Aloha Tofu Blog

“Tofu Day” Dinner!

Aloha! Did you know that October 2 is TOFU day?! In Japan they like to play with the sounds of numbers to create words. We do it as well! For example if you said, “1, 2” in Japanese, you would get: “ichi, ni” (“itchy knee”) or you remember, “5, 4, 4” – say that in Japanese and we know you have to excuse yourself…!

Well, in Japanese, there are different pronunciations for numbers depending on how they’re used. Most people may know “10” is pronounced, “jyu” and “2” is pronounced, “ni”, but another way to say “10” is: “To” (like “toe”) and “2” as “Fu”. Put them together and we have To-Fu (10-2) Day!

We have a shout out to all TOFU lovers out there (and even the skeptics, as well!)…In celebration of this glorious day, we will be having the first “Tofu Day” dinner in Hawaii! It will be on Thursday, October 12 (okay, it’s not ON Tofu Day, but 10 + 2 = 12 so…). Gazen Izakaya’s Chef Hiro has come up with a menu of dishes not seen in Hawaii especially for this event! I will also be making fresh yuba for Chef Hiro to utilize in his dishes!

It’s a one night event and seating is limited, so gather up your tofu -loving friends and family and let’s enjoy a night to celebrate the versatility and possibilities tofu has to offer!

We’ve been fortunate to work with Scott from the Natto Dinner Facebook Group and Mari from Frolic Hawaii to help get this together. Follow this link for more details!

Tofu Day Dinner!


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Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) TASTE Awards

On Saturday, June 6th at the Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery, the HFMA held their 2nd Annual TASTE Awards. The HFMA is an association of local food manufacturers, suppliers and support companies that encourage the development of food production in the state. It is the only food manufacturing association in the US!



Aloha Tofu was kindly nominated to be one of 5 finalists in the “Manufacturer of the Year – Small Company” category so we got a table and joined the festivities!


Soybean Polenta creates the base for this excellent selection courtesy of Chef Benjie Cabutaje of the Moana Surfrider Hotel!

Prior to the dinner and awards ceremony, there was a “Battle of the Chefs”, a silent auction and some sampling of members’ products, including Koloa Rum, Pacific Kool Ginger and Iced Tea from The Tea Chest.  In addition to Governor Ige and US Representative Gabbard, the local food industry was well represented at what is quickly becoming a very popular event!  The food provided by Pomaikai Ballrooms was wonderful, of course, as were the wines, provided by Maui Winery.

There are many great companies in Hawaii that produce wonderful products, so when I saw the other nominees in our category (Koloa Rum, Mulvadi Corporation (coffee), Hawaii Popcorn Company, Aloha Hawaiian Store), I really didn’t think we would have a chance, but it is still good to support the overall industry (and get a great dinner with wine as well).

…but guess what…!  We won!


Jack Uyehara and Roy Uyehara (2nd Generation Owners) – now happily retired…


It’s a really beautiful award, but I think the kitchen was looking to use it to ground up some herbs or spices (and poi!)…








“Where do we put it?”


Certificate0209certificate1  Come visit us at Aloha Tofu Town and see this beautiful award!








Mahalo to HFMA and the support of the members! (Joanne and Roy Uyehara, Misa and Paul Uyehara, Barbara and Jack Uyehara)

Mahalo to HFMA and the support of the members!
(Joanne and Roy Uyehara, Misa and Paul Uyehara, Barbara and Jack Uyehara)




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Aloha Tofu’s Dessert at Restaurant Suntory at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center


This is Misa, Paul’s wife!

We went to an Authentic Japanese Restaurant in Waikiki, Restaurant Suntory.

There are Teppan-yaki (Steak) & Washoku (Japanese Dining) Sections, and a Sushi Bar.

Paul & Kent (our son) tried Teppanyaki.  I had Washoku!

23K&PReady to eat!



  Macadamia Nut Tofu & Eggplant.




I was so impressed that I forgot to take other photos including:

Chawanmushi, Miyazaki Beef Steak, Sushi etc…..

However, I took photos of this exclusive dessert Aloha Tofu provides…


                        Tofu Mousse




 Okara Cream Puff with Okinawan Sweet Potato Cream

Please enjoy Tofu desserts by Aloha Tofu at Restaurant Suntory!

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Kama’aina Business Success Stories

Paul Uyehara of Aloha Tofu will be one of the three companies featured on Kama’aina Business Success Stores.  Along with Michael Tam of Martin & MacArthur and Jason Brand of Kunia Country Farms, Kimo and Carole present stories of these Kama’aina businesses whose humble beginnings, created success stories!  They will describe how these remarkable entrepreneurs grew their passions form nothing into thriving businesses that have had an impact on the people of Hawaii.

Watch on KHON on Thursday, April 9 @9:30 pm, Sunday, April 19 @6:30 pm and Sunday, May 24 @6:30 pm.  Watch on Hawaii’s CW on Tuesday, April 14 @ 9:30 pm.

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Great Aloha Run Sports Health & Fitness Expo

Aloha Tofu Town will be at the 31st Great Aloha Fun Sports Health & Fitness Expo at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall on Friday 2/13 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 2/14 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday 2/15 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Come try our tofu inspired dishes…Tofu Curry, Tofu Poke, Oboro, Sesame Rice Soybean Musubi and Tofu Mousse – Chocolate, Strawberry and Green Tea.

The Dole (735 Iwilei Road) location will be closed on Friday 2/13 and Monday 2/16.

Please stop by and discover our world of TOFU…

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The Weekly Eater Article/Review


Nadine Kam, of The Weekly Eater in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, published an article/review on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 about Aloha Tofu Town called “Tofu Dishes Find Success.”  Pictures from newspaper, above is Misaki Takahasi and below is Yukiko Atomi.  Read all about it:


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Bitter Sweet Blog


Hannah Kaminsky of the Bitter Sweet Blog, author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie, visited Hawaii a few weeks ago and stopped by the factory.  She posted a nice blog about it.  Check it out:

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Gastronome Article

Jaimie Kim of Gastronome from HNL Metro wrote a tofu-licious review of Aloha Tofu Town.  Please check it out:

Thanks Jaimie!

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The Tasty Island Blog


Pomai Souza (pictured above with Paul Uyehara), of blog site The Tasty Island, posted a really nice review of Aloha Tofu Town.  We promise we didn’t pay him to do it.  Check it out:

Mahalo & Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Pomai!

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Aloha Tofu Town

Cook Tubby

On January 6, 2015, Aloha Tofu opened Aloha Tofu Town at Dole Cannery, 735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu, HI 96817 (first floor of the Dole Cannery Theatre Building).  We will be serving lunch Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  2 hour parking validation with purchase available.

All dishes are tofu-inspired.  We are serving one main entrée a day (Monday to Thursday) and an Aloha Friday Bento.  On a daily basis, we have Oboro Tofu, Tofu Poke, Sesame Rice Soybeans Musubi, and various Okazu dishes.  For dessert, we have Tofu Mousse (flavors vary daily – Chocolate, Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango, Blueberry, Coffee Caramel, and Cheesecake).  Another dessert available only on Mondays & Thursdays are the Okara Cream Puffs.

Mondays – Aloha Tofu Curry Rice
Tuesdays – Aloha Tofu Loco Moco
Wednesdays – Aloha Tofu Beef Bowl
Thursdays – Aloha Shrimp Tofu with Chili Sauce
Fridays – Aloha Bento (entrées vary each week, call for info)

Please stop by and discover our world of tofu…Enjoy!

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