Hawaii chefs and restaurants are named James Beard semifinalists
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Bar Leather Apron is a semifinalist in the outstanding bar program category in the 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards. Bar co-owners Tom Park, left, and Justin Park (no relation).
Chefs Chris Kajioka, left, and Ed Kenney are semifinalists in the category of best chef in the Western region, which also includes California and Nevada.
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Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar was named a national semifinalist for outstanding wine program. Vino employee Brent Kawano is behind the bar.
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Maru Sushi on Kalakaua Avenue was named a semifinalist in the category of best new restaurant on a nationwide basis. Diners are seated as Maru Sushi’s owner/chef Takeshi Kawasaki awaits to prepare otoro.
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