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September 20, 2015

Cuisine To Thai FOr

Providing dishes that emulate authentic flavors is the essence of Malee Thai Restaurant, owned by Ratchaneekorn “Jenny” Ayano. Ayano, who grew up in the restaurant industry, remembers living in Thailand with her parents and being immersed in Thai cuisine through the family business. “My mom owned a Thai restaurant, and the taste (in our dishes…

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September 13, 2015

Amuse Your Taste Buds

When April Whiting-Haraguchi, owner and manager of Island Cafe & Amusements, set up shop in June 2015, she knew exactly what she aimed to accomplish. “I wanted to create a place where people could come and enjoy not just a great cup of coffee, but sit down and have a healthy meal, too,” she says….

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September 6, 2015

A Change ‘PHO’ The Best

Tiffany Ko, the owner of Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe, wants to make one thing clear: Vietnamese cuisine is back and here to stay at Pho 27 Cafe. Additionally, the eatery’s revamped menu features Hong Kong cafe-style dishes. “We not only have pho, cold rice noodles and spring rolls, but we also have…

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Paradise Premises Plenty Of Fresh Seafood

One term that’s often taken for granted here in Hawaii is “fresh seafood,” but at Paradise Seafood Market & Restaurant, the entire menu is centered on offering patrons the freshest foods that are maintained and prepared in the finest way possible. Step in to the Keeaumoku Street restaurant and you’ll find tanks with various types…

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August 25, 2015

Ethiopian Flavors Arrive In Honolulu

Nearly five months ago, husband-and-wife team Abraham and Fay Samuel embarked on a mission to transport locals’ taste buds to the streets of their homeland by opening the first Ethiopian eatery in the state. Aside from a daily coffee ceremony during lunchtime, Ethiopian Love Restaurant stays true to Ethiopian culture in that all dishes are…

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August 9, 2015

Floating on air with new buffet bites

While multiple generations of diners have grown up with the memorable weekend dinner and Sunday brunch buffets served up at Pagoda Floating Restaurant, local food fanatics will be thrilled to hear that the dining destination now offers a stellar lunch buffet throughout the week. After more than five decades of serving the community and visitors…

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August 2, 2015

Edible Japanese Treasures, Straight From The Source

National treasures are just the kind of cache that J-Shop specializes in. And although this specialty Japanese grocery store is a relatively new venture — the establishment has been at its current location on Young Street for one year — owner Hideyoshi Takasawa is a 50-year veteran when it comes to expertly navigating the world…

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July 26, 2015

A Colorful Take on Korean Cuisine

When Theresa Choi decided to change career paths, the former business executive in Korea made a bold foray into the Honolulu restaurant scene. Choi introduced Red Stand to diners June 1 and takes pride in serving up “simple, easy” menu items that are fresh and flavorful with local tastes in mind. Red Stand held its…

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You’re in Luck at Good Fortune

Since its opening nearly three weeks ago, Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant already has seen its fair share of new customers. But for owner Nancy Fujiwara, she’s also seeing plenty of familiar faces. Fujiwara spent 30 years as the owner of New Modern Hair Styling, a salon on Hotel Street. Many of her loyal customers from…

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July 12, 2015

A Royal Affair

As far as anniversaries go, few are as special as reaching that initial one-year milestone. And in the restaurant world, celebrating such an occasion signifies success — showing that customers have taken notice and like what they see and, in this case, taste. Embarking on its second year, Royal Thai Garden restaurant is excited about…

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