Field Guide: Wahiawa
From 100-year-old furniture to strawberry pancakes, this city houses more than Army facilities.
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Photo: David Croxford
Koa Pancake House
Famous for its fluffy pancakes, the Koa Pancake House in Wahiawa dishes out breakfast goodness similar to the one in Kaneohe that got it all started. Order the strawberry pancakes, loaded with whipped cream and strawberries. 703 California Ave., 621-0123, www.koapancakehouse.net
The horseshoe shaped, manmade Wahiawa Reservoir, or Lake Wilson, surrounds most of Wahiawa. In fact, bridges on the north and south ends provide access to the town. It’s one of the best, and only, places on Oahu to fish for bass. “I’ve found that in general there are a lot more fish per acre in Lake Wilson than in the near-shore ocean areas,” says Arlen Meline, president of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Hawaiian Sign Gallery
Harris Okuda is part surf shop owner, part woodturner. Walk into his store, Island Comforts and you’ll find surf clothing and accessories on one side and a sign gallery in progress on the other side. “Someone gave me a small scroll saw and I started tinkering around,” says Okuda. “And one thing led to another.” He has been crafting wood signs for five years now—for example, the Aoki Shave Ice sign in Haleiwa—and sells them in his store and online. 518 California Ave., 621-0136.
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