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Arriving via Miami, this latest creation of Kevin Aoki of Benihana of Tokyo fame draws a young, trendy and spirited after hours crowd who gather for specialty drinks like Watermelon Lychee Martinis and Tokyo Cosmopolitans. It is tucked away on the third floor of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, a couple of escalator rides to the doorway, but once inside most will be dazzled by the trendy modern décor with subtle Asian touches and a menu that will make anyone gasp by the mere magnitude of the selections. The collection of sake here is impressive and unparalleled on the island if not the country - just ask the sake sommelier. The specialty sushi rolls are grand, especially the Cuban and Doraku. Visit at least once for the experience, atmosphere and ambiance. - Lottie Tagupa
Located at what long-time Manoa residents may remember as the gas station next to the Japanese School on East Manoa Road, this eatery has used a lot of creativity and courage to bring Manoa residents a decent Mexican dining option. One does not hunt this place down for the incredible views or soft up-scale ambiance; it's the tasty flautas and steak nachos that bring views of heaven to one's mind. Fish tacos and carne asada burritos are quite popular, too. Prices are very reasonable and parking is ample, although it can fill up during the lunch hour.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this place offers good food in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant takes its name from a huge Hau tree that grows out of Waikiki Beach and shades the beachfront terrace. This is a great place to take in the sunset while enjoying a wide variety of seafood and other well-prepared offerings at moderate prices. Mai Tais here are large and make a great view even better. The Hau Tree has live slack-key guitar music on weekend nights.
Picture yourself by a pristine beach—away from your busy schedule, enjoying an exotic meal and tropical drinks. That is Plumeria Beach House. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, is a popular tourist resort and the Plumeria Beach House well deservedly shares in that popularity. Start your day with a breakfast of fresh fruits and pancakes, while your meals would consist of salads, sandwiches and pupus. End this perfect meal with a desert cocktail. Come down on a weekend and enjoy a buffet fit for a king. Divided into indoor and outdoor dining area, this place is apt for intimate meetings, laid-back luncheon or a romantic dinner.