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Finding Beretania

The people, businesses, landmarks, history and food that make this street such an integral part of Honolulu’s cityscape.


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Champion Malasada-maker Joc Miw, with his wife, Sandra.

photo: Sergio Goes

Champion Malasadas

“We always keep the fryer hot,” says Champion Malasadas owner Joc Miw. Anytime during the day or night (from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.) you can get a freshly fried and sugared, hot, delicious malassada. “It only takes five minutes to cook,” Miw says. At that speed, Champion turns out about 200 dozen malassadas (at HONOLULU, we favor the Portuguese spelling) each day. While its basic malassadas bring in 60 percent of the business, customers snap up the custard- or chocolate-filled malassadas as well. Champion is closed on Mondays. 1926 S. Beretania St., 947-8778.

photo by David Croxford

Hawaiian Rent-All

For nearly 40 years, the regularly changing wisecracks on Hawaiian Rent-All’s storefront sign have been a fixture in Honolulu. Owner Paul Gibfried took over creating those catchy phrases when he purchased the business from the original owners in 2003. Though it may be the sign that grabs your attention, cruise around the shop, which offers more than 1,000 rentals, from mango pickers to 100-cup coffee pots to construction machinery. So before you buy that mini excavator you’ve been eyeing, consider renting it for $250 a day instead. 1946 S. Beretania St., 949-3961, www.hawaiianrentall.com.

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