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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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Tasty Cuisine That’s Sure to Satisfy Every Appetite

At Fairwood Drive Inn and Pho 27 Vietnamese Cuisine, diners get a great two-in-one deal. While Fairwood Drive Inn offers Chinese and local cuisine, Pho 27 serves up Vietnamese eats. “When a family comes in, they each can eat whatever they want,” says owner Tiffany Ko. “That way, they don’t need to go to all…

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April 6, 2014

Morning Glory

Few dining experiences are as cozy and satisfying as starting the day off right at your favorite breakfast nook. Until recently, Kaneohe residents had to venture outside of their zip code to find a mom ‘n’ pop shop with a killer brunch menu. That all changed last November, when Zia’s Caffe added a full feast…

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