Love's," says Ishii.
He is scouting locations for an old-style hamburger restaurant, but for now you can catch him at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii's "Kodomo no Hi: Keiki Fun Fest" Sunday, cooking burgers and selling Waiola Store T-shirts ($13). The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 945-7633.
Free wine tastings
A sixth-generation member of America's oldest winemaking family will host free wine-tasting sessions in Oahu supermarkets next week.
David Mirassou of Mirassou Winery will answer questions about entertaining and appropriate wine pairings with Hawaii's cuisine. It's not too late to become a full-fledged aficionado. And don't forget the best part: plenty of tasting. Locations:
4 to 7 p.m. Star Market Moiliili
Next Wednesday: 4-7 p.m. Pearl Harbor Navy Base (4725 Bouganville Dr., Bldg. 631)
May 4: 4-7 p.m., Times Royal Kunia
May 5: 4-7 p.m., Times Kahala
Restaurants help out
Sixteen Oahu eateries will be represented May 6 at the East Honolulu Food Festival, a benefit for Star of the Sea Church and Schools.
The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., on the great lawn at the school in Kahala.
Participating restaurants include Roy's, BluWater Grill, Michel's at the Colony Surf, Auntie Pasto's, Tiki's Bar & Grill, Komokata, 12th Avenue Grill, Dixie Grill, Taste of New York, Antonio's Pizza, Big City Diner and JJ's Pastry.
For kids there will be a special menu and a play area with rides, bounce houses and other activities.
Entertainment will be by Maunalua, Bryan Tolentino and Kahaina.
Cost is $45; $20 children. Call 734-0396.
David Paul scholarship
David Paul's Lahaina Grill is accepting applications for its third annual Maui Chef Scholarship, which has increased from $2,000 to $3,000 to cover tuition -- as well as tool and uniform expenses -- for one student at Maui Community College's Maui Culinary Academy.
The award will go to a graduating senior from a Maui public high school, for the fall 2006 semester.
Applications are available at schools, or by calling Ashley Stepanek, (808) 661-8005, ext. 2, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include a personal essay and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, guidance counselor and/or employer. Academic transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution. Deadline is May 15.
Kapiolani Community College offers these classes in May. To register call 734-9211.
Living Off the Land:
Tour a far with chef Grant Sato, then return to KCC for a cooking class using fresh local produce; noon to 6 p.m. May 6. Cost is $85.
Thai Basics I: Learn to use ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime, coconut milk, chilies and spicy curry; 8 a.m. to noon May 13. Cost is $55.