Hawaiian Food Itinerary UPDATED
Thank you for all the suggestions from my last thread. I have added one more day to my Honolulu trip, and possibly two more days to my Maui trip. Also there has been some changes to the previous restaurants.
Honolulu- Staying at The Royal Hawaiian
Day 1: Arrive at 8:45, No Meals.
Lunch at The Pineapple Grill
Dinner at The House Without a Key
Day 3: Thanksgiving
Lunch at Duke's Waikiki
Dinner at Roy's Waikiki
Maui- Staying at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
DInner at Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante
Lunch at the Pool
Dinner at Koiso
Brunch at Duo
Dinner at The Lobby Lounge (at the Four Seasons)
Lunch at the Café on the Green
Dinner at KO
Day 8+9: Undecided
re: Bill Hunt
Bill - currently they have a special BBQ event with grilled delights from many parts of the world and US including lobster. In December they are having a Star Chef Rising Star event that I so want to attend and probably will. I have heard really good things about L'Aperitif their new cocktail lounge with drinks paired with small bites. I really want to try L'Aperitif. I had a great dinner at Prima Kailua on Sunday night, the bouillabaisse knocked it out of the park as did (again for me) the 3 grain risotto and then the Maitake Mushroom app. Just a wonderful meal.
I'll assume you mean Alan Wong's Pineapple Room at Ala Moana for lunch, it is okay, but I'd just as soon go to the food halls at Shirokiya, grab a medley (gaggle?) of items and head over to Ala Moana Beach Park and eat there or head to one of the Korean yakinikus behind Ala Moana.
I agree with Bill on the HWAK for dinner, I'd choose Orchids, I find it more relaxing than La Mer. That is unless of course they are still doing to the Tues & Thurs BBQ, then HWAK is fun.
Koiso is about as good as sushi gets on Maui, but Oahu has a lot better sushi in general. If you want great sushi, do that on Oahu and find something else on Maui to replace it.
Café on the Green is good for lunch or Aloha Hour, but nothing special for yes, but nice for the setting.
Days 8 & 9, are you staying in the Wailea area? Willing to travel to Lahaina, Ka'anapali, Kahalui, etc?
Some great places on the island to consider are Star Noodle, Plantation House, Merriman's, Mala Ocean Tavern, Sam Sato's, Local Food and David Paul's Island Grill. These places cover the gamut from fancy high end to hole-in-the-wall local spot.
I do mean Alan Wong's Pineapple Room, my previous visits there have been excellent, and I would entertain your idea but that day we will already be at the Ala Moana Center, and won't have enough time. However, does anyone else agree with scottca075?
As for Orchids instead of HWAK, I had thought about this earlier and previously wanted to go there for thanksgiving but were booked. Is HWAK good for pupus and drinks? I had originally wanted a small dinner, can you have a small meal at Orchids?
For sushi on Oahu we wanted to go to Sushi Sasaburne, but would need another day unless we trade it in for Orchids. Any other suggestions for sushi? I want to keep koiso because we don't currently have another Japanese restaurant and have heard good things about it
I am willing to change Café on the Green, but might end up just eating at Ferraros again because it will be hard to leave that hotel.
We have yet to get our hotel for those last two days but will inform you when we do
P.S. I love Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina, and maybe we can go there if we find a place in Kaanapali or Kapalua
Koiso is the best in the South of Maui, maybe the best on the island.
In Honolulu I like like Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Yohei Sushi Restaurant, Yanagi Sushi, Sushi ii and maybe even like Imanas Tei better than Sasabune, which I think has way too much attitude.
I like like Café on the Green, just like I like Duke's Barefoot Bar, for lunch, but neither is foodie food, just nice food in a fun, comfortable setting.
And yes you can get pupus from HWAK and as far as I know the Sunset Kiawe Grill is still on Tuesdays and Thursdays and if it is, then HWAK is really worthwhile.
I have found the AW Pineapple Room to be a great venue for lunch, or a much less-formal, lighter dinner. For most visits, I head to King St. and just sit back and enjoy.
I have found the Pineapple Room service to be a tad spotty, and especially when weighed against King St., but maybe that is me, and it WAS much earlier in their existence, so much could have changed.
We have dined three times at the Maui/Lahaina Mala Ocean Tavern, and have been unimpressed by any. However, many sign their praises, so perhaps I just missed something important?
The same thing happened with David Paul's most recent restaurant - we had nothing but problems, and many (including some real CH friends) loved it. Different strokes...
Other than breakfast, and then Sunday Brunch, we have not done Orchids. Hope to rectify that in Dec.
Thanks for the tips,
PS - I normally find La Mer very relaxing, but maybe that is just me. It IS rather formal, and that can be a major turn-off to many. Myself? Well, I like the formal atmosphere - so long as the wine service is spot-on! [Grin]
re: Bill Hunt
re: UES Mayor
Dec 04 - 09, and staying at Halekulani.
If you are in Hawai`i, we'd love to meet up.
Drop me an e-mail at info AT huntphoto DOT com (obviously, there will be some changes there, and no spaces).
We also hope to do one lunch at Roy's Waikiki, as that location is getting some good reviews.
Right now, we have evening dining reservations, but can bump any up, as is required.
any of the numerous lunch wagons; the okazu places (called delicatessens here); the food courts at ala moana, don quijote, ward warehouse, international marketplace, waikiki shopping plaza downstairs; the manapua places; the plate lunch 'drive in's' (rainbow, graces, bob's, zippy's, byron's, etc)
Fukuya's okazu in Moiliili
Bob's BBQ on Waikamilo Road in Kalihi (not Bob's Big Boy)
Royal Kitchen at Mililani Street at the edge of Chinatown for baked manapua
Char Hung Sut in Chinatown on Pauahi or Libby Manapua in Kalihi (steamed manapua)
Fatty's Chinese on Kuhio in Waikiki
Rainbow Drive In
any 7-11 for really good Spam Musubi
Tsukenjo's Lunch Wagon @ Ward & Queen (roast pork)
Koi Lunchwagon at Beretania and Lauhala St.
Soul Patrol Lunchwagon - but you have to find out where they are that day.
W&M Burgers In Kaimuki on Waialae - get the Hank's Special with Teri beef.
Sugoi's in Iwilei at Kalani & Dillingham (in the far row of shops) Garlic Chicken
Me's BBQ, Fatty's Chinese Kitchen, Mei Sum, the Whole Ox, Tamura'a Fine Wine, Tamashiro Market, Young's Fish Market, Yama's Fish Market, Char Hung Sut, Chun Wah Kam, Libby Manapua Shop, Palace Saimin Stand, Ramen Nakamura, Goma Tei Ramen, Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Ichiriki, Yakiniku Don-Day, Sikdorak and the ultimate, Ah-Lang Restaurant, but follow the rules :)