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Adventurous family looking for chowhound worthy food maui/oahu

We are travelling with a 5 1/2 and 7 year old. They are well travelled and behaved children that love lemon water in wine glasses to fish taco trucks! We have been to cali/arizona and florida in recent trips that we got some great recomendations from this board and have never had a bad meal yet!!!

We are not looking for high priced romantic meals since kidlings in tow but CHEAP AND CHEERFULL ie great views. beach front. happy hours.unique places. set menu specials for early dining. For some higher priced meals that are must see perhaps a lunch there. Also like adventure to GPS a location and end up at a truck or hidden gem ..WE are in Hawaii 2 1/2 weeks so health reasons and pocket book we cannot eat 3 meals out a day.. WE plan on having breakast almost every meal at our condo except a breakfast or brunch if nice maybe twice. Take out to the beach is great too!!!

We are staying in Kanapali area in Maui and waikiki Banyan in OAhu. We plan on staying in at our condo some nights and having bbq by poolside as well (costco members so plan on picking up meat/etc to make some nice meals as we love to cook and try new cuisine)

IThus far on my list
Maui
Hula grill barefoot (maui) as here nicer then oahu and Dukes (happy hour)
Long Boards (sunset and $20 early bird dinners)
Star Noodles
Aloha mixed plate
Ululan's shaved ice
Plantation House at kapalua golf course
Sansei happy hour sushi
Jawz food truck
Maui tacos in kihei
Geste Shbrimp Truck in Kahului

Waikiki

Jimmy buffet (drink only to say i went here)
Giovannis Shrimp Truck
Cholo's mexican
Leonards bakery- masalada
Rainbow DRive inn (DDD)
Nicos (DDD)
Serg's in maroa on east manoa street (taco tuesday :O) )

7 year old just recently tried sushi (california spring rolls only thus far) so open to try some sushi japanese restaurants
Enjoy seafood. mexican. italian and casual comfort foods..

Happy hours and sunsets with appy specials is key!!

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Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

Star Noodle
286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

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  1. If you enjoy Mexican, you will not enjoy Cholos. Fish tacos at Luibueno (nearby) DURING HAPPY HOUR are a much better buy (half price).
    Consider Fatty's in Waikiki. Not great Chinese, but fun.

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    1. re: Joebob

      ohhh beach chick..... Im looking for my food travelling buddy...

    2. I would look at these places Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar, 3660 on the Rise, House Without a Key for cocktails, Orchids Restaurant, Alan Wong's, Helena's Hawaiian Food (DDD), Gaku and Imanas Tei, Yotteko-ya Kyoto Ramen or Ramen Nakamura, Ah-Lang Restaurant (Angry Korean Lady), Green Papaya, or Hale Vietnam for Vietnamese and Keo's or Pae Thai for Thai food.

      Don't miss the food court at Shirokiya Department store and I'd stop at Safeway by Leonard's to get some poke and lomi lomi and if you are staying in a condo, lau lau and Kalua pig.

      Costso in both Maui and Oahu has an awesome poke bar and also carries Hawaiian food.

      Some places missing in Maui are Honokawai Okazuya, The Gazebo or Sea House for breakfast, Mama's Rotisserie, Maui Tacos is in Napili Plaza too and maybe Ba Le at the mall where Safeway is.

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      Alan Wong's Restaurant
      1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

      Sea House Restaurant
      5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

      Pae Thai Restaurant
      1246 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814

      Imanas Tei Restaurant
      2626 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826

      Hale Vietnam Restaurant
      1140 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

      Helena's Hawaiian Food
      1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817

      Green Papaya
      1518 Makaloa St Ste A, Honolulu, HI 96814

      Ramen Nakamura
      2141 Kalakaua Ave # 1, Honolulu, HI 96815

      Shirokiya
      1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

      Napili Plaza
      Napili Smoothie Cafe, Napili, HI 96761

      4 Replies
      1. re: scottca075

        Scott have you been to the SAturday farmers market near Banyan? If so anything good there ?

        Is the Shirokiya Dept store different then the International market place? and how so food wise?

        lau lau and kalua pig what is this???????????????????

        I have read about the poke bar in costco thanks for reminding me got it on list now.

        Scott wasnt it you that had said that hula grill is nicer in maui then Waikiki? or was it Dukes? We do have more time in Maui

        I have looked into a sunset Room without a key dinner? any peticular night better then the others?? and children are allowed?

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        Shirokiya
        1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

        1. re: palmtree38

          Lau lau is, next to poi, the most typical traditional dish of the ancient and modern Hawaiians. Now usually steamed, was originally baked in an earth oven, therefore wrapped in inedible ti leaves which are removed before eating. Inside, there is pork and salted butterfish, wrapped in edible taro leaves. Sometimes you can find a chicken version instead of pork.

          Kalua pig is also typical Hawaiian fare...originally from the whole pig roasted in the imu (earth oven) as is still done at tourist luaus, but often what you will find today is treated with liquid smoke.

          The Shirokiya food court is very different from the Intl Market Place...many different food stations, virtually all Japanese foods, many in individual pieces or in set bento boxes including rice. IMP has a variety of vendors each selling different cuisines.

          From the post below, if you want a real ethnic experience, hit Chinatown around lunchtime and check out all the produce, fish, meat, noodle vendors etc. Maunakea Marketplace is set inside the block bounded by Maunakea St, Hotel, River, and Pauahi, and has one section for vendors and one section is a food court, full of mainly Filipino and Vietnamese places, but maybe a couple of Thai, Japanese, and one faux Singapore Chinese place. Probably the most inexpensive of all the places mentioned...certainly cheaper than comparable things in Waikiki, Ala Moana, or the food trucks, although the quality may not match Shirokiya...

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          Shirokiya
          1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

          1. re: palmtree38

            If you mean the Farmer's Market at Kapiolani Community College, we go every Saturday we are in town. It is great. We usually couple it with an early morning hike up Diamond Head as they are right next to each other.

            Probably was NOT me on Duke's and Hula Grill as I am not a fan of their (TS Restaurants) dining rooms for dinner, but I love their bars for lunch or Happy Hour. For the money you pay for dinner at Hula Grill in Honolulu you can be at a better restaurant.

            Kalua pig is Hawaiian carnitas or pulled pork to explain it the simplest, Laulau is meat and fish steamed in shredded taro leaves surrounded by ti leaves. Lomilomi salmon is salmon where salt is massaged (lomi lomi) into the fish and mixed with onions and tomatoes.

            Shirokiya is closer to Harrod's than the International Market Place.

            House Without a Key, do read the Charlie Chan novel of the same name before you come :) As to when to go, find out when Kanoe Miller is performing and keiki's (children) are always welcome.

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            Shirokiya
            1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

          2. re: scottca075

            Hi Scott. Wondering if you can share your thoughts on how the Angry Korean Lady compares to the Korean food in K-Town as I believe you are from SoCal?

          3. Manukea Food Court + Chinatown Oahu should be a must for this family.

            1. If you are in town Tuesday at lunchtime you should head to the Food Truck roundup near the Medical School, just off Ala Moana Blvd between downtown and Ala Moana shopping center. there are 5-7 trucks offering a variety of things...Camille on Wheels is highly regarded...their chicken pot pies always sell out early. From there you can walk a block to the oceanfront park to enjoy your lunch and a great view, and the kids should enjoy that area. I think there is a playground on part of it, but would need confirmation on that....but the Children's Discovery Center is also nearby.

              For a Waikiki dinner (or lunch) there is the Diamond Head Market and Grill, corner of Monserrat at Campbell, with very good take out...walking distance to Kapi'olani Park and the quiet part of Waikiki Beach.

              It might also be fun to take the crowd to the new Japanese food court upstairs at Shirokiya near Macy's in Ala Moana Shopping Center...doubt there is anything like that anywhere on the Mainland....again you could take your selections across to Ala Moana Beach park to enjoy the sunset...one of the best sunset views on this side of the island is from the walkway around Magic Island there.

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              Shirokiya
              1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

              4 Replies
              1. re: macaraca

                +1 All good ideas.

                1. re: Joebob

                  We will be there on a tuesday!!! perfect.. WE have had some tasty vittles at some great trucks in San diego (mexican/seafood)

                  Look foward to all these ideas.. we are not well experienced in the asian fare at all!! Willing to give a try but will be lost on what to order :O)

                  1. re: palmtree38

                    anyone else tried the food trucks on tuesday??

                    Also the shrimp trucks which ones do you prefer? Drive to north shore or other to get the best one!

                    Any DDD locations that you enjoy?

                    1. re: palmtree38

                      I haven't been to all the DDD spots, but Nico's is good, Rainbow Drive-in is a local classic and Poke Stop is pretty good too, but not sure I'd make a trip out to Waipahu just for it, you can get good poke lots of places like Tamashiro Market, Yama's Fish Market, Young's Fish Market, and Mitch's Fish Market.

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                      Mitch's Fish Market
                      524 Ohohia St, Honolulu, HI

                      Young's Fish Market
                      1286 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817

              2. Y'all might like Opal's Thai truck in the gulley across from McDs on the N. shore. Closed M & Tu. take out and take to a beach.

                1. Aloha Palmtree,

                  I second Luibueno in Haleiwa for the fish tacos. Tell the server that you do NOT want the frozen wine glasses, should you order a white wine.

                  On Maui, I am only familiar with Plantation House, and then only for pre-golf breakfast, or lunch. Excellent location, with good food, service and a lovely view.

                  Though I have not done the Jimmy Buffet's on O`ahu, I was actually impressed by the Las Vegas version. We wanted an early lunch one day, and it was just up from our lodge. We wanted rather quick, and were surprised by the food, and the rapid service. Sure, there was a heavy "tourist" veil spread over the place, but nothing like some others. It was a happy surprise to both of us - maybe O`ahu will be the same?

                  Love Nico's, but if mahi-mahi is the Fish & Chips, I'd pass, and order ahi anything.

                  Did Giovanni's last week, and it was OK. I have tried many shrimp trucks, and never really been impressed. Still, Giovanni's is possibly the best (unless I have missed one of the newer ones).

                  Have not been to Rainbow Drive-in recently, but it has always come through for the type of dining that you describe.

                  Travel safely and enjoy!

                  Hunt

                  [Edit] For an O`ahu sunset meal, you might want to think about the Shorebird Broiler in the Outrigger Reef Hotel, right on Waikiki Beach. Yes, it does cater to a lot of tourists, but in a good way. It is (or was) a "cook it yourself" place, with kiawe grills for that purpose. We had some of the best ahi on Earth, and an ideal sunset.

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                  Plantation House Restaurant
                  2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

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                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    hey bill!!!

                    WE run into each other again on chow but for a new destination for us ...

                    HAve you golfed at plantation in maui? Hubby wants to golf there one of his dream courses.. They dont take bookings well in advance so will have to wait for tee off's.. might do the twilight noon tee off save the $100 for another course .

                    Shorebird broiler? you are giving the meat/fish and you cook it yourself ? is this a mingle with customer approach over a glass of wine?

                    Yes is Giovanis the best shrim truck??? if not where else?

                    You know we have been to SD so we love our fish tacos and still craving German Mariscos fish taco truck .. that broth while you wait was heavenly as was the seafood salad.. I believe you were from AZ.. loved Carolina's and roaring fork (green pork chili yum) .. not getting that same type of food in Hawaiian with the asian flare but will find some happy finds im sure.

                    i prefer spice. lime. garlic flavours..

                    1. re: palmtree38

                      Kapalua Plantation is great. We have done it about five times, over the last few years, and always just before the Mercedes, so they were setting up the course for the tournament. Do NOT bypass the Bay Course, as it is great fun too, without some of the long forced carries. Plantation House is great for breakfast, or lunch, and many recommend it for dinner, but we have never been for that meal.

                      As for the Shorebird Broiler, it is a bit of a hold-over from days gone by. I am not 100% sure that things are the same nowadays, but while different, was very good - back then.

                      In Hawai`i, the only fish tacos that we have done, were at Luibueno's on the North Shore in Haleiwa. Very good, and very interesting. The wine list is short, but you will NOT find most of the "usual suspects," so much more interesting. However, for the whites, they serve in small, frozen glasses. Ask for larger, room temp bowls, and they will accommodate you. Much, much better, and do not hesitate to ask for large bowls for the reds either.

                      Just got back to PHX (you were correct there) from O`ahu, and we dined well, but on the North Shore, got very lazy and never left the property (Turtle Bay). We played golf, and then drank a lot of wine, looking out over the bay. The turtles would turn on their sides, and wave at my wife. Life does not get much better, than that. Most of the food on property was really good, with some great moments (hope to get review of both sides up soon), with only one mis-step, but there, we did not expect too much, so no big deal. We just opened another wine, back in our cottage, and all was OK.

                      Enjoy, and aloha!

                      Hunt

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                      Plantation House Restaurant
                      2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        the best fish tacos i have had recently were at south shore grille. i'm not gonna say they were authentic mexican, but they were very very good, and quite reasonable. recently had the fish enchilada at Luibuenos, enjoyed that very much. fish tacos at 4 kings on south king are also good, again maybe not the top of the authentic list, but nicely prepared.

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          You know, I am all for "enjoyable," and "authentic" falls by the way-side. After all, Mexico is a very, very large, and tremendously diverse country, with tons of regional cuisine, that differs greatly from region to region, and even family to family. What a person, who has only dined at Baja California Mexican restaurants would call "authentic," might not ring true in Veracruz.

                          I will definitely keep South Shore Grille (have not heard of it before) in my mind.

                          Now, I am more of a Tex-Mex, and border Mexican (say from the city of Nuevo Laredo), though have enjoyed coastal (both coasts) Mexican. I would anticipate that given the protein in Hawai`i, most will be "coastal" in their recipes' origin.

                          Mahalo for the rec.

                          Hunt

                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            spouse wants to golf Turtle Bay as well.. Glad you had a nice vacation.. Have you tried Carolinas for mexican in Arizona? in Scottsdale district..

                            will give Luibueno and south shore a try..

                            When you say good Poke available at Costco and such what types of poke would you suggest ordering? Is it just the portions of the raw fish or is available in a dish with noodles/veggies already to heat up or served cold?

                            Anyone tried making a Mai tai at home?? If so what do you put in yours? I would really like to try one prior to Hawaii. I went to our LCBO and they dont have premix ones..

                            1. re: palmtree38

                              Trader Vic's Original (1947) Mai Tai (not for the faint of heart, but really good)
                              2 ounces Golden Jamaican rum
                              1 ounce Meyer's Dark Rum
                              3/4 ounce orgeat (almond syrup)
                              3/4 ounce orange curacao
                              Juice of one fresh Lime

                              1. re: russkar

                                Wow, that is totally different from the recipe I have.

                                1 oz fresh lime juice
                                1/2 oz orange curacao
                                1/2 oz orgeat syrup
                                1/4 oz sugar syrup
                                1 oz aged Jamaican rum (Appleton Estate 12 though IMO the VX works just fine)
                                1 oz aged Martinique rum (Rhum Clément VSOP, we use the St. James Hors d’Ages at home)

                                From Beachbum Berry (THE tiki historian)'s site:

                                http://beachbumberry.com/how-to-make-...

                                Vic created his Mai Tai to showcase a 17-year-old rum imported by J. Wray & Nephew. “The flavor of this great rum wasn’t meant to be overpowered with heavy additions of fruit juices and flavorings,” warned the Trader, a warning that has since fallen on deaf ears – specifically, the ears of bar owners and tenders who have transformed Vic’s signature drink into crayon-colored liquid candy.

                                A proper Mai Tai has a deep amber hue, because it’s the liquor that should dominate the drink, not the sweeteners. Unfortunately, 17-year-old J. Wray & Nephew rum is a thing of the past. But by replacing it with an aged Martinique rum mixed with a premium Jamaican rum, we can approximate Vic’s original goal of “creating a drink that would be the finest drink we could make, using the finest ingredients we could find.”

                                1. re: kathryn

                                  this is the right recipe :) and delicious although i tone down the lime and use half of a lime versus 1 oz lime or it is too "limey" for my taste

                                  i use V/X and VSOP but to each their own

                                  1. re: Dapuma

                                    Increase the rock candy syrup to smooth out the lime.

                                  2. re: kathryn

                                    We're in Maui at manakai maui and there's bottles of rum downstairs branded as "Original Trader Vic's" I wonder what it is? I'm tempted though I'm into dark more than golden. I will try to remember to report back if I try it.

                                    1. re: The Gut

                                      Trader Vic's is an OK rum, nothing to get excited about. We're here in Ka'anapali at the present. Try some of the local Maui rum instead

                                      1. re: rexster314

                                        Enjoy. Wishing we were back there ..seems much longer than 6 weeks that we have been home :(

                                        1. re: rexster314

                                          Koloa Rum from Kaua'i is very good as well, they have 3 types.

                                          1. re: manomin

                                            I had the dark, which had too much vanilla for my taste. Which of the three won the big prize a couple of years back?

                                  3. re: palmtree38

                                    I believe there is a 1lb. minimum poke purchase at Costco, and it comes in a plastic container with no impliments supplied.

                                    1. re: Joebob

                                      Ok so you just eat as is raw? Or do put a favorite seasoning on it ? Serve it with rice ?

                                      1. re: palmtree38

                                        poke is generally sold ready to eat, with whatever seasonings and ingredients the preparer wanted to add. sometimes people will add salt, pepper, or whatever, but it isn't necessary. Poke generally does not contain noodles or other items. just grab yourself a pair of chopsticks (or fork) and dig in. Fingers can be used, but end up needing some serious washing and hopefully lemon or something to get rid of the smell.

                                        You can serve it with any other pupu's (appetizers), or as one dish on a food plate, which might include poi, rice, kalua pork, etc. But there is nothing wrong with a bowl of poke and a bottle of beer all by itself.

                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                          Thank you for being so informative . Will put it on our bucket list to try and will use cutlery to avoid stinky fingers lol

                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                            Most Foodland's do a nice poke/rice bowl.

                                          2. re: palmtree38

                                            You eat it raw, with chop sticks and be aware there are several different kinds of poke. Usually poke is ahi (yellowfin tuna), but it can be tako (octopus) or salmon or any quality sashimi and then the "dressing" can be different. Normally is it salt, toasted sesame oil, a little furikake (sesame seeds and seaweed) and little shoyu. Some variations add wasabi, some more shoyu and other Asian chili peppers.

                                            In any case it is great. On Oahu, Young's Fish Market is my favorite, but Costco is surprisingly good. On Maui head to the Fish Market Maui in Honokowai.

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                                            Fish Market Maui
                                            3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Ste Ha, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                            Young's Fish Market
                                            1286 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817

                                            1. re: scottca075

                                              Yes Scott I have the Fish Market in Honokowai on my list and printed off menu.. fish sandwiches and fish tacos I will be sampling .

                                              Scott do you Approve my Maui divine chowdown list of culinary establisments to try??

                                              I better post up my OAhu list.. :O)

                                              1. re: palmtree38

                                                What is your latest list? Has it changed much from the original post?

                                                1. re: scottca075

                                                  Scott this is my maui list below for Maui

                                                  (*high priority to try)(downloaded menu =FOR SURE GOING)

                                                  *Mama's Ribs & Rotisserie (great reviews/reasonable- Don’t get rack of ribs too$ $ get the plate meals with combos great value and tasty. (Napili plaza)dowloaded menu!
                                                  cheeseburger in paradise???

                                                  *Gazebo in Napilli for breakfast-come early or lineups in Outrigger Napili Shores (great fried rice huge portions)

                                                  *Sea House in Napili for breakfast/lunch/dinner also happy hours/great views

                                                  Maui tacos (Napili plaza) dowloaded menu!
                                                  *JAWZ (downloaded menu) for a beach day in kihei.
                                                  Also going to a farmers market and swap meet
                                                  Longs drugs for sushi and wine ...

                                                  *Fish Market Maui (downloaded menu) in Honokowai

                                                  *Honolua Store (downloaded menu ) in Lahaina

                                                  *Aloha mixed plate (downloaded menu) in Lahaina 2-6pm happy hour- nice view on beach

                                                  Nagasako Okazuya, (good reviews on yelp) in Lahaina. Japense style food, reasonable $

                                                  Plantation House at Kapalua golf course for breakfast great views.

                                                  *Star Noodles downloaded menu

                                                  **Hula Grill Barefoot at Whalers village, good view/atmosphere. Happy hours awesome!

                                                  Wei Wei BBQ and noodle house

                                                  *Leilana's early dinner specials and great happy hours

                                                  The Window 790 front street Lahaina (renovations/openIng when we arrive.. (pulled pork and fish tacos)

                                                  Cilantro's BYOB

                                                  Cheeseburger Lahaina: (Lahaina) Eat upstairs, not the downstairs dining area.

                                                  Betty's Beach Cafe (Lahaina good happy hours

                                                  ****Ululan's shaved ice

                                                  Pioneer Inn (good view and happy hour)

                                                  Geste Shrimp Truck in Kahului

                                                  **Da Kitchen (downloaded menu) in Kahului awesome teriyaki beef sticks and Hawaiian plate.-Their poi and lomi are really good.

                                                  Merriman's (Kapalua) has a good happy on the deck

                                                  Betty's Beach Cafe (Lahaina

                                                  *Paia Fish Market (printed menu) blackened ahi on seafood salad. In heart of Paia

                                                  Tasty Crust (Wailuku) very reasonable locals eat here very rustic home cooked

                                                  Honokawai Okazuya, (mixed reviews overpriced on yelp

                                                  costco run for poki and hawaiian type foods along with bbq items to chill at poolside bbq..

                                                  also note staying in Ka'anapali area

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                                                  Plantation House Restaurant
                                                  2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

                                                  Tasty Crust Restaurant
                                                  1770 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793

                                                  Pioneer Inn
                                                  Lahaina, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                  Betty's Beach Cafe
                                                  505 Front St Ste 120, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                                    I think you have it pretty well covered, Pioneer Inn is okay for breakfast too, Betty's is a blast at Happy Hour, Leilani's and Hula Grill are pretty much the same thing (along with Duke's and Kimo's), but I do love their Happy Hours too and Hula Pie, you can never have too much Hula Pie.

                                                    Honokawai Okazuya is overpriced compared to local places like Da Kitchen and Nagasako, but it is in a higher rent area and caters more to visitors than locals, but I still like it.

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                                                    Da Kitchen
                                                    2439 S Kihei Rd Ste 107A, Kihei, HI 96753

                                                    Pioneer Inn
                                                    Lahaina, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                    1. re: scottca075

                                                      I had pioneer inn and betty's on my list but had not STAR/HIGHLIGHTED them. Will give them a star!! we do like a fun happy hour atmosphere for good people watching.

                                                      Do you know if anyone sells hula pie ie at a grocery or is this a signature desert at Leilani's??? Would like to pick up a hawaian desert to have with our christmas dinner. not the traditional pumpkin or apple we have at home.

                                                      I had read reviews on Honokawai Okazuya and Nagasako okazuya and Nagasako was getting better reviews for price and overall food quality???

                                                      ok will need to do my thread on Waikiki now :O)
                                                      Did I say that spouse and I are off carbs right now to shed a few to make room for chowhound feast lol

                                                      1. re: palmtree38

                                                        Palmtree,
                                                        Great thread!
                                                        Love that you are off carbs to get beach ready! Us too. And of course we dream of Hawaiian foods as much as beaches!

                                                        1. re: TeriS

                                                          LOL at Teri.. well not sure we will be ready for beach with only 8 weeks to go but will at least feel better and hawaiian food/drinks will be our treat at the end!

                                                          We dont eat out much at home as we are pretty good cooks and get disappointed when we go out to eat at home with all the chain restaurants.. So vacations are just as much about planning excursions as to finding great food.

                                                          1. re: palmtree38

                                                            I don't see any ramen places making the final cut.....

                                                            1. re: scottca075

                                                              ?????? ramen

                                                              1. re: palmtree38

                                                                In Waikiki, I know these threads are touching in both Maui and Waikiki so I was talking about the Waikiki part.

                                                                Ramen seems a natural with kids, it is "noodle soup" after all, but the ramen in Honolulu can compete with the best of any place in the US and better than most, I would guess L.A. and Honolulu to be the tops.

                                                                The broths are what make each places ramen unique and good. Check out these blogs below.

                                                                http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honol...
                                                                http://www.rameniac.com/index/site/
                                                                http://www.goramen.com/

                                                                1. re: scottca075

                                                                  not too familiar with ramen noodles only ones i know is what the starvin students eat lol..
                                                                  MR noodle etc.. tons of them at the supermarket.. I have not had one in years and picked one up the other day and looked at the sodium and other garbage in it and put it back on the shelf!! They did taste pretty good in my student days they even have a cookbook out on all the ways to prepare your mr noodle ramen noodles for one on a budget lol...

                                                                  thanks will take a boo at the articles!

                                                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                                                    Our favorite Ramen place is still: Yotteko-ya which is near Waikiki. Closed Weds.

                                                                    1. re: palmtree38

                                                                      Ramen at a real ramen restaurant, is to the packages that starving college students as spaghetti at a fine Italian restaurant is to a can of Chef Boyardee.

                                                                      Do glance over the articles, some ramen places have cult followings.

                                                                      We like Yotteko-ya (Kyoto Ramen) a lot too, but any on the previous list are good.

                                                          2. re: palmtree38

                                                            Hula Pie is a TS restaurants thing (Duke's, Hula Grill, Kimo's, Leilani's, Jake's Del Mar, etc)

                                                            I would go to Kimo's in Lahaina for my Hula Pie fix and meet one of the greatest athletes ever, who just happens to be Kimo's lead hostess, Laura Blears. Laura was the first women professional surfer, her brother Jimmy was a world champion, her father Lord Blears was world famous as a professional wrestler and Laura is still a killer athlete... just swam in the Lanai to Maui swim last month.... She makes every guest at Kimo's feel like an old friend.

                                                            If you are in Ka'anapali, Honokawai is more convenient, but it seems to have slipped a little the last couple of years. If you are going to be in Lahaina, go to Nagasako, but I am not sure I'd make a special trip to Lahaina if I could walk to Honokawai.

                                                            1. re: scottca075

                                                              Thanks Scott :O) good info...
                                                              We will be taking the free trolley from our condo to Whalers so we can leave our car behind to go for happy hours at hula/dukes and others. Alot of my restaurants on my list are in Lahaina others napili/pai which is no problem as we will do lunch their on day trips..

                                                              Is there a trolley or bus that is convenient from Ka'anapali to Lahaina that we could ride as around 5-6 miles so we could leave car behind? If not will flip a coin on taking turns being DD..

                                                        2. re: palmtree38

                                                          mamas is awesome love the bbq sandwich

                                                          1. re: coastie

                                                            Im sticking with Mama's Rib and Rotissiere not Mama's fish house this one is over my budget!!!! :O)

                                                  2. re: palmtree38

                                                    And feel free to ask for samples to taste wherever you choose. Tamura's shoyu/soy sauce poke is generally highly rated too.

                                                    1. re: Joebob

                                                      Have you had their wasabi poke? It's amazing.

                                                      1. re: manomin

                                                        Along with Tamura's King Crab poke.

                                                        1. re: russkar

                                                          Absolutely russkar! and a nice crisp wine!

                                                          1. re: manomin

                                                            Perhaps oyster bay sauvignon blanc

                                                            1. re: manomin

                                                              Or a touch of the bubble......

                                                  3. re: palmtree38

                                                    We have tried Carolina's (Phoenix on Cactus) several times, and have been less than impressed. Now, I have to admit that the "original" location does get more love, and have not been there.

                                                    As for Costco poke, I have never tried that, so cannot comment.

                                                    Aloha,

                                                    Hunt

                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                      The day after we were there a father tried running over his daughter's boyfriend with his car! oops.. It was on the news when we were in Grand Canyon a day later! .. Yes two locations.. Love Roaring Fork.. green chili pork. their jerky and appy nut mix to sample was grand! ...

                                                      WEll i will report back on POKE...

                                        2. Most Mexican food on Oahu isn't worth your time if you have only so many Hawaii meals to enjoy. There are some OK taquerias, though. Ask around.

                                          Thai restaurants in Honolulu are generally excellent, but you won't find the wide range of regional variations you can experience in a place like Los Angeles or San Francisco. One reason Thai food is so good on Oahu is the fact that the islands grows many kinds of Thai herbs and produce unavailable in most of the U.S. Fresh herbs and produce are key to fine Thai dining.

                                          There's a lot of adequate dim sum in Honolulu, but I think the highest quality is at Panda Cuisine on Keeaumoku, near Ala Moana Center. This is a white-tablecloth restaurant, and you'll pay a little more for the very superior quality and more elegant environment.Park for cheap under the building.

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                                          Panda Cuisine
                                          641 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814

                                          Ala Moana Center
                                          1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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                                          1. re: emu48

                                            A Chinese lady friend said that Panda's Peking Duck was worth the trip/best on Oahu. Your thoughts?

                                            1. re: Joebob

                                              Kirin (beretaina)= best on Oahu

                                              1. re: russkar

                                                +1. Especially the Crispy Skin Chicken. They also do dim sum to order (no cart) for lunch.

                                                1. re: macaraca

                                                  Mahalo. See you thur.

                                                  1. re: russkar

                                                    moving right along and feeling pretty good about finally getting my trip planning underway. HIGH PRIORITY food selections..

                                                    So here goes my updated list for MAUI.. Let me know what you think or where I could add or omit.. :O)

                                                    Maui (*high priority to try)(downloaded menu FOR SURE GOING)

                                                    *Mama's Ribs & Rotisserie (great reviews/reasonable- Don’t get rack of ribs too$ $ get the plate meals with combos great value and tasty. (Napili plaza)

                                                    *Gazebo in Napilli for breakfast-come early or lineups in Outrigger Napili Shores (great fried rice huge)

                                                    *Sea House in Napili for breakfast/lunch/dinner also happy hours/great views

                                                    Maui tacos (Napili plaza)

                                                    *Fish Market Maui (downloaded menu) in Honokowai

                                                    *Honolua Store (downloaded menu ) in Lahaina

                                                    *Aloha mixed plate (downloaded menu) in Lahaina 2-6pm happy hour- nice view on beach

                                                    Nagasako Okazuya, (good reviews on yelp) in Lahaina. Japense style food, reasonable $

                                                    Plantation House at Kapalua golf course for breakfast great views.

                                                    Star Noodles

                                                    Long Boards (sunset and $20 early bird dinners)

                                                    *Hula Grill Barefoot at Whalers village, good view/atmosphere. Happy hours awesome!

                                                    The Window 790 front street Lahaina (renovations/openIng when we arrive.. (pulled pork and fish tacos)

                                                    Cheeseburger Lahaina: (Lahaina) Eat upstairs, not the downstairs dining area.

                                                    Betty's Beach Cafe (Lahaina good happy hours

                                                    Sunrise Cafe (Lahaina

                                                    Ululan's shaved ice

                                                    Pioneer Inn (good view and happy hour)

                                                    Geste Shrimp Truck in Kahului

                                                    *Da Kitchen (downloaded menu) in Kahului awesome teriyaki beef sticks and Hawaiian plate.-Their poi and lomi are really good.

                                                    Merriman's (Kapalua) has a good happy on the deck

                                                    Betty's Beach Cafe (Lahaina

                                                    *Paia Fish Market (printed menu) blackened ahi on seafood salad. In heart of Paia

                                                    Tasty Crust (Wailuku) very reasonable locals eat here very rustic home cooked

                                                    Honokawai Okazuya, (mixed reviews overpriced on yelp

                                                    add that costco run for poki and hawaiian type foods along with bbq items to chill at poolside bbq..

                                                    also note staying in Ka'anapali area

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                                                    Plantation House Restaurant
                                                    2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

                                                    Tasty Crust Restaurant
                                                    1770 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793

                                                    Pioneer Inn
                                                    Lahaina, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                    Betty's Beach Cafe
                                                    505 Front St Ste 120, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                    Star Noodle
                                                    286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                    1. re: palmtree38

                                                      Looks pretty good. Don't miss Star Noodle, Cilantro's (casual byob mex place next to foodland Lahaina) & if you get over to Paia the Fish place on the corner.
                                                      Top secret place to pick up high end food items is Maui Prime, ask for William. What are your dates? We are over there every couple of months. Best Sunsets $$$ can buy.
                                                      The killer rib place is in Kihei, far away.

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                                                      Star Noodle
                                                      286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                      1. re: russkar

                                                        Aloha ruskar
                                                        Star noodle is on my list looks like it should have a star beside it :) also did put the paia fish market on list is this the one on corner your referring to?
                                                        Do not have cilantro's and had not come across it on my search. Thanks will look into it.

                                                        We will be there from 22nd of December until jan 2nd. We may pick up prepared Christmas dinner or make it ourselves and dine at sunset near the beach Are you heading down the same time?

                                                        1. re: palmtree38

                                                          Star Noodle is really good and around the corner is Maui Prime (gourmet shop) it's like a mini Whole foods. They also supply the upscale Hotels in the area. www.cilantrogrill.com is also byob and kid friendly.
                                                          Not sure about our Dec dates but it's possible we will be there also. My e-mail is in my profile. We normally cook most meals at home on the beach when visiting there. aloha

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                                                          Star Noodle
                                                          286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                          1. re: russkar

                                                            you cook most meals?? but you got a big list of recomendations for travellers??? If you go in december will you be in Ka'anapali area?
                                                            We may go out for many of my list restaurants for lunch and have lighter dinners at condo or pupus/drinks in the evening..

                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                              We are normally in the Lahaina area about 6 miles away.
                                                              Nothing beats fine BBQ oceanfront, with a Mai tai or glass of wine in your hand.

                                                              1. re: russkar

                                                                FOR SURE... I have the POG juice on my list!

                                              2. re: Joebob

                                                Sorry for so slow da reply ... I've never eaten Peking duck at Panda. However, I thought their Cantonese roast duck was among the best I've had anywhere. It's on the roast meats cart when dim sum is being served. Another standout for Cantonese duck and chicken is Mini Garden in Chinatown. This is a humble rice and noodle eatery run by Hong Kong people. You can get a plate with rice, the chicken and the duck for very little money. It's an excellent lunch.

                                                At the Maunakea food court in Chinatown, there's a Lao lady who makes and grills bold-flavored Laotian/northern Thai sausages that are not found in many places in the States. Pork, lemon grass, garlic, chills, galangal, cilantro. Absolutely wonderful eating. If you have fat hangups, ask her if she has any of the low-fat ones. Not as tasty, but still excellent. She's situated roughly in the middle of the long aisle of food vendors. Ask around among the vendors and you'll be directed to her. One other vendor, near one of the entrances, sells a similar product that's not as good. Sometimes you can find the sausages, uncooked fresh or frozen, at mom 'n' pop Thai grocers around Honolulu.

                                                1. re: emu48

                                                  Mini Garden appears to have closed. Went by there about 2 weeks ago and the windows were papered over.

                                                  1. re: honu2

                                                    and their phone is disconnected. they have a mini-garden express i think but its only open for weekday lunches. someone who works downtown can probably say more. hard to believe mini garden in chinatown is gone, that goes back to my college days in the late 70's.

                                                  2. re: emu48

                                                    "...mom 'n' pop Thai grocers e.g.Which? I've had and loved those sausages and found them at 2 places in the Manukea Mkt. but would love to cook them myself if they were home made.

                                              3. Aloha palmtree..
                                                Do you have a Costco card?
                                                Breakfast in Maui can be the most challenging since you want some food and the waits are an hour plus...that is why I love Plantation House at Kapalua for no wait, great food and views too.
                                                Load up on 12pk of muffins for $6, POG $5, eggs $4 and bacon $7..
                                                Love grilling for dinner, relaxing having drinks and eating at the condo.

                                                I would add Duke's for happy hour and Jawz food truck at Makena..
                                                We ate at a Japanese steak house that had a coupon in the 101 book..kids love that stuff.
                                                Aloha

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                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                  Aloha beachie!!!
                                                  hope you had a fab vacation! Yes we have costco membership and i have my list of pickups on top of your list the wine/beer macadamian nuts and some good nippy cheese for sunset wine and cheese !

                                                  Thanks for the dukes reminder surpsise i dont have it on my list..
                                                  WE cannot go to all of the places above so will have to knock off some of the above from my list :O(

                                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                                    Please knock off CB in P. Burgers taste like school lunch!

                                                    1. re: TeriS

                                                      Thanks Teri on ditching the cheeseburgers in paradise joint....

                                                      Anyone else think I could delete a few here t hat we could cover at one of my other option restaurants instead? approx 11 lunches and 10 dinners but there will be evenings we are planning on grilling poolside . WE may have more lunches out and then light dinners so we can go out for a pupus/desert and happpy hour drinks.

                                                    2. re: palmtree38

                                                      Aloha tree..
                                                      When your at Costco, get some breakfast items (muffins, POG, milk ) and dinner things for grilling..great seafood and veggies...and of course, cheeses for those wine sunsets..
                                                      What time does your flight arrive?

                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                        Thanks foodie GF!!! got my list of items that you listed and some Trader vic's mix. beer and wine. POG . chicken/seafood/ perhaps even burgers something simple. veggie and fruit tray.keep the fibre flowing :O) Also any items we may need for christmas dinner sunset.

                                                        We arrive in Maui around 2pm so time for costco shop after rental car pickup then to our condo..
                                                        plan on doing most breakfasts 1-2 .

                                                        1. re: palmtree38

                                                          Aloha..
                                                          I bring extra sarongs from my Tahiti collection and use them for everything from tablecloths on the beach, covering of food and gussying up the condo.
                                                          Bring some Christmas decorations..we bring Santa hats early in the year for Christmas card photos but you can set it up for next year.
                                                          I love doing laundry in the condo and bring those extra packets of Tide but they have those new all in one sheets.
                                                          Bring koozies (sp) for the beers!

                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                            I have a very light orange fleece blanket I was going to bring that kids could use on plane and then for beach.. Sarong where you get those tahiti ones??

                                                            I have two strings of xmas lights for our lanai. guess will need a extension cord.. Apparently some condo's dont allow them for fire hazzards so I guess i will need to call ahead.. dont want to drag all this down and find out no use for them.

                                                            I purchased those purex 3 in one sheets for our vacation.. great idea!!! santa hats would be great idea for a family pic.. keeping an eye out for some of those groupon deals for photography as would be nice to get a familiy photo on the beach...
                                                            cozies we are too alike! got some drink containers for coffee COUGH i mean speciality drinks..

                                                            Beach I hope we cross paths one day on our travels would love to have a mai tai with you since we seem to have so much of the same travel plans/ideas.. :O)
                                                            cyber cheer in the meantime CHING!!!

                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                              In Waikiki you can find pareos (sarongs) at the international marketplace, but most ABC stores have a small selection as well. Best selection I've found is at the Aloha Stadium Swap meet. http://www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net/

                                                              And back to food topics, the food court at international marketplace is a reasonable (for waikiki) place for lunch or snack.

                                                  2. Just remember Honolua Store is up in Kapalua, not Lahaina! That's the mailing address in Lahaina!

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                                                    Honolua Store
                                                    502 Office Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                    7 Replies
                                                    1. re: rexster314

                                                      Indeed. If one goes by mailing address Lahaina stretches up the coast for quite a bit.

                                                      1. re: rexster314

                                                        yes .. 502 office road . lahaina, hawaii at kapalua resort.. Says lahaina but glad you pointed it out that it is in Kapalua.. WE plan on going up that way to explore ..

                                                        1. re: palmtree38

                                                          Try the burger at Honolua store. They put a grilled pineapple slice on it!

                                                          1. re: rexster314

                                                            got it ** on the menu i printed off.. Give my pinapple to spouse as im allergic to them!! :O( gives me canker sores in my mouth.. Not had one in 15 years!!!

                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                              Our favorite burgers are:
                                                              Wolfgang's 1/2 Ground Sirloin w/ Fries $10- lunch special (unbeatable)
                                                              LikeLike , Deluxe burger $5.50
                                                              Liliha's , Deluxe burger 5.50
                                                              Don't like Teddy's much, especially for $9.00

                                                            2. re: rexster314

                                                              What hours does Honolua Store serve food? We have stopped twice in afternoon and restaurant was closed both times.
                                                              ?
                                                              If you want good burgers in Lahiana, my kids liked Cool Cat Cafe. Anyone else tried Cool Cat?

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                                                              Cool Cat Cafe
                                                              658 Front St Ste 160, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                              Honolua Store
                                                              502 Office Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

                                                              1. re: TeriS

                                                                OK, we stopped by Honolua Store in December and had a delicious lunch after snorkeling Kapalua Bay. They serve breakfast and lunch until 3:00. My furikake coated seared mahi and stirfried veggies were perfect with a little sriracha added, mmmmm! But palmtree and family, Honolua Store was not so good for you, right? Would love to hear what your Maui favorites were. Will you post a trip report?

                                                        2. Aloha palmtree..
                                                          So..
                                                          How was your trip?

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                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                            Not to irk the gods of Chow, but Palmtree had two marvelous threads on TripAdvisor on Oahu and Maui.

                                                            http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...
                                                            http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

                                                            On Maui they visited a shelter and their kids donated toys and games to the kids there and read them stories. It made me cry to read of someone taking their time on vacation to do such a nice thing and the wonderful lesson they were teaching their own kids.

                                                            1. re: scottca075

                                                              Aloha Scott..
                                                              Thanks for the link..
                                                              Weird that all the advice we gave her on Chowhound and she writes a trip report on TA..
                                                              She was following me for the longest time and I noticed she removed her avatar right before her trip and hasn't been back since!
                                                              Hope she is ok and loved reading about the donation of toys to the kids!

                                                              Mahalo and $300+ RT to the islands on Hawaiian Air till May...woooo hooooo!

                                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                Hello Everyone! sorry I have not been back on here since I left for our trip. I use this site for all my foodie information but with 75% of my vacation advice for attractions and friends on there that have given me personal advice I have had to respond to everyone there as well.

                                                                Beach chick what do you mean i removed my avatar right before my trip what is a avatar?

                                                                Scott I really appreciated your kind words and complimented my thread reviews of our daily posts. Scott we received a card in the mail yesterday from the cordinator of the shelter and brought a tear to my eye knowing how much we made a difference in their lives and couldnt thank us enough for our time to visit them .

                                                                Ok where to start .... okey im going to go to Oahu first as this is where our vacation started.

                                                                Leonard's Bakery was fabulous. Our first visit here they mixed up our order. We noticed this after we got back to our condo. Their was missing items and the items we did get were not the right order. I called the bakery and spoke to one of the manager Lance and explained what had happened and they advised us to come back in when we are available and would redo the order. When I came back they went over the call of duty and gave us 4 times as much as we ordered as a token to say they are sorry they mixed up the order we want you to be a happy customer. Very impressed!! We had 2 boxes full of these sugar and cinnamon coated as well as an assortment of the filling stuffed ones. oink oink.. they melted in our mouths and I'm not even a sweet tooth gal or my spouse and we were overly impressed . My spouse said the chocolate filling ones were SO WRONG.....These are not a donut by any means!

                                                                Eat the street- street winter food truck rally ..good laugh and great food,, kimo burgers, Ono pops , were the hits. Kids liked waffle wrapped hot dogs. My spouse enjoyed the jumbalaya at a soul food truck but needed more kick. Trucks decorated in christmas lights.

                                                                Costco waikiki- POKE my spouse got addicted loved all of them. (also tried them at foodland and loved the spicy tuni with avacoda mixture) Purchased rotissiere chickens, tortilla wraps from here for a easy meal and on maui. Trader Vic's mai tai mix went down lovely for myself. The pog juice and malibu rum mixture was my drink of choice on both islands. Thanks for these recommendations. Also the aloe drinks with mango were so unique and quenching.

                                                                Matsumoto's. Long wait and all four of us in our family had a shaved ice . They were huge and we probably could of shared some. To be honest yes they were refreshing on a hot day but did the flavour impress me not really.. The texture of the snow cone was nice but the syrups tasted to me artifiical. (Ululan's shaved ice on maui far better)

                                                                Giovani's shrimp truck. Beach chick I ordered your garlic shrimp delight and what a delight it was.. Oh my I could not get enough of these succulant shrimps. My spouse didnt like to have to peel the shells off with all the sauce but thats him. I just got in their and got messy!! Their hot sauce they make up as a side for your rice was fantastic as well. WE all signed their truck/canopy leaving our autographs.

                                                                Opal's thai truck was our big disappointment as watching their show on eat the street we were destined to dine here. Turns out they are closed on Mondays &Tuesdays. Once up there we end up filling up at the shrimp truck. fruit stand coconuts, Matsumotos shaved ice and the macadamian nut farm samples LOL.. We also stopped at a fruit stand after popping by a few beaches from north shore and enjoyed a coconut freshly cut. while we waited . We enjoyed sipping the juice from this young coconut then eating the pulp.

                                                                Dole plantation . it was a stop to say we went here! Took some photos my daugther enjoyed a dole whip which was huge. We gave it a sample and loved it but I have a allergy to pinapple so it was just a taste. We loved seeing our first painted eucolyptus trees out front this stop.

                                                                Rainbow drive Inn. This was a fun stop and brings in big crowds. We ordered 1 plate lunch , terriyaki deluxe cheese for myself (sloppy as sloppy gets and divine). Kids had a burger , hot dog. And fries two drinks shared $22 all stuffed..

                                                                KPC Market. Must see for any foodies out there. Something for everyone . Purchased some red seasoning salts, happy cake and local honey to bring back.. Kids had Shaved ice, and Xmas popcorn. I had sausage on a stick, hubby sake clams, and all the other samples , oink!! The fresh cut flowers here are out of this world in beauty.

                                                                Ah Lang for angry Korean lady lunch. This place was a little hard to find and parking is hard but we made friends with the mercedes bends dealership and got VIP parking :O) She liked my canadian tall boy I gave her:) We followed the rules. Kids loved the fun and she posed with them for a photo with her angry smile :O). We ordered the seafood tofu soup, Kalbi. fried specialty wings. chicken meat jun, steamed white rice. $60 later and highly recommend as it was one of the best meals we had. We had dinner at condo which was a toss salad aand all the leftovers. For desert we picked up on recommendation here the mochi strawberry pastry found in the freezer of the grocery store beside ben and jerrys. Very interesting flavour and texture on the palate.

                                                                Helena's Hawaiian food. One of the best meals. We ordered Short ribs ,Chicken long rice, Beef stew.Salmon lomi.Kailua pig and cabbage,Allllllll to die for.. Dip in red salt bite into island onion equals heaven !!!P.s coconut jello as kids called it was tasty. My children are 5 and 7 we don't do McDonald's etc like them to be enjoy local cuisine on holidays and they sure did!! Owners mom was so personable and friendly even got a photo with chef with all the ribs dangling. :). Bought the shirt for my spouse!

                                                                Time for a Waikiki family Pub Crawl First stop Mai tai bar at Royal Hawain- dang kids lemonade was as much as beer lol. But cherries and umbrellas in drinks entertained them. I had a beer cheer for you Beach Chick!
                                                                Walk barefoot in sand to Rumfire which was fun.. Tequila sunrise and Stella fries in garlic salt in newspaper with a slider. Photos and chat with Aussies and on to our next stop.
                                                                Yard house - 1/2 off appies. Had a hankering for Natchos. Awesome and fully loaded and I mean loaded only complaint ,chicken dried out and hard put aside and enjoyed the rest,, spouse ahi tuna and shiitake and noodles,, kids not hungry but entertained with their coloring/activity books.
                                                                On to PF Changs for a red zin wine on patio. Watched hula dancing and music along the way International Market for trinkets for kids buddies :) Back to Condo and packed .

                                                                Nico's Pier 38 Had a quick lunch here as soon as they opened for lunch prior to getting to airport. My spouse and I both had a fish plate lunch. One was blackened cajun and the other the special of the day. Children shared a fish and chips and were really impressed with our meals. Best fish meal we had in Hawaii.

                                                                Bye Bye Waikiki, hello Maui !

                                                                1. re: palmtree38

                                                                  We'll look who's still on Aloha time...hee hee

                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                    but it was a good report. LOL
                                                                    seriously Palmtree, good information in there, glad you had a good time!

                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                      It was an excellent report palmtree and Aloha and welcome back!

                                                                      Isn't the sauce at Giovanni's shrimp truck da bomb..my DH is the same as yours on not wanting to get his fingers all messed up...me, bring it on!
                                                                      Can't wait to hear about Maui next!

                                                                      K-Man..when are you writing a book on good eats in the islands..

                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                        maybe a few of us can collaborate.
                                                                        im just intimidated by the research required... LMAO

                                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                          Aloha K-Man..
                                                                          I hear you on the research but you're really good...maybe you can do a more casual approach...if you printed out all your posts, you'd have a collection of some great stuff..
                                                                          ; )

                                                                  2. re: palmtree38

                                                                    Nice report! I haven't gone around to write up my trip report yet so no better time like the present. There's some overlap from our last trip. For the restaurants we've both been to:

                                                                    Leonard's -- wonderful; got the plain, custard, lillikoi and chocolate; There was a mix-up with the malasadas as I asked for lillikoi and received custard. I returned it and told her I'd like the lillikoi -- received custard again. So I think there was a mix-up with the batches. Just left it as that as I had already eaten too many malasadas by that point.

                                                                    Ah-lang -- OMG, that was quite an experience. Called her in the PM to make sure that she was still open. She said she'll close when she feels like it and hung up on me. When I got there, there was another couple ahead of us not knowing what to do. Angry Korean Lady came out and kicked us all out saying she ran out of rice. So all four of us left with a perplexed look on our faces. Then I remembered about the parking validation so I sent DH back in to validate our ticket. When he went back in, Angry Korean Lady told us to come inside to eat. Huh?!?!??! Didn't know what was going on, but felt fortunate that we were able to have dinner there.

                                                                    She brought us an array of banchan -- she said we were lucky because she had some extra pancakes so she threw a variety of four different ones in the banchan. They all contained chives from her garden. Delicious. We ordered bulgogi, hot stone bi bim bap and a side of meat jun. The bulgogi wasn't really my thing as it was too sweet for my taste. The bi bim bap was very tasty. Angry Korean Lady asked me if I liked spicy -- I said yes so she went back in and brought back some dried chili powder. Really much spicier than any gochugaru I've had in the past. When I asked her about it she told me she grew that in her garden as well! This was my first experience with Hawaiian style meat jun so I can't make any comparison. All I can say is ono!

                                                                    She asked me what my favorite Korean foods were. I told her soon tofu (tofu soup) and nakji bokkum (stir-fried octopus). She paused and told me that I needed to have the ojingo bokkum next time (stir-fried squid) here. She said that hers was superior because it's not as soupy as other versions. She didn't say anything about the soon tofu so I'm surmising it's not one of the stronger dishes there.

                                                                    We talked a lot about different things. In spite of her gruff exterior, I think she's a big softie. She gave me a big hug and a kiss at the end -- oh, and she fed me like I was her little five-year-old daughter! She's certainly an interesting character and definitely likes her booze. DH described her as a very masculine sailor in the body of a middle-aged Korean woman. Definitely make sure you follow the rules. I can say with certainty that this remains one of my most memorable meals.

                                                                    Helena's -- Last time I was in Oahu, Helena's was closed for the holidays. This time I got lucky. Went for lunch and waited for over an hour! Ordered kalua pig, chicken long rice, lau lau, salt beef watercress, squid luau, ribs. Everything was fantastic. I enjoyed the pig and ribs more at Helena's. Preferred Ono for lau lau and salt beef watercress. Overall, I liked Helena's better.

                                                                    Giovanni's shrimp truck -- I went to the one in Haleiwa. Sorry to say but it was terrible and my experience did not mirror yours. Ordered one garlic and one hot and spicy. The sauce for the garlic was good, but the shrimp were overdone and lukewarm. The hot and spicy was way too sour, and the shrimp was very cold and super mealy. The acid from the vinegar disintegrated the shrimp. I had no choice but to throw it all away. We went on the early side so there was no line. All of the shrimp was prepared ahead of time and sitting there. So that's why things were cold and inedible. And the tables were all filthy and sticky with flies hovering around. The girls working at the truck looked like they didn't really give a crap as they were too busy talking to each other to work.

                                                                    KCC Market -- It was super busy! Had the pesto pizza there and a glass of freshly made pineapple juice. The pineapple juice was so good that I bought three of their pineapples as well.

                                                                    Nico's 38 -- I also went there prior to the airport. Unfortunately I really didn't enjoy my meal. We got the furikake ahi and ahi with watercress cream sauce. I think they premade our food and just assembled everything as both our dishes were cold and limp.

                                                                    Other meals I had in Oahu:

                                                                    Windward Side

                                                                    He'eia Pier and General Store -- got the guava chicken and cheekeater (burger with three proteins -- off menu item); chicken was moist and tasty. Got it with the taro mac salad. The cheekeater was a bit overdone for my taste but still good. Inexpensive prices with a million dollar view.

                                                                    Agnes -- the malasadas there were my favorite, preferring them to Leonard's and Champion's. They're a bit more rustic with a crunchy exterior a cream interior. Only two kinds -- sugar coated and cinnamon-sugar coated. Highly recommend trying them if you're in the area; also got a Portuguese sausage manapua -- good if you're into that sort of thing -- I am not

                                                                    Lanikai Juice -- Had some breakfasts there -- veggie juices, wheatgrass shots, smoothies, acai bowl, chocolate nutella bowl, chocolate chip oatcake; great place for items that are on the more healthful side of things; there's also a location in Honolulu I think.

                                                                    Uahi Island Grill -- Got the beef with tomatoes; well-cooked and very flavorful; very popular lunch spot in Kailua

                                                                    North Shore/Central

                                                                    Coffee Gallery -- decent selection of coffee, but not like those coffee places like Grumpy or Blue Bottle in San Francisco/NY; had lillikoi cream cheese scone that was tasty

                                                                    Macky's shrimp truck -- after I threw out my Giovanni's shrimp lunch (it is extremely rare that I throw out food), we went to Macky's next door in Haleiwa. Night and day experience. Ordered shrimp in garlic sauce -- it was hot, well-cooked and fresh. Service was also much more pleasant and the tables were CLEAN. The owner was walking around with a rag cleaning up after every person so that the flies would stay away

                                                                    Sunnyside Bakery -- chocolate cream pie -- thought it was unremarkable.

                                                                    Honolulu area

                                                                    Roy's (in Hawaii Kai) -- Had a wonderful meal there; got the sushi with spicy tuna, hamachi and tempura shrimp, shishito peppers topped with aioli and bonito flakes, macadamia nut mahi mahi, pepper-seared ahi. Dessert wasn't too strong -- warm banana bread with vanilla gelato

                                                                    Liliha Bakery -- coco puff and cream puff; tried them side by side -- coco puff is really tastier as the chantilly is so delicious; too bad I couldn't try the chantilly cake as they don't sell it by the slice

                                                                    La Mariana sailing club -- DH's request; ordered chicken wing; I'm not a chicken wing person so I'll leave it at that; I printed out Kaimuki Man's directions from last time so we found it relatively quickly

                                                                    Mitch's Sushi -- It's definitely in an out-of-the-way industrial location. DH kept asking me if I was sure this is where it was. Decor is also industrial. We didn't do the popular special course as I'm not fond of raw lobster. I'll eat it but I prefer my lobster cooked. I ordered the chirashi deluxe and DH ordered the sushi set with an additional mirugai sushi and uni sushi. We ordered an appetizer of silver fish. Everything was very good and fresh, but the pieces of fish were just cut way too large for my taste. Difficult to get everything in one bite. But good value if you do the set meals versus ordering a la carte.

                                                                    Diamondhead Market and Grill -- blueberry cream cheese scones -- good -- would get again.

                                                                    Kaka'ako Kitchen -- furikake tempura catfish was just completely awesome! So crunchy and flavorful -- oh, would so order it again. The loco moco was OK -- meat was more like meatloaf than burgers. I prefer just plain ground meat.

                                                                    Pig and the Lady -- pop-up restaurant at Hank's Haute Dogs serving refined dishes of Southeastern Asian flavors; Here's a blog post by Kathy Chan. We had the same dishes:

                                                                    http://www.kathyylchan.com/2011/12/ha...

                                                                    My favorite course was the pho ga. Perhaps I liked it so much because I was freezing sitting outside on the counter and the soup helped to warm me up. It was so good that I was inspired to make my own batch of pho ga when I got home.

                                                                    Tai Pan -- had a wide variety of dim sum -- honey tripe, carrot (which is a deep fried mochi filled with custard), chinese malasada (which turned out to be bean paste filled deep-fried mochi balls coated with sesame seeds), hau gau, seafood shu mai, chive steamed dumpling, scallop cheung fun -- was mixed experience -- some were great and some weren't. My favorites were the carrot and seafood shu mai and chive steamed dumpling

                                                                    Fong Meat Market -- we weren't planning on getting anything, but this guy we met on line convinced us. They only do two things -- roast pork (roast pig in NY) and char siu (roast pork in NY). There was a constant line and pork and char siu never had an opportunity to get cold. When the guy would run out, he would go next door and bring out a fresh new hot slab. Ordered some roast pork (roast pig in NY speak), and it was the very best we've had EVER -- hot, crispy, juicy, succulent with the perfect amount of saltiness. I fear that this has ruined us for other roast pork. I haven't tried the other popular one in Honolulu, but I was extremely pleased with this one. Go early -- the guy I met on line said that they're usually done by 1P when they run out.

                                                                    Ono Seafood -- one of my favorite lunches here; small take-out shop that sells different types of poke made fresh to order; Got the shoyu, spicy tuna, wasabi and tako; very inexpensive -- combo of two pokes over rice with soda came out to about $7!

                                                                    Sweet Home Cafe -- Taiwanese hot pot; huge line -- had to wait about an hour and a half. But it was worth it. Wanted to try two broths, but the lady (who was such a sweetheart) told me one was sufficient for two of us. Got the house special broth and we picked our meats and veggies. Got some lamb, beef tongue, pork, choy sum, mushrooms, udon noodles, octopus, shrimp balls, fish balls with bitter melon. I thought we got a ton of food, but compared to other tables, we were bush league. They have this great condiment bar of about 20 different condiments. My favorite was their chili sauce with shrimp paste. The meal ended with their complimentary shave ice with custard and ice cream.

                                                                    Alan Wong's -- we did the tasting menu, but I asked to sub out my dessert for the coconut; the coconut was spectacular; everything else was wonderful as well. Too lazy to write what we had as I would have to look it up. Sorry.

                                                                    Ailana -- great shave ice with some housemade syrups -- I got the haupia and strawberry milk with ice cream and condensed milk; DH got the mocha -- both of us were happy

                                                                    House without a Key -- we went for sunset drinks; drinks were good but the chicken tikka kebab we ordered was not memorable at all; setting is, of course, as lovely as it could be

                                                                    Sushi Sasabune -- did the omakase at the sushi bar; still my favorite sushi experience in Hawaii; in NYC this would cost us at least double what we paid

                                                                    Mana Bu's -- musubi -- the girls who work there are so nice! We picked up a variety of musubi for our plane ride (and didn't forget them in the rental car this time!). It is really high quality musubi -- the seaweed really makes a difference; got some string beans in a sesame miso sauce which were great as well

                                                                    Happy Hearts mochi -- I had to pre-order this mochi and pick it up at Natsunoya Tea House; it was again one of these strange drives where DH kept asking me whether I knew where I was going because this tea house was smack in the middle of a residential area; the mochi was the best I've ever had -- my favorite was the haupia -- so fluffy and light! Wish I could find this type of mochi in NYC -- and, no, Minamoto Kitchoan isn't quite the same. Oh, I also got the adzuki strawberry mochi. I really love this combo.

                                                                    We had a wonderful time in Oahu again. We also checked out the Fish Auction which was really fun. All of the people there were so nice and friendly. If you're from the mainland, I'd recommend doing this on your first day in Hawaii as your body will be accustomed to waking up at 4AM. And we ran into President Obama on a hiking trail! Hope to visit again soon -- and we are seriously thinking of retiring here one day!

                                                                    1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                      'Macky's shrimp truck -- after I threw out my Giovanni's shrimp lunch (it is extremely rare that I throw out food), we went to Macky's next door in Haleiwa. Night and day experience.'

                                                                      Really..

                                                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                        Beach Chick, I know you're a fan, but it was really that bad. Note that I only threw out the hot and spicy, not the garlic. The acids from the hot and spicy denatured the proteins of the shrimp and rendered it totally inedible. If the dish was done to order, it wouldn't have been a problem. But the hot and spicy was made way ahead of time and had been sitting around as the shrimp was at complete room temperature.

                                                                        Macky's was really great. The shrimp were crunchy and fresh. And I loved the little bit of fruit on my plate as well!

                                                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                          Aloha MIss Needle..
                                                                          Macky's is quite good and surprised that Giovanni's was horrible and you had to throw it out..
                                                                          Never had a bad experience and sorry you did..
                                                                          Mahalo

                                                                      2. re: Miss Needle

                                                                        Everyone needs to stop talking about Ah-lang or people are going to discover it and ruin it. It'll wind up on a damn TV show. :)

                                                                        1. re: scottca075

                                                                          Yeah, that is the upside/downside of sites like CH. The good get recs., and get "discovered." OTOH, if the success does not "go to their heads," then it's good for the owners.

                                                                          Going back, and on another board, there was a newish (at the time) restaurant, that I gave monster reviews for. So did many others. They became a hit, and I had to pull strings, just to get in there, during the SUMMER (in Phoenix, no less).

                                                                          Hunt

                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                            Was this carolinas??
                                                                            This happened to mama testas as well in san diego from the throwdown with bobby flay.. We dined here before the show.. I heard it went down hill in quality as too buisy and to their heads.

                                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                                              I think Mama Testa's is as good as it ever was, but it brought a lot of attention to the restaurant and some of the SD foodies just seem to despise anyplace once it gets noticed. It brings out the "see I told you so's" and the "it isn't authentic's" and "there are MUCH better's" and the like.

                                                                              Mama Testa's probably was not the best taco shop in SD before Throwdown, it probably isn't now, but it is still good and I haven't seen a change in quality, just in how busy it can be during summer when all the tourists flock to it.

                                                                              Being on the Food Network and Travel Channel is a double edged sword for any restaurant.

                                                                              1. re: scottca075

                                                                                Good to hear as we didnt go on our last visit due to the negative comments.. I loved their salsa bar best i have seen around.. I also loved the mariscos truck on university. ..

                                                                                Cold cold day here and wishing i was hugging palmtrees anywhere lol
                                                                                2 weeks until a girls weekend to bahammas ,

                                                                                1. re: palmtree38

                                                                                  Girls weekend in the Bahamas...wooo hooooo
                                                                                  You going to Atlantis resort...have fun palmie!

                                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                    Yes beach my very first weekend away since having kids...well deserved
                                                                                    Been to atlantis before. Going to all inclusive at the riu..
                                                                                    On search for the best conch salad. Ohhh i love conch salad.

                                                                                2. re: scottca075

                                                                                  I understand. Some folk absolutely refuse to dine anywhere, once it's been "discovered." They seem to feel that only totally "unknown" restaurants are worth their time and $.

                                                                                  I see a lot of the same thing, on various wine boards, where some people want to know the "undiscovered" varietal, region, wine maker, winery, etc.. They want to be the first "kids on their block" to know about what will be "HOT" in a few months. They care far less about quality, or flavors, and only about getting there, before anyone else knows about it. Not sure how that works, but for too many, it is the ultimate quest - know about IT, before anyone else.

                                                                                  Restaurants are not immune from that mind-set.

                                                                                  Hunt

                                                                          2. re: Miss Needle

                                                                            what a great report. you certainly hit a wide variety, covered most of the 'classic' spots and lots of others besides. i have got to learn not to read these threads right before lunch.

                                                                            1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                              Great report MN. As we found out, retirement here is possible.

                                                                              1. re: Joebob

                                                                                Aloha Joebob...good to hear about the retirement is possible..for us, it's choosing what island.
                                                                                O'ahu for the food and city life, Kaua'i for the aloha, Maui for the golf, food/beaches.
                                                                                Aloha & Mahalo to all..

                                                                          3. re: Beach Chick

                                                                            beach im still curious what you meant by I followed you for the longest time and removed my avatar..?
                                                                            I thought I added you more recently for hawaii planning.. maybe I added you a few years ago from Calfornia/arizona and then when I recently added it reversed it. Going to take a look.

                                                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                              ok looks like I had unclicked you as there is a link to follow - or + ...

                                                                              Glad everyone enjoyed my reviews. We had a wonderfull time. I have to say though although we did have some good meals in Hawaii our dining experiences were even better in California. We prefer the mexican influence of food and SD fish taco's.

                                                                              1. re: palmtree38

                                                                                It's there now...yipppppeeeee!

                                                                                Missed my palmtree avatar..thought I did something wrong since we didn't hear back from you and Scott said you were telling all over at TA..
                                                                                Glad you had a wonderful trip to the islands and thought what you did with the toys at the orphanage was beautiful...wish more people were like you to teach and give back...it's so important and couldn't live my life without giving back!

                                                                                Where to next sista...Moorea and Bora Bora are fantastic islands and Air Tahiti Nui has great deals from LAX..Paris too.
                                                                                We're looking at La Paz in Baja...stunning and great Baja/Med cuisine.
                                                                                Aloha

                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                  no no of course not! I just had more of a itinary report to do up first.

                                                                                  I dont know where to go. We have young children as well to factor in our travels so hawaii was our farthest destination. 11 hour flights alone.

                                                                                  Thank you. It was our pleasure and I believe children have so much here and they dont relise what they have so we like to give back.

                                                                                  I would like to go back to california maybe go in LAX and go north coast as we have done san diego area and orange county twice now. Loved Arizona and food but I do like the ocean. Hubby wants to try out Tuscon.

                                                                                  Beach do you not go on Trip Advisor? or you a chowhound only user?

                                                                                  1. re: palmtree38

                                                                                    I say fly into LAX and go up to Santa Barbara for a week (San Ysidro Ranch or Fess Parker for less $$) and then head back down to Long Beach..take the ferry over to Avalon for another week of fun and sun..
                                                                                    Go in August when the water is warmer than usual and your family will love it and you can eat fish tacos all day...

                                                                                    www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/we...

                                                                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                      Eeek! A weekend at Catalina seems too long.

                                                                                      I'd fly into LAX and out of SFO,

                                                                                      A few days in Santa Barbara, a couple of days on the central coast, a couple of days in Monterey and finish the trip in San Francisco.

                                                                                      Another thought would be a few days in Santa Barbara, a couple in Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage (assuming it is early summer, not mid or late), Flagstaff/Oak Creek Canyon and you can visit the Grand Canyon from there and then fly home out of PHX.

                                                                                      Instead of Tucson, I'd do Flagstaff-Sedona-Winslow or Santa Fe-Shiprock-Durango if I wanted the high desert.

                                                                                      1. re: scottca075

                                                                                        'Eeek! A weekend at Catalina seems too long.' LOL..not if your sitting on a mooring ball overlooking Avalon, jumping off the hard top and dinghy around and hitting up Armstrong's or Eric's for a cold one and a burger... ; )

                                                                                        Taking the ferry over for the day is a wonderful way to enjoy the island and have lunch at Armstrong's on the water..Catalina Express goes out of Dana Point too.
                                                                                        Perfect palm if you wanted to head South and come to SD.

                                                                                        1. re: scottca075

                                                                                          My friend from Aiea says his fave place is Young's Kalbee for Korean in Aiea Town Square..he says they do this egg wrap with beef that is off the chain.
                                                                                          Have you or K-man been?

                                                                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                            Scott we have done grand canyon, sedona, flagstaff, jerome and scottsdale in our phoenix trip few years back.

                                                                                            We have not done northern california.. Been to disneylnd in anaheim. San diego staying downtown, also la jolla, laguna beach a few days at each..

                                                                                            My kids are now into lego so wanted to fly into lax do disney and legoland then go up the north coast and fly out of san fran.. Flight far more affordable then hawaii... Even considered texas??? Great food there to try i bet..

                                                                                            1. re: palmtree38

                                                                                              So then this advice stands,

                                                                                              I'd fly into LAX and out of SFO,

                                                                                              A few days in Santa Barbara, a couple of days on the central coast, a couple of days in Monterey and finish the trip in San Francisco.

                                                                                              But do do the Texas Hill Country before the kids are too old. Austin, New Braunfels and San Antonio are all great cities.

                                                                                            2. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                              are you talking about their meat jun? they are known for that dish.

                                                                                              1. re: killersmile

                                                                                                If meat jun is the stuff with the egg around the beef that is it..
                                                                                                He says it's off the chain good.

                                                                                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                                                  It's basically marinated meat in an egg-flour dip then pan-fried. Everyone has their favorites and Young's Kalbee is known for their meat jun. It is good, but I don't know if it is any better than some other places on Oahu. There are so many korean restaurants in Honolulu and since I rarely am in the Aiea area, I probably wouldn't make a special trip out there just to eat it. At the following link they did a blind taste test with several restaurants and Young's Kalbee came out on top.

                                                                                                  http://www.wowgrinds.com/index.php?op...

                                                                                                  1. re: killersmile

                                                                                                    yes, meat jun from Youngs is well known. In general meat jun is a korean-american dish, it may exist in Korea, but in 3 years living there i never saw anyone order it.

                                                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                      I think "meat jun" is unique to Hawaii. There is a Korean dish called gogi jun (gogi means meat in Korean) which is similar to meat jun except it's made of ground beef, mashed up tofu, bean sprouts, scallions, seasonings dredged in flour and egg and pan-fried. It's also not sweet. The Koreans probably adapted the dish to Hawaiian tastes.

                                                                                            3. re: scottca075

                                                                                              Now, there is actually an interesting little "wine region" in the Oak Creek Canyon/Cottonwood area in AZ. It is NOT Santa Barbara, Central Coast or Paso Robles, but nice.

                                                                                              Hunt

                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                Interesting. Of course we do have one winery in Hawaii, up near Volcano Village on the big island. Its a fun touristy thing to do. The wine is vile, but its an interesting thing to have in your cellar.

                                                                                                I'm not sure why the wine is so bad. The climate is cool (5,000ft elevation), the soil is not terrible for grapes. It amazes me that they can make something that bad from grapes (and some other unusual 'varietals.') Perhaps it never gets quite cold enough to set the sugars or something, it rarely dips below the mid 40's, and never into the 30's. Daytime temps are rarely below the mid 60's.

                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                  Well my chicken rice stick dish didnt turn out as well as i hoped. No ginger on hand when making.. It was a hit with the kids they thought it was chicken noodle spaghetti lol

                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                    I think you mean 'on' Hawaii, rather then 'in' Hawaii, as Maui has a winery as well.

                                                                                                    I remember their pineapple wine as being rather elusive, meaning the first sip had interesting pineapple floral notes with the first sip, but by the time for the second sip, all pineapple notes had evaporated turning it into cooking wine. Perhaps it has gotten better over the years! I wonder where they get their pines now that Maui Gold shut down. Someone please tell me that Mediocre Maui Pineapple Wine is not made from South American pines.

                                                                                                    Edit: From wikipedia

                                                                                                    Maui Pineapple Company was shut down at the end of 2009. A group of former investors formed the Haliʻimaile Pineapple Company and bought the assets of Maui Pineapple and licensed the "Maui Gold" trademark.[4] The new company kept 65 of the old employees, and will concentrate on local markets.[5] The Kapalua Farms organic pineapple operation was taken over by Ulupono Sustainable Agriculture Development, backed by investor Pierre Omidyar in early 2010.[

                                                                                                    1. re: Bellachefa

                                                                                                      Yes, "IN" Hawai`i, as there are at least two wineries in the Islands - Volcano and Tedeschi (Maui), and each CAN do some good, and interesting wines, even if the bulk, going to tourists, is not their best.

                                                                                                      Last time that I was at Volcano, Randall Grahm, of Bonny Doon, had just visited, and tasted. He found some gems, as did we, a week later. Not all of the portfolio was up to par, but some were.

                                                                                                      Hunt

                                                                                                      1. re: Bellachefa

                                                                                                        Gosh, has "Maui-Wowie" been ™ too?

                                                                                                        Seriously, thank you for the info. Did not know about "Maui Gold," but also thought that Lion Brand Coffee had used that name. Maybe I am mistaken?

                                                                                                        Hunt

                                                                                                      2. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                        Actually, Volcano does one of the best versions of Symphony, that I have tasted, though it is not that high on my list of varietals. It is a UC Davis grape, with some French heritage, and is not that good in a wine, regardless of how prolific the vine is. Still, Volcano does a good Symphony.(paired with the right foods). Not really a "sipper," but better, than most.

                                                                                                        Now, one might want to rethink latitude, and also some other popular conceptions about wine grapes, as AZ has some really good wine regions in some interesting micro-climates. Who knew that AZ could produce some very good wines?

                                                                                                        Now, Volcano, and also Tedeschi, have some "interesting" wines, but they CAN do some good ones too. Not everyone comes for the "pineapple wine."

                                                                                                        Hunt

                                                                                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                          I'll have to take your word for it. The two or three times I've done some tasting I was entirely unimpressed. I will be in the area around the end of February, I guess I will have to see if things have improved.

                                                                                                          It doesn't really surprise me at all that NZ has good wines, the climate is not unlike much of California.

                                                                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                            Because the topic has shifted a bit, does anyone on Oahu know of a store that still has 2009 Gabbiano Chianti (no, not 2010)?