Hekili’s Corner: Asian Style BBQ Ribs

Hekili’s Corner: Asian Style BBQ Ribs

Hekili’s Corner: Asian Style BBQ Ribs


10 lbs. – Pork Ribs (cut in to 2 bone pcs.)


2 C. – Soy Sauce

.25 C. – Sesame Oil

2 C. – Brown Sugar

4 Tbsp. – Garlic, Minced

2 Tsbp. – Ginger, Minced

1 Tbsp. Samba Chili

.5 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds Toasted

.5 C. – Orange Juice

.25 C. – Mirin

.25 C. – Honey

Method: Add all ingredients to sauce pot and simmer till glaze consistence is achieved.

Braising Liquid: Make in a stock pot

1-2 gal. Cold Water (enough to cover all Pork)

1 ea. – Cinnamon stick

3 ea. – Bay leafs

2 Tbsp. – Pepper corns

4 C. – Soy sauce

4 ea. – Green onion (Dice top green part for garnish and bottom bunch stems for braising liquid)

1 Ea. –  Onion (large dice)

8 ea. – Garlic clove (smashed)

1 oz. (WT) – Ginger (Smashed)

Method: Add Pork and Cold water to the stock pot. Then turn stove on to medium/high. Once water is about to boil shut it off and skim / remove all impurities floating on top. Then add all remaining ingredients and bring back to a simmer. Simmer till bone starts to pull away from the meat.

Then remove ribs from liquid and cool on a baking sheet. Can be cooled overnight.

Cook the ribs on a low to medium grill. What we want to do is to brush the rubs with the glaze till a nice crust is developed and the rib is heated all the way thru.

Then Garnish and Serve.

Hope you love it as much as my Ohana,


About Hekili T. Apao

About Hekili T. Apao

About Hekili T. Apao

Hekili Apao is a Chef Instructor for the Harrah College of Hospitality at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Hekili is an Alumni of UNLV, where he took advantage of his football and academic scholarships to obtain three Bachelor’s degrees in Hotel Administration, Culinary Arts Management, and Beverage Management. Hekili is the first of his family from Hawaii to receive a college degree from a University.

After graduation, Hekili was asked to stay on with UNLV as an Executive Sous Chef to help run the new Catering Operations for the Hotel College. Here he honed his culinary skills under the guidance of his college mentor, Department Chair Claud Lamberts and Executive Chef John Gremo. After many joint events with Industry Chefs and leaders, Hekili was starting to get noticed. This led to his dream of traveling the world and learning different cuisines and cultures. At the age of 25, he was offered the position as Head Chef for Blu Bar and Grill in Belmont, Bermuda. With his attention to detail and organization skills, he was able to open the restaurant one month ahead of schedule. Hekili returned to Las Vegas to aid in his father’s recovery from cancer. His father is now healthy and cancer free.

Once back in Las Vegas, Hekili’s career got interesting. He was asked to come back to UNLV, where he worked for a few years until the economic crises in 2008, when unfortunately, his position was absolved. He then started his own catering company and operated it till his second son was on the way. He sold the business and went to work for the Golden Nugget. Not quite his dream job, but Hekili made the best of his situation. He was surrounded by great Chefs, and once his responsibilities were done he would go and learn from them on their specialties. Hekili viewed this opportunity as a paid education.

Later Hekili was contacted by a recruiter from Maggiano’s. Here Hekili’s attention to detail and organization skills were on display once again. Within his first year, he elevated the kitchen assessment score to the second highest in the company. From there, he was asked to develop all BOH standards, train all new hires and Chefs. He was asked by UNLV to teach part time that eventually turned in to a full time position, which he gladly accepted. Hekili continues to expand his culinary and educator knowledge. Last year, he received his CEC, Certified Executive Chef, thru the ACF. He is now working on his second certification, CCE, Certified Chef Educator.

KUNV’s Spring Pledge Drive

KUNV’s Spring Pledge Drive

KUNV’s Spring Pledge Drive

From April 2nd to the 14th, KUNV is hosting our annual Spring Pledge Drive. Help keep our lights on and the shows alive by donating on air at 702-895-1234 or online at kunv.org. All donations go straight to supporting our station. 

As a public radio station, our mission is to serve our community by providing music that caters to the loves and likes of our community members and show content to unite the people of Las Vegas. Donations also help give students the opportunities to participate in radio by putting them directly in the field. As a student intern, Angel has developed her skills and talents in radio through the Little Grass Shack for the past eight months. 

The Little Grass Shack needs your help to keep the show alive and reach our daily goal. Pledge your amount from Monday – Friday from 5-7 am PST and Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm.

Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club – Na Mea Hawai’i Series

Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club – Na Mea Hawai’i Series

Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club – Na Mea Hawai’i Series

Starting on Tuesday, April 3rd, the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic club is beginning the Na Mea Hawai’i series. These educational workshops has been created in an effort to honor and better know practices of the Hawaiian culture. 

According to the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club, “The Las vegas Hawaiian Civic Club proudly presents our Na Mea Hawai’i Loea (Expert), Ku’uleialoha Rogers, as she inaugurates our Na Mea Hawai’i monthly series here in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The purpose of this series is to refresh and bring back the culture, customs, and traditions that were once practiced in Hawai’i during our childhood. This concept is part of our ongoing pirnciple, Nana i ke kumu — to look to the source, or to go ‘back to basics’ — in establishing a stronger foundation for our ‘Ohana, our family, and Island community. 

Our first workshop is labeled ‘loss of a Kingdom.’ This workshop covers pivotal events that led up to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in January 1893. Queen Lili’uokalani’s famous mele (song), Aloha ‘Oe will also be presented with its music and koana — its hidden meaning.”

The location for this series is Water of Life, Lutheran Church, 5430 S. Grand Canyon Dr., Las Vegas 89147.

Brother Noland: Composer, Innovator, Traditional Hawaiian Man

Brother Noland: Composer, Innovator, Traditional Hawaiian Man

Brother Noland: Composer, Innovator, Traditional Hawaiian Man

As a large supporter of Island music, we want to thank and introduce Brother Noland. 


About Brother Noland: Music is transportation. Sounds, melody and lyrics can transport you to another time or even a familiar feeling. Brother Noland is that kind of artist. Seeing him live on stage, you will step into an experience…the 50th State of Mind. He is a storyteller at heart and music is how he shares his stories. Born and raised in the islands but well traveled, Brother Noland is a legacy Hawaiian artist. One who has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music with timeless hits such as “Coconut Girl” and “Big Ship.” Although he is often credited for infusing reggae, jazz and blues with traditional Hawaiian sounds, his latest project “His Songs, His Stories, His Style” proves that he can cross many genres and fearlessly explores the lengths of his wonderment. Brother Noland will keep you engaged, sing you sweet music, like poetry to your ears – and you will listen, not just hear – the underlying harmony he so wishes to share with you and the entire world.

Thank YOU!

Thank YOU!

Thank YOU!

During the week of our Spring Pledge Drive, the Little Grass Shack has received messages of affirmation and praise for our show. We are truly thankful for our loyal listeners and the support of our local Las Vegas community. Because of you, the Little Grass Shack continues to bring the best of island music to the rest of the 49 states and spread aloha 6 days a week. Your generous donations during the week of our pledge drive will help keep our show alive. 

Below is a testimony from Coby, a loyal listener and donor to the Little Grass Shack: 

“It is I who need to thank you. What you bring to us each morning is very personal to everyone of us…those sweet memories of Home and our Island traditions and way of life. 

I don’t think we fully understand the Aloha Spirit until we move away and no longer have it surrounding our ever being. 

When I went back a couple of months ago being in traffic was not about cutting people off and getting to the red light first. It was so mellow, people letting you in when you turn on your blinker (and people actually use them there) and not Speeding up so you can’t get in. 

People are so pleasant. They talk to you. They smile. The music reminds one of those smiles. 

Certain songs…you close your eyes and you are there with the sun, sand, wind and water touching your skin. You close your eyes and you are a kid again camping with Summer Fun at Hanauma Bay or having ice cream sundaes at Coco’s (gone now) or playing in the waves on the north shore. This is why we listen. This is why it is I thanking you. For 2 hours each morning I am transported back. Back to a world where the true Aloha spirit still lives.

Olelo with Aunty Dorinda

Olelo with Aunty Dorinda

Olelo with Aunty Dorinda

Aunty Dorinda is the Little Grass Shack’s Hawaiian Treasure, bringing us our daily ‘olelo. Her wisdom on Hawaiian language on culture does not only intend to educate us, but reminds us of our roots and values. Most importantly, it reminds us to live with aloha!

About Aunty Dorinda: Dorinda Puanani Keola Burnet, 1976 lifer graduate from Kamehameha. Major Hawaiian studies and language. 1978 Hula Bowl Queen, 1983 Mo’i Wahine Aloha Week Court city &County of Honolulu. Moved to Las Vegas 1993. Former kumu hula. 2001 Hawaiian Folklorist, Nv Art Council. 2017 Pelekikena Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic club. ‘Olelo is important because it keeps us grounded to our roots. It reminds us of our ancestors, our culture & traditions and our way of life. It is the very core or piko of our race. Without its presence, there would be no aloha

Island Spirit By Tessie Sumampong-Apique

Island Spirit By Tessie Sumampong-Apique

Island Spirit By Tessie Sumampong-Apique

Get a taste of island culture without ever leaving Las Vegas through the annual Ho’olaulea Pacific Island Festival and Pure Aloha Festival.

The Ho’olaulea Pacific Island Festival was created by Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club in 1989 (aohcc). “We thought it was important to retain our cultural values and traditions, here, in the valley,” Dorinda Burnet, President of Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club (Youtube). Ho’olaulea had their recent festival on September 9th and 10th, celebrating their 27th annual festival. This event is a free admission island pacific festivals that cultivate the island community at the Henderson Event Plaza. The festivals embody neighborhood islands like Samoans, Cook Islands, to celebrate the island culture as a community and a whole.

Santana, the founder of the Vizzun Entertainment wanted to bring back a piece of his home to the mainland. He created Pure Aloha so he could share the “aloha spirit” to the 9th island “Las Vegas” by culture, music and entertainment (Vizzun).

The 12th annual Pure Aloha Fall festival will be from September 29 to October 1 at the Silverton Casino (Silvertoncasino). Pure Aloha is one of the mecca of island festivals in Las Vegas. There are unlimited food venues that solidifies authenticate Hawaii cuisine from kalua pig (slow cook tender pig), Lau Lau (pork wrapped in luau leaf), spam musubi, malasadas (powder donuts), shaved ice and the list is endless. Get a taste of classic island cuisines with live performances from Tahitian and Hula Halaus (groups) in the Las Vegas community. This year featured Bonafide, Fiji, Maoli and other performances.

The Ho’olaulea Pacific Island Festival and Pure Aloha Festival are cultural catalysts for our community. These two festivals unite the community together in celebration of our culture and heritage. Through song, dance, food, and charisma, Las Vegas continues to embody the Island Spirit and provide a home away from home.


“Celebrate Pacific Island Culture.” YouTube, YouTube, 8 Sept. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhawDNRUhWM. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.

“Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club.” Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club, www.lasvegashcc.org/. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.

“Pure Aloha – Silverton Casino – Fall Festival and Concert.” Silverton Casino, Adlava, 2017, silvertoncasino.com/entertain/pure_aloha/. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.

“Upcoming Festival Info.” Vizzun Entertainment, 2017, vizzun.com/festivals/. Accessed 29 Sept. 2017.