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January 4, 2015

A family serving families local-style, Japanese delights

Since its opening almost 80 years ago, generations of families have been dining at Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen near Kapahulu. Even restaurant operations are spearheaded by the third generation, with the grandchildren of founders Taisuke and Katsuko Sekiya running the popular local eatery. “We’re still using the same recipes from 80 years ago,” says general…

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December 28, 2014

L&L takes the Islands by storm

Since its opening in 1995, Windward City Shopping Center’s L&L Hawaiian Barbecue in Kaneohe has become a generational favorite for many families in the neighborhood, much like it is at other L&L locations throughout the state. “I’ve watched a lot of kids grow up,” says owner Jennifer Cheung. “When they were small, they would come…

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December 21, 2014

Ring in the New Year with Osechi

In celebration of the New Year, Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe is offering a special Osechi menu, featuring an assortment of traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day in Japan. Available for lunch and dinner from Jan. 1 to 7, the Osechi New Year’s Special costs $60 and serves two people. It includes assorted osechi appetizers…

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Rediscover Waikiki with a Chinese feast

Waikiki may be known as the tourist mecca of Oahu. But it’s also become “the” place to be when it comes to shopping and dining. With the opening of Urban Outfitters last week, H&M in March, and soon-to-come Saks Fifth Avenue, there are fewer reasons to leave the island. As for food, Waikiki welcomed world-renowned…

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Steaks that never go out of style

Last year, Ala Moana Hotel welcomed The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood to its 36th floor, the fine-dining landmark that once was home to Nicholas Nickolas and Aaron’s. Locally owned and operated by Peter Kim of Yummy Restaurant Group, The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood is a classic American steak house that specializes in aged…

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November 30, 2014

Japanese-inspired Chinese food

Ten years ago, Atsushi Fukuda moved to Hawaii from Japan to open a food concession in Shirokiya called Usagiya offering traditional and local-style bentos and okazu. The food booth has been very popular, but he really missed eating chukaya or Chinese food as it’s made in Japan, noting there weren’t any restaurants like that here…

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November 23, 2014

Bar food is grand at Brandy’s

For the past 28 years, Brandy’s Bar & Grill in Aiea has been a popular place to meet for a drink, play darts or pool, and watch sports games aired live on TV. The eatery also is known for its tasty food, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and a long list of pupus. “It’s kind…

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November 16, 2014

Wailana brings the ‘wow’ factor

Since its opening almost 50 years ago, Wailana Coffee House continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, across from Hilton Hawaiian Village, the landmark, family-friendly eatery offers an extensive menu of local-style food and American classics, including…

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November 2, 2014

Blue Water’s bounty of gourmet creations

Step inside the newly renovated Makai Market in Ala Moana Center, and it’s easy to see that Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market is among the most popular in the busy food court. “We’re one of the top grossing places here,” confirms general manager Marshall Sakaguchi. “We’re also the most sought out by tourists.” Previously…

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October 26, 2014

Memories made at Zia’s

Since its opening in 2001, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe has been our go-to place for many special occasions. Conveniently located around the corner from our old office, we often celebrated co-workers’ birthdays there, or walked over as a group for its daily lunch specials. A few years ago, we relocated to Kakaako, and Zia’s is…

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