Trip Report-Waikiki, Kauai, Maui
Long time lurker, first time poster. Have used this site for at least 5 years to plan various trips around the country. Decided it's time to contribute some feedback. Spent March in Hawaii and patronized many board favorites on all three islands. Will only mention those places that i agree with Board's consensus and then give two newly found recommendations. As for Board favs that I tried and liked: Waikiki: Ono Hawaiian, Ono Seafood, Musubi-ya-lyasune, Tokkurri-Tei, and Nicos(do the fish-auction followed by breakfast).; Kauai: Hamura's Saimin, Shrimp Station, Brick Oven Pizza, Kalaheo Cafe; Maui: Sensei Kihei (panko crusted ahi roll), Coconut's Fish Cafe, Pita Paradise, Eskimo Candy, Aloha Mixed Plate, Paia Fish Market.
The two places that I have not seen on the Board were discovered because I had bought Groupons before I traveled-both in the Waikiki area. I wasn't expecting much, as I thought maybe places offering Groupons might be "troubled" places desperate for customers.Not so in these cases. First, was the Ilikai Bar and Grill. Had spent $20 for a $40 groupon. Went during a BB game and spent half on beer-half on food. Best Poke I had all month(and I ate a lot of poke) also had the teriaki beef pupu. For a real sleeper-Hanapaa Sushi inside the Times Market(grocery store) about a mile walk from Waikiki. Think I payed $7 for a $15 dollar groupon. This was the most surprising(and economical) meal I had all month. For $15 (my $7) I got the ahi tataki donburi, unagi futomaki, and mini-combo donburi. All were excellent with the latter being the best single dish I had all month ($5 list). Would definitely recommend any budget-minded sushi lovers seek out this this place. It's worth the walk-even without the groupon.
Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Paia Fish Market
100 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779
2665 Waiwai Pl, Kihei, HI 96753
Brick Oven Pizza
2 2555 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI
9652 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, HI 96796
1913 S Kihei Rd Ste M, Kihei, HI 96753
Coconut's Fish Cafe
2917 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
thanks for the feedback johnsomebody. just as visitors love to hear what the locals like, the locals want to hear what the visitors find too, its easy to get into a rut. hope this is just the first of many postings for you either on your travels or at home, wherever that may be.