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Kahai Street Kitchen

August 10, 2014

The breakdown on braising

Sliced thin and cured, you call it bacon. Cut thick and braised, it’s melt-in-your-mouth juicy. Pair it with eggs, serve it over rice and smother it in cooking juices, chef David Yamamoto at Kahai Street Kitchen calls it a loco moco. It’s the fork-tender slabs of pork belly that steal the show in Okinawan-Style Shoyu…

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‘Summer’s Thanksgiving’ Calls for Pipikaula

The onset of summer (just two weeks away, mind you) means hotter temps, sun-kissed tans, memorable vacations or staycations (for those lucky ones!) and any excuse to throw a social gathering centered around food, food, food … and more food. So, who’s down for a fun-filled beach barbecue? I affectionately deem this full-on feast “Summer’s…

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May 11, 2014

Hollerin’ for hidden gems

Picture this: Emerald Hollow Mine, Hiddenite, North Carolina — and one ferocious bunch of farm-raised “forty-niners.” Every spring, my school would go on a field trip to the local rock quarry, instantaneously morphing into a pack of panhandlin,’ swash bucklin,’ Gold Rushin’ goonies. I believe the “technical” terms are sluicing, creeking and digging (but minus…

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April 13, 2014

The Street for Kahai and Mighty Eats

Don’t let Kahai Street Kitchen’s humble interior fool you. One look at the menu and it’s obvious there’s a gem here. The six-year-old eatery (also known as KSK) specializes in catering and also gives lunch-goers a new spin on their familiar favorites. “We change the menu every so often to keep customers interested,” says chef…

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It’s Ahi-mazing!

What represents the beautiful islands we live in more than sunshine, rainbows and aloha? Ahi, of course! From a fish fanatic standpoint, “lucky we live Hawaii,” specifically for this reason. Ahi, also known as yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna, is considered a staple among locals, and tourists are amazed by the smooth texture and taste…

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February 9, 2014

Satisfy Your Plate Lunch Cravings, Gourmet Style

It’s likely that you have sampled Kahai Street Kitchen’s cuisine at an office party, graduation party, wedding reception or another gathering, as the Kalihi-based eatery, since 2006, has established itself as a popular catering service. But even for those who have enjoyed Kahai Street Kitchen’s catering items in the past, you’re in for a whole…

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Kabocha is My Main Squeeze

My love for pumpkin is obvious, as I’m sure avid Ono readers will remember the fact that I demolished three pumpkin pies two days after Thanksgiving as if it was nothing. Toasted pumpkin seeds? Oh yeah … such a perfect snack (you can thank your jack-o-lantern for that). So, now where does this leave me?…

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December 8, 2013

Plate Lunch Never Tasted So Good

When it comes to lunch options, there are the usual choices such as sandwiches or leftovers, and then there is Kahai Street Kitchen. Think take-out with gourmet flair. “It’s all local ingredients and flavors, with a little twist to it,” says chef David Yamamoto. Full-bodied flavors reminiscent of the Islands are kicked up a notch…

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October 27, 2013

Culinary Creations Abound at Kahai Street Kitchen

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 elegant, high-quality menu offerings served with the speed and portability of a plate lunch is right up the restaurant’s alley. Owner Nao Iwata can…

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September 8, 2013

Catch a Whiff of Mouthwatering Local Favorites

If you find yourself driving down Kalihi Street — windows down, feeling the breeze — you’ll notice an amazing aroma start to swirl around your car as you approach Kahai Street. The irresistible whiff of fresh loco moco gravy and guava barbecue sauce will be so enticing that next thing you know, you’re making a…

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