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Laverne’s Hawaiian and Local Style Food

You may have seen Laverne’s Hawaiian and Local Style Food truck cruising around Waipio or Mililani, or you may even be a regular at its Waikele food trailer, which has a permanent spot next to Leonard’s Bakery (behind Petco). In any case, the beloved eatery will have you instantly hooked, as it serves up an…

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December 25, 2016

Poke & Box

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shoyu Poke bowl ($9.99 each; prices vary with toppings) Poke bowls are nothing new to the Islands, and they’ve become so popular that they’re currently trending on the Mainland, too. But soon-to-open — scheduled for Wednesday — Poke & Box in Makai Market Food Court in Ala…

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December 18, 2016

Sakura Terrace

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Deluxe Sakura Chirashi Don ($27) It’s no secret that the Japanese are experts when it comes to fine details, whether it be the intricate patterns of a silk kimono or always perfectly packaged omiyage, or gifts. So it’s no surprise that Japanese cuisine is just as elaborate,…

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December 11, 2016

Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Garlic Ahi ($25) Everyone in Hawaii has “uncles” — the ones who aren’t blood-related but might as well be. They taught you valuable life lessons, as well as some not-so-valuable ones. Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill was founded by longtime commercial fisherman, Bruce Johnson, as a tribute…

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December 4, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Lunch Chanko Set ($12.95) Everyone knows that unforgettable plate of neatly arranged veggies, mushrooms, tofu and perfectly sliced cuts of quality meat when it comes to their table at Ichiriki. The decadent offering is served with a smile from a friendly staff member, along with the growing…

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November 27, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Kushikatsu Combination B ($9) and Grilled Combo of Two ($13.95) On the bottom floor of the shiny, new 808 Center is Namioto, emenating aromas of grilled meats and fried goodies just waiting to be devoured. The irresistible smells will transport passersby to the streets of Japan, as…

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November 20, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Signature Coconut Curry Opah ($28) There’s a space in Lotus Honolulu — a chic, intimate hotel at the end of Waikiki (once The W Hotel) — where most will remember the former Bobby Mc-Gee’s or W Nightclub. Many may have even wondered over the years, “What ever…

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November 13, 2016

Makino Chaya

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Prime Rib (part of Thanksgiving buffet: $26.98 lunch, $37.98 dinner) On any given day, Makino Chaya is packed with generations of diners. Families come Monday-Thursday for the Early Bird Special from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and pay $22.98 (regular dinner price is $32.98) for a deliciously diverse…

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November 6, 2016


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Shokado Bento ($25-$100, for orders of 10 or more) Apristine shop with neatly placed items and a friendly staff that greets customers with a spirited “irrashaimase!” — “welcome” in Japanese — comes with a ton of surprises. Not only is J-Shop a convenient store stocked with Japanese…

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October 30, 2016

Harbor Restaurant At Pier 38

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Seafood Paella ($30) Pier 38 off Nimitz Highway offers a plethora of good eats, specifically of the seafood variety, with well-noted restaurants such as Nico’s Pier 38 and Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill serving up fresh ocean dishes in a lively environment. With an abundance of local…

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