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April 13, 2014

Enticing Vietnamese Eats

There’s nothing quite like the comfort that Vietnamese food brings to the table. Uncomplicated flavors married with fresh ingredients truly make it the perfect choice for any time or occasion. Located in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center, Pho My Lien offers a menu of “pho-bulous” eats and more. Aside from its pho fare, the restaurant serves…

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April 13, 2014

Hoku’s Five-star Celebratory Feast

Located ocean-front at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hoku’s has an unparalleled view. Guests can enjoy the tranquil, picturesque ocean vista while dining in an upscale atmosphere. Hoku’s is just as pleasing to the palate as it is to the eye, with a menu that features a range of flavors including Asian, European and local-inspired…

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April 13, 2014

A Feast to Celebrate Administrative Staffers

Whether planning a wedding reception or hosting a business meeting, more and more kamaaina are catching on to Pomaikai Ballrooms, where special events receive the special treatment they deserve. Located on the second level of Dole Cannery in Iwilei, the facility occupies the space formerly known as Dole Ballrooms. Under new management, the venue underwent…

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April 13, 2014

Local-style Fare for the People

People’s Cafe is the No. 1 choice for those who enjoy simple, homemade local-style grub. Trust me, bring this restaurant’s takeout to work and see what happens. It’s demolished in no time. If you plan to embark on this culinary adventure, People’s Cafe has a plethora of combo dishes that are great for sharing. Take…

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Come On Get Happy

Remember Happy Days, that beloved television sitcom from the 1970′s? You know, The Fonz with his “Aaaaeeeyyy!” and every episode neatly tied up in a perfect (and musically encapsulated) ending? It nightly filled living rooms with a warm and fuzzy, feel-good version of life — one we all looked forward to coming home to. Well,…

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April 13, 2014

Pearl’s Korean BBQ Shines Bright

Growing up in a family of restaurateurs, brothers Mike and Jim Hickey have taken the knowledge they’ve inherited to create their own successful restaurant chain known as Pearl’s Korean BBQ. Since opening their first location in Pearlridge in 1999, they’ve expanded to Kahala Mall, Ewa Beach Laulani Village Shopping Center and most recently, Ward Centre…

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April 13, 2014

The Street for Kahai and Mighty Eats

Don’t let Kahai Street Kitchen’s humble interior fool you. One look at the menu and it’s obvious there’s a gem here. The six-year-old eatery (also known as KSK) specializes in catering and also gives lunch-goers a new spin on their familiar favorites. “We change the menu every so often to keep customers interested,” says chef…

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The Acai Berry Beauty Secret Revealed

We all like to believe that, like a fine wine, we get better with age. While that may be true for a lucky few, my mother taught me well, advising me to take precautionary measures against aging while I’m still young. That means daily sunscreen application is a must, in addition to utilizing a day…

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April 6, 2014

It’s Off the Hook!

When I hear “seafood,” my mind immediately slides to slow summers on the lake with Granddaddy — buyin’ bait at the corner market, castin’ out lines and reelin’ ‘em in — catfish that is. Always catfish. We’d take them to the local seafood restaurant (dubbed “fish camps” in the South) and hawk ‘em to the…

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April 6, 2014

Saimin is Always on the Mind

It’s easy to take for granted the unique gastronomy of the Islands. For locals, it’s simply the local kind grinds we’ve grown up eating. Say the word “saimin” to Mainlanders and they might try to correct you: “Don’t you mean ramen?” While the noodle soup does give a nod to Japanese ramen, it also has…

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