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Seafood Festival at Turtle Bay Resort.

It’s a foodie’s paradise this weekend across the island chain. Try fresh fish dishes under the starry sky at Turtle Bay Resort’s Annual Seafood Festival. And, celebrate the official openings for star chef restaurants Morimoto Waikiki at the new Edition Hotel and Roy Yamaguchi’s, The Tavern at Princeville in Kauai. Chow down, Hawaii!

The Annual Seafood Festival

Need a perfect excuse for a North Shore road trip? Look no further. This weekend, Turtle Bay is holding its Sixth Annual Seafood Festival that celebrates Hawaii’s delectable seafood and farm fresh produce. The island’s crème de la creme chefs will be churning out some of the best fishy dishes from poke to garlic shrimp to farm-raised moi. Festivities begin Friday night when “sea-foodies” can take in the Hawaiian sunset over recipes from the kitschy North Shore Shrimp Trucks and wash down their eats with island micro-brews. Musical artist Kapena will play on the main stage on the scenic Kuilima Point. And, on Saturday morning, the seafood bonanza continues with the Sam Choy Poke Challenge celebrating Hawaii’s most beloved fish dish. During the evening, there will be a grand finale seafood extravaganza featuring six gourmet action stations, fine wines and the sounds of the Ka’ala Boys.

For more information, call 808.293.600 for tickets.

Morimoto Waikiki

Hipster foodies rejoice! After a series of special event appearances and VIP openings, it’s finally Morimoto Waikiki’s first official weekend open to the public. The highly anticipated restaurant is located in the new Waikiki Edition Hotel developed by Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. Morimoto’s chef stardom certainly compliments the Edition’s obvious hip factor. Pay a visit and expect first class, star-worthy cuisine plus exquisite presentation by the Iron Chef himself.

Morimoto Waikiki is located at 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., www.morimotowaikiki.com, 808.943.5900.

The Tavern at Princeville

Hop on over to the Garden Isle of Kauai to check out Roy Yamaguchi’s new restaurant, The Tavern at Princeville. Opening last week to rave reviews, The Tavern specializes in gamey fair unlike its Pacific-rim lovin’ cousin, Roy’s. Inspired by his grandpa’s tavern in Wailuku, Maui in the ’40s, Yamaguchi’s own nouveau version serves up casual home-style dishes sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Bon appétit.

The Tavern at Princeville is located at the Princeville Clubhouse 5-3900 Kuhio Hwy., www.princeville.com, 808.826.5001.

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