Martha Cheng

Martha Cheng is the Food and Dining editor for Honolulu Magazine. She also writes for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Food and Wine, and Eater. In past lives, she was a line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer, Google techie and has degrees in Computer Science and English from Wellesley College. She really likes listing things. More than a decade ago, she came to Honolulu for a boy and stayed for the people and ocean. She was born in San Francisco, but prefers surfing in Hawai‘i. 

  

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Stories by Martha

First Look: La Vie at the Ritz Carlton Waikīkī

Dusty Grable and Shaymus Alwin lead the crew at a new, modern-French restaurant.
2019.08.02 08:00 AM

11 Restaurant Openings and 3 Closures on O‘ahu

A monthly update on new arrivals (including Texas barbecue and Spanish-Italian by way of Japan) and what’s gone (Watanabe Bakery).
2019.07.29 10:57 AM

6 Hawai‘i Chefs Tell the Stories Behind Their Favorite Knife

The knife is the most important, and often the most personal, tool for chefs.
2019.07.25 12:27 PM

10 Things You Can Only Get in Waikīkī

From 3 dollar whisky sodas to 300 dollar omakase.
2019.07.22 02:22 PM

This Man Runs a Banana Library on a Farm in Waialua

Gabe Sachter-Smith stalks bananas around the world and builds a banana library of Hawaiian cultivars.
2019.07.18 10:00 AM

We Tried (Almost) Every Flavor at Via Gelato in Kaimukī

14 gelato and sorbetto flavors change daily. Which ones won out?
2019.07.17 02:21 PM

The 6 Best Hot Dogs on O‘ahu

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day (Wednesday, July 17) with our team’s top dogs, from a super cheap combo to extravagant toppings and fillings.
2019.07.15 05:23 PM

Let Someone Else Grill: Honolulu Skewer House and Yakitori Ando

Meat sticks at a northern Chinese skewer spot and a yakitori speakeasy.
2019.07.10 02:38 PM

The Best Honolulu Shave Ice You’ve Probably Never Tried

Island Vintage Coffee’s açaí bowl and shave ice may be one of the best-kept secrets for locals.
2019.07.08 12:18 PM

CakeM and Miss Chen’s Cake: Pieces of Cake at 808 Center

Find chocolate and caramel domes at cakeM and durian everything at Miss Chen’s.
2019.07.05 08:00 AM

Travel the World Through 5 Shave Ice Spots

Where to find shave ice from Mexico to Taiwan on O‘ahu.
2019.07.03 11:36 AM

First Look: TBD… Pop-Up Restaurant at the Diamond Head Edge of Waikīkī

Vikram Garg, formerly of the Halekūlani, returns to the public with a restaurant whose name is TBD… literally.
2019.06.24 02:33 PM
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