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9 New Restaurant Openings and 6 Closings on O‘ahu

Plus one ramen pop-up with vegan ramen offerings.
2020.02.28 07:00 AM

Islander Sake Brewery, Hawai‘i’s Only Sake Brewery, Opens in March in Kaka‘ako

For the first time in three decades, since Hawai‘i’s last sake brewery shut down, sake is being brewed commercially in the Islands once again.
2020.02.26 03:00 PM

We Tried Every Hot Dog at Hank’s Haute Dogs and Ranked Them

Two culture critics lay their hot dog cred on the line—and still find room for a “No” Dog and a hamburger for dessert. Welcome to the sausage party.
2020.02.24 11:55 AM

What We’re Eating at BrunchFest Presented by American Savings Bank

Find out what breakfast bites, both sweet and savory, are on the menu for our third annual celebration of all things brunch on March 8.
2020.02.21 09:00 AM

Hale ‘Aina Happenings: Here’s What’s New with Hawai‘i Restaurants in February 2020

A new late-night happy hour, the place to be for brunch in early March and your last chance to raise a toast to a favorite bar and speakeasy.
2020.02.19 03:47 PM

The 14 Best Breakfast Dishes (and Where to Get Them)

Breakfasts of champions to fuel up for the day ahead.
2020.02.12 12:54 PM

Your Ultimate Guide to the First-Ever Hawai‘i Craft Beer Week

Events, tastings and collaborations, including a festival and some friendly competition, take place Feb. 21–29 across the Islands. Here’s your guide of what to expect.
2020.02.11 03:29 PM

The Best Restaurants for a Romantic Date This Valentine’s Day

Making a reservation at these 2019 Hale ‘Aina-winning restaurants will promise an affair to remember.
2020.02.07 12:00 PM

First Look: Betty’s Burgers, A New Diner Near UH Mānoa

Betty’s scores big with fresh-baked buns, killer shakes and crisp steak fries. But its smash burgers need refining.
2020.02.05 01:29 PM

First Look: Kapispa Kapi‘olani Spaghetti House, a New Japanese Restaurant

Angelo Pietro meets the Olive Garden—Japanese-Italian cuisine with an unlimited salad bar.
2020.02.03 02:53 PM

January Food News Update: 8 New Restaurant Openings in Honolulu

And one 25-year-old spot closes soon.
2020.01.31 01:30 PM

We Tried (Almost) Every Dim Sum Dish at Tim Ho Wan in Waikīkī

Despite its global popularity today, the menu has barely changed from the days of Tim Ho Wan’s humble beginning.
2020.01.29 10:18 PM

Hale ‘Aina Happenings: Here’s What’s New with Hawai‘i Restaurants in January 2020

Where we’re eating Sunday dinner, why you should buy poi mochi doughnuts now and a new look and location for a 72-year-old local favorite.
2020.01.27 01:14 PM

Hana Koa Brewing Co.: Kaka‘ako’s Newest Brewery and Largest Taproom

Find 15 different beers on tap at this new local spot.
2020.01.24 12:33 PM

We Tried Every Mini Pie at Hawaiian Pie Co.

In celebration of National Pie Day, we’re revisiting that delicious time when we tried (and ranked) all 7 flavors of pie. Which one won out?
2020.01.23 01:07 PM

Find the Best Budget Tasting Menu at Akira Japanese Restaurant

This hidden happy hour kaiseki on King Street costs less than $50.
2020.01.22 02:19 PM

First Look: Chopchop Rotisserie, a New Restaurant in Waikīkī by 12th Ave Grill’s Kevin Hanney

The focus is more on the “chopchop” than the rotisserie.
2020.01.20 11:04 AM

Where to Find Jai in Chinatown for Chinese New Year

If you're looking for the traditional dish of jai to celebrate the Year of the Rat, here are four places we tried in Downtown Honolulu.
2020.01.17 03:33 PM

The 11 Best Healthy-ish Vegetarian Dishes on O‘ahu

Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian or trying to lessen your meat consumption, your restaurant experience should not have to suffer.
2020.01.15 12:11 PM

Don e Don: A Korean Restaurant with Unrivaled Pork Dishes

Despite the name change (from Ham Ji Park), you can still find the famous grilled pork spareribs.
2020.01.13 07:00 AM