Helena’s Hawaiian Food (Honolulu, HI)

The last few days have been really blustery. Strong winds have been blowing across all the Hawaiian Islands, gusting up to 30mph right here in Honolulu, not exactly conducive to hiking weather. So we made a decision to stay in town. Our day out to Kalihi started out pretty badly. Bishop Museum turned out to... Continue Reading →

Ono’s Hawaiian (Honolulu, HI)

On most lists of the best of Hawaiian cooking on Oahu is Ono’s Hawaiian. The restaurant has been serving food since 1961 when it opened for business. Because Ono’s has been popular with locals and tourists alike, long lines form to get seated at one of the very few tables inside. A sign on the... Continue Reading →

Breakfast at Eggs ‘N Things (Honolulu, HI)

There are so many Japanese customers at Eggs 'N Things that the lady taking names at the door for the waiting list speaks fluent nihongo, though she’s obviously a local. In fact, when she handed me the hand-held pager, she gave me instructions in Japanese, obviously not noticing my USC T-shirt. The word was that there is... Continue Reading →

Fried Royale at Rutts Hawaiian Café (Culver City, CA)

The part of the family that lives in West LA loves Rutt's, a diner in Culver City that has been serving Hawaiian food for over 20 years. After all these years, the food remains very popular with locals and fans. While there are lots of Hawaiian favorites on the menu, the most popular is the Royale,... Continue Reading →

Zippy’s (multiple locations on Oahu)

Serving since 1966, Zippy's is a fast-food chain restaurant that operates mainly on Oahu and has a reputation for having solid, if not memorable Hawaiian food. Our local Japanese supermarket in the Seattle area (Uwajimaya) carries its chilis in the freezer section. A friend of ours who has a condo in Waikiki tries to purchase... Continue Reading →

Happy Hour at Chart House Waikiki (Honolulu, HI)

Like so many restaurants these days, Chart House offers a happy hour menu. Here, you can order from 7-10pm daily. It's a prime spot overlooking the water on Ala Moana Blvd, an unbeatable ambience when sipping tropical cocktails and partaking of Hawaiian pupus. A friend of ours from Seattle joined us. There was a small... Continue Reading →

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