Pie That’s Worth A Try

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January 6, 2019

Story By: Adrienne Wilson | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Pie

Amid the bustling gray of central Honolulu lays a hidden oasis of peaceful tranquility and lush, quiet greenery. Bubbling waterfalls, verdant gardens and serene koi ponds surround Pagoda Floating Restaurant, whose Japanese-inspired architecture recalls a time of classic Hawaii nostalgia.

Locals from all over have fond remembrances of gathering for special occasions to experience the internationally famous buffets served at the establishment. The restaurant and its expertly prepared cuisine have been a fixture of many people’s childhood memories. In fact, Pagoda even gave the now renowned magician David Copperfield his first start at performing.

Pagoda Floating Restaurant has continued to uphold its reputation as a premiere must-go for tourists and locals alike by keeping well-loved classic menu items (some regulars don’t even bother opening the menu) and introducing new, exciting fare.


This year, Pagoda Floating Restaurant’s buffets will feature something completely unseen before — housemade pies. Made completely from scratch by “The Pie Guys” (general manager John Teruya and lead baker Brad Yamada), the glorious pies will be showcased at all buffets of the week except for the breakfast buffet. Some variations of the freshly baked pies that customers can try are Okinawan Sweet Potato Haupia Pie, Pumpkin and Coconut.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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