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July 12, 2015

Don’t worry, dine happy

Beloved Kaimana Beach was once — and still is — known as Sans Souci Beach by many. The French saying, translated as “no worries,” is fitting for the long stretch of golden sand, where generations of families continue to gather for the ocean’s comfort and the miraculous view of Diamond Head. It truly is easy…

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July 5, 2015

There’s no place like Zia’s

Even with rain rolling off the roof, customers continue to linger at the entrance of Zia’s Caffe, and Now Plating can’t blame them, for the aromas wafting from the kitchen are enough to lure diners into the restaurant in the midst of a lightning storm. Owner Lindsey Dymond would not wish for any other location…

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The lighter side of Chinese food

In the kitchen of Little Village Noodle House, it has been proven that simplicity is best. With each bite of fresh, clean-flavored food, comes a minimal list of ingredients used and steps for preparation taken — as it should be. The restaurant’s choice to avoid cooking complexities is not a reflection on its dedication to…

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Yummy fare with a side of kindness

At Canton Seafood Restaurant, Helen He’s voice rings out, “How is everything?” The dining customers reply unanimously, “Very good!” The answer always is the same at the Keeaumoku Street eatery, where He is a server and her friendly attitude is shared by all of Canton’s staff. With more than 200 menu items, the Chinese restaurant…

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June 14, 2015

Your downtown dining destination

Like the aging barrels after which it is named, Square Barrels brings a unique take to the food and beverage realm in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Square barrels are rare, yet perfect for aging everything from beer and wine to whisky — all of which can be coupled with the thoughtfully crafted cuisine served…

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June 7, 2015

Go and eat your art out

Walking into Minamoto Kitchoan is much like setting foot in a museum. Sparkling glass cases reveal treats, perfectly shaped and delicately created. There’s an overwhelming sense of awe, and some very real fear of touching something you shouldn’t. But that’s the great thing about Minamoto Kitchoan — all of it is there to be, well,…

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A ‘Golden’ plate of fresh delights

Although known for its Hong Kong inspired cuisine, Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant isn’t limited to serving one region of tastes. “We specialize in Hong Kong/Southern Chinese cuisine, but we also constantly experiment with new ideas and ingredients to offer new dishes to our customers,” says general manager Gary Lam. Deliciously proving the truth of this…

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May 26, 2015

Where bentos taste just like Mama’s cooking

One of the best things about food is how it can transform into an experience. A small waft of bacon can give one a flashback to Saturday morning family breakfast. One bite of apple pie and you’re reminiscing about past Thanksgiving dinners. At Mamaya, everything on the menu takes countless tastings and attention to detail…

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May 19, 2015

‘Caps off’ to Shiro’s catering

Graduation commencement ceremonies are on the horizon, which means parties and well-wishes will abound as students begin new chapters of their lives. Thankfully, Shiro’s Saimin makes catering for celebratory gatherings easy, and offers delicious food options for extremely reasonable prices. According to general manager Bryce Fujimoto, many people already have placed catering orders and the…

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May 10, 2015

A near-endless buffet equates to paradise on your plate

For those lucky enough to call Hawaii home, the price of living (and eating) in paradise shouldn’t be an arm and a leg. Makino Chaya agrees, which is why the popular Aiea eatery provides a delicious break for Oahu diners with its buffet packed with near endless options — without the accompanying eye-popping price tag….

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