Neighbor Islands

Maui gets a new saimin and smash burger spot

This is saimin for the soul: Havens, a new takeout noodle and burger joint in Kihei, is winning locals' hearts after opening just over a week ago.  Chef-owner Zach Sato's menu showcases favorite dishes he ate growing up on Maui,…

Gourmet fusion food truck opens on Maui

It's tough enough to start your own business, but during a pandemic? For Cole Hinueber, furloughed from his job as executive pastry chef at Spago Maui, the timing proved just right. After years of dreaming of opening his own bakery, Hinueber launched…

Global, Filipino-inspired brunch all day is worth a drive to Napili

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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…

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…

Broke da mouth: Da one that got away

Da Sumo Saimin Special My go-to omiyage for bring back from Kauai had always been Hamura Saimin noodles. Whenever we went Kauai we always made sure for eat Hamura Saimin at least couple few times, then on our last day we…

Hidden gem: Paul's Place Cafe in Hilo

My father is from Hilo, so I've been a frequent visitor since the early 70s. For me, this Big Island city has steadfastly managed to retain its historic identity and charm — so much so that I can walk into…

How to spend an afternoon eating Maui

I can see why people fall in love with Maui at first sight. I got it when we were making our descent into Kahului Airport. The coast came into view, clouds parted over the West Maui Mountains and rolling expanses of green filled our windows.  Wheels…

Day trip: Maui

Since my grandma is from Maui, I grew up hearing about Sam Sato’s, Guri Guri and the shops along Front Street. But somehow I never managed to get to the Valley Isle to taste everything for myself — until I met…

New chef, new pies at Leoda's Pie Shop

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu, Maui has a cult following. They use local and sustainable ingredients, and keep the family-style menu affordable at the same time. Their droolworthy pies and sandwiches are so delicious, people will stand in line for their…