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LuvHawaii Apr 17, 2012 07:28 AM

We are staying at the Aulauni in the Ko Olina area in June/July. We will be a large group of 13 people. I've heard the Aulauni is expensive. Any ideas for good kid friendly restaurants or stores to buy food in the area?

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    Jean Lee Apr 21, 2012 12:17 PM

    I have also heard that the Aulani is expensive and the food not good. Next door is the Ihilani (a Marriott property) and they have a family style restaurant - Naupaka. Ihilani also has an Italian restaurant - Azul. The ravioli is very delicious. There is also a convenience type store nearby - I believe its the Island Country Market or something like that. Its an ABC Store with a deli in the back. There is also Koolina Hawaiian Barbeque which serves plate lunches. They might also be open for breakfast but I'm not sure. This is all in the Koolina resort. You can drive out to Kapolei where there are numerous chains to dine at (McDonalds, Costco, Wendys, etc.) and also a large Safeway. Hope you enjoy your stay - your kids will probably love the Aulani. Bring lots of sunscreen, they'll probably want to be at the pool all day every day!

    1. KaimukiMan May 8, 2012 01:21 PM

      In Kapolei, in the strip mall makai of the theaters is a place called Brick Oven Pizza. I was impressed. Great Crust, very good range of toppings, nicely prepared, good service and the place was spotless. They also have a full bar. A long drive from town, but since you are out that way, I would definitely put it on the list.

      There is also a Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory in the same strip mall. Haven't been to that one, but in general they are pretty decent. Mostly asian noodles and sides.

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        killersmile May 8, 2012 05:18 PM

        Brick Oven Pizza! Used to be a must whenever I had a trip to Kauai, but the last couple of times, I wasn't impressed at either the Kalaheo or Wailua locations. Sounds like they are doing it better at the Kapolei location.

        1. re: killersmile
          KaimukiMan May 11, 2012 01:04 PM

          maybe after decades on Oahu my expectations are just low. and i never lived in pizza cities like nyc or chicago. hope you make it over there to give us another review.

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        Joebob May 8, 2012 11:38 PM

        Food stores in Kapolei include Costco, which should be useful for 13 people, with Safeway, Long's Drugs etc., and Walmart practically in a row a little further away from Ko Olina. The best restaurant in Kapolei is Thai Lao Rest., which is kid friendly because everybody behind the counter is Southeast Asian. However, 13 people would occupy about 1/3rd of all seats, so it might be best to go at off-peak hours. They open at 11AM. Burger King, etc. are available in the same area.

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