Field Guide: Waimalu

This Aiea mini-city’s plethora of interesting shops and restaurants may surprise you.


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  Kelsey's Baby Specialties, 92-029 Hekaha St. #11Crazy Canine, 98-027 Hekaha St., #33Chun Wah Kam, 98-040 Kamehameha Hwy.Waimalu Market, 98-020 Kam Hwy.Stamps & Memories, 98-029 Hekaha St.Xtreme Soccer, 98-025 Hekaha St., #14

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Kelsey's Baby Specialties

For more than 20 years, this family-owned business has supplied the area’s families with everything baby. Peg Perego strollers, Recaro car seats and Mustela skincare products for mom and baby are among some of the most popular finds. Recently, manager Brian Oshiro has focused on bringing harder-to-find, high-quality baby wares to Waimalu, including organic clothing and mattresses. 92-029 Hekaha St., #11, 486-9000.

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Crazy Canine
It’s easy to spoil your favorite furry friend at this store. With everything from organic dog food and doggy bikinis to peanut butter cookies and lavender-mint shampoo, any dog whose owner shops here should consider himself one lucky puppy. Crazy Canine’s unusual inventory also features gourmet goodies such as chicken jerky, which the store owners make themselves, and treats from Kauai’s Barkaroo Bakery. 98-027 Hekaha St., #33, 485-9663.

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Chun Wah Kam

Customers don’t mind taking a number at this often-packed restaurant. It gives them extra time to browse the extensive menu of manapua, dim sum, noodles, vegetables and entrées. There are nearly two dozen manapua flavors alone and “char siu is definitely the local favorite,” says owner Steven Wong. “We open at 7:30 just to handle the morning manapua rush.” For lunch, a two-entrée plate with your choice of starch—there were three kinds of fried rice when we visited—is more than enough for two people. Don’t blame us if you can’t decide what to pick. 98-040 Kamehameha Hwy., 485-1107.

4. Love Kim Chee?

Formerly Marujyu Market, the new Korean grocery store, Waimalu Market, features a large refrigerated case devoted entirely to the many different varieties of the Korean side dish. 98-020 Kam Hwy., 488-5055.

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