Hale ‘Aina Happenings: From Prima to Hooters, and Other April Restaurant News

Moké’s Bread and Breakfast opens in Kaimukī; Cattleya, a new wine bar, opens inside Orchids at the Halekūlani; and Prima closes.

Moke's Bread and Breakfast

Moké’s liliko‘i pancakes and Loco Moké in the background
Photo: Martha Cheng


Moké’s Bread and Breakfast Opens in Kaimukī

Moké’s Bread and Breakfast, the popular breakfast café in Kailua, recently opened a new location in Kaimukī, where Kan Zaman used to be. In the mass of excellent breakfast spots in Kailua, Moké’s Bread and Breakfast distinguishes itself with its liliko‘i pancakes—perfectly fluffy and crisp-edged and draped with a fluffy liliko‘i sauce, like a liquid soufflé. For now, the menu in Kaimukī is the same as in Kailua, though Moké’s plans to add more lunch specials to cater to the neighborhood’s weekday clientele. In the meantime, satisfy yourself with the over-the-top Loco Moké, with prime rib instead of a hamburger patty. Not enough? Put a duck egg on it, and enjoy the richer bite.


Open daily 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, 1127 11th Ave., Suite 201, mokeshawaii.com


Cattleya Wine Bar Opens Inside Orchids

Orchids in the Halekūlani introduces the Cattleya Wine Bar, featuring Mediterranean wines by the glass and a tapas menu. Highlights on the wine list include a lambrusco from Cleto Chiarli in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region; a 2017 rosé from Clos Canarelli on Corsica, France; and a 2016 Contrada Santo Spirito from Cantine Valenti, a white wine from the slopes of Mount Etna onin Sicily. On the food menu, there’s prosciutto di parma with cantaloupe pearls, hamachi crudo, and a Piemontese-style beef tartare with shaved Parmesan, Sicilian olive oil and a touch of celery and apple.


Not exactly in keeping with the Mediterranean theme, but Cattleya will host a tequila tasting with Enrique De Colsa, the master distiller for Tequila Don Julio, on April 20 at 4:30 p.m. The intimate event will include some light bites for $45. Call (808) 931-5331 to reserve a spot.


Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 4:30 to 9 p.m., in the Halekūlani, 2199 Kālia Road, (808) 923-2311, halekulani.com


From Prima to Hooters

Prima in Kailua, which had an eight-year run serving some of O‘ahu’s best Neapolitan-style pizzas, quietly closed a few weeks ago. Owner Kanoe Sandefur says he recently acquired the Hooters Hawai‘i franchise, so he’s devoting his energy to that. “The day before I got approached, if you had asked me if there’s any chance in hell (I would’ve taken over Hooters), I would’ve said ‘you’re high, what are you talking about?’” he says. “But I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old; I gotta sell out. The demographic is a million times wider than what I could ever hope for at Prima and V Lounge.” (Sandefur was also a partner at the now-shuttered V Lounge, which had the same pizza recipe.) He plans on expanding Hooters in Hawai‘i to three more locations. Meanwhile, plans for the Prima space are uncertain.


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