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May 21, 2017

Applebee’s is Right at Home in the Islands

For years, Hawaii residents have watched commercials on television promoting Applebee’s Grill & Bar and were left wondering, “When are we getting an Applebee’s?!” Local diners can now see why “Celebration is a dish best served with good people,” as Applebee’s has come to Oahu with locations in Ewa Beach and at the vibrant Ka…

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May 14, 2017

Uncovering A Hidden Gem

One recent afternoon, a Japanese food writer sat at the sushi bar at Honolulu’s Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe and finished his lunch with delight. The writer, who spoke little English, said he was working on a book about Hawaii’s sushi restaurants for readers in Japan. Through a translator, he explained that this was his first…

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May 7, 2017

Dining In Style

The facade of The Mandalay, Alakea Street’s favorite Chinese restaurant, includes a limestone-and-tile mural of a sweeping ocean wave. Compared to the dragon-draped columns and lacquered gingerbread on some of Honolulu’s other Chinese restaurants, the handsome mural might seem understated. But its textures and elegance are echoed throughout The Mandalay’s decor: subdued lighting, embroidered crimson…

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April 30, 2017

At Wisp, It’s TIme to Dine

AS LOCAL DINERS continue to seek out new dining options, Wisp Restaurant & Lounge offers a fresh experience with delicious food and beverage options just minutes from the base of Diamond Head – away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Located in the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head hotel (formerly home to Park and…

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April 23, 2017

Rejuvenated Prince Waikiki Offers Fine Island Fare

After operating for more than a quarter century as Hawaii Prince Hotel, a fresh, open look and a commitment to accurately portraying Native Hawaiian history, culture and imagery has led to the property’s rebranding as Prince Waikiki. The hotel’s new name was implemented April 1 after years of planning and construction to reinvigorate the popular…

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April 16, 2017

Bottomless Bowls Of Nabe Goodness

It’s hard to stop eating when your table at Ichiriki Nabe Japanese Restaurant is filled with a colorful array of fresh vegetables and premium meats, surrounding a centerpiece of a simmering hot pot full of savory, flavorful broths. It’s addictive — especially when you know it’s healthy as well. Dip, eat and repeat. That’s exactly…

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Spend Easter Sunday With Mac 24/7

It might have been the massive pancakes at MAC 24/7 Restaurant & Bar that acquired national attention from Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” show, but that’s not the only comforting cuisine on the menu worth writing about. Self-proclaimed as distinctly modern American while maintaining a remarkable flair for international and local flavors, MAC 24/7 is…

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April 2, 2017

The Tastiest Way To Start Your Day

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at CafĂ© Lani Hawaii, this old adage rings true as the kitchen team puts the finishing touches on a revamped morning menu set to debut toward the end of the month. Of course, all meals throughout the day have proven to be…

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This Eatery’s Sure To

If you’ve ever met Lisa Lum, it comes as no surprise that she would be the owner of a restaurant called Happy Days Chinese Seafood Restaurant. After all, with her always-pleasant demeanor, she can often be found weaving her way through the eatery’s maze of large round tables, talking story with regulars at one, then…

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March 19, 2017

Plate Lunch Goes Gourmet

Rarely does the convenience and ease of procuring a plate lunch go hand-in-hand with partaking in gourmet-quality cuisine and innovative culinary craftsmanship. However, at Kahai Street Kitchen, preparing gourmet-quality menu offerings served with the portability and quickness of a plate lunch is right up the restaurant’s alley. Owner Nao Iwata can often be found in…

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