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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2019

Since 2012, we’ve chased the first sunset of every new year. It’s our tradition. This year, we were able to share the first sunset of 2019 with our Little Dude.

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The Brilliant Ox: Hawaii’s Modern Gastropub

What is a gastropub? These days, I’m not too sure. Early on, though, when a pub went from just serving beer to serving fanciful takes on traditional dishes, they were said to have morphed into a gastropub. Nowadays, the term gastropub is synonymous with establishments that serve high-end beer along with creatively thought out dishes. Whether they started out as just a pub…well, that’s no longer a requirement. Enter The Brilliant Ox, the latest gastropub to hit Oahu, in the old Pearl Ultra Lounge space in Ala Moana Center.

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Farewell To Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room

Local celebrity chef, Alan Wong, recently announced that he would be closing his famed lunch spot, The Pineapple Room. Opened in 1999 inside of the then Liberty House (now Macy’s), the popular eatery was a casual taste of Wong’s fine dining sensibility. As for a reason for the closing, Wong went on to say that “The dining landscape has changed, and we’ve amicably decided with Macy’s to move on from this concept.” With this closure, Wong’s fans now have just two options: the original namesake Honolulu location and the newish Shanghai, China location.

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Siphon Coffee at Cafe Lani

All-you-can-eat bread & pastry, good coffee, lovely ambience, and notoriously long wait times. These were all things that I had either heard or read about before I stepped into Cafe Lani, one of the restaurant offerings in Ala Moana Center’s new Ewa Wing. But what would my actual experience be like?

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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2017

The Exploration: Hawaii tradition of capturing the first sunset of the new year has been going strong since 2012. 2017’s first sunset was probably the clearest of the past 5 years, with no rain or heavy clouds in sight.

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The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2016

Traditions are a great thing to have and to keep. Photographing the first sunset of the year has become an Exploration: Hawaii tradition that I’ve kept going since 2013.

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Nitrogenie Hawaii: Real Ice Cream Made With Liquid Nitrogen

Move over frozen yogurt, the next cool thing has arrived to the islands. Nitrogenie, located in the brand new Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center, is the first made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream shop to hit Hawaii. Earlier this week I had the chance to chill (the icy puns continue) with Nitrogenie co-founder, Todd Farr, and taste some of their unique offerings.

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Lucy’s Lab Creamery Keeps Things Cool and Innovative

Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a brand new hole-in-the-wall on Kamakee Street, just down the road from McKinley High School and next to Harry’s Cafe. The bright blue, walls offer a visual escape from the Lab’s drab and dated neighbors. It’s almost as if Lucy’s Lab was plucked from either the hipster friendly Kakaako or the rejuvenated Kaimuki and dropped in the middle of nowhere.