Things We Love: Exploring Windward O‘ahu
(Sponsored) Just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Honolulu, Windward O‘ahu packs all the perks of paradise in the quaintness of small-town living. From low-key surf towns to lush back-valley communities, people journey from all over to experience and taste what O‘ahu’s east side is all about.
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Did you know? 100 percent of proceeds from each Buzz’s calendar sale goes to the Hawai‘i Foodbank.
Whether it’s a Monday afternoon or a Saturday night, grabbing a Mai Tai and some pūpū at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse, another long-time Windward O‘ahu restaurant, is always a good choice. This family-owned-and-operated business has been dishing up the freshest seafood and pouring Island-inspired cocktails for more than 50 years. Director of operations Kaleo Schneider says Buzz’s retro-chic décor and signature dishes draw in crowds of local regulars and visitors to celebrate life’s milestones with family and friends or just enjoy everyday beachfront dining. “We feature different items on our lunch and dinner menus, so our patrons have a little diversity, explains Schneider. “It’s great to sit out on Stan’s deck and come for a drink and an appetizer in the afternoons. We serve a calamari appetizer that is to die for—lightly breaded in panko, pan-fried in butter and served with a lemon-butter caper sauce.” As long-time supporters of its community, the Lanikai eatery also puts out a yearly Buzz’s calendar, which is sold for $10, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Hawai‘i Foodbank.
Crepes no ka ‘oi.
Hordes of hungry lunchgoers head over to Crepes No Ka ‘Oi for one of Rosario “Kakay” and Chris Tarvyd’s homemade crepe creations. “Kailua is our home, which is why we chose it for our first location,” says Chris. “It has the right mix of tourists and locals. We have regulars who were born here and tourists who come to our shop every year when they are on vacation.” Some of their customer favorites include the Ultimate Breakfast Crepe, the Tiki Torch and a new creation called the Cookie Monster—a delicate crepe filled with crushed Oreo cookies, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream, topped with powdered sugar and more Oreos.
Did you know? Bob’s Pizzeria helps with beach cleanups and other community events throughout the year.
A few blocks from the beach, ravenous pizza lovers can enjoy a giant slice of Boston-style pizza at Bob’s Pizzeria. Robert “Bob” Festa has been serving up oversize pies with fresh ingredients, homemade dough and his famous tomato sauce at this Kailua locale for nearly a decade. “We’ve consistently tried to give our customers the best product and value for their money. I try to contribute to our neighborhood community, particularly where our children and our seniors are concerned,” says the Boston native. The inner walls of Bob’s shop are covered in handmade thank-you cards from past and present patrons, grateful for the pizza’s consistent taste and Bob’s fun-loving attitude and generosity.