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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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‘Pier’ Into A Fresh Take On Steak, Seafood

For Rob McDaniel, executive chef at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38, cooking is an art form. “I don’t paint or draw, but I can channel my creativity through food,” says McDaniel, who has spent the last four decades learning and refining his culinary craftsmanship. Situated amid the bustling Pier 38 off Nimitz Highway, Harbor Restaurant…

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March 5, 2017

Get Ready To ‘Wolf’ Down Italian Fare

A truly authentic Italian culinary experience is brought to fruition via a host of delectable dishes and more than 500 varieties of wine that have diners crying wolf — a positive result after visiting Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Appropriately, Il Lupino translates to “little wolf” in Italian and bears the childhood nickname of…

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February 26, 2017

The More Food, The Merrier

`SINCE FIRST OPENING in Kaimuki in 1998, Big City Diner has made a name for itself in a big way — expanding to become Hawaii’s go-to spot for comfort food and local-style favorites served up in a fun, family-friendly environment. The island-style diner is known for its wide selection of menu items, perfect for even…

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February 19, 2017

Your Source For Quality Wagyu

From high-end steak houses to yakiniku restaurants, wagyu beef is the culinary scene’s star steak of the moment — but with a growing number of dining destinations claiming to offer the exclusive Japanese beef, it can be hard to know if you’re always getting authentic cuts, and if you’re paying a fair price for them….

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February 12, 2017

Fendu’s Love ‘A-Fare’

As all the sweethearts of the world prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the skilled bakers at Fendu Boulangerie will be pouring their own hearts into an impressive selection of European-style baked goods, just as they do not only on the Day of Love, but year-round. Owner and chef Niel Koep infuses his passion for quality…

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February 5, 2017

New Locals-Approved Menu Makes A Splash

Situated in a quiet corner of Kahala Avenue, away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, The Kahala Hotel & Resort has long been the retreat of choice for celebrities and VIPs alike who appreciate the private and peaceful ambiance of the oceanside sanctuary. Yet with its high-quality restaurants boasting locally inspired flavors and genuine…

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January 29, 2017

Tempura Has Never Tasted So Good

When seated at one of the countertops at Tempura Ichidai, which wraps around lively tempura-frying stations positioned right in front of you, you can hear the ultra-hot sizzle of the oil, erupting with bubbles as just-battered pieces of tempura are transformed into crispy morsels of joy. Then, all that’s left to do is devour them….

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January 22, 2017

Welcome the New Year With Cantonese Favorites

If you’re looking for the right spot to gather your loved ones for a special reunion dinner to ring in the Year of the Fire Rooster, House of Wong Restaurant promises to heat things up come Jan. 28 and the subsequent celebratory weeks. “Chinese New Year is a time for family reunions to celebrate and…

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