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August 24, 2014

Aiea’s ‘Haven’ of local-style comfort

When Franz Shiro Matsuo, known affectionately as “Mistah Saimin,” first opened Shiro’s Saimin Haven in 1969 at Aiea Bowl, to share his wildly delicious comfort foods, Hawaii’s diners instantly took to his creative renditions of saimin and other island favorites. More than 40 years later, the late founder’s legacy lives on, as his family continues…

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August 17, 2014

Taking freshness to the next level

Every morning at 4:30 a.m., restaurant owner and ahi wholesaler Sam Seo arrives at Hawaii Fish Auction Pier 38 to scope out fresh, supreme catches of the day. With more than 15 years of experience attending the auction, and 15 years as a wholesaler to the mainland and abroad, patrons can rest assured that Seo…

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August 10, 2014

Mamma Mia, it’s time to dine at Mimasuya!

A visit to Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto on Kapiolani Boulevard is a chance to experience exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine, unveiled with the refined aesthetics of Japanese food presentation. Open since December 2012, this east-meets-west eatery is the first of Japanese restauranteur Masaki Hibi’s eight dining establishments to open outside of Kyoto, Japan. Acting as a…

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July 20, 2014

Up your cool factor with Korean eats

This past week has been quite a scorcher, hasn’t it? When the sun is blazing and mugginess prevails, I know it’s ever so tempting to use any morsel of energy you have left to practically lunge toward the closest shave ice shop. But would you be willing to take my advice, albeit a tad unconventional,…

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Doubling up on delicious fare

From the comfort-inducing plate lunches we pack up for the beach, to gourmet Pacific Rim meals we treat ourselves to on special occasions, it’s safe to say that fusion-filled fare is all around us here in the Islands. Even so, I’d be willing to bet you’ve never had a mouthwatering mélange quite like the ones…

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Escape to a world of Chinese fare

If you haven’t done so already, it’s worthwhile to join the throngs of patrons dining at Seafood Village. Located in Hyatt Regency Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue, the eatery exemplifies the thrill of Oahu’s resort hub, with personable service, an ornate ambiance and a dynamic menu of Chinese fare. It’s no surprise the convenient locale has…

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June 29, 2014

On cloud nine with ‘Heavenly’ brownies

When you think about it, cup-cakes are the perfect dessert. Each individually sized treat is just enough to give in to your sweet tooth without having to be rolled out of the bakery, Violet Beauregarde style. Specializing in masterfully crafted cupcakes, island-based Hokulani Bake Shop is home to a plethora of creative and perfectly sized…

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The inside scoop at Hung Won

When Kevin Li and two of his uncles decided to open Hung Won Seafood Restaurant on March 23, their goal was to serve the community with upscale Cantonese-style cuisine. By staying away from heavier dishes and preparations, Li and his team are succeeding with a traditional approach to cooking. “I know a lot of people…

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June 15, 2014

Wining and dining at Kissaten

Since December 2010, the Kissaten name has become synonymous with upscale comfort food here in the Islands. The venture’s original Piikoi Street location first gained attention for its range of soups, sandwiches, cafe beverages and more that are available to patrons 24 hours a day. And while the cafe continues to serve its signature dishes…

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June 8, 2014

Keiki-approved eats, I kid you not

For more than 20 years now, Camellia Buffet has been Honolulu’s yakiniku-style eatery of choice, offering the best in Korean fare with its all-you-can-eat buffet (lunch: $17.95, $13 for children ages 4 to 8; dinner: $25.95, $15 for children ages 4 to 8). From an expansive array of meats, seafood and vegetables ready to be…

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