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Ono Hawaiian Foods: A Legendary Local Hole-In-The-Wall

UPDATE: The original Ono Hawaiian Foods closed mid 2017. The current occupants (no relation to the original owners) of the space decided to name their new restaurant “Da Ono Hawaiian Foods” but this is NOT the same restaurant/owners as the original. RIP Ono Hawaiian Foods. 

Forget about that burger. You’re in Hawaii, so have a taste of the local cuisine. When the laulau cravings strike, there’s one place to go: Ono Hawaiian Foods. This legendary hole-in-the-wall on Kapahulu Avenue is known for making some of the most mouthwatering laulau in the islands.

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Morimoto Waikiki…We’ll Miss You

A few weeks ago, The Modern Honolulu announced that Masaharu Morimoto would be closing Morimoto after six years at The Modern. The restaurant will officially close its doors on December 8. I’ve frequented the restaurant regularly during their six-year run, often running into the “Iron Chef” himself. Of course, I had to visit once more before they closed.

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Breakfast at Island Vintage Coffee

If you’re willing to spend some time standing in line and waiting for a table to open up, then Island Vintage Coffee should be on your list of must try breakfast spots. The food here is colorful, filling, and oh so worth the wait in line.

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Escape To Halekulani’s House Without A Key

If you’re looking for a relaxing lunch spot, then you really don’t need to look further than the Halekulani Hotel. The two restaurants located at this acclaimed 5-star hotel, Orchids and House Without A Key, both have a magical calming touch that will enhance your sense of rest and relaxation. The ambience and impeccable service, the sound of the waves, and of course, their indulgent signature coconut cake.

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Arancino di Mare Serves Up Delectable Breakfast Crepes

I’m an enthusiastic fan of Arancino’s lunch and dinner offerings, especially their spaghetti ai ricci di mare (uni pasta) and spaghetti al nero di seppia (black squid ink pasta). When I’m craving a taste of Italy, Arancino is where I go (in Hawaii). Their Napoli-style Italian food is always on point. Breakfast at Arancino, though…I’ve never tried…until now. It didn’t disappoint.

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Kaimana Farm Cafe: Kapahalu’s Newest Brunch Spot

Kaimana Cafe is open from 8am to 4pm and features an all day menu, with both breakfast and lunch items. It’s the latest restaurant to open up shop on Kapahulu Avenue, in the small space that was formerly home to Chef Robert McGee’s Meatball. The cafe, which just opened late last year, is the latest to promote sustainability and the use of locally made organic products. The small space is a bit of a mash-up between Goofy Cafe & Dine, Heavenly, and The Nook. The vibe is definitely familiar: repurposed wood, chalkboard menus, and ornate mason jars. Cute, sure. But how did the food stack up?

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Halekulani’s House Without A Key

The original plan was to have afternoon tea at Halekulani’s laid back veranda. It was a good plan, so good, that many others made similar plans. Not interested in waiting around, we instead decided to walk over to House Without A Key, Halekulani’s informal restaurant, for a light lunch.

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Tucker & Bevvy Does Breakfast With Tim Tams and Ice Cream

I’m not gonna lie, the only reason that I had for visiting Tucker & Bevvy was so that I could have Tim Tams and ice cream for breakfast. The newest Tucker & Bevvy, a breakfast concept, popped up late last year, and is sort of the big brother to their smaller picnic food shop at the Park Shore Hotel on the corner of Kalakaua & Kapahulu Ave.