Author: Maka Kahawai

Our top picks at the new Waikiki Yokocho

Do you remember the guide to upcoming Waikiki Yokocho eats that we gave you at the beginning of November? Ten of the planned 16 eateries at Honolulu’s newest Japanese food cornucopia are opening their doors to the public this Thursday,…

Our Top 5: Happy hours 2.0

Editor’s note: It’s been a couple years since we ran Will Chen’s Our Top 5: Happy hours, and a lot’s changed since then. So here’s Happy hours 2.0, a whole reboot of the original with Maka Kahawai’s picks for everything…

New Foodland Farms Ala Moana: What you’ll see

The old Foodland at Ala Moana Center was tucked away in the first floor darkness that was the Kona Street side of the mall, a few doors down from Sears. It was small and cramped, and the only thing I…

Pokemon GO: Events to help you catch ’em all

We helped you figure out how to start playing Pokemon GO; now we’ve rounded up some upcoming events to up your game. Yes, Niantic nerfed Vaporeon’s attacks, and no, you don’t have time to tweak out everyday like your friends…

Droolworthy: Volcano Eggs at Koko Head Cafe

Volcano Eggs Koko Head Cafe When I wake up in the morning and I’m craving something to eat, nine times out of ten I’ll be looking for eggs, meat and toast. Sounds really basic, but when you take a trip…

First bites at the new Shirokiya

When the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk opened this past Saturday, we swore we’d avoid it like the plague. Lines out the door, center sections so packed you couldn’t move, etc etc. Well, the workweek rolled around and our resolve…

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck comes to town

On opening day, it took us just over an hour to be served after waiting in a snaking line of anxious Hello Kitty fans. If you’ve been lucky enough to travel through Taiwan, Korea, Thailand or Australia, you may have…

Did this: Pearlridge’s 3D roller coaster and Eurobungy

Let’s rewind a bit. My family didn’t really do summer vacations when I was a kid. Disneyland, Seaworld, Universal Studios…just a bunch of expensive dreams. I settled for the 50th State Fair and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park (now known as Wet’n’Wild),…

Who’s coming: Eat The Street Garlic

Get your garlic on! This Friday’s food truck rally will feature 40 of your favorite food trucks and street food vendors throwing together all the garlic-centric dishes you desire at Makers & Tasters Kewalo. When: Friday, May 27 from 5…

Something new: The Rice Place

When Ah Lang a.k.a. the Angry Korean Lady closed a few months ago, we all wondered what would take its place in Imperial Plaza. Our questions were answered when The Rice Place opened with a menu of Asian-inspired dishes with…

It’s so kawaii, I could die!

“Kawaii” is the Japanese term for cute, and the kawaii culture has been slowly seeping into the States for years. Just look at Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls or LeSportSac’s Tokidoki bags and you’ll have a good idea of what passes…

Best crazy new KitKat flavors

After multiple homestay exchanges in Japan, I became a big fan of KitKats. Did you know there have been over 200 flavors released in Japan since 2000? By comparison, the basic varieties in America are boring — milk, dark and…

Something new: Tchin Tchin

Nestled between Bar 35 and Next Door on Hotel Street, an unmarked door and stairway lead the way to Tchin Tchin, Chinatown’s new second-story wine bar. The name comes from the Chinese qing-qing, or please-please: It’s an invitation to come…

Honolulu Night Market guide: Back to the Future

Remember when Honolulu Night + Market started? Back on Auahi Street? Saturday night will be a throwback to the old and a look to the new as the monthly block party returns to its old stomping grounds, now newly redeveloped…

It’s Pi Day! Where to get your pie on

March 14th is not just any ‘ole day of the year, it’s Pi Day! No, that isn’t a typo. Fire up those synapses and think back to the year you learned geometry, when the word “pi” brought on thoughts of circles.…

Party pics: Love of Libations, 115th Birthday Bash

The Moana Surfrider Hotel threw a pau hana party on Friday night, celebrating their 115th anniversary as part of their new monthly event series called “LOL: Love of Libations.” The evening featured food and beverage pairings from local restaurants, including…

Something new: Egan Inoue’s Cryo Therapy Hawaii

When Tea Farm Cafe at Puck’s Alley closed at the end of November 2015, I wondered what could possibly replace the shop and their frozen fondue. Enter CRYO Therapy Hawaii, where you can treat yourself to a dip in freezing cold…

Droolworthy: Parfaits at Cafe Lani

Very Berry Parfait Cafe Lani What do you do when your stomach is already stuffed and a big, beautiful dessert calls your name? You open up what the Japanese call your “betsu-bara,” or extra stomach, and make some room! My…

5 Valentine’s ideas that aren’t dinner or chocolates

Valentine’s Day is this coming weekend and let’s face it: Flowers, chocolates and fancy dinners are just so … predictable. (Well, maybe not chocolates, we never get tired of chocolates.) No worries! We’ve got five fun ideas to add an…

Something new: Tempura Ichidai

Rewind to last November, when we wrote about all the upcoming eats in Ala Moana Center’s new Ewa wing, and you’d have found us drooling in anticipation of a Japanese tempura bar named Tempura Ichidai. When we found out Wednesday…

Ice skating at Ward? What you need to know

When someone told me Ward Village was going to have an outdoor ice rink, I thought they were joking. Nope, not a joke! Using the ice rink equipment from Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano’s Golden Moment figure skating show at…

Guide to Honolulu’s New Year’s Eve parties

Now that presents are opened and Christmas is fading into a happy memory, we’re getting ready to welcome in 2016. Pour the Champagne, eat indulgently, jam out to your favorite tunes and count down in style! Here’s your guide to…

Did this: MW and Friends Reunited

What happens when Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka gather more than a dozen of their chef friends for a night of eating and libations? A long-time dream came true Monday night for the chef-owners of MW Restaurant. A lineup of…

Guide to happy holiday events

Now that we’ve got Thanksgiving under our rapidly expanding belts, the winter holidays are in full swing! Scroll down for a lineup of holiday-themed events, performances and monthlong attraction. And don’t forget to check back — we’ll be adding new…