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3452 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
This is my newest restaurant and everything on the menu has a story: Green banana pastele is a Hawaiian dish influenced by the pastele, a sort of tamale brought by Puerto Rican immigrants who came to Hawaii in the 19th century to work the...
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3441 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
The drinks at this smoothie bar are so packed with seasonal fruit that I need a toothpick for the seeds. The Jack Johnson is almond milk, kombucha, apple, banana, honey, and greens, and the Uluwatu, named after a big surf spot in Bali, is a mix of...
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1145 12th Ave C, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Chef Lee Anne Wong took brunching to a new level with bold fusion dishes like congee rice porridge topped with Portuguese sausage and cinnamon-bacon croutons. Dumplings are her thing, and she always has a dumpling of the day, whether steamed or...
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3458 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
My sandwich and coffee house has a sunny surf vibe. We serve casual lunch fare with produce from farmers and ranchers in the islands. Try the luganeca sausage and slow-roasted pork sandwiches, made with Shinsato pork raised on Oahu. This appeared...
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Light and airy, with a shabby-chic feel and an ocean and beach theme, this cool little boutique saved me last Christmas. You can find locally designed clothing and artwork, unique greeting cards, vintage bottles, and shells. This appeared in the...
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3435 Waialae Ave #104, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
When I opened Town in 2005, it had a Cal-Med menu inspired by Bay Area locavore pioneers Chez Panisse and Zuni Café. Over the last few years, though, we’ve really embraced indigenous Hawaiian ingredients, such as limu sea vegetables, kukui nut,...
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3553 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
This cavernous Chinese restaurant serves one of the best dim sum brunches in Honolulu, and it’s packed every weekend morning. I love the traditional cart service where you point at what you want as they go by, because you know you can be seated...
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1127 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Believe it or not, the best cheesecakes in Hawaii are made by local punk rock icon “Otto,” who plays bass in a band called 86 List. They’re so light and creamy. He does all sorts of different flavors, but the standouts are the ones inspired by the...
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3588 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
At the front of the Queen Theater, there are some antique stores, and it’s all basically classic Hawaiiana: hula girl lamps and old surfboards, vintage aloha shirts. I found a really cool wooden spoon there that I use to make risotto.
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Pupukea Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
The cultural site is home to Pu‘u o Mahuka, Oahu’s largest heiau, or ancient temple. The site has beautiful panoramic views, and you can look out to Waimea Bay, which is cool when the waves are big. —Hoku Haiku Off Pupukea Rd. This appeared in...
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Kailua, HI, USA
Along the shore just west of Kailua Beach. The rocky shore gives way to the crashing waves that fill the many pools where birds pick up small critters stuck in the pools.
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316 Kuulei Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Handmade soaps with local scents, island and Kailua themed artwork, the good kine slippers, greeting cards, books, treats, floral purses, Hawaiian honey, tees, fresh tropical flowers and other goodies will delight you at Kailua General Store. Sit...