Eat the Street BBQ and the Cook Islands

On Friday we celebrated our 7th Annual BBQ Festival.  Eat the Street takes place on the last Friday of each month in the emerging and very cool Kaka’ako neighborhood at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.  This park is located across the street from our neighbors at Honolulu Beerworks, the Pow Wow Hawaii Murals and amazing local bars like Bevy in Kaka’ako.

The air was filled with all kinds of delicious barbecue aromas; smoke from BBQ grills, the garlicky aroma of roasted corn and smoked Turkey Legs.  My favorite of the night was the brisket from Da Ultimate Grindz and Big Texan BBQ.  Next year we must do a BBQ throw down – vendors this is your heads up, LOL… start getting your righteous menu items ready for submittal next year.  My second favorite was the Hawaiian style bbq, pulled Kalua Pork made with a southern twist at La Roux Hawaii’s food truck. Mahalo to the thousands of people who came together to celebrate their favorite summer barbecue eats and a big shout out to all 41 food vendors and 10 retail vendors that joined us tonight.

I have to tell you all about our Hawaiian Music Live entertainment arena.  The food wasn’t the only thing smoking hot at Eat The Street…. Our Poly cousins from the Polynesian Cultural Center in La’ie joined us for the evening sharing their culture, traditional dress, dance and music from the Cook Islands.  Their performance was to celebrate a special showcase of the people and culture of the Cook Islands.  This is a very special event that will be taking place at Polynesian Cultural Centerfrom July 17 to August 24, 2017 in support of the Cook Islands Ministry of Cultural Development.

Ever since I was a little girl, The Polynesian Cultural Center was a very special place for me.  I loved spending an entire day saturated in the beautiful culture, history and ono foods of Polynesia. The sounds of the drums calling from village to village was always a favorite. There is a special showing of guests from the Cook Islands that I am really looking forward to seeing.  It’s a very special ‘limited time only’ type of showcase of special art displays and unique cultural presentations by a team performers from the Cook Islands National Arts Theatre.

Here’s a fun fact, the Cook Islands comprise 15 islands over a vast area of the South Pacific. The main island, Rarotonga, is located 3,000 miles from Honolulu.

So, even though at Street Grindz we do a lot of posting about food, I had to share this special experience with you.  It’s taking place for a limited time only. So, be sure to check this out before our Cook Islands Ohana journey back to their islands in the middle of the sea.

If you have questions or need more information please call or email or call (800) 367-7060. In Hawaii, call (808) 293-3333.

See you next month!!

Next month we celebrate salty fat slabs aka Bacon!!  If your a bacon fanatic you will not want to miss this event.  One year we had a guy show up that was so dedicated to his love affair with bacon he had it tattooed on his body!!!




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Poni Askew’s business acumen is being recognized in the State of Hawaii, and as a young mother of Hawaiian descent, she represents a powerful voice in the community. The goal of bringing mobile food events to Oahu is one Poni and her husband Brandon have had since the inception of Street Grindz.