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BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar bartender Brent Kawano serves the needs of bar patrons.

Plates and pours are a cut above at Vino

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                                Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar bartender Brent Kawano serves the needs of bar patrons.

Updated on  May 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Waterfront Plaza used to be called Restaurant Row, and when Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar was first established, there might have been some competition. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The kalbi beef lettuce wrap is paired with a glass of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA at Splash Bar inside the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel in Waikiki.

Splash Bar displays its vintage natural assets

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                                The kalbi beef lettuce wrap is paired with a glass of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA at Splash Bar inside the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotel in Waikiki.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm
This spacious poolside haven serves up tropical cocktails and a nice variety of small plates. Read More
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                                Bartender Amber Hunter crafts a Blueberry Mojito.

P.F. Chang’s Waikiki spot provides good respite

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Amber Hunter crafts a Blueberry Mojito.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm
P.F. Chang’s is a well-known chain of restaurants that serves up Asian-style food in a casual yet stylish way. At the P.F. Chang’s in Waikiki, definitely a cut above the greasy-spoon Chinese restaurant on the corner, one could have a nice pau hana. Read More
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                                Patrons enjoy the bar area of Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38.

Harborside hideaway a winning way to end day

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                                Patrons enjoy the bar area of Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38.

Updated on  April 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm
You may not yet be familiar with Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38, which opened above Nico’s on the waterfront in May 2016 — but I’m here to suggest you check it out. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BSATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Crispy garlic chicken, left, a $9 happy hour item, is a pleasing entree-size plate, complete with a scoop of jasmine rice and fried basil leaves.

Pupus at Noi Thai in Waikiki whet the appetite

BRUCE ASATO / BSATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Crispy garlic chicken, left, a $9 happy hour item, is a pleasing entree-size plate, complete with a scoop of jasmine rice and fried basil leaves.

Updated on  April 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm
The notion of an upscale Thai restaurant is a novel one for Honolulu, which has long had a handful of places ranging from hole-in-the-wall to mid-range and white tablecloth. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Smith & Kings’ foie gras burger is more sophisticated than a mere burger doused with the usual condiments.

Smith & Kings delivers in all the right ways

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Smith & Kings’ foie gras burger is more sophisticated than a mere burger doused with the usual condiments.

Updated on  April 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Smith & Kings is another indication of the blossoming of Chinatown. The restaurant/bar has that funky, urban-hipster feel but doesn’t go overboard with it. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Ashley Wang concocts a French martini during happy hour at Rain restaurant and cocktail lounge.

Rain’s tasty creations will whet your appetite

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Ashley Wang concocts a French martini during happy hour at Rain restaurant and cocktail lounge.

Updated on  March 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm
Word is getting out about Rain, a cozy new-ish restaurant at the corner of Fort Street Mall and Pauahi Street that opened to the public in December. Read More
 
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The bar area of TR Fire Grill in Waikiki during happy hour.

TR’s Fire Grill does well with ‘Local Menu’ dishes

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                                The bar area of TR Fire Grill in Waikiki during happy hour.

Updated on  March 8, 2017 at 9:09 pm
One new eatery you’ll want to try around pau hana time is TR Fire Grill on Kuhio Avenue right behind the new International Market Place. Read More
 
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The fried calamari, rolled in Rice Krispies crumbs, was a tastier take on the appetizer than most others.

Bakery & Table offers urban oasis, new happy hour

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The fried calamari, rolled in Rice Krispies crumbs, was a tastier take on the appetizer than most others.

Updated on  March 2, 2017 at 5:11 pm
The unique setting offers a sophisticated respite from the urban rat race. It’s worth a visit just to see that fire-water wall. Especially if you like beets. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A glass of sangria, a Prosciutto e Rucola — mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, arugula — and a Da Shrimp Truck pizza — besciamella, white shrimp, roasted garlic and mozzarella.

Neapolitan pizza sets Brick Fire Tavern apart from isle competition

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A glass of sangria, a Prosciutto e Rucola — mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, arugula — and a Da Shrimp Truck pizza — besciamella, white shrimp, roasted garlic and mozzarella.

Updated on  February 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm
There’s a lot of eatery action and a lot of competition with Brick Fire Tavern rising above the fray with a better bite — and one-of-a-kind pizza in Honolulu. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The chirashi, a chef’s selection of sushi-grade fish served with sake-cured ikura and kizami, costs $21.

Stripsteak welcomes in taste and surroundings

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The chirashi, a chef’s selection of sushi-grade fish served with sake-cured ikura and kizami, costs $21.

Updated on  February 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm
The meticulously prepared happy hour plates here offer a taste of the approach and flavors that have made James Beard award-winning Mina a celebrity in the field. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brad Palfrey, left, his mother Ellen Morgan, father Prewitt Palfrey and brother Logan Palfrey from Kentucky enjoy their first try of Prima’s pizza and chicken wings.

Happy-hour deals join Prima’s new liquor offerings

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Brad Palfrey, left, his mother Ellen Morgan, father Prewitt Palfrey and brother Logan Palfrey from Kentucky enjoy their first try of Prima’s pizza and chicken wings.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm
Prima in Kailua is one of those places that made a little buzz when it opened about six years ago, but it’s proven to have staying power in a town undergoing transformation. Read More
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The cheesy bread, much like an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, was served with a pint of beer at Wisp restaurant and lounge during happy hour inside the Lotus Hotel in Waikiki. The happy hour is affordable, with servings of food and drink ranging between $3 and $5. Just beyond is a peek of the beautiful scenery surrounding Wisp.

Wisp, in the Lotus Honolulu, has good happy-hour prices

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The cheesy bread, much like an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, was served with a pint of beer at Wisp restaurant and lounge during happy hour inside the Lotus Hotel in Waikiki. The happy hour is affordable, with servings of food and drink ranging between $3 and $5. Just beyond is a peek of the beautiful scenery surrounding Wisp.

Updated on  February 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Waikiki’s Gold Coast is not where one would expect to find a convenient, inexpensive happy-hour spot, but Wisp, a new bar/lounge/restaurant, fills the bill on both counts. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Big Apple Pizza, $10, pairs well with a pint of Firestone Walker Brewing Nitro Merlin Stout.

Waikiki eatery serves tasty pizza with a slice of sunset

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Big Apple Pizza, $10, pairs well with a pint of Firestone Walker Brewing Nitro Merlin Stout.

Updated on  January 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Flour & Barley, the new brick-oven pizza eatery at the International Market Place in Waikiki, offers decent pau hana specials, a cool setting and a partial sunset view. Read More
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                                A glass of white wine is a good pairing for the happy-hour offering of mussels at Fleetwood’s On Front St.

Fleetwood’s in Lahaina offers fine wines, tasty bites

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A glass of white wine is a good pairing for the happy-hour offering of mussels at Fleetwood’s On Front St.

Updated on  January 11, 2017 at 10:19 pm
Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has built up a polished, attractive warren in Fleetwood’s On Front St., a Lahaina establishment offering up fine food, wine and rock ’n’ roll. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kona Grill is on the Grand Lanai of the International Market Place in Waikiki. Happy hour menus are available in the bar, patio and lounge areas.

Chain restaurant sporting local name sets scene for sushi eaters

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kona Grill is on the Grand Lanai of the International Market Place in Waikiki. Happy hour menus are available in the bar, patio and lounge areas.

Updated on  January 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Kona Grill is one of the new restaurants in the newly redeveloped International Market Place in Waikiki. Despite the name, though, it is not a locally owned spot. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Restaurant Epic patrons share a toast at the Nuuanu Avenue bar.

Best of Pau Hana Patrol

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Restaurant Epic patrons share a toast at the Nuuanu Avenue bar.

Updated on  December 28, 2016 at 8:57 pm
Our annual roundup of the year’s highlights in happy-hour adventuring. Read More
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                                The Tequila Blossom cocktail served at The Veranda at the Kahala Resort.

An evening at the Veranda is a rewarding experience

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Tequila Blossom cocktail served at The Veranda at the Kahala Resort.

Updated on  December 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm
Here on Pau Hana Patrol, we’re on a mission to experience the good life without breaking the bank. And just taking a seat at the Veranda gets you partway toward accomplishing that mission. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu in Waikiki holds happy hour early and late everyday.

Hard Rock Cafe offers good food, good prices in fun Waikiki setting

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu in Waikiki holds happy hour early and late everyday.

Updated on  December 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm
Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki is that sort of touristy yet cool spot that diners outside of the district tend to forget about until reminded of it. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Javan Kaiama shows off pau hana cocktails at Moku Kitchen. From left, Slowpoke Rodriguez, Senile Felines and No Ka Oi.

Moku is comfortable, casual and welcoming

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Javan Kaiama shows off pau hana cocktails at Moku Kitchen. From left, Slowpoke Rodriguez, Senile Felines and No Ka Oi.

Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm
I’ve been watching the space for Moku Kitchen take shape over the past year, as construction on Kamehameha Schools property in Kakaako transforms the neighborhood from a light industrial area to a hip, urban residential-retail destination. Read More

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