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Little Bundles Of Joy

We all know what happens when any baby enters the room: Everyone gathers around the newborn with googly eyes, singing praises in their best baby voice and gushing over the little one’s cuteness. Well, I love adorable wee ones as much as the next person, but I admit the bundles of joy that I get…

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May 15, 2016

‘Meat’ your match

Those who love meat can rejoice, as countless options abound at yakiniku eatery Camellia Buffet. Whether you want Spicy Fried Chicken, Boneless Kalbi or Beef Brisket, you’re sure to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. According to general manager Kelly Park, Camellia is known for its extensive meaty selection, all the while keeping to traditional Korean fare….

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May 15, 2016

Keeping a family tradition alive

When the restaurant that their parents had been running for 40 years had to move out of Waikiki for renovations in the area, brother and sister Hiro Takei and Rie Takei-Akita couldn’t bear to see it close for good. So the pair decided to take the restaurant, Odoriko, to a new location on Kapiolani Boulevard,…

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May 15, 2016

Aussie Flavors

The next time you’re in Waikiki, venture to Bills Hawaii, where you can get a taste of Down Under with a local twist. Australian restaurateur Bill Granger opened his first eatery in Sydney’s Darlinghurst at the age of 24. After quickly becoming famous for having the best scrambled eggs and ricotta pancakes, the eatery became…

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May 15, 2016

Where Japan meets hungry kamaaina

Since opening nearly two years ago, J-Shop in Makiki has built a growing loyal following for its authentic Japanese foods and goods, including many items not available anywhere else on the island. Located at 1513 Young St. (between Keeaumoku and Punahou streets), the neighborhood Japanese grocery store and restaurant offers high-quality meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables…

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May 8, 2016

Not your average Thai food restaurant

If you want to dine like Thai royalty, make your way to Noi Thai Cuisine. It’s only fitting that the eatery is located in Royal Hawaiian Center, because from the minute you walk through the door, the décor and atmosphere will impress you before you even sit down. Noi Thai Cuisine first opened its doors…

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Nobody Does Brunch Better

Wander into Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop on any given day, and you’ll notice that the eatery always is full of happy diners. With unique flavors and a menu that changes seasonally, it’s little wonder why Scratch has become everyone’s favorite brunch spot. You really can’t go wrong with favorites such as the BLT Benny…

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May 8, 2016

Chef Taps Into Island Flair

It’s been six weeks since Joseph Rose took on the role of executive chef at Japengo, and he already has made it clear that his intentions are to keep the menu simple, local and culturally rooted. On sharing his ideas for new menu items, Rose says, “I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from my team…

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Have A Nice Day

While it’s called Nice Day Chinese Restaurant, a more apt name for the eatery’s employees might be busy day — the restaurant is so popular that it’s pretty much go, go, go from the moment they open at 8 a.m. every day. That’s when patrons come in to snag dim sum as a morning treat…

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House of Wong does Chinese fare right

BY ELLISE KAKAZU If you are craving Chinese cuisine prepared with bold flavors, look no further than House of Wong Restaurant. The restaurant, formerly known as China Garden, has been around for decades but moved to Kapahulu Avenue last year. And with its new-found home comes a sense of rejuvenation for the eatery. Executive chef…

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