Melissa Chang

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online on Twitter and Instagram. Contact Melissa by e-mail at melissa@adstreamz.com.

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New chef, new menu at Off The Wall

Many people know Off The Wall Craft Beer & Wine for its innovative self-service tap walls, offering more than a dozen rotating beers, three ciders and ales, and selected wines and kombucha. Just in time for restaurants reopening for dine-in,…

Aloha oe, Ed Morita

Ed Morita prepping a dish. This and his headshot are by Darryl Watanabe. One of our original bloggers, pastry chef Ed Morita, passed away early today. If you've been around Hawaii's food scene and/or social media scene a while, you've probably at…

Heiho House to bring gastropub-style izakaya to Kaimuki

It takes a lot of guts to open a new concept restaurant in Hawaii, and in a pandemic, to boot. But sometime in August, restaurateurs Thomas Ray and Hideo Simon plan to open Heiho House, a gastropub-style izakaya with a creative approach to…

Guieb Cafe brings awesome cheap eats to Kalihi

Sometimes the best discoveries are the most random ones. I'd been scrolling through Facebook and saw my classmate, Wina Silva, on a breakfast date with her boyfriend, raving about the food at a newish restaurant called Guieb Cafe. My other classmates…

Chris Kajioka's stylish Miro opens in Kaimuki

Cafe Miro had been a staple in Kaimuki for 25 years under the helm of owner-chef Shigeru Kobayashi, with solid French-style cuisine and prices that were affordable enough to make it a regular spot for neighborhood diners. We wondered what the…

New comfort food pop-up benefits the community

If you're a regular traveler to Tokyo, you're probably familiar with Ogo Ono-loa in Akasaka, a hidden gem for local expats and Japanese who love Hawaii. Aiea boy Ryoji Soranaka cooks local comfort dishes like loco moco and poke to give people…

Why you need to shop at farmers markets now

Editor's note: Melissa Chang manages the social media for Oahu's Farm Lover's Markets. She decided to write this post after what happened in the confusion surrounding new coronavirus regulations, when police shut down the Sunday Kailua farmers market. You'll find…

Get Hawaiian food at Oahu Grill in Kaimuki

Wow, laulau! Now that Oahu Grill is open in Kaimuki, East Honolulu residents have two reasons to be happy that they don't have to make a special trip to Kalihi or a long trek to Kaneohe to get good Hawaiian food…

Hidden gem in a hostess bar: Morichan Sushi

Several years ago, I blogged about a sushi bar hidden inside hostess bar Club Evergreen. Well, our site was redeveloped and the many details of that blog are gone (thank you, Richard), but so is Evergreen. Like many hostess bars,…

Meet the new Crack Seed Store owners

"Uncle" Kon Ping Young's last day with his Kaimuki Crack Seed Store was Dec. 31, but yesterday, new owners reopened the iconic neighborhood snack shop without skipping a beat.  Young didn't announce his retirement until it was time, nor did he put…

Kapiolani Spaghetti House just opened near Ala Moana

A new pasta restaurant opens today in the former Bread + Butter location, which was previously Angelo Pietro. Coincidence? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely. If you're familiar with the restaurant business, you know that Diamond Dining, which owns Shokudo, Buho and the previous Bread…

Karai Crab reopens in the old Cafe Sistina spot

Snow crab combo. Photo courtesy of Karai Crab.Karai Crab, the popular crab boil restaurant adjacent to The Willows since 2012, reopens today in the former Cafe Sistina space on King Street. The new location is 2,700 square feet — twice the size…

Hank's haute new hot chicken sandwich

Everyone knows Hank's Haute Dogs for their gourmet hot dogs — it's right there in the name. But every so often, Henry "Hank" Adaniya introduces new items to change it up.  Nashville hot chicken sandwich, $7.95. Last week, Adaniya's old…

Quiora's Italian fare is worth the splurge

Update 10/26/19: The $55 family boards mentioned below are no longer available; the restaurant says they were an introductory special. Everything is now a la carte — steak for $68, pork dishes for $55 and the whole fish at market…

Hidden gem: Got'z Grindz musubis in Kaneohe

I swear I don't have a thing for Kaneohe, and I'm not on an all-carb diet. But ever since I blogged about Ono2Guys, people in the know have been nagging me to check out Got'z Grindz, which is just across Kamehameha…

Oodles of unusual noodles at Adela's Country Eatery

Ah, the power of social media. Once again, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I noticed that @susxoxo posted an interesting photo of pasta, proclaiming Adela's Country Eatery one of her favorite places in Kaneohe. That was good…

Upscale pop up in Hilo is here and Na'au

Despite its reputation as a sleepy little town, Hilo has really become a destination for foodies. From okazuyas to acclaimed restaurants, you can easily eat your way through Hilo in a week and still not touch every spot that would…

Here's a peek inside a hidden sushi bar in Kailua

Most of the quirky, hidden eateries are usually found in Honolulu, so I was intrigued to hear that there was a sushi bar quirkily hidden in the back of a coffee shop in Kailua. First, you have to figure out…

Kikue brings luxe izakaya fare to Kaimuki

Many people got a first taste of Kikue at this year's Joy of Sake, where the restaurant served one of their signature dishes, homemade soba topped with uni and uni foam. The dish was a hit, which built the excitement to check…

Going to La Vie? Here's what you should order

Kelli: Let’s get one thing straight — this isn’t my typical dining scene. La Vie, the new French restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Waikiki, is fine dining. The three-course menu is $79, and the five-course menu is $119. It’s upscale and ultra…

A new bakery from an old friend: Popover

I'd been following Popover, a new bakery in Hilo, for a while now as it built anticipation for its opening on June 1. I was completely surprised when William "Chuco" Townsend revealed on Facebook that this was his new family…

Vikram Garg pops back up at his new TBD...

I couldn't believe so much time had passed since acclaimed chef, Vikram Garg, left the Halekulani in 2016. We'd see him around town every so often and ask what he had planned next, and he'd always laugh and say, "TBD!"…

Ono2Guys: Cute new Korean bakery in Kaneohe

I'd been following Ono2Guys on Instagram for a few months and had been meaning to try them since they had such a professional feed that intrigued me. Recently, instagrammer Ray Yamamoto posted a photo from there and tagged me, reminding…

Vino's new (more) Italian menu

A couple of months ago, Vino chef Keith Endo set out for Rome on vacation, just to relax. His boss, DK Kodama, decided to join him, and they set off on a series of culinary adventures — some spontaneous — that…

Punchbowl Coffee truck a bonus for Terrace House fans

As mentioned in yesterday's blog, parking for Waikiki Tea House is in the adjacent lot, where you will see the Punchbowl Coffee truck in back. Upon closer inspection, I found that the truck itself is a destination, too! Punchbowl Coffee…

Lady M: New foodporn in Waikiki

If you love desserts, you'll want to check out this new spot on Beach Walk next to Henry's Place. Lady M mille crepes, famous around the world, are finally being served in Hawaii. You can find Lady M cakes at…

Asian Flavors spices up Ohana Hale Marketplace

Most people in Hawaii easily recognize Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino food, but few — including me — know anything about Laos cuisine. In fact, I'm sure when people try it, they simply lump it in with Vietnamese and Thai food. Laos…

New dessert programs start at MW Restaurant in May

Although the food at MW Restaurant is good, everyone knows their desserts are always spectacular. It's no wonder: Michelle Karr-Ueoka — the "M" in MW — is the first woman from Hawaii to be nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award…

Moke's Bread & Breakfast opens tomorrow in Kaimuki

If you're a fan of Moke's Bread & Breakfast in Kailua, but rarely get to go because it's too far away, hang on to your townie card and rejoice. The Kailua breakfast hotspot is opening a second location in Kaimuki,…

Get a taste of heavenly noodles by a "ramen god"

Ramen fanatics may remember how, several years ago, Sun Noodle showcased renowned chef Shigetoshi Nakamura's talents in a one-night pop up at Lucky Belly. The wait was almost an hour long, but everyone — me, too! — proclaimed it worth…