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Pau Hana Patrol


It’s a culinary block party every day at The Street

Eating at The Street isn’t like dining at Stripsteak, obviously, but under the direction of Mina and his partners, it does share pleasures derived from his attention to detail, service and quality. Read More

Cholo’s serves up refreshing margaritas in a friendly atmosphere

While going to the North Shore on the weekends is not as much of an escape as it once was, the North Shore has a mellow vibe and open country feel that’s hard to find elsewhere on Oahu. Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican restaurant in Haleiwa is no hidden hole-in-the-wall, but it kind of has a homey feel. Read More

Lulu’s makes you feel right at home — with a spectacular view

Lulu’s is one of those classically friendly, comfortable restaurants in Waikiki. Read More

La Hiki’s burgers and shakes are tantalizing treats

The drive to Ko Olina from town via H-1 might not be the most pleasant experience during commuting hours on a weekday, but once you take the resort exit, you feel as if you’re on vacation. Read More

Beachy keen happy hour awaits at renovated Waikiki resort bar

Kuhio Beach Grill isn’t set up to be a hoppin’ happy hour destination — instead, it’s a dignified spot to sample finer offerings from the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. Read More

The new LuiBuenos in Kapolei is off to a good start

The new mall in Kapolei, Ka Makana Ali‘i, is going gangbusters, with several new stores and eateries opening up this year. One choice is LuiBuenos, an offshoot of the popular Latin restaurant in Haleiwa. Read More

Yauatcha serves a classy version of Chinese dumplings

Yauatcha Waikiki at International Market Place offers intriguing cocktails and dim sum during Flow & Prosper. Read More

Diners will be in heaven at Golden Pork ramen bar

Golden Pork Tonkotsu Ramen Bar is an addictive happy hour choice — with tasty, affordably priced options in a cozy, colorful eatery. Read More

The Hideout is a mellow spot for drinks and a quick bite

The Hideout restaurant and lounge at The Laylow hotel offers a basic set of happy hour options in a laid-back yet stylish atmosphere. Read More

Plates and pours are a cut above at Vino

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

Splash Bar displays its vintage natural assets

This spacious poolside haven serves up tropical cocktails and a nice variety of small plates. Read More

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

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

Harborside hideaway a winning way to end day

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

Pupus at Noi Thai in Waikiki whet the appetite

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

Smith & Kings delivers in all the right ways

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

Rain’s tasty creations will whet your appetite

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

Hawaii Prince’s 100 Sails has a stylish cut to its jib

If you haven’t been to the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki in a while, you’re in for a surprise. Read More

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

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

Bakery & Table offers urban oasis, new happy hour

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

Neapolitan pizza sets Brick Fire Tavern apart from isle competition

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

Stripsteak welcomes in taste and surroundings

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

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