Field Guide: Aiea
The freeway may run right through it, but Aiea—with its local eateries, small businesses and a bowling alley that lures celebs—makes it worth taking the off-ramp.
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Photo: David Croxford
Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy
The Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy has been at the same location in Aiea for 51 years, yet many residents still associate the studio with the unsolved case of Diane Suzuki, the 19-year-old dance instructor who went missing in 1985. But the negative press hasn’t hurt the studio, which offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, salsa, swing and even yoga to students ages 2 to 52. “We must be doing something right,” Rosalie Woodson says. 99-153 A Moanalua Road, 488-2100.
Young's Kal Bee
For more than 20 years, Young’s Kal Bee has been a staple in Aiea, serving arguably the best meat jun on the island. Young’s also offers a variety of other Korean fare, from bibimbap to kim chee fried rice. Don’t forget to hit the ATM; it’s cash only. Aiea Town Square, 99-084 Kauhale St. Suite A2, 488-0251.
Even in Aiea you can find a self-serve fro-yo shop. Orange Tree, which has locations in Kaneohe and Kapolei, with another to open soon at Ala Moana Center, offers 14 rotating flavors ranging from pineapple to coffee, with such fresh toppings as mango, walnuts and mochi balls. This brand is cold, smooth and simple. At 39 cents an ounce, Orange Tree is one of the more affordable, too. Aiea Commercial Center, 99-185 Moanalua Road #109. 488-0009, www.orangetreehawaii.com.