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September 14, 2014

Zia’s burst of culinary creativity

When creating its Italian cuisine, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe adds a little local flair. “It’s Italian food, but we use fresh, local ingredients,” explains chef Jesse Kila. Much of its produce — including its tomatoes and greens, for example — hail from local farms. The tomatoes come from Hamakua Farms, while the basil is from…

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September 7, 2014

Oh, what a catch!

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood opened its latest venue in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court April 1. And this eatery is no stranger to the Islands. You may recognize Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood from its Kapahulu and International Marketplace locations. Now, fans of the establishment can have their old favorites and partake…

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August 31, 2014

Menu variety still rules at Sekiya’s

Sekiya’s Restaurant and Delicatessen has been serving up local-style Japanese eats since it opened in 1935. And for the families of many of those original customers, Sekiya’s is still a family favorite. “We’ve got people who have come in for four or five generations,” explains David Morihara, whose grandparents founded the restaurant and who is…

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August 24, 2014

Hung Won wins over diners with new eats

If you haven’t paid a visit to Kaimuki’s Hung Won Seafood Restaurant in recent months, you are missing out on a totally new dining experience. The Chinese eatery is under new ownership, with new flavors to match. Co-owner and general manager Kevin Li, along with his cousin and two uncles, took over Hung Won in…

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August 17, 2014

Keeping it consistently good

Sushi is one of my favorite foods, and most of the time, when I’m craving it, I tend to end up at Genki Sushi. The restaurant offers quick service, and with 13 locations statewide, there is likely to be one close to you. But more than anything, Genki is reliably consistent. You can walk into…

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August 10, 2014

Kozo Sushi offers a taste of aloha

Kozo Sushi Hawaii provides local residents with the same great tastes that have enabled it to become one of the most popular takeout sushi establishments in Japan. The eatery was created as a way to provide the best of both worlds to sushi lovers — quality cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. As soon as…

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August 3, 2014

Full moons mean magical meals at Chef Chai

Full moons just got even more magical. Chef Chai now offers monthly full moon concerts with Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei, complete with a five-course meal ($75 per person). “We want to support Hawaiian music,” says chef Chai Chaowasaree, “and Robert Cazimero is such a legend.” And the menu? Well, that’s pretty legendary, too….

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July 27, 2014

Two new dishes unveiled this week

Long considered a go-to for Hawaiian food, People’s Cafe is grateful for its many regular customers. And with that, chef and owner Tomas Ventura ensures that there’s always something new to try. Concocting new dishes seems to be almost automatic for Ventura, who says that he’s always inspired to experiment with new cuisine. And no…

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July 20, 2014

Celebrate Fresco’s second birthday with its tasty, new menu

Fresco Italian Restaurant is turning two, and to celebrate, it has cooked up a three-course menu. The Happy Second Anniversary Three-Course Special ($55, plus tax and gratuity) begins with Zuppa Di Porri, a chilled potato leek soup with Maui onions, garlic, Yukon gold potatoes and chicken stock, topped with créme fraiche. Bruschetta, generously topped with…

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One step ahead with innovative culinary specials

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant keeps up with the times, making sure to never bore its customers, as the eatery consistently presents the palate with something new. In fact, each month, the restaurant introduces a new set of specials. The fine-dining Chinese restaurant is inspired by Hong Kong’s metropolis and innovative cuisine. Jade Dynasty’s chefs even…

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