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Awesome eats: Hawaiian Pie Company sweets bento

They’re back! The Hawaiian Pie Company, home of buttery, juicy, flavor-packed pies in Kalihi, last popped up at Awesome eats at Thanksgiving. Since it’s been a while and Awesome eats regulars have been asking for their pastries, we’re bringing them…

Awesome eats this Friday: Tamales by Wang Chung’s

We’re ringing in the Year of the Rooster with a special treat from our favorite neighborhood karaoke bar, Waikiki’s Wang Chung’s. Chef Randy Sanchez, aka @mexicanrandyhi on Instagram, is making his famous chicken tamales for a special Awesome eats downtown…

First taste: Bethel Union

I first heard rumblings of a new JJ Dolan’s sister restaurant in the works at the former Brasserie du Vin spot back in November 2015. With JJ Dolan’s pedigree for delicious pizza and wings, I couldn’t wait for this new…

Hidden gem: Sistah Truck

Kimchee fried rice burritos, bibimbap bowls and wagyu mushroom cheeseburgers? Taxpayers of Hawaii, take heart: All this is parked just outside the state Department of Taxation on Punchbowl Street, courtesy of Eunju Jo and Mila Bang. Friends since middle school…

Something new: Boa Sushi Cafe

It started with an Instagram feed that one of my coworkers flashed in front of my eyes. Heavenly-looking pics of spicy tuna bowls, sushi rolls and platters from Boa Sushi Cafe gave me a new fixation: I had to find…