August Food News Update: Here Are 9 Restaurants That Opened on O‘ahu

A monthly update on new arrivals, including a food court with lobster rolls, and a burger, beer and shakes spot by the people behind Encore.
Kimchee reuben at Hamada General Store


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  • The Daley—burgers, beers and shakes by the people behind Encore Saloon—opened Aug. 28 in the former Yield space. 1110 Nu‘uanu Ave.

  • Kikue, a new izakaya, is in its soft-opening stage this month, in the space once occupied by Kona Kai sushi. 3579 Wai‘alae Ave.

  • La Vie, the kitchen helmed by Shaymus Alwin, previously of the Royal Hawaiian, opened early August at the Ritz Carlton Waikīkī, in the former BLT Market space. 383 Kalaimoku St.,


SEE ALSO: First Look: La Vie at the Ritz Carlton Waikīkī 


  • Hamada General Store, by the former chefs of Home Bar & Grill, opened Aug. 1. 885 Queen St.,


SEE ALSO: Hamada General Store, A New Plate Lunch Spot by the Chefs of Home Bar and Grill  


  • Island Vintage Wine Bar, offering 40 different wines by the ounce, opened adjacent to the Island Vintage Coffee Café in the Royal Hawaiian Center in early August. Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, Level 2, 2301 Kalakaua Ave.,

  • 8 ½ Desserts, with ice cream pie and ice cream flavors like liliko‘i and Green River, opened a second location in August at Windward Mall.

  • Jolene’s Market, a food court with Hong Kong Café, Da Buttah Lobstah (serving lobster rolls), Folly the Bar and Momo Desserts and Drinks, opened in the former Regal Bakery space in Chinatown Cultural Plaza in late July. 100 N. Beretania St.,

  • Nio Snow Ice & Tea, a boba tea and shave ice spot, opened in mid-July. 550 Halekauwila St., Suite 101,

  • O‘ahu Mexican Grill’s second location opened in July, in the former Sabrina’s spot (which closed in February). 3036 Wai‘alae Ave.,


SEE ALSO: July: What Opened and Closed


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