Sue and I really enjoyed the Lei Day for Japan fundraiser at Aloha Tower. The music lineup was incredible, only eclipsed by the lineup of chefs. I think we must have sampled two dozen of the fantastic creations from Hawaii's top chefs. For me, the tops were the Sansei tempura rolls and a 9th Avenue Grill creation -- some combination of fish, beets, and mandarin oranges.
For the music, the highlight of the evening was Jake Shimabukuro's set. He played a great combination of tunes that showcased the amazing variety of sounds he can produce on the uke. His encore performance accompanied his mother as she sang "Sweet and Slow." You can tell where he inherited his musical gifts. They performed three hours into an event with an open bar, so 'Mom' Shimabukuro was a little tipsy but a terrific performer.
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