December 5, 2023

Food

Hawaii Food Blog archives from the Hawaii Hui network, including from Hawaii Grinds, the Hawaii food blog.

Food

bb.q Chicken Opens Second Location in Aiea Shopping Center

Korean fried chicken chain bb.q Chicken has opened its second Hawaii location in Aiea Shopping Center. Located next to Aiea Bowl, this restaurant has a large following both locally and globally for its authentic fried chicken wings and sides. bb.q Chicken began in South Korea in 1995 and since then, the brand has grown to more than 500 stores in 57 international countries.

bb.q Chicken’s first Hawaii location opened in Kahala last November in Kuono Marketplace. This fast-growing franchise is known for its ultra-crispy and deliciously juicy fried chicken that’s popular even among mega K-pop superstars like BTS and Bae Suzy. Each menu item is made to order using authentic imported ingredients from Korea to keep the taste and quality of Korea. The chicken is fried in traditional Korean methods where it is hand brushed, hand battered and fried at 165-degree Celsius for a longer period of time, creating an unforgettably crispy texture with a juicy and tender bite.

Whether it’s a quick lunch takeout, a potluck dish to share for Thanksgiving or a casual dinner out with friends and family to enjoy chimaek (fried chicken and beer), bb.q chicken is a versatile dining option. Popular dishes include the Honey Garlic Wings, Golden Fried Wings, and Half & Half Chicken. You can also enjoy various K-foods such as ddeok-boki and mandoo.

“Our main goal is to provide the healthiest, most delicious premium chicken to the world,” says Chairman Yoon Hong-guen. “When we opened our first bb.q chicken restaurant in 1995, quality was our top priority and we continue to strive for the same high quality food for our customers today.”

bb.q Chicken Hawaii

•         Kahala Location: 4210 Waialae Ave. Suite 203, Honolulu, HI 96816 (Located in Kuono Marketplace). Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

•         Aiea Location: 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr. #303, Aiea, HI 96701 (Located next to Aiea Bowl). Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

•         Online ordering and delivery options available

•         www.bbdotqchickenhawaii.com

•         @bbqchickenhawaii

About bb.q Chicken

In 1995, Our Chairman Yoon Hong-guen founded Genesis bb.q Group in Seoul, South Korea with one simple mission: serve great-tasting, high-quality Korean fried chicken to the world. It’s safe to say that mission succeeded, as bb.q now operates in hundreds of stores across the globe. Our secret is simple: Under chairman Yoon’s idea that defines franchise business as education business, we established Chicken University to keep us on the cutting edge of quality and flavor, and all our stores—whether it’s in Korea or Kansas—champion Korean culture with authentic recipes, exciting flavors, and superior customer service.

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Kitchen Door Napa Lands in Hawaii in February 2023

The critically acclaimed restaurant to introduce dual concept at Wai Kai, a new Oahu recreation destination.

Kitchen Door Napa expands to Hawaii with its inaugural location within Wai Kai, Oahu’s first-of-its-kind waterfront recreation and entertainment destination. Set to open on February 10, 2023, the signature restaurant will feature a dual-dining concept presented by the trio of partners known for their hospitality and culinary expertise; Michelin-awarded Chef Todd Humphries, Maui-born restaurateur Richard Miyashiro, and Kitchen Door Napa Managing Partner Tim Seberson. 

The three partners have been eyeing the Hawaii market for some time and they found the most suitable opportunity through a partnership with the exciting Wai Kai project. The nine-acre Wai Kai development is located within Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach on West Oahu.

“We wanted an anchor restaurant that delivers a high caliber of culinary techniques, harmonious flavors, and an excellent level of consistency,” said Larry Caster, director of retail development for Wai Kai Commercial Development, LLC. “With its impeccable reputation, Michelin-awarded chef and beloved fan following, Kitchen Door Napa will be an excellent complement to the dynamic offerings at Wai Kai and we’re elated to be the home of the first and only Kitchen Door in Hawaii.”

The synergistic restaurant concept, housed in a two-story, 7,200-square-foot establishment at the heart of Wai Kai, will bring a sophisticated yet approachable menu that caters to broad-ranging appetites. On the upper Plaza Level is the premier restaurant, the Plaza Grill, a family-friendly restaurant and bar in a contemporary setting. The venue will boast a full-service dining room, lanai seating with lagoon views as well as a private dining room ‘parlor’ for intimate gatherings and celebrations. The dining room is sophisticated yet inviting, highlighted by a wrap-around bar offering front row seats to the open kitchen. 

A spiral staircase connects the Plaza Grill to the second concept located on the Wai Kai Lagoon level—the Boardwalk Cafe. Perfect for a quick dine-in or grab-and-go, this interactive yet intuitive counter-service restaurant will feature an all-day menu of eclectic yet traditional favorites, elevated and prepared a la minute by classically trained chefs. 

“It’s been our long-held dream to establish a location in Hawaii. Being chosen as the signature restaurant at the next unprecedented immersive experience on Oahu is more than we could’ve imagined,” said Todd Humphries, chef and co-founder of Kitchen Door Napa. “We aim to honor and celebrate the local culture by creating a beautiful space that brings family and friends together to share a memorable meal.”

Designed by Studio GOGA, Kitchen Door Napa at Wai Kai presents a “destination-forward” restaurant aesthetic that seamlessly integrates the Hawaiian landscape and underscores the balance of form and function. Open floorplans, generous natural light and complementary tones and textures create an inviting atmosphere on both levels. Upon entering the dual dining venue, guests will be delighted with a feast for all the senses, starting with the warmth and energy of the space followed by the aroma emanating from the Humphries kitchen. 

“Hawaii is an ideal destination to carry out our culinary and hospitality philosophy. Our mission is to create a sense of community where we locally source ingredients and serve flavorful dishes that are meant to be shared by a caring culture,” said Richard Miyashiro, restaurateur, and co-founder of Kitchen Door Napa.

Maui-born Miyashiro plans to continue honoring his Hawaii roots at this new location much like he has at the Napa restaurant which features several island-inspired dishes and the ever-popular Aloha Friday happy hour.  

Designed to satiate and entice, the menus are designed with the active Wai Kai visitors in mind— whether engaging in water activities, entertainment events, or simply gathering with family and friends. Drawing on his 30 years of experience which includes cooking at notable restaurants in Hawaii, NYC and San Francisco, Chef Todd Humphries’ eclectic menu reflects the diversity of local and seasonal ingredients and global flavors.  

Guests can expect favorites such as a variety of fresh salads, wood-fired pizzas, Asian-inspired noodles, local seafood, steak, house made desserts and a craft beverage program of spirits, beer, wine and sake. Future plans include curated tastemaker events with celebrity guest chefs, wine tastings, and other exclusive culinary experiences. 

“Understanding that Wai Kai is meant to be a destination where people can find all they love about Hawaii in one spot, we conceived this restaurant to be a gathering place for locals and Hawaii visitors. We’re excited to offer a new space where everyone can come together, relax, and indulge in an incomparable dining experience,” said Tim Seberson, managing partner at Kitchen Door Napa.

Currently hiring, Kitchen Door Napa will create more than 75 new jobs for the local community. 

Plaza Grill will be open for lunch Monday-Friday, dinner daily, and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Boardwalk Cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit www.kitchendoorwaikai.com.

About Kitchen Door Napa

Kitchen Door Napa, originally located at the Oxbow Public Market, was co-founded in 2011 by Michelin-awarded Chef Todd Humphries, restaurateur Richard Miyashiro and managing partner Tim Seberson to deliver a menu that is always ingredient-driven, prepared by classically trained chefs celebrating eclectic flavors from around the globe. Since then, it has grown to become a beloved brand for its warm hospitality coupled with sophisticated cuisine bursting with flavors that showcase local and seasonal ingredients. In summer 2022, it relocated to First Street Napa. The same hospitality and level of cuisine that epicureans have come to expect of Kitchen Door Napa is carried over to the dual-concept restaurant at the heart of Wai Kai, the nine-acre development poised to become Oahu’s first-of-its-kind waterfront recreation and entertainment destination. Opening February 10, 2023, the dual-concept features the signature restaurant, the Plaza Grill, on the upper level, while the casual counter-service concept, Boardwalk Cafe, is located on the ground level. For more information, visit www.kitchendoorwaikai.com.

About Wai Kai

This exciting waterfront recreation and entertainment destination is set to open February 10, 2023 at Hoakalei Resort on West Oahu. The LineUp at Wai Kai will serve as a dynamic social and activity hub featuring the Wai Kai Wave powered by citywave® along with stand-up paddling, kayaking and other water activities on the adjacent Wai Kai Lagoon. A dual-concept restaurant presented by Michelin awarded Chef Todd Humphries of Kitchen Door Napa sits at the heart of the property with the Plaza Grill and the Boardwalk Cafe. Other dining venues include The LookOut Bar & Restaurant offering a front-row view of the surf action and Foam Coffee & Bar. The upscale Nalo Kai Club Lounge will also be available along with Sessions Lifestyle & Apparel. Events International will curate a robust schedule of engaging events and experiences for all ages across multiple onsite venues. For more information, visit: Wai Kai Experience and The LineUp.

Haseko Family of Companies

As a developer of residential, commercial and resort properties in Hawaii since 1973, the Haseko Family of Companies have built a solid reputation for high-quality projects and a genuine commitment to the community. Among its most prized hotel, commercial and residential projects are the award-winning, master planned communities of Ocean Pointe and Hoakalei Resort, Kauai Beach Villas and Kauai Hilton Hotel, Kaanapali Shores resort condominiums on Maui, The Courtyards at Punahou and Ocean View Center in Honolulu. The Haseko Family of Companies are separate and independent companies which include Wai Kai. For convenience, these companies are referred to as the Haseko Family of Companies. 

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Inaugural Culinary Institute of the Pacific food conference to convene in September

Tickets are available now for the “Near and Far: Cool Ideas, Hot Food” conference on September 21 at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. The theme for this inaugural food conference, hosted by Kapiolani Community College (KCC) and Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP), is “Resetting the 21st Century Table,” focused on catalyzing the connections between food, culture and technology in creating healthy and economically diverse communities.

Celebrated chefs, culinary thought leaders and local food producers from near and far will gather for a day of interactive sessions, panel discussions, a lineage-inspired lunch and a farm-to-glass pau hana reception to share how they are helping to drive a new economy and shift towards regenerative models of community and tourism.

Some of the guest speakers scheduled to present at the 2022 conference include:

Tu David Phu

Alyse Whitney

Eric Kim (Photo by Jenny Huang)

Rich Shih (Photo by Catherine Dzilenski)

Jeremy Umansky (Photo by Angelo Merendino)

Helena Norberg-Hodge (virtual) author, documentary filmmaker and founder of international non-profit Local Futures, a pioneer of the new economy movementTu David Phu, chef and filmmaker of Emmy-nominated BloodlineEric Kim, New York Times staff writer and the author of Korean American: Food That Tastes Like Home (Clarkson Potter, 2022)Kūhiō Lewis, CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) which was recently awarded a $100 million multi-year contract to boldly transform Hawaii’s chief economic driver, tourism, towards a regenerative modelRich Shih and Jeremy Umansky, co-authors of Koji Alchemy: Rediscovering the Magic of Mold-Based FermentationAdam Watten, Director of Food Systems for Common Ground Kauai and Culinary Manager for CG Ventures, whose expertise in vertical supply chain integration is evidenced in his founding of Hanai Market, a local food retail outlet that exclusively sells Kauai-grown and Kauai-made products to the local marketAlyse Whitney, editor, writer and video host who was formerly the managing editor of Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.

Tickets for the Near and Far 2022 conference are $225 per person and available for purchase at https://culinaryinstitute.hawaii.edu/nearandfar2022/.

Discounted Early Bird registration priced at $195 per person ends on August 31. Lunch and Farm to Glass Pau Hana reception are included in ticket price. Pau Hana reception starts at 4:30 p.m., immediately following the conference; attendees must be at least 21 to attend.

For group ticket purchases contact Linh Hoang Poe at linh.hoang@uhfoundation.org or call (808) 734-957.

The Culinary Institute of the Pacific (CIP) is a state-of-the-art culinary center offering academic and non-credit programs in the culinary arts and food science. The CIP is a statewide network and part of the Kapi‘olani Community College campus. Uniquely positioned to serve as a magnet for students, researchers and corporations from across the globe seeking the skills, knowledge and expertise in 21st-century food systems, CIP is located on the slopes of Diamond Head. CIP’s 7.8 acre campus includes Asian and Western food labs and a culinary innovation center. A 50-seat interactive tasting studio, culture center with dining facilities and a new culinary innovation center will open in 2023.

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With Rising Tourist Numbers, Localicious Pivots Marketing Priorities

With the state’s exploding tourist numbers, Localicious is changing gears from supporting Hawaii’s restaurants during the pandemic to mobilizing visitors to support local agriculture.

Localicious, a program organized by the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, came to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic with Food-A-Go-Go. The initiative helped keep restaurants, and the farmers, ranchers and fishermen that supply them, open for business. 

But with lockdowns and restrictions on eateries in the rear-view mirror (for now), the HAF is shifting the priorities of Localicious. The program will now urge tourists to support local agriculture. The HAF will market to visitors with search engine optimization, social media platforms, and digital advertising.

According to a press release from the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Localicious’ new priorities will be:

1) support local businesses that buy from our local farmers, ranchers and fishermen 

2) create an opportunity for visitors to contribute to our local economy

3) help create more demand for our local ag and fishing industries, and

4) provide credible information to the public on how they can help Hawaii in its efforts to support local ag and diversify our economy.

Localicious was formed in 2014 as a marketing campaign to support local restaurants and businesses, Hawaii’s agriculture and fishing industries, and to contribute to kindergarten to grade 12 agriculture education.

Photo courtesy of Localicious.

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Chubbies Burgers coming to Kaimuki

A food stand serving quality burger-fare in the Kakaako/Ward area, Chubbies Burgers, will be relocating to Kaimuki in the coming months.  Chubbies will be moving into the restaurant space at 1145 12th Ave. (The restaurant’s former occupant, Koko Head Cafe, just relocated across the street to a larger venue.)

“This location will be a great fit for the Chubbies Burgers brand. We love the neighborhood of Kaimuki and feel that Chubbies will be a great addition to the collection of small businesses in the area,” saidJeffrey Nedry, Owner of Chubbies Burgers. “We are so glad to finally graduate from our food trailer into a brick & mortar location.”

Melisa Preus at CBRE represented Chubbies Burgers, with Jo McGarry representing the former tenant.

Chubbies has been in business for nearly 6 years, serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes – using local and housemade ingredients. Weekly, the hardworking staff at Chubbies makes, by hand, thousands of Certified Angus Beef burgers and fresh-baked buns, hundreds of housemade veggie burgers, and countless batches of their fries and six delicious specialty sauces.

In 2021, Chubbies was recognized by reader votes as “Best Burger” in Honolulu Magazine’s “Best of Honolulu.” Also nationally recognized, Insider Food recently included Chubbies Burgers in their publication of “The Best Burger in Every State.”

The opening date of the Kaimuki location is scheduled for early May.

From left to right: Jasmyne Wood, Culinary Director, Jeffrey Nedry, Owner, and Todd Yokoyama, Manager.

The existing location at Ward has been scheduled for redevelopment for some time. Chubbies ownership is currently in discussions to secure a location in the Kakaako area, to open next year – in 2023.

“I want to thank Ward Village for our 5-year partnership. Giving our food truck a chance to operate with daily business hours and seating has allowed us the opportunity to grow,” said Nedry. “I also want to thank the Kakaako and Ward community, not to mention the people that make a trip into town to grab Chubbies, for your support and patronage. A hui hou!”

Chubbies plans to add a few new menu items, including a couple of beers and cocktails, while still maintaining a slim concept.

“The key is keeping the menu concise and consistent, so our guests can always expect the same great quality,” said Jasmyne Wood, Culinary Director at Chubbies Burgers. “We also plan to add more vegetarian options.”

“Meat alternatives are a growing category,” added Nedry, “I question how burger restaurants are going to be operating in the next 20 years. As our business grows, I want to ensure Chubbies is environmentally-conscious and thinking about the future.”

Chubbies expansion also includes plans to add key hires.

“We offer excellent benefits and promote from within the company,” said Todd Yokoyama, Manager at Chubbies. “At Chubbies, we’re trying to be a progressive food and beverage employer. Restaurant industry compensation has a complicated history. We’re doing our best to be part of the positive change that is happening to restaurant culture.”

The final date of service at the Ward food trailer will be at the end of April — exact date to be announced.The food trailer, which Chubbies Burgers currently operates from, will be for sale. Custom designed and built with high volume in mind, it’s only been in operation for 2 years. Interested buyers should contact Jeffrey Nedry (info@chubbiesburgers.com).

Chubbies guests and fans are invited to follow Chubbies Burgers on social media to get updates on their location change and opening dates at @chubbieshawaii.

ABOUT CHUBBIES BURGERSChubbies Burgers is the burger joint Hawaii had been waiting for – high-quality and locally-sourced ingredients, always made to order, served hot & fresh every time. Chubbies strives to set themselves apart by making burger buns in-house, using premium Angus Beef, and providing unique but consistent menu offerings that can be prepared with efficient systems.

The company opened in mid-2016 and is the vision of owner Jeffrey Nedry. In their first year of operation, after driving around to various locations such as Sandy Beach Park, Chubbies then partnered with Ward Village to have a permanent location and consistent business hours.

In order to support the growing demand, Chubbies has had to operate a vigorous prep kitchen operation to keep the trailer “storefront” supported. The prep operations have grown from a shared prep kitchen space to larger and larger spaces. Three different dedicated prep locations within 18 months were required to support the growing demand.

As the company expands and volume grows, Chubbies seeks to find creative solutions that can ensure the quality standards remain high. This is a burger brand that takes their operation seriously – and aims to keep their reputation of the best in town.

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Big Island dispensary introduces cannabis-infused chocolates

Hawaiian Ethos announced this week that it has released the first legal cannabis infused chocolates on the Big Island of Hawaii. Called “Kokoleka” — the Hawaiian transliteration of the word “chocolate” — it will be available in retail stores in Kona, Hilo, and Waimea.

The company says its new chocolates are the island’s first edibles released under new regulatory rules allowing licensed dispensaries to manufacture cannabis infused beverages, baked goods and other edible product formats in the state of Hawaii.

“Cannabis infused chocolates and other edible formats have been available in other states for years, and Hawaiian Ethos is excited to finally offer our premium products under the state’s new rules,” said Hawaiian Ethos vice president of marketing Chris Whidden.

Starting from organic fair-trade cacao, Hawaiian Ethos chocolates are infused with premium ice water hash rosin made from fresh frozen whole flower, sun grown locally at their low impact production facility in Kamuela.

Later this year, Hawaiian Ethos plans to release a variety of creative new flavors using local, island-sourced ingredients and flagship cannabis strains, including a no-sugar added option for medical cannabis patients sensitive to sweets.

In addition to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cacao tree, it’s one of the best sources of antioxidants and can lower the risk of heart disease.

To reduce the impact of plastic waste on the island, Ethos’ Kokoleka chocolates are packaged in 100% backyard compostable PHA containers, which return to the soil completely in as little as 16 months. 

As more cannabis infused products become available in the state, Hawaiian Ethos looks forward to new and existing licensed operators working creatively to put Hawaii on the map as a premium producer of world class cannabis edibles, made with care and found nowhere else on the planet.

About Hawaiian Ethos

Hawaiian Ethos is a licensed medical cannabis producer with retail dispensary locations on Hawai’i Island in Hilo, Waimea, and Kona. All Hawaiian Ethos products are sun grown on the Big Island, solventless, and packaged responsibly in recyclable, reusable or compostable containers. For more information, visit hawaiianethos.com.

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Vons Chicken opens in Mililani

Vons Chicken, a popular Korean fried chicken franchise, has opened at the Town Center of Mililani.

The eatery is known for its wide variety of delicious Korean-style fried chicken, including Crispy Fried Chicken, Korean Seasoned Fried Chicken, and Shoyu Fried Chicken.

“We’re happy to continue to add new flavors from around the world for our community to enjoy,: said Shelley Morisaki, general manager of Town Center of Mililani. “Vons Chicken joins our diverse selection of eateries, providing a host of dining options right here in the heart of Central Oahu.”

Vons Chicken opened its first store in April 2007 in South Korea. Its flavorful roast and oven fried chicken offerings proved popular and it now operates franchises around the globe.

“Vons Chicken was the first Korean fried chicken franchise to open in Hawaii back in 2015, and has currently expanded to over nine locations all over Oahu and Maui. Menu items are made to order so that every order is fresh,” said Hanael Chang, franchisee of the new location. “All our sauces and powders come directly from South Korea.”

Vons Chicken is located near center stage, on the UFC Gym side of the center. The new restaurant is open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call (808) 200-4660.

Vons Chicken is the latest business to open at the center, joining restaurants that include Japanese, Italian, Filipino cuisine and more. Customers can find ramen, sushi, pasta, lechon and other favorites, in addition to dessert destinations to satisfy any sweet tooth, and convenient drive-thru options for those who need to grab a quick bite.

See towncenterofmililani.com for up-to-date information on shopping and dining options, including current hours and services. Individual store policies and hours may vary, so customers are highly encouraged to check the website in advance. Follow and tag photos of #TownCenterOfMililani on Facebook @TownCtrMililani and Instagram @TownCenterofMililani.

About Town Center of Mililani

Town Center of Mililani is a 449,000 square-foot shopping center with over 90 stores including Longs Drugs, Times Supermarket, PetSmart, local specialty shops, restaurants like CPK, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Zippy’s, a newly-renovated Consolidated Theatres, and medical, financial and professional services offices. It is the largest shopping center in Central Oahu and one of the largest in the state. For more information, please visit www.towncenterofmililani.com.

Photos courtesy Town Center of Mililani.

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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Waikīkī Launches Breakfast

Wolfgang’s breakfast menu features their world famous USDA Prime, dry-aged steaks, as well as a variety of omelets and eggs benedicts, sweet and savory breakfast items, morning cocktails and much more.

See the full album of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse breakfast items on Flickr.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is excited to announce that they have just launched daily breakfast service from 7:00am to 11:00am. Menu selections include Steak & Eggs, Build-Your-Own Omelets, five different Eggs Benedicts, breakfast sweets including Pancakes, French Toast, and Belgian Waffles, savory items like their already popular Loco Moco, a Breakfast Wrap, Waffles & Fried Chicken, Avocado Toast, and Salmon Bagel, various Pastries & Breads, Yogurt & Fruit, and Coffee, Tea, Juices, and Morning Cocktails. (see attached menu)

The addition of breakfast means that Wolfgangʻs Steakhouse Waikīkī is now an all-day dining establishment open from 7:00am to 11:00pm daily (11:30pm on Friday and Saturday), serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Happy Hour Monday through Friday 3:00-6:30pm in the bar and on the lanai.

The restaurant is also currently going through a major expansion which will be completed by this summer, adding more restaurant seating and private dining space. During the Covid shutdown, Wolfgang’s refurbished the current restaurant spaces and did a complete renovation of their kitchen. And last year they expanded their seating options to include the large lawn directly across the restaurant overlooking the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel – perfect for those who prefer dining al fresco and for outdoor garden weddings and parties.

About Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener

Wolfgang Zwiener, a veritable icon after over four decades of loyal service at the legendary Peter Luger’s in New York, is a craftsman in his own right.  Building a solid reputation on the strength of his service and exacting standards, Zwiener hand selects all sides of beef served in his steakhouses, and chooses only USDA Prime Grade Black Angus beef for superior marbling, tenderness, flavor and texture. The sides of beef are dry-aged on site to perfection, and then carved to order by hand into Wolfgang’s signature Porterhouse, prime New York sirloin, and ribeyesteaks. The results are luxurious – meltingly tender and juicy steaks served sizzling hot with a perfectly caramelized crust.

Wolfgang’s menu has something to please every palate with their famous mouth-watering steaks, and other excellent entrée selections including veal, lamb, wild king salmon, Chilean sea bass, sushi grade tuna, three-pound lobsters, and more, complemented by Wolfgang’s creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, German potatoes, and other classic sides. Tempting appetizers such as shrimp and lobster cocktails, fresh oysters on the half shell, thick, sizzling bacon, and crisp, fresh salads are the perfect prelude to any main course. Guests may also choose from a huge selection of wines from our award-winning wine list, or enjoy their cocktail of choice from the bar.

Since the very first Wolfgang’s Steakhouse opened in 2004 on Park Avenue in New York City, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has expanded to 30 locations on 3 continents (North America, Asia, Europe), in 10 countries (U.S., Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cyprus), and in 20 cities (New York, NY; Somerville, NJ; Beverly Hills, CA; Miami, FL; Boston, MA; Honolulu, HI (opened in 2009); Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou, China; Seoul, Korea; Manila, Philippines; Singapore; Jakarta, Indonesia; Genting Highlands Pahang, Malaysia; and Limassol, Cyprus). More locations will be opening this year and are being planned over the next few years.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener – WaikīkīRoyal Hawaiian Center, Bldg. C, Level 32301 Kalākaua AvenueHonolulu, HI 96815Validated parking at Royal Hawaiian CenterReservations:  808.922.3600 or opentable.com.www.wolfgangssteakhouse.net

Daily Hours of Operation:Breakfast: 7:00-11:00amLunch: 11:00am-3:00pmDinner Menu: All DayHappy Hour: Mon-Fri, 3:00-6:30pm (at the Bar/Lanai)

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Kikuya restaurant opens in Windward Mall

Windward Mall is pleased to welcome Kāne‘ohe Kikuya Japanese Restaurant to the Center on Monday, Feb. 14. The popular restaurant has been part of the Kāne‘ohe community for more than 40 years serving a variety of traditional Japanese teishoku dishes.

It is located on the upper level of the mall across Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union.

“We are so excited to welcome Kāne‘ohe Kikuya Japanese Restaurant to Windward Mall and invite the community to continue dining at this popular locally owned restaurant,” said Cesar Topacio, general manager of Windward Mall. “We are honored to be part of Kikuya’s legacy in Kāne‘ohe.”

Owner Calvin Dang took over the family-owned restaurant in 2016 when the original owners retired. Dang previously worked at Kikuya for 10 years, learning all of the traditional cooking techniques from the original owners. Since taking over, Dang has kept everything the same — from the staff to the menu to the cooking techniques — and in this new location, he plans to keep the same menu and concept that focuses on Japanese-style home cooking.

The new restaurant will also have outdoor seating and serve specialty sakes and Japanese beers.

“I’m very happy that we’re able to move to Windward Mall; it’s like a dream come true for me,” said Dang, who lived in Kāne‘ohe for years when he first came to O‘ahu from Vietnam. “Before I even worked at the old Kikuya restaurant, I’d always eat, shop and walk around Windward Mall, and I used to think, ‘Wow, what if I had a restaurant here?’ And now it’s happening.”

Kikuya has seen customers come in for generations to celebrate birthdays, special events or family gatherings. Some customers started coming to Kikuya as kids with their grandparents and they continue to come because of the great memories shared there. Loyal customers tell Dang they are excited for the new location with more parking and convenience than before.

Many regulars know Kikuya for its variety of menu items, including the most popular dinner teishoku.

The restaurant will also showcase art by local Kāne‘ohe artist Naoki Hayashi who creates gyotaku prints. As an avid diver and fisher, Hayashi views each gyotaku as a window into the underwater world he sees when diving in Hawai‘i’s beautiful ocean waters. His art features fish in true-life color and in compositions that reflect how they are found in nature. Because of his deep respect for the ocean and its creatures, Hayashi only creates gyotaku art from fish that will be eaten. Each of his gyotaku pieces is both a record of a fish and a meal shared with friends and family.

For more information, please visit www.windwardmall.com or follow @WindwardMall on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.

About Windward Mall

Located at the corner of Kamehameha Highway and Haʻikū Road in Kāne‘ohe, Windward Mall offers shoppers from the Windward side and beyond a mix of national and local retailers with an emphasis on a family-friendly atmosphere. Anchored by Macy’s, Ross Dress for Less, and Regal Cinemas the mall also features more than 100 stores and eateries. More information is available at www.windwardmall.com. Windward Mall is owned by Kamehameha Schools.

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IT’SUGAR opening massive candy store at Ala Moana Center

IT’SUGAR, one of the largest specialty candy retailers in North America, is pleased to announce that it plans to open its first location in Hawaii at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.

At roughly 18,000 square feet, the new IT’SUGAR location, opening in time for the holiday season, will be the second largest candy department store in the world. Debuting later this month, this will be IT’SUGAR’s 100th location.

IT’SUGAR opened the world’s largest candy department store at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey in December of 2019.

Visitors to its Ala Moana Center location will be greeted outside by 5-foot tall Sour Patch Kid characters in a Hula Skirt, ALOHA written in gumball letters in the windows, as well as a vibrant customized Sour Patch Kid graffiti wall designed by esteemed global artist Jason Naylor.

“My dream has been realized a second time,” says Jeff Rubin, Founder and CEO, IT’SUGAR. “I am so excited to open a second candy department store and we look forward to immersing the people of Hawaii and all who travel there into the world of IT’SUGAR.”

IT’SUGAR’s new home-sweet-home is sure to bring a unique and delightful experience to locals and tourists alike. The brand, fondly known for its innovative sweets and hilarious novelty products will provide guests with an indulgent and humorous escape from everyday life. At IT’SUGAR, it is not only about taste, but also about attitude, and visitors feel that playfulness as soon as they walk into one of its locations.

Amongst the hundreds of confections, sure to delight both young and old, customers will be able to satisfy their cravings for fan favorite brands including Nerds, Starburst, Skittles, Pez, M&M, Warheads, Jelly Belly, Hello Kitty, Tokidoki and Pusheen.

The sugar filled oasis will also house branded Sour Patch® and OREO® shops. Immersive offerings including a Retro, TikTok, and an international candy section guaranteed to include fun-filled entertainment for everyone.

The new IT’SUGAR will be in the Ala Moana Center at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 3404, in Honolulu.

About IT’SUGAR

Founded by candy veteran Jeff Rubin in 2006, this sweet experiential retail environment has become one of the largest specialty candy retailers in North America. The IT’SUGAR network consists of 96 retail locations in U.S. hotspots such as New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Houston, and Chicago. Known for their absurdly wonderful sugar innovations that celebrate lighthearted rebellion, IT’SUGAR aspires to a future where everyone has access to the pure joy that comes from indulging in a world with fewer rules and more sugar. For additional information, please visit www.itsugar.com.

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