June 25th, 2012 by evan
Here are some pictures that I took during the launch party of the 2012 Quiksilver Waikiki Paddle Festival. George Kam hosted the Friday night launch party which is the best party of the year. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was blown away at how awesome the food, people and party were. I took my 2 boys after paddling practice and they had a blast too. If you were there, you know what I’m talking about. If you missed it, these pictures below will give you an idea.
Kaipo Guerrero welcomes us to da party
First thing in the front door is a buff local bruddah with a huge poi calabash serving poi (Hawaiian taro made into a paste like entree) the traditional way (with his bare hands). I don’t normally eat poi but I figured why not since it was a big show in the front. I was blown away. The poi was from Homestead Poi and it tasted like ice cream. It was soooooo good I ate 8 bowls. I even bypassed the carving station because it was so good. Now I’m buying and eating poi kinda often…all due to George Kam serving it at the Quicksilver party.
Here are a lot of pictures from the party below. Hope to see you there next year!
Scott from Surftech
My boys Koko and Buddy with da poi pounda
Melissa Chang and her friend eating the snow ice dessert
Gotta share with mom
Enjoying the snow ice
You think she likes it?
Scott from Surftech
As you can see the place was packed. The crowd was loud and the place was pumping.
The woman was serving little jelly stars on top of the snow ice.
In Hawaii we call this “grinding”
Jamie Mitchell, Jack Dyson and Livio Menelau
Eric Abbott and friends
Buddy’s fifth serving of Snow ice. I think he liked it.
Hawaiian music playing on the side… notice the guy on the right playing the old time steel guitar.
Kicking back and enjoying the Hawaiian music
Mango snow ice
Ashley Baxter, Keith Baxter and Connor Baxter
Lychee snow ice
Good thing it was a buffet because Buddy ate a lot of snow ice
Spicy ahi poke…I ate about a pound of this
Kurt and his Kona Red friend
Korean taegu was a bit different than what I have normally but it was still really good
Fresh poi from Homestead Poi Company. I liked this so much that I’ve been buying raw taro from the ‘Aina Ku ‘Ono (formerly Sticky) Farms, Waiahole lo’i (taro farm) and making it at home.
Jamie Mitchell and Kaipo Guerrero
Da beef stew crew
Koko and Buddy with Mark Raaphorst
Hawaiian tako (octopus, not Mexican food)
Karen and Connor Baxter
Candice Appleby and friend
An alternative to the fork
George Kam and friend
Lyman serving the peking duck buns
The party was even happening outside
Chinese style crispy roast pork and skin…I actually eat all the crispy skin and disregard the meat. This is very similar to a Filipino lechon.
Good thing I shot this early because it was no time before the ears and cheeks were eaten.
Local jewelry artist Leighton Lam
Must be seconds
Chinese peking duck
Chinese style roast duck, pork and char siu
Can you hear the crackle of this roast pork?
Bobby + 1
Carving station girls
Jason Kauhane, Ken Akazawa and Donn Arizumi (flexing as usual)
Musubi from Mana Bu’s
Kalua pig and cabbage
Serving da poke
Ed Wheeler, Sandy, Sandy’s friend and Keith Baxter
Livio Menelau, Travis Grant and friend