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MaryJane May 13, 2013 11:59 AM

We are spending the first week of June in Honolulu/Oahu. My husband & I will be spending our wedding anniversary week in paradise on Waikiki Beach! The kids want to treat us to a special and memorable anniversary dinner, so price is not a consideration. I would love suggestions - we like all types of food except for sushi and spicey. We won't have a car, but certainly can get a cab for transportation. We've been there 3 times, but it's been a long time since our last visit. I sure would appreciate any suggestions - Chowhound has been my trusted go-to site for good food.

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  1. killersmile May 13, 2013 02:33 PM

    la mer, chef mavro, alan wong's, or vintage cave.

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    1. re: killersmile
      Bill Hunt May 13, 2013 07:04 PM

      Have not yet done Vintage Cave, but it DOES look interesting. Hope to try it in September.

      Mahalo,

      Hunt

    2. russkar May 13, 2013 03:54 PM

      Michel's
      Azure
      Le Bistro
      La Mer
      Mavro
      A/W
      Vintage Cave

      In that order of preference....

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        Joebob May 13, 2013 05:48 PM

        If the anniversary has a 0 in it, La Mer would be most appropriate. If a 5, Chef Mavro. Any other number, Alan Wong (assuming you'll keep coming back).

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          Bill Hunt May 13, 2013 07:05 PM

          Now I had not thought of things in that detail, but do see where you're coming from! [Grin]

          Hunt

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            KaimukiMan May 19, 2013 08:33 PM

            OK, I admit, I'm dense. Glad you and Hunt are in sync on this, it must be important.

            to the OP: If you want something more Hawaii Fusion then Alan Wong's or Mavro. If you want something that is slightly fusion but with a stronger traditional (French) basis then La Mer. If you want a view of the Ocean then Michel's or Azure. Not all tables at La Mer have a view.

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              Bill Hunt May 19, 2013 09:25 PM

              K'man,

              You are so correct on the tables at La Mer. Personally, I have dined an many, and my favorites are overlooking HWAK, for their wonderful show. The view tables, overlooking the Pacific, are not up to the task, IMHO, but are nice, depending on the timing. Still, I always reserve those overlooking HWAK, and never have been disappointed.

              Now, many cite AW's King St. restaurant, regarding a view, but for me (a Mainlander), the view of Moana lighting up, is not a bad view.

              The same could be said for Chef Mavro's. A frosted window, looking out on King St. is not the ultimate, regarding a view, but when it's raining, that can be cool too - so long as the "Chef's Tasting Menu," and the "Sommelier's Pairing" are great that night. Maybe with enough wine, I can find "beauty" in any view - even if it is a David Lynch thing... [Grin]

              Hunt

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                Beach Chick May 19, 2013 09:38 PM

                Love love love the Aloha crew..
                For me, HWAK for drinks, apps and music, oceanfront is epic.
                Stroll into your table at La Mer.

                Alan Wongs and Azure are good calls.

                Drinks at the Mai Tai bar at the Royal Hawaiian..Moana Beach House too..$6 buck cold beers hit the spot.
                Aloha

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                  Bill Hunt May 19, 2013 09:46 PM

                  We have started a few nights at HWAK, and then moved to La Mer. My biggest complaint with that, is the wine list between the two locations. OTOH, depending on whom you are meeting at HWAK, before you retire to La Mer, it CAN be just fine... [She knows who I am speaking of.]

                  We have not made it to Azure yet. It has been a "too many restaurants - too little time" situation, but we hope to rectify that deficiency in Sept. Heck, it took me 8 years to get back to Michel's at the Colony Surf, and I am glad that I did get back. Somehow, I cannot help but feel that some MAJOR Chowhounds greased those skids... OTOH, we greatly enjoyed our meal, and that was not what we had encountered years before. Regardless, that meal was awsome, and our collective minds WERE changed, so all is well.

                  We have only done the Mai Tai bar early, before even heading back to the room, to shower and change, for dinner. Nice, but it was inserted into an afternoon, so probably not a great test.

                  Aloha,

                  Hunt

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                    KaimukiMan May 19, 2013 11:12 PM

                    I think we have to somehow convince you to spend a month here sometime so you can really sample some things beyond your normal routine. A few of us can rotate on taking you here there and other places. LOL

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                      Bill Hunt May 21, 2013 08:18 PM

                      You know, if I could ONLY convince my lovely young wife to send me my "allowance," I think that this could be accomplished!!!!! [Grin]

                      Until then, I suppose that I must take what I can, when I can. At least I manage to add in a couple of days on O`ahu, even if we are spending the time on another Island.

                      Right now, September looks good - 5 nights on the North Shore, with 4 nights in Waikiki. Best that I could do this year, which will see two-dozen trips to SFO, plus Washington DC (4x), Blackberry Farm (2x), London (1x), Burgundy (1x), Sydney (1x) and probably both Omaha and New Orleans. By my count, that is 130,000 airline miles.

                      Maybe in 2014?

                      Aloha,

                      Hunt

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                        indelibledotink May 21, 2013 11:31 PM

                        you lucky chowhound, getting to travel all over, and out of the US too!

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                          Bill Hunt May 22, 2013 08:51 PM

                          Well, when it is all said and done, I feel that sleeping in one's own bed for more that two nights, is highly under-rated. We actually pop a bottle of Champagne, when we finally return for a week.

                          While I love the dining, say Hawai`i in September, Blackberry Farm in May and December, Dijon, FR in May, San Francisco 12 - 30x per year, New Orleans in October and then London in October and April, being home is GREAT!

                          Hunt

                        2. re: Bill Hunt
                          KaimukiMan May 22, 2013 07:15 PM

                          What makes you think we would welcome you here without your lovely and charming wife to take the edge off things and make you behave?

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                            Bill Hunt May 22, 2013 08:53 PM

                            K'man,

                            It's the same thing in Hawai`i, London, Rome, Sydney and many other cities. The Immigration services have a standing order - if his wife is not with him, do not let him in!

                            I ride her coattails, more than anyone knows. [Grin]

                            Aloha,

                            Hunt

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                              Beach Chick May 22, 2013 10:13 PM

                              She really is a rock star..you married up!

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                                Bill Hunt May 24, 2013 08:32 PM

                                On the morning of our wedding, my mother pulled me aside, and said the same exact thing - "Son, you are marrying UP!"

                                Mahalo,

                                Hunt

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                                  russkar May 25, 2013 10:44 AM

                                  Seems we're both in the same club...

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                                    Bill Hunt May 25, 2013 08:57 PM

                                    Hey, you changed my mind about several things. Who says that I am not "open minded... " [Grin]

                                    Got to get together again.

                                    Hunt

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                                      russkar May 26, 2013 09:42 AM

                                      LOL

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                                KaimukiMan May 23, 2013 01:26 AM

                                Yes, but you do keep life interesting for her i'm sure :-)

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                                Beach Chick May 22, 2013 10:12 PM

                                LoL..

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                              Beach Chick May 23, 2013 08:46 AM

                              Aloha K man and Bill...ay!
                              Possible gtg in Sept.?

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                                manomin May 23, 2013 01:06 PM

                                I'm in!

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                                  russkar May 23, 2013 01:15 PM

                                  Me too..

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                                  KaimukiMan May 23, 2013 08:59 PM

                                  sure thing

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                                    manomin May 23, 2013 11:53 PM

                                    I have Hunt's email but not yours, let us all know! :-)

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                                      KaimukiMan May 24, 2013 05:05 AM

                                      Ill be darned if i can find the 'rules' for setting up a chowdown any more, they used to be easy to find (insert rant here.)

                                      My e-mail is in my profile, and I think i still know how to get in touch with a few of you.

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                                        Beach Chick May 24, 2013 05:44 AM

                                        Aloha..
                                        It would be an honor to meet all in O'ahu!
                                        Be there in Kauai and HNL around 9/16 for bday/anniv.
                                        It will be a blast.
                                        Aloha

                                        1. re: Beach Chick
                                          KaimukiMan May 25, 2013 12:47 AM

                                          BC. let me know how to get in touch with you.
                                          Mahalo

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                                            Beach Chick May 27, 2013 07:54 PM

                                            Aloha K man!
                                            We can liaison through Bill.
                                            Mahalo

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                                          manomin May 24, 2013 09:34 PM

                                          I sent you a 'test' email earlier today. BTW, I heard that Hope Chapel Olomana is having a benefit luau, $20.00 ticket for all you can eat or $25.00 at the door. It is coming up on church luau season and this is the first one I've heard of so far. I also recently had a yummy lunch at town, the salad with fish was fabulous (fish can be added) as well as a wonderful fish entree with tomato vinaigrette with grilled polenta. A nice rose' topped it off!

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                                            Bill Hunt May 25, 2013 08:58 PM

                                            All too often, tourists from the Mainland miss "church lu`aus," and only attend the tourist, commercial ones. Not saying that they will not have a great experience, but only one, that is not the ultimate.

                                            Hunt

                                            1. re: Bill Hunt
                                              manomin May 26, 2013 11:41 AM

                                              I think the best known is Kaumakapili Church's luau in the summer.

                                              1. re: manomin
                                                Bill Hunt Jun 13, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                Mahalo for the rec.. This is always a tough question, and usually boils down to the neighborhood, and even the day.

                                                Once, I collected all recs. from da kine, from the various locations. However, I found that those recs. were very volatile, and expired before most posters could get there. I gave that up, considering it futile.

                                                Aloha,

                                                Hunt

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                                            Joebob May 27, 2013 07:58 PM

                                            I trust you have discussed this with site talk.

                                      2. re: Beach Chick
                                        Bill Hunt May 24, 2013 08:35 PM

                                        Well, and since you mentioned it, we arrive HNL on Sept. 07, and driving to Turtle Bay. We will head to Waikiki (Hilton Vacation Towers) on Sept. 11, until Sept. 14. So far, no plans other than golf on the North Shore.

                                        Hunt

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                                          Joebob May 27, 2013 08:02 PM

                                          Maybe we could arrange something at Luibueno (or Opal?)?

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                                            Bill Hunt Jun 13, 2013 08:11 PM

                                            We hope to gather some of the great Hawai`i CH's, on our Sept trip. Will be in touch. Lot of free time on both sides of O`ahu, and no reservations yet.

                                            Aloha,

                                            Hunt

                          2. Bill Hunt May 13, 2013 07:04 PM

                            MaryJane,

                            My recs. for a special meal are:

                            La Mer (Halekulani)
                            Chef Mavro's King St.
                            Alan Wong's King St.

                            That leaves out some great restaurants, but is MY "short list."

                            Most of all, enjoy!

                            Hunt

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