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  • J U LY 2 4 - 3 0 , 2 0 1 1

    Star of Honolulu executive chef Adam Gilbert, seated,and Capt. Vern Hinkley with a medley of culinary

    delights such as (clockwise, from left) Air-Flown LiveMaine Lobster, Highest Grade Prime Tenderloin ofBeef, Summer Canapes, Chilled Kahuku Corn Soup

    and Bouquet of Baby Greens.

    Hawaiis largest tour vessel,Star of Honolulu, pulls into portand leaves diners swooningwith its Five Star SunsetDining & Jazz Cruise.See page 4 | Leah Friel photo

    Hawaiis largest tour vessel,Star of Honolulu, pulls into portand leaves diners swooningwith its Five Star SunsetDining & Jazz Cruise.See page 4 | Leah Friel photo

    Its lights, camera, action! for Five-0 at Wailana | 8Theres a whole lotta Shakeys goin on | 12

    ALSO:The thrilla

    at Manila | 10

  • Sam Sung Plaza 655 Keeaumoku Street #108 949-2890

    All Day SpecialAll You Can Eat!!!

    NOW OPEN 24 HOURS

    Short Rib, Seasoned Short Rib,Rib Eye, Seasoned Beef, Brisket,BBQ Chicken, Tripe, Pork Belly,Spicy Pork, Tongue, Also includes Seafood Pancake& Korean Miso Soup

    Adult $19.95Child $16.95

    BYOB MOILIILI2071-A S.Beretania947-9022

    M-F 11-5:30pm Sat-Sun 11-4pm

    PEARL CITY98-718 Moanalua Rd484-0052

    T-F 12-5pm Sat-Sun 10-3pm

    NEW LOCATION!

    www.madeinhawaiifoods.comAla Moana Center(Between Macys & Radio Shack) 947-1332

    Delicious, Healthy, Low-Fat Chinese Cuisine

    TOTAL BILLCoupon requiredExp. 7/31/11

    ASSORTED SEAFOOD PLATEshrimp, scallops, crab

    meat, squid, sauteed withmixed vegetables in our

    special white sauce

    Flying High on Chicken Wings

    Im definitely no chicken when itcomes to thrill-seeking activities.OK, so maybe you wont catch mejumping out of airplanes just yet orbungee jumping from the highest cliffs,but thats not to say that I haventalready fallen madly in love with rollercoasters. If it were up to me, in fact, Idhave annual passes to all the majortheme parks, including Six Flags, GreatAmerica, Cedar Point, CaliforniaAdventure Park, Knotts Berry Farm and,of course, Disneyland.Nothing can compare to the pure

    adrenaline rush I get on these hair-rais-ing rides, particularly the way my bodyis jolted following each twist, turn, riseand fall of the track.And perhaps the same can be said

    about what I call amusement park cui-sine. In my case, I happen to associate

    tender chickenwings with themeparks. I know, someof you may link thisyummy finger foodto an ice cold beeror a football game,but I prefer to feaston chicken wingssmothered inranch dressing

    after disembarking from one of thoserides of a lifetime. Like roller coasters, each and every

    bite into a chicken wing can be an exhil-arating experience for your taste buds.Whether its creamy ranch, zesty andspicy sauce, or jerk seasoning, chickenwings are an invigorating experience forall your senses.And this week my stomach was ready

    as I prepared to hit three local hot spotsthat offer onolicious chicken wings.While some were mild and others fiery-hot, I wanted to experience each andevery burst of flavor.So, whether it be taking on the fiercest

    of roller coasters or biting into the spici-est of chicken wings, I cant help but findmyself screaming the same words: Moreplease! I just cant get enough!

    RumFireUpon setting foot in RumFire, located

    inside the Sheraton Waikiki, I have topinch myself to make sure Im notdreaming. For one, RumFire overlooksthe breathtaking Helumoa Playgroundset against the captivating backdrop ofDiamond Head in this dreamy ocean-front hotel in Waikiki. Secondly, its easyto pass the time away while enjoying arelaxing lunch with friends or grabbingpau hana drinks as some of Honolulusbest contemporary musicians play on.And while all this is enough to make

    me say, Im soooooo lucky to live in thisbeautiful paradise, its the impeccablecuisine that has me drooling. This chic-ultra lounge is currently home to aunique Hawaiian fusion menu known asBahawaiian cuisine, or West meetsWest, featuring an exotic blend of con-temporary Hawaiian fare and CaliforniaBaja Mexican-inspired dishes.Guests can enjoy a plethora of various

    menu items, including Kalua PorkEnchiladas ($14), RumFires signatureKim Chee Fried Rice ($14), ChipotleBBQ Rum Baby Back Ribs ($14) andGarlic Pommes Frites ($6).

    My favorite of the bunch, however,is RumFires signature Jerk SeasonedChicken Wings ($12), served with ahot, spicy and creamy fiesta ranchsauce. Onolicious!We add a secret jerk spice that has

    been blended to a finer consistency,

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    ono, you know

    By Alana Folen | Photos by Leah Friel

    EDITORAlana Folen

    Phone: 695.6307diningout@staradvertiser.com

    SALES MANAGERSandi SakaguchiPhone: 342.8802

    SSakaguchi@staradvertiser.com

    SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

    Bill MossmanPhone: 529.4863

    diningout@staradvertiser.com

    Dining OutDining Out is a weekly advertising

    supplement published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    Visit us at dining.staradvertiser.com

    See page 16

    Above: Our thrill-seeking editor enjoys theheat that comes with RumFires Jerk SeasonedChicken Wings ($12).

  • Honolulu Design Center On Kapiolani between Pensacola & Piikoi St. 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. t: 956-1250

    Fine Dining, Great Value

    Cupola TheatreHonolulu Design Center 2nd Floor

    Events and BanquetsContact Trina at 808.237.5480 or

    tshiroma@hdc-hawaii.comCupolaHawai i . com

    Plan Holiday Parties Now

    Contemporary Asian American CuisineHonolulu Design Center 2nd FloorFree covered parking

    StageRestaurantHawai i . com Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a-1:30pDinner Mon-Sat 6-9pReservations 808.237.5429

    Picture shown may not reflect the Prix Fixe selection. Executive Chef Ron will create new selectionswithout notice.

    26.$Enjoy our 3 course

    Prix Fixe Lunch

    Monday thru Friday

    Call 237-5429 for

    reservations

    and details

    $34. Enjoy our 3 Course

    Chef Dinner Tasting Menu

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    Scan for taste of Stage and make reservations instantly.

    Come celebrate a unique Holiday Luncheon,

    Dinner Party or business event at the Honolulu

    Design Center. Whether its an intimate group or an

    entire company function, we have the facilities and

    staff to make your party an enjoyable holiday success.

    Our event venues include: Rooftop Terrace; Amuse

    Wine Bar; Stage Restaurant; Cupola Events Theatre

    and the Ice Bar. Holiday reservations are

    now being taken. Contact Trina,

    tshiroma@hdc-hawaii.com

    or call 808.237.5475 for more

    information and details.

    Now is the time to plan your Holiday Event

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    et sail on Hawaiislargest, award-winningtour vessel, the Star of

    Honolulu, and experience oneof the finest sunset dinner cruis-es our island has to offer.Guests are pampered and treat-ed to not only top-notch enter-tainment and majestic views ofpicturesque coastline, butwined and dined to the extremewith decadent modern-dayFrench-style cuisine prepared

    by executive chef Adam Gilbert.As part of its signature Five

    Star Sunset Dining & JazzCruise, the Star of Honolulupresents a prix fixe, seven-course, summer-inspired menunow through September high-lighting some of the seasonsfreshest ingredients producedboth locally and internationally.

    This is a place that youwould come to celebrate spe-

    cial occasions such as anniver-saries, vow renewals, or a spe-cial evening out. Were popularwith guests throughout theworld, and the live jazz musicprovided by some of Oahusbest musicians is spectacular,says Eric Burgoyne, director ofsales and marketing for the Starof Honolulu Cruises & Events.

    The Five Star Sunset Dining &Jazz Cruise is offered nightly andpriced at $175 per person

    ($131.25 kamaaina rate withvalid ID), including a VIP wel-come, dinner, live jazz show,super premium beverages andafter dinner cart drink service.Round-trip private stretch lim-ousine and motorcoach trans-portation from the Waikiki areaalso is available for an additional$60 and $11 per person, respec-tively.

    Kick off an evening of ele-

    gance at 5:30 p.m., as the 1,500-passenger ship departs fromPier 8 at Aloha TowerMarketplace. Festivities beginat the exclusive CaptainsWelcome Reception on theStars 60-foot-high top deck,where guests have the opportu-nity to sample a selection ofsummer canaps served butler-style, accompanied by aHawaiian Bellini.

    Amid a pristine atmosphere,guests are then escorted intothe recently renovated Art DecoSuper Nova room. Posh indcor, this luxurious diningroom, where semi-formal attireis required, is said to seat 230people.

    Nova is really elegant andplush, it's definitely a placewhere we have a lot of repeatbusiness, says Gilbert, whostudied culinary arts atJohnson & Wales University,then later at KapiolaniCommunity College.

    My main focus as the chefhere is consistency consis-tency in presentation andquality, he adds. My style of

    cuisine is very much travel-influenced. I love the local ingre-dients, and that's a big drivingforce for my cooking.

    At Johnson and Wales I wastrained in the classical French-style of cuisine. I also lived inthe Caribbean and SoutheastAsia, and of course Hawaii, soI'm also very familiar withPacific Rim cuisine as well,Gilbert states. In the Novaroom we focus on culinary arts

    1 Star of Honolulu (photo courtesy Star of HonoluluCruises & Events)

    2 Highest Grade Prime Tenderloin of Beef 3 Chilled Kahuku Corn Soup

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