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November 27, 2016

Come on, get happy with new bar, pupus

Regular and first-time customers at Japengo are in for a treat, as the restaurant recently incorporated some changes. For instance, Japengo recently launched a new menu that’s more focused on seafood and steak. Customers can enjoy specialties like Scallops Truffleyaki ($16) and Pier 38 Fresh Fish ($35), complete with tatsoi (Chinese flat cabbage), tomato and…

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October 16, 2016

A Change Is Gonna Come

Big and exciting changes are in progress at Japengo, meaning guests have lots to look forward to. Starting in about two weeks, the elegant dining haven will have a new menu focusing on steak and seafood. Chef de cuisine Joseph Rose says patrons can expect hearty meals such as Tomahawk Ribeye for Two, Bone-In Filet…

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August 7, 2016

Island-Style Inspirations

At Japengo in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, chef de cuisine Joseph Rose takes full advantage of the diversity that Hawaii has to offer. Originally from Los Angeles, Rose began his culinary career in Chicago before moving to Hawaii in March. As he crafts each dish at Japengo, Rose is inspired not…

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June 19, 2016

Getting In Touch With The Flavors Of Hawaii

Culinary wizard Joseph Rose may be new to the Islands, but the recently appointed chef de cuisine at Japengo certainly delivers like a seasoned pro, when it comes to keeping the restaurant’s new menu firmly rooted in the flavors of Hawaii. At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa eatery — which offers contemporary…

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May 8, 2016

Chef Taps Into Island Flair

It’s been six weeks since Joseph Rose took on the role of executive chef at Japengo, and he already has made it clear that his intentions are to keep the menu simple, local and culturally rooted. On sharing his ideas for new menu items, Rose says, “I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from my team…

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December 20, 2015

End 2015 In Style At Japengo

In anticipation of New Year’s Eve, Japengo invites diners to end the year on a high note and start the party early with a special menu worthy of a fireworks display. In harmony with Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa’s commitment to sustainability, Japengo’s cuisine revolves around the brand’s philosophy of utilizing local-sourced foods…

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November 1, 2015 ,

Scrumptious From The Start

I know all my fellow foodies will agree that when we need a little something to whet our appetites at our favorite restaurants, nothing does the trick like a handful of appetizers. Designed to literally heighten our appetites and get us ready for the entrées to come, pupus have been a part of dining cultures…

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August 9, 2015 ,

Crazy Good Loco Mocos

Synonymous with comfort, loco mocos are invaluable ingredients in the recipe that makes up our melting pot of local favorites. With ohso-filling piles of rice topped with those consoling hamburger patties, rich brown gravy and a fabulous fried egg, has there ever been a better meal to chow down after a full day at the…

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June 28, 2015

Restaurant brings bite of ‘Big Apple’ back to the Islands

After preparing a meal at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City last week, Japengo chef de cuisine Jon Matsubara is poised to “wow” local diners with a similar menu crafted to portray the unique flavors of the Islands. Like a finely tuned orchestra, the “Japengo at The James Beard” menu produces a…

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May 19, 2015


After making the switch from Pacific Rim fare to Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Japengo has never been better. Under the direction of chef Jon Matsubara, the Hyatt Regency restaurant now focuses on what’s locally available, appealing to tourists and locals alike. The word “extravagant” doesn’t even begin to describe Japengo’s menu, with dishes that call for…

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