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Happy Hour and other Aloha Favorites in O'ahu..

Heading out for a week on the beach in Waikiki in Sept. and would love to know your fav happy hour and cheap eat places in the Waikiki area...breakfast/lunch and dinner.

Aloha and a big ol' Mahalo

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  1. the food court in the international market place-should meet your needs. very delicious local/international foods-yes its a food court but not the type u associate with at malls.

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    1. re: UES Mayor

      Aloha Mayor..
      Food court isn't your usual and I thank you for the reminder
      I found a link with happy hour deals..our mission this trip, is to eat and drink well with little $$.
      Are any Shrimp trucks close by?


    2. While not a fan of the dinner at House Without a Key, I think that the combo of drinks, and entertainment with a pu`pu platter is a good one.

      The Shorebird Grill, in the Outrigger, not too far off of Lewers, used to have a good Happy Hour. The grilling (DIY) was pretty good too, with some very fresh seafood for the grill. Have not been in many years, so it might be dreck now.



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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Both Hiroshi & Vino have half price food from 5:30-6:30 which is a real deal. Hiroshi also has some creative cocktails specially priced. I enjoy dining there so much with the bargain food you can really get a lot from the menu.

        1. re: manomin

          I am totally unfamiliar with either. Thank you for sharing!



          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Bill you would completely enjoy either one. The wine list is amazing at both, overseen by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya, also gems not on the list. We love to go there
            and be surprised by what they can offer either by glass or bottle. The food is completely wonderful at both. Hiroshi has a highly refined sensitivity to ingredients
            and serves them clean and refined with the utmost of flavor. Chef Keith is amazing as well just amazing food.

              1. re: manomin

                That sounds wonderful and mahalo for the recs. You have captured my interest. Wine does that! [Grin]

                Gotta' add a few more days onto the rescheduled O`ahu trip.


            1. re: manomin

              Hiroshi looks incredible!
              Vino, great reviews but I couldn't get on the website..try later.

              1. re: manomin

                From the Vino website:

                HAPPY HOUR IN VINO & HIROSHI EURASION TAPAS "at the bar seats only"

                We are offering a 50% discount on food for those sitting at the VINO bar & Hiroshi bar from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

                on a first come first served basis. All orders must be in by 6:30 pm.

                (Vino food is only available when Vino is open for regular business)

                It is a great opportunity to have a bite to eat instead of fighting the traffic.

                1. re: baron45

                  Wow baron - you got it direct from the email of Vino! It is a good time.

            2. Ruth's Chris Steak House on the second floor in the Embassy Suites (access from Lewer's Street, but parking in hotel on the other side on Beachwalk if you're driving) has a good selection of appetizers at half price from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..

              Ruth's Chris Steak House
              226 Lewers St Ste 233, Honolulu, HI 96815

              1. aloha to all for the great rec's!
                is there a shrimp truck close by?

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I've been on Oahu for 10 days now and spent 4 or 5 days watching the kids surf and shop at
                  waikiki. I do not recall seeing a shrimp truck during this time.

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    the shrimp truck is near the intersection of Kuhio and Kaiolu.

                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      Aloha Kaimuki..you wrote a post last year that I have copied and pasted thats the winner chicken dinner list of lists for HNL..

                  2. Sounds like you have some great recs. Travel safely, and aloha!

                    Remember, you MUST report here, with full reviews.


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                    1. Sansei Sushi has a variety of happy hours (I think the best is Sunday afternoon, half price sushi, but get in line early!). http://www.sanseihawaii.com/location_...

                      Shrimp trucks used to be a Kahuku thing (since that's where they grow the shrimp) but now I see them here and there. Last trip there was a shrimp truck at Kailua beach! There are sometimes food trucks across from the convention center and hard rock cafe, but that's a bit of a trek just to check it out and I am not sure they are shrimp trucks. There may be a lone Waikiki shrimp truck on Kuhio in Waikiki...Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Co.

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                      1. re: akq

                        Is this the same Sansei on Maui...didn't know they had a location in O'ahu..
                        Been there many times at the Kapalua location and really enjoy the half price sushi.
                        It's our mission this trip to eat and drink well on happy hours, plate lunches..

                        aloha and mahalo akq!

                        1. re: akq

                          A couple of years back, I got nailed on the trucks. I was familiar with the Kahuku trucks and basically said - North Shore. Then, several folk pointed out that Honolulu had gotten a couple. I had never seen them, so did not realize this addition.


                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            Whenever we have family visiting we like to go to Top of Waikiki and the Yardhouse for Happy hour. Both places make great drinks and wonderful appetizers.

                            1. re: Mizree

                              aloha to all..
                              Haven't been to O'ahu in a couple of years since we go to the other islands but really looking forward to going to the Top of Waikiki and the Yardhouse.
                              I love O'ahu...the food is fantastic!
                              We used to go to the Mai Tai room at the Royal Hawaiian...
                              House without a Key is a good one for drinks.

                              Thanks akq for the shrimp truck lookouts for me!

                        2. Wolfgang's, Doraku, Genius Lounge , Rumfire, Morton's

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                          1. Happy hour in Waikiki, or Honolulu?

                            I really like the $4 Mai Tai's and $6 cheeseburgers and some other pupu's at Hula Grill in the Outrigger. ($6 )

                            Morton's at Ala Moana has a good happy hour deal. $7 cosmopolitan's is a larger area of OKThat run's from 4-6pm. and $6 plates of sliders, filet sandwiches, crab cakes, and (st chicken gougettes, also blue cheese fries. These same plates go from $12-$17 at other times. HH is from 5pm-6:30pm and again after 9pm.Mall

                            The Counter, a burger joint at Kahala Mall, has happy hour from 3-6pm Monday through Friday. They have great prices on their beer and wine selections, a HUGE bowl of chili cheese fries for $4 (two can't finish it...) $1 sweet potato fries, and $4 sliders.

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                            1. re: puiwa

                              Mahalo puiwa for the great happy hour suggestions!

                            2. Aloha..
                              Heard great things about Alan Wong's Pineapple room..
                              Anyone been lately and should it be added to the list?


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                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                mixed reviews lately. I still like it for lunch, or you can go to Mariposa (neimans) or Longhi's, both have really great views.

                                1. re: russkar

                                  really appreciate all your feedback!!

                              2. Aloha!
                                Pearl Harbor for half day..any great rec's for a local place for lunch nearby..taking the bus so anything off the bus route will work as well.
                                Hiking Diamond Head from Halekulani..off the beaten path breakfast spots?

                                1. Yesterday I ended up at Ryan's in Ward Center at 4:00 quite by coincidence. They have a great happy hour that started at 4 and I think was going to end at 6 or 7. They had a great selection of half price pupus and a wonderful list of drinks/beer/wine for $4.00. My favorite is their Lychee Martini which was included on the happy hour menu. We had the buffalo wings because I really like theirs, Snake River Farm Kobe beef sliders and the most scrumptious sweet potato fries. The people next to us had the pork/chicken lettuce cups which looked and smelled great. Also I saw people eating the popular crab/artichoke dip with foccacia, nachos and "local" chicken fingers which are chicken strips dipped in panko, fried and served with a katsu sauce. Was a great way to spend part of a Friday afternoon.

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                                  1. re: manomin

                                    Aloha manomin,
                                    Thank's bro for the tip on Ryan's..
                                    2 weeks till I arrive in the islands....wooooo hooooooo!

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      It was a great way to end a hectic afternoon. The food selection is varied and as their ads say "go anytime, eat anything" place. BTW - I'm female! :-) They do have valet parking for Ward @ $5.00 which can be worth it they have a tall parking lot that people drive quite recklessly around. We did self park and were sorry we did, normally we valet.
                                      That Lychee martini is one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy because if you go to Maui they do not allow infused vodka or any infused spirits.

                                      1. re: manomin

                                        Aloha sista..thanks for all the great tips!
                                        ; )

                                  2. Aloha...
                                    I want to thank all of you for the great suggestions!

                                    We did have some great happy hours that saved lots of $$$ and we ate and drank well.
                                    We found that the Hula Grill at the Outrigger was our go to place most of the time since it was close to our hotel and they had a $4 mai tais that were excellent..calamari was really good and served with a spicy plum sauce..this was some of the best calamari since it was never overcooked and really hit the spot after swimming all day.
                                    They had crab wontons, cheeseburger with fries, chicken wings.

                                    Top of the Waikiki was another hit with the old school pupus and the great cocktails for $7 each...ahi napolean and the pork sliders were pretty good...view is awesome!
                                    We heard great things about Duke's happy hour but didn't make it.
                                    We'll hit up Hiroshi next time..
                                    Had dinner at the Beach House at the Moana Surfrider..food was meh..view was great.

                                    We did go to Giovanni's in North Shore for the best garlic shrimp ever...and Matsumoto's for shave ice...lilikoi and watermelon..yum.
                                    We used a 2 for 1 coupon (101 things to do) for breakfast at Moose's and for $9 for a hearty breakfast for two.
                                    Went to Sansei for the happy hour sushi and enjoyed our rolls for 25% off the tab.
                                    Hiking Diamond Head the Magoo's truck at the State Park has the best fresh pineapple for $3..this was cut for you and sublime after a brutal hike.

                                    Royal Hawaiian Hotel is such a great place to stay along with having a mai tai's at the renovated mai tai room..
                                    Roy's at Waikiki for dinner and I gotta say it was incredible..had the Butterfish and the Ahi..great service too!

                                    1. a little late in the game but:

                                      if you can make it
                                      kaiwa (on lewers) has a nice food and drink happy hour. (5-6pm)
                                      the food is much better than sansei (i finally ate there last week and thought the food was pretty mediocre)

                                      there are good happy hour drink specials at my favorite places to drink (in chinatown - a younger artiser/hipster vibe) a lot of them go til 8pm!
                                      39 hotel
                                      bar 35

                                      also at apartment 3, which is a more trendy, stylish beautiful people kind of hang out.

                                      i like the tar tar and steak sandwich at wolfgangs (they also have a discounted new york steak that i haven't tried)