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In search of outdoor food court close to Ala Moana mall in Honolulu.

lunchslut Oct 22, 2011 11:55 AM

Years back I was sent to Honolulu for a business trip. I stayed at the Ala Moana hotel and was introduced to an outdoor food court about 10 min walk north of the mall by my colleagues. The food court had all every type of Asian food stall imaginable and was anchored by a Korean BBQ place that had its own seating at the end of the row. Does this place still exist and if so what what is it called?

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    macaraca Oct 22, 2011 03:24 PM

    Sounds like Don Quijote on Kaheka St. Previously it was called Daiei, and before that Holiday Mart, but it is basically the same large emporium with full supermarket, tourist items, electronics, and household items for apartment dwellers and vacationers. Outside there are maybe a dozen fast-food places, mainly Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Don't overlook the take-out items inside in the store back near the seafood dept. I'm sure other posters can speak to some of the individual choices there, but don't recall any of them getting much ink on CH. Since the "years back" time, there are a lot more places nearby, especially fronting and opposite Wal-Mart on Keeaumoku...also 2 blocks N of Ala Moana.

    Some of the places around Keeaumoku and King St (2 more blocks N) have gotten more recs than those closer to Ala Moana Shopping Center. The food choices in the mall have taken a dramatic turn for the better with the recent opening of the Japanese "street food" section in Shirokiya.

    1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

    1. scottca075 Oct 23, 2011 06:49 AM

      Not sure which direction "north" is from Ala Moana, I still think in terms of "ewa" (towards the town of Ewa), "diamond head" (towards Diamond Head), "mauka" (towards the mountains) and "makai" (towards the sea).

      So if you said, a ten minute walk ewa or ten minutes makai, I would get it easier.

      It doesn't sound like Don Quijote, because they aren't outdoors, I am thinking someplace more like Ward's because they do have an outdoor food court although it has changed a lot over the years.

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        Joebob Oct 23, 2011 11:31 AM


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          macaraca Oct 23, 2011 10:26 PM

          I guess it depends on how you define "food court" and "outdoors"...Don Quijote surely has a number of fast food places lining the building on the outside of the store with covered, not indoor seating, as well as a couple of larger ones that are enclosed. From Ala Moana, Keeaumoku and Kaheka run basically north, mauka, toward the mountains.

          Ward Warehouse does have a couple of small outdoor food courts, but it is definitely not north of Ala Moana shopping center....very much west/Ewa.

          BTW, the sidebar map puporting to show Shirokiya's location seems to be seriously off. Shirokiya is in the Ala Moana Shopping Center next to Macy's, while the map seems to show a location downtown near Queen's Hospital . Odd.

          Ward Warehouse
          Buffet 100, Kakaako, HI 96814

          1. re: macaraca
            scottca075 Oct 24, 2011 10:49 AM

            Well I fixed the address for Shirokiya in the Chow database so hopefully it will show the correct location in the future :)

            I figured to walk ten minutes mauka, you'd almost have to be on Keeaumoku or Kaheka, but I can also see how someone at Ala Moana might think Ward's was "north" of Ala Moana.

            1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

        2. KaimukiMan Oct 23, 2011 11:21 PM

          holiday mart/daiei/donquijote is the most likely possibility. ward warehouse has a food court of sorts, and years ago it was more vibrant than it is now, that would be the second option. In the interim the DonQuijote (yes, thats how they spell it) location has improved, while ward has slipped in terms of both variety and quality.

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            Clinton Oct 25, 2011 05:32 PM

            I'm also thinking Don Quijote with all of the outdoor Asian food stalls outside. Yummy's is still around for Korean. I was also thinking of the Ward Warehouse but their food court is kind of sparse. There is a Korean stall at the Ewa end with table and chairs though. I can see how people think going Ewa is north and Diamond Head south but to us locals we use a different terminology for directions.

            Ward Warehouse
            Buffet 100, Kakaako, HI 96814

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            lunchslut Oct 25, 2011 11:03 PM

            Thank you all. From the descriptions it was likely Don Quijote a few names ago. I will also take into considerationn Shirokiya and the places further Mauka. Mahalo!.

            1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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