Ramen Yokocho Receives an Emmy

By Hawaii.com Team

Ramen Yokocho

Local entrepreneur Lanai Tabura and Redefined Media co-owner Andrew Tran have been nominated for a ‘Lifestyle-Program/Special’ EMMY® for their program Ramen Yokocho at the 47th Annual Northern California Area EMMY® Awards that will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Lanai Tabura and Andrew Tran on receiving an Emmy!

Ramen Yokocho (Yokocho means ‘Alley’ in Japanese) is about ramen restaurants found off the beaten path in alleys. Show creators Lanai Tabura and Andrew Tran wanted to capture how ramen came to the United States and specifically how it came to be such a staple food item here in Hawai’i. They explain to viewers the deep history of ramen, the differences between saimin and ramen, and elaborate upon what makes local style ramen stand apart.

Lanai Tabura is currently hosting Cooking Hawaiian Style now airing in two hundred and fifty cities across the United States and in six countries. The show can be found on the Lifestyle Network, Spectrum, MYX TV, Cox Cable, and the ROKU box. Winner of the Great Food Truck Race Season 4, Lanai was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, New Zealand Top Chef with Karen & Karena, Man vs Food Thanksgiving Special, Dinners Drive Ins and Dives Elena’s episode, and most recently Europe’s Search for the Best Burger in the World. This is the first show as a Producer, Writer and Host. This is his first EMMY® nomination.

Andrew Tran, Redefined Media’s Creative Director is just twenty-five years old. His camera work is unrivaled, and he has already produced videos and commercials for Hawaiian Airlines, First Hawaiian Bank, Starwood Hotels, Cutter Ford, Cutter Chevy and Ruby Tuesday, to name a few. Andrew is currently working on a new food series with Lanai called ‘We Go Eat’ due this summer. Andrew wore three hats on Ramen Yokocho as a Producer, Director and Editor. This is his first EMMY® nomination.

The contributions of Executive Producer Frank Clark, Writer Yunji de Nies, and everyone at Oahu Media Group were crucial to the success of this project and must be recognized as well. Frank is also the creator of the Waikiki Yokocho concept, the first of it’s kind in the United States.

The show is currently airing on Hawaiian Airlines.

About the Northern California Area EMMY® Awards
The 47th Annual Northern California Area EMMY® Award Nominations were announced Wednesday, May 2rd on the chapter’s website. The EMMY® award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). San Francisco/ Northern California is one of the nineteen chapters awarding regional Emmy® statuettes. Northern California is composed of media companies and individuals from Visalia to the Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. Entries aired during the 2017 calendar year. This year 784 English entries were received in 62 categories and 218 entries in the Spanish contest in 42 categories. English and Spanish language entries were judged and scored separately. A minimum of seven peer judges from other NATAS chapters scored each entry on a scale from 1 to 10 on Content, Creativity and Execution. (Craft categories were judged on Creativity and Execution only). The total score was divided by the number of judges. The mean score was sorted from highest to lowest in each category. The Chapter Awards Committee looked at blind scores (not knowing the category) and decided on the cut off number for nominations and recipients.

Waikiki Yokocho

Waikiki Yokocho brings the authentic feel of Japan to the heart of Waikiki for people from all over the world to experience. By introducing a variety of small restaurants together, it gives everyone a chance to “hop” from one place to the next, enjoying popular food and drinks from a variety of places. Come and experience the Waikiki Yokocho where you can make new friends while enjoying great foods and drinks from all over Japan!

Walking through a “Yokocho” in Japan you will find a maze of narrow alleys lined with restaurants vying to pull you inside with their energetic sights and aromatic smells of their best dishes. With so many choices one can’t help but wanting to “hashigo” or to “hop” from one restaurant to another. Yokocho’s have come under a new renaissance in Japan where more and more young people and women come to enjoy good food, the cozy atmosphere and friendly conversations with other customers and staff.

This experience is what Waikiki Yokocho is bringing to Hawaii. With many of the restaurants being a first-to-Hawaii eatery, you will find no other place like it. Each restaurant has its own unique atmosphere with attention to details which makes Waikiki Yokocho a “must visit” destination. Within Waikiki Yokocho we have created three areas which you may find yourself wanting to “hashigo” till your heart and belly’s content.



Kushikatsu Tanaka

Umami Teppan Kingyo




Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

Nana’s Green Tea



Tempura Meshi Kaneko Hannosuke


See also: Japanese Alleyway Eating Hits the Spot in Waikiki

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