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Fave Kailua spot coming to Kapolei

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  • JAMM AQUINO / 2013

    Kailua’s popular Kalapawai Cafe & Deli is branching out to Kapolei, taking its signature green-and-white plantation-style look to the west side.


    Genki Sushi’s harumaki, a bento with vegetable spring roll and pork-filled gyoza, comes with hot dog and takuan, or pickled daikon.

The owners of Kalapawai Market, Kalapawai Cafe &Deli and Zia’s Caffe, all on the Windward side, are going west, to Kapolei, to continue the vision of the late founder, Don Dymond.

“A couple years ago my dad and I formed a real estate company for the purpose of buying the land for a new location,” said Lindsey Dymond, president of Kalapawai Restaurants Inc.

The half-acre site next to Kapolei Hale will house two buildings, one for a 3,500-square-foot Kalapawai Cafe &Deli, and the other a 4,000-square-foot retail center which has a single spot left to lease.

Kalapawai Kapolei will proudly bear its external branding: the familiar green and white exterior and plantation-style architecture of its elder Kailua siblings.

“When we first open — and we’ll do this for as long as it takes — we’ll open as a breakfast and lunch concept similar to Kailua town,” he said. Customers will order and pay at the counter and take one of about 100 seats to await their food.

The menu initially will comprise the company’s most popular sandwiches as well as lunch plates and some grab-and-go options, “bridging the gap between lunch offerings and dinner offerings, which eventually will be rolled out. Some of the grab-and-go items presently are being tested in Kailua,” he said.

Dymond anticipates hiring as many as 40 full- and part-time employees for the opening, which could come as early as late August but realistically might be closer to mid-September. …

The brand-new Genki Sushi that opened at the Safeway Kapahulu Center on Friday is the only Hawaii Genki offering a variety of bentos to go.

Choices include teriyaki chicken, chicken karaage or both; harumaki (vegetable spring rolls) and pork-filled gyoza; or a bento offering two styles of poke, all served with furikake-topped rice and takuan. Some offer Japanese-style cooked egg and a sliced hot dog. The poke bento is $7.99; the others are $6.99.

Bentos are made to order and phone orders are welcomed, according to publicist Sam Shenkus.

The menu addition was part of the commitment to “improving the quality of everything we do, from the speed in which we deliver our food, the taste of our sushi and the freshness of the produce we use, to the level of our service and the atmosphere in our restaurants,” said Mary Hansen, chief administrator of Genki Sushi USA.

The $1.7 million investment in the Kapahulu location includes the high-tech double-rail, “bullet-train” delivery of customer orders, entered through a touch-screen system.

Send restaurant news and notes to or call 529-4303. Follow her on Twitter @eriKaengle

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    • Lol, another typical ignoramus comment out of Kailua. According to last census #s reported in this paper, the median 2015 household income in core of Honolulu is $73,581, in Kailua it is $104,911, and in Kapolei it is $97,943. And they can’t shack up extended families in those small houses out there either. Last I was out in Kapolei a few weeks ago there were more Mercedes, BMWs, and Audis driving around than I seen the last time I was out in Kailua.

      • agreed, have you seen the shopping madness that is kapolei? it’s insane. looks like someone in kailua needs to explore the rest of the island.

        • I live right across the new mall and have been in Kapolei for the last 6 years, and the change is apparent…there are definitely a lot of “richer” people moving out to the west…have you seen the gated community up Makaha Valley? and the beaches on the west now have shuttles taking tourists to areas that only locals knew about.

  • Lived in Kailua for 20 years. Kalapawai Market is overpriced. Trendy and fun for tourists but too overpriced unless you are a rich yuppie.

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