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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…

Ethel’s Grill expands … to Hawaii Kai

This location has since closed. Anyone who has been to the original Ethel’s Grill in Kalihi Kai knows it has been there forever. As in decades. And only there. So when I saw that Ethel’s second generation – daughter Minaka…

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…

Hidden gem: Guava Smoked

I first visited Guava Smoked when I was craving fried rice. Now, my problem is getting past the fried rice and ordering other menu items, that’s how much I like that fried rice. But Guava Smoked has plenty of other…