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March 23, 2015

Contemporary Japanese Cuisine Just Got Real

There’s a new contemporary Japanese restaurant that’s popped up in the Islands, and it has been generating quite a buzz among Oahu’s dining culture. Rijo Restaurant opened Feb. 28 in the former Palomino space on the third floor of Harbor Court. Grandiose views of Honolulu Harbor set a stunning backdrop for the sizable 10,000-square foot,…

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March 15, 2015

The Top-Tier of Fine Dining

Next time you’re in Waikiki, have your sights set on Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai, a fine-dining restaurant emanating casual elegance and charm. The restaurant, located on the 30th floor, opened in The Ilikai Hotel in 1994, with the goal of providing warm, hospitable service to local and visiting guests, paired with majestic…

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The Crown Jewel of Chinese-style Dining

Take a seat at the King’s table at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, where the 8,000-square-foot dining area resembles one straight from a castle. Its mahogany walls, ornate crystal chandeliers and Chinese-style embellishments evoke dignified flair. And the culinary samplings? Well, of course, they’re magnificent, commanding the attention of royal palates. Tucked away in Ala Moana…

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March 1, 2015

Star-Studded Fine Dining That’s ‘Localicious’

Let yourself fall into the lap of luxury at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, an oasis renowned for its sheer beauty, stellar service and award-winning dining. Arancino at The Kahala, Seaside Grill, The Veranda, Plume-ria Beach House and Hoku’s call The Kahala home. Under the direction of executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi, the noteworthy cuisine speaks…

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February 22, 2015

A Bakery Gets a Little Sweeter

Tracing back to the 1960s, Larry’s Bakery in Waimalu carved its niche with something sweet. Founded by Larry Yafuso, this family-run bakery, dedicated to scratch baking, operated from a window-front shop for years. Currently, Yafuso’s children — the brother-and-sister duo of Lance Yafuso and Iris Yafuso-Toguchi — run the business in honor of their late…

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February 15, 2015

Getting to the Root of Today’s Island Fare

With so many restaurants offering farm-to-table cuisine in line with the mainstream trend, the culinary wizards at Sheraton Waikiki Resort have taken the concept to a grassroots level by, appropriately, connecting intriguing menu offerings back to their sources. As part of the revolutionary Table to Farm Wine Dinner Series, Sheraton Waikiki Resort’s senior executive sous…

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February 8, 2015

A Place Where Brunchers Live Happily Ever After

Over time, brunch has revolutionized America’s dining scene. But much too often, the perfect brunch experience has turned into a buffet of endless choices, where you don’t even know where to start and sometimes not knowing when to put down the fork. Luckily, YogurStory brings a fresh revelation to the mid-morning meal by offering a…

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February 1, 2015

Fall in Love at Japengo

Spice up your love affair with food and fall in love all over again at Japengo, a contemporary, avant-garde establishment within Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, where you’ll experience the splendor of Hawaii regional cuisine intertwined with a melange of other cultural and culinary mediums. Under the direction of renowned chef de cuisine…

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A New Year in Full Bloom

When observing Hawaii’s culturally diverse restaurant scene, Royal Garden in Ala Moana Hotel ranks high on the list of Chinese eateries serving the most authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine, bar none. The food really is authentic. In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday of the year. Many businesses close throughout…

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January 18, 2015

Roll the Dice and Win

When Hawaii’s choice for the best family dining partners with island residents’ favorite way to get to Las Vegas, local diners are sure to exclaim “Winner, winner, Zippy’s dinner!” For nearly 50 years, local diners have come to rely on Zippy’s for great tasting cuisine at affordable prices, ever since founders Charlie and Francis Higa…

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