May 27th, 2015
Hawaii is fortunate that Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto celebrates two birthdays every year — his real February birthdate and his legal documented birthdate of May 26. He celebrated his 60th February birthday in Napa and chose to spend his second celebrating one day early at his namesake restaurant in the Modern Honolulu.
Star gazers were elated to see "Hawaii Five-0" well represented by none other than Steve McGarrett, aka actor Alex O'Loughlin, with swimwear designer wife Malia Jones, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Teilor Grubbs and associate producer Angie Laprete. (See more Honolulu Pulse photos from the party here.)
A screen on one side of the room looped the 2011 "Five-0" episode "Ma Ke Kahakai," in which Morimoto made a guest appearance as himself.
The centerpiece of a table laden with desserts was a birthday cake for the chef, created by A Cake Life's Kristin Kato. There were many details reflecting the chef's life, pastimes and favorite things, including his Yoskshire Terrier, Mai, golf at Honolulu Country Club and singing, among the talents he demonstrated for guests that evening.
Morimoto also took centerstage for a Tahitian dance (some captured on video below), though some of his moves looked more like bon dance or air guitar, all in fun.
With so many talents and definitely not shy, it's no surprise he found TV fame before arriving on our shores.
Happy birthday chef! And come back and celebrate with us next year!
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.