It was a super busy Wednesday yesterday … meetings all morning, then an early afternoon sound check followed by a performance for the Wildest Show in Town over at the Honolulu Zoo. We always look forward to the Wildest Show every summer … it’s a great concert series put on by the zoo and my good friend, Roy Sakuma. Starting in late June, it runs through August and features some of the top local entertainers in one of Waikiki’s most beautiful settings. It’s a great family event and is the best deal in town at only $3 per person! ManoaDNA has performed at this event every year and we consider it one of our favorite gigs. There was a slight glitch last night, however … the sound system seemed to be giving us a lot of problems. I don’t know what the cause was, but it was a little distracting at times for both us and the audience. We did manage to finish strong, however, which was a good thing. I want to send a big mahalo out to Roy, Kathy, and Barb for allowing us to participate again this year!
After we were done, we headed over to a new okonomiyaki restaurant (can’t remember the name) which opened up right next to Tokkuritei on Kapahulu Ave. Okonomiyaki can best be described as a Japanese pancake topped with your choice of ingredients – chicken, pork, shrimp, squid, egg, assorted veggies, soba and udon noodles – and finished with a special sauce drizzled over the top. This restaurant specializes in the Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki which we always eat whenever we visit Hiroshima (duh!) – it’s the best! Along with a couple of nama (draft) beers and by the end of the night we were happy campers again!
We’ll be back at Lulu’s again this Friday, but will not be at Kani Ka Pila on Saturday … sorry! Our family and IOLANI was chosen to receive the Multi-Generational Award at the Hawai’i Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet this Saturday so we’ll be attending that instead. We’ll be back at KKPG next week, though, so hope to see you all then!