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jackmccarthy2 Jan 7, 2011 01:17 PM

Staying at the Marriot in Ko Olina. Any suggestions as to places to eat or drink. Looking for fun without having to drive too far. No interest in downtown honolulu or waikiki area.

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  1. KaimukiMan RE: jackmccarthy2 Jan 7, 2011 04:15 PM

    how to put this gently... there just isn't anything anyplace close.

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      Joebob RE: jackmccarthy2 Jan 7, 2011 11:03 PM

      The Kahumana Cafe is worth the drive. Go NW on Farrington Hwy. to Maiiliilii Rd. (If you get to the Waianae Mall, you've gone too far.) Turn R and continue after it merges with Lualualei Homestead Rd. The Cafe is on the left side behind a rock wall at 86-660 (tel. 696-2655, open 11:30-2 and 6-7:30 Tu-Sat.). The produce is from a biodynamic farm, the flavors are vibrant, and the chef lets them shine. About $25 for 2.

      Filipino food: Helena's and Thelma's in Waipahu have the best lechon, Julie'Z in Kapolei Marketplace is third, but closer to you. Also in Waipahu is Poke Stop for Poke and eggpant fries (worth the drive). Also in Kapolei Marketplace is Kapolei Korean BBQ, decent, fast and cheap (#508, tel. 674-8822, 10-9 all days.

      Has the majot restaurant in the Marriot changed to Just Tacos or what?

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      1. re: Joebob
        manomin RE: Joebob Jan 8, 2011 10:42 AM

        I like the Japanese restaurant in the hotel. I also like to sit outside at Roy's located on the signature hole and have lunch.

        1. re: manomin
          Bill Hunt RE: manomin Jan 11, 2011 07:20 PM

          Roy's was nice, but we only had lunch. The setting was very nice, and the food and service were up to Chef Yamaguchi's standards - very good.


          1. re: Bill Hunt
            manomin RE: Bill Hunt Jan 12, 2011 10:11 AM

            Hunt - your favorite woman's chef of Roy's (who does the Mexican influenced cuisine) husband works there, he does the most absolutely delicious soups.
            I have also had dinner there and it was really wonderful as well. It can be
            a bit windy outside in the bar area however.

            1. re: manomin
              Bill Hunt RE: manomin Jan 12, 2011 07:23 PM

              Now you tell me!!!

              Had we known, we'd have had nothing but soups.

              Amazing how close knit the restaurant scene in the Islands is. At The Beach House, we had a great and fun sommelier. Next night, his wife was our server at Dondero's. When we ordered the starter wine, she asked, "did you two dine at The Beach House last night?" I paused, but offered, "yes, yes we did." Then she mentioned her husband, and said, "he told me all about you two last night, when he came home. I'll get the Burgundy balloons for your Montrachet.... " She then went on to recommend one of the best filet dishes that I have ever had, including Kobe #5. Too bad that my long suffering wife's Osso Bucco was not up to par, but the Amarone, that we had later certainly was.

              Makes me feel that my adage, "always treat the servers well, as you may have their spouse the next night," is not a bad idea.

              Thanks for the tip. We hope to get over there for a couple rounds, and will definitely head to Roy's.



              Beach House Restaurant
              5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

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