The Honolulu Joy of Sake is finally upon us! Now that you’ve bought your tickets, we’ve come up with these helpful ways to maximize your sakesfaction. (We’d come up with cleverer puns, too, but how much can you get from a word like ‘sake’?)
WHAT: Joy of Sake Honolulu
WHEN: Friday, July 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Pier 2 Cruise Terminal Hall, 521 Ala Moana Blvd. on Channel Street across Restaurant Row
TICKETS: $80 online at joyofsake.com until 12 noon on July 20; after that, $90 at the door
Tip #10. Say hello to Pier 2, right in town at Honolulu Harbor. Scroll down to next blog for details. And then hand off your car to our valet service or find parking on Channel Street in metered stalls or one of the lots, or across Ala Moana in Kakaako.
Tip #9. Get there early. The party starts at 6:30, but you won’t want to miss opening ceremonies at 6:10 and the bursting thunder of Kenny Endo’s powerful taiko.
Tip #8. BYOC&C. We’re going green this year with biodegradable plates, forks and oh-so-ecofriendly ti leaves. Help the planet by bringing your own sake cups and chopsticks — and if you can, please carpool.
Tip #7. Pace yourself. With a record 360 sake and 16 restaurants this year, pacing is key. Head for your favorite sake table (elegant daiginjo A? The more varied daiginjo B? Fruity and floral ginjo, earthy junmai, sweet and funky yamahai …?) or a sake-friendly appetizer from one of our food booths, and go back and forth through the evening, reveling in the intense interplay of sips and bites.
Tip #6. Questions? We’ll have a Sake Info table this year staffed by experts and judges from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Ask them anything you want to know about sake. Ask about food pairings. Ask for their personal recs.
Tip #5. Get into the hypnotica. That’s Soul-Kyo playing live onstage, the trio of koto, bass and synthesizer drawing from roots in R&B. You’ll know you’re really into it when you start composing your own haiku.
Tip #4. Stay hydrated. We’ll have plenty of water for you.
Tip #3. Sakebrate the Joy (see earlier note on puns) with logo T-shirts and tanks featuring our green-lipped sake beauty, a handmade sake cup from one of the potters’ tables, and icy drinks from one of our sponsor booths.
Tip #2. Yelp all about it! If you’re seeing red, you’re staring at the Yelp photo booth. Get yourself snapped with all the riotous sake paraphernalia you can imagine.
Tip #1. Eat and sip responsibly. After all, it’s all about the Joy — and many more to come! See you at Pier 2, Honolulu!