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Pagoda Restaurant

July 6, 2014

Pagoda keeps it nice and local

A few years ago, Pagoda Floating Restaurant expanded its hours and started offering sit-down service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving kamaaina and visitors even more reason to visit this landmark restaurant, known for its dinner and Sunday brunch buffets that have been a family-favorite, local tradition for the past 50 years. On the menu…

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June 8, 2014

Dessert for breakfast

There’s no better time to indulge than the moment you wake up. Why not, right? Treating yourself to something a little special will give you just the right boost you need to tackle the day. With this in mind, the best breakfast indulgence are dishes that mimic popular desserts. Pagoda Floating Restaurant’s executive chef Jason…

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April 20, 2014

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Pagoda Floating Restaurant is a legend in the local dining scene, having served generations of families since 1964. Located on Rycroft Street, the establishment originally offered patrons a buffet-style meal centered around Japanese-American fare. Fast-forward to 2010 when Pagoda began providing daily sit-down service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which specifically catered to the tastes…

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March 23, 2014

‘Floating’ on Air with Shrimp, Pork Belly and More

The last time we visited Pagoda Floating Restaurant, executive chef Jason Takemura was in the process of updating the classic menu by introducing more fresh and local ingredients. The remake has continued with impressive results, which isn’t easy. Restaurants must adapt without alienating longtime customers. Takemura has done just that by reinventing old favorites while…

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February 23, 2014

Local Faves with a New Twist

Growing up, when Jason Takemura’s family had a special occasion to celebrate, Pagoda Floating Restaurant was their go-to spot. In 2010, When Takemura took over as executive chef and partner of the restaurant, he sought to bring it back to its roots, serving local-style favorites from his youth. Serving up what he calls “local comfort…

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Stoked About Salmon

Something fishy is going on, but don’t fret, Ono readers, there’s no need to proceed with caution. It’s just rare to stumble upon a healthy meal that is ever so indulgent. I love to cater my diet to nutritious options, and I’m all for salads, green juices, fruits, veggies and all-natural homemade smoothies, but sometimes…

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December 22, 2013

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Shangri-La pales in comparison to the soothing setting and sumptuous entrees offered at Pagoda Floating Restaurant. A little bit of heaven in the heart of Honolulu, this well-known establishment features delicious dishes, including Asian Braised Pork Belly, and invites diners to enjoy eating amid its peaceful setting complete with a koi pond and cascading waterfall….

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The Chase is On for Seafood Chowder

It’s true that fall in Hawaii isn’t as chilly as it is on the Mainland, but I know we all woke up to a distinct nip in the air this past week. In lieu of leaves to rake and snow to shovel, there’s really only one thing for kamaaina to do when a cool breeze…

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October 6, 2013

A Garden in a Dish

Fresh: It’s what we want these days. Just look at all the farmers markets springing up everywhere. Fresh is the new buzzword for foodies. And that’s a good thing. After all, consider the alternative! Speaking of fresh, if you haven’t been to Pagoda Floating Restaurant recently, you really should stop in to check out the…

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August 25, 2013

Perfecting the Pagoda Experience

A visit to Pagoda Floating Restaurant on Rycroft Street is almost a daily ritual for Mr. Park, who is perhaps the restaurant’s most loyal customer. On this particular morning, he’s brought in a new guest to experience the superlative local comfort food and serene oasis complete with a surrounding fish pond and Japanese garden setting….

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