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April 13, 2014

Get on the Right Path

After turning her passion for the outdoors and an enjoyment of Hawaii’s alluring scenery into a successful business, Crystal Evans could finally tell her office job to take a hike. The entrepreneur started Hiking Hawaii in 2010 as a way to encourage visitors to get out of Waikiki and enjoy the natural beauty Hawaii has…

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April 6, 2014

Discover Thai Paradise at Pattaya

Growing up in Thailand, Maew Voecks got a crash course in cooking from the age of 9 by helping her mother prepare meals for their family, which included 13 siblings. “I was the only cook!” Voecks recalls. “I used to get so mad at my mom because she made me cook for everybody. I learned…

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March 30, 2014

Aloha in Every Bite

While eateries have made a habit of infusing local flavors and ingredients with traditional cuisine, the culinary team at Aloha Crepes has continued to roll out an array of innovative menu creations that take the concept of fusion to the next level. Aloha Crepes was introduced to the local market five years ago, when owner…

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March 16, 2014

Shabu Shabu King Serves Up Fresh Fun, Fare

For nearly three years, Shabu Shabu King has treated Moiliili residents and visitors from around the island to the increasingly popular and interactive experience known as hot pot dining. “They can pick what they like, everything is fresh,” owner Michael Shi says of the 100-plus items guests may choose from when cooking atop ceramic hot…

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February 2, 2014

Bob’s Big Bear Roars Back Into Action

LOCAL DINERS REJOICE: BOB’S IS BACK IN TOWN. Nearly five years after a fire forced the closure of its Mapunapuna location, the restaurant formerly known as Bob’s Big Boy Hawaii is back and better than ever under its new moniker: Bob’s Big Bear Diner. The popular family-friendly eatery originally opened in 1975, and was reborn…

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Bountiful Buffet Nets Five Star Experience

Those looking for top-of-the-line cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere coupled with the convenience of an all-you-can-eat buffet need look no further than Hawaii’s premier five-star destination. Five Star International Buffet has served up flavorful cuisine to both kamaaina and visitors alike since 2012 from its convenient Royal Hawaiian Center locale in the heart of a…

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December 29, 2013

Heaven in a Bun

Ask friends and family about a great place to get manapua and Island Manapua is sure to be on the short list of recommendations. For more than 30 years, the Gulick Avenue restaurant has been serving these pork-filled buns and other Chinese menu items to countless Kalihi families. And as more restaurants opened, the demand…

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December 8, 2013

Power Up With Tropical Goodness

From humble beginnings running a quaint lunch wagon on Kapiolani Boulevard to now operating a full-service shop from inside Discovery Bay Center, Tropical Tribe has quickly become the gold standard for quality acai bowls, shakes and drinks. Made from a higher-grade quality of acai berries directly imported from Brazil, Tropical Tribe’s menu items follow the…

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November 17, 2013

Yogurstory Writes the Book on Asian Fusion Fare

In the ever-changing world of restaurants, YogurStory has undergone some big changes. What started out as a quaint dessert cafe has evolved into one of the island’s most highly rated full-service restaurants. Starting this month, YogurStory kicks off its new menu, bringing back a few old favorites as well as introducing some new dishes that…

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November 4, 2013

Paying homage to authentic Korean cuisine

With each passing year, Hawaii has become host to more Korean residents and tourists than ever before. Understandably, the number of Korean restaurants on the island has also increased substantially. While most places possess a strong local influence both in flavor and cooking style, Seoul Jung’s dishes remain true to authentic Korean cuisine, prepared and…

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