Author: Gregg Hoshida

Waipahu's fried noodle icon lives on as Hashi Okazuya

Sato’s Okazuya closed in January after 55 years, but the iconic Waipahu's space wasn't vacant for long. Just two months later, Keoni and Hauoli Takahashi, cousins who grew up on Sato’s lunches, reopened the eatery as Hashi Okazuya.   What…

Fujiya Hawaii's mochi and snacks are now in McCully

Sometimes the old man in me yearns for the traditional flavors of days gone by, like mochi that tastes like it was made with care and quality. So when I saw on my Instagram feed that Fujiya Hawaii was reopening…

We found birria tacos in Kalihi

Ever since a friend in San Diego introduced me to the world of birria tacos a couple of years ago, I've been hoping these savory pockets of adobo-stewed beef served with the braising liquid as a dip would come to…

Local comfort: The perfect boiled peanuts

A question was posed to me recently: What food brings you nostalgia or joy? While I do have my go-to comfort foods such as loco mocos, malasadas and poke, it’s boiled peanuts that pull at my heart strings and remind…

Chicken is the star at Pearlridge's new tonkatsu curry joint

Monday morning, I receive a text that a new katsu restaurant, Koromo, opened at Pearlridge Center and that their chicken katsu may be worth investigating. Being a fried food maniac, I make quick plans with fellow Frolicker Thomas Obungen to visit during their first…

Battle of two Filipino spaghettis

Before Jollibee arrived in Hawaii, I had never heard of Filipino spaghetti. A spaghetti where the red sauce is made with banana ketchup? Almost candy sweet with a hint of sourness? This fusion of Italy and the Philippines seemed to…

A coffee purist's favorite pour over coffee bars

For the coffee purist, there is nothing like the pour over coffee. Invented a century ago, the method has found new popularity in the last 10 years. The pour over cup is always made to order over 4 to 5 minutes.…

Way beyond pumpkin: Showstopper pies for Thanksgiving

Let’s face it. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, certain choices need to be made. Whether you're cooking an intimate family dinner or hosting a massive potluck, every dish requires purposeful thought. This roundup will make one of your decisions easier:…

Is Popeyes chicken sandwich worth all the hype?

As national food trends go, nothing has been hotter the last few months than the chicken sandwich from Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen. First released in August 2019 to an unsuspecting public, things quickly went extremely viral. This insanity caused Popeyes to…

A road warrior's best breakfast burritos

I work primarily out of my car. Be it a conference call, email or business proposal, all are usually done while I'm parked somewhere quiet under a tree. With my car doubling as my breakfast table as well, it's important that…

Japan's prized eggs are coming to Hawaii

Raise your hand if you love eggs. Ok. Now, raise your hand even higher if you love eggs from Japan! If you're a total Japan egghead like me, you know what I’m talking about. That signature golden-orange yolk and compact white is…

Shirokiya's latest are dinner pouches you boil and serve

Visitors to Japan will have invariably experienced a department store food basement where throngs of people buy main courses, sides, even desserts for the evening after a long day’s work. It’s a convenience that provides the comfort of a hot meal at…

Pizza in a bowl: Tokyo's pizza ramen

Pizza soba. The words floated across the television long enough for me to grab the remote and turn up the volume. As a self-proclaimed Tokyo-phile, my NGN/NHK cable package is a key resource when it comes to identifying food targets for the annual…