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Oahu Eateries Memorialized

The recent closing of Byron’s Drive-In — a 24-hour institution in the Honolulu International Airport area — ends the final chapter in a long history of the late Andrew Wong’s restaurant empire on Oahu.

Which makes this a good time to look back in time and reflect upon all the wonderful restaurants we grew up with here in Hawaii on the island of Oahu that are no longer around.

Here’s a master list of Oahu eateries that have since closed their doors, collected from numerous online discussion boards, an old Polk Directory, Bob Sigall’s fantastic The Companies We Keep, as well as references from personal family, friends and coworkers. Links go to websites (or posts on this blog) with useful information pertaining to that particular business.

There’s certainly many businesses missing in the list at this point (3.23.13), as this is a perpetually dynamic work in progress like Wikipedia, intended to be completed via contribution from you folks, the readers!

If you know any Oahu eateries no longer around that aren’t included in the list, please add it in a comment, and it will be edited into the master list. Please note all the details you’re aware of, including location, year established and closed, your personal memories of said business(es), such as what was their most popular dish, feature, etc., and what’s currently in their former spot.

Note, if the establishment you remember was more focused as a bar or nightclub than restaurant, see this list: Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized

Let’s enjoy reminiscing them good ‘ole Kaukau days on Oahu!

Oahu Eateries Memorialized

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A&W Drive-In – Holiday Mart, Kailua / burgers ‘n root beer ‘n floats / currently
Aarons atop the Ala Moana – Ala Moana Rennaisance Hotel, top floor; previously was Nicholas Nickolas / scenic views of Honolulu and Ala Moana Beach, upscale pacific rim cuisine / Currently Signature Prime Steak & Seafood (owned by Peter Kim, restaurateur who also owns Yummy’s Korean BBQ, Liliha Bakery and Hibachi San, among other ventures
Akasaka – Hawaii Kai / features currently
Akebono’s – backside of moilili feild / features / *contributed by bigbud808
Alakea Bar & Grill – 1192 Alakea St, downtown Honolulu / jukebox machines on each table; one of Genoa Keawe’s hideouts for her and her band, and she even recorded an album there that was released in the 80′s / *contributed by John Book
Aioli’s – across from Holiday Mart
Alex Drive-In – Kapahulu/Kaimuki (near KHS) / car hop, orange freeze / currently
Alexander Young Hotel Bakery – downtown Honolulu / lemon crunch, butter rolls, custard sandwiches (like a long john) / currently
Alfred’s – Century Center / Fine dining (European cuisine); Mr. Vollenweider was a nice man / *contributed by leighton
Alpine Haus – Lewers St., Waikiki / German eatery *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Alpine Village – On S. King, just Ewa of Fukuya okazuya / former chef of Kahala Hilton and his wife opened the place; Swiss/Euro cuisine / *contributed by leighton
All Star Cafe – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / sports mega stars opened this theme restaurant / currently the entire building is vacant (and ugly)
Andrew’s Restaurant – Location / Andy Wong restaurant; closed in 1996 / currently
Andy’s Drive-In – Oneawa St., Kailua / Andy Wong restaurant. 1957-1999. Sold 3,600 burgers on opening day at 17¢ each / *contributed by Kaina
Angelica’s – Gentry Pacific Design Center, Iwilei / Italian / Eat Cafe
Antonio’s Pizza – across Kahala Mall / no frills NY-style pizza / currently Honolulu Burger Co.? *contributed by leighton
Antonio’s Steak & Seafood – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / features / *contributed by leighton
Any Place Lounge – King St. / great lunch and pupus / *contributed by bigbud808
Aotani Fountain – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / family store/okazuya / currently
Arthur’s – Foster Tower Hotel, Waikiki / fine dining Continental cuisine; excellent Steak Diane; earned Holiday Magazine’s top award for culinary excellence / currently Cheeseburger Waikiki (across beach) *contributed by “Kona” Wally C., c/o Harry Lyons

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Baci – Restaurant Row / freatures / *contributed by leighton
Bakery Kapiolani – Aiea Shopping Center / Aiea location had a lunch counter; the best Dream Cake and fruit tarts *contributed by bob
Bagwells 2424 – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waikiki / Bagwell was Hyatt Regency Waikiki developer Chris Hemmeter‘s middle name; 2424 is the Kalakaua Ave street address of the Hyatt Waikiki / currently Japengo (formerly Ciao Mein)
Bandito’s Cantina – Pearlridge Center (near the theaters off Pali Momi St) / Tex-Mex family restaurant / currently
Barney’s Burger House – site of the current Ewa Beach Shopping Center, Ewa Beach / opened by Barney Arakawa, son of the founders of Arakawa’s in Waipahu; there were actually 3 Barney’s locations on Oahu; Barney also had lunchwagons; before Barney’s in Ewa Beach, it was Tropics Drive-In; specialties included Barney’s “Smashed Cow” (Bacon?) Burger, Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs / currently Shiro’s Saimin Stand *contributed by Rc
Bavarian Beer Garden – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki – German eatery *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Beard Papa’s
– select Foodland & Food Pantry stores on Oahu / gourmet fresh and natural cream puffs from Japan, introduced to Hawaii as a temporary shop in Shirokiya’s food court; operated booths inside select Foodland and Food Pantry locations; touted for using highest quality fresh ingredients, including madagascar vanilla / currently Foodland & Food Pantry Delis
Bea’s Drive-In – Kapiolani Blvd, Kaimuki / started in 1953 by Bea Shimabukuro, closed 2001; oxtail soup & Japanese mixed plate lunches / previously Donald Duck Drive-In, currently?
Beacon’s Restaurant – across of Pearlridge shopping Center / was always super busy; sometimes mistaken for being a Karaoke joint / currently *Jacqueline Paishon (former Beacon’s waitress)
Beau Soleil – Was in Manoa, across the shopping center on East Manoa Rd., I believe. Moved to Kaimuki, on Waialae Ave., near City Mill / good Mediterranean-style food / *contributed by leighton
Beethoven’s Fifth – 92 North King Street (downtown Honolulu) / owner Pete Birnbaum; red-checked tablecloths; proof that German food was more than bratwurst and kraut… and they loved pork… and the bread was great / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Bethlehem Bake Shop – Hau’ula / 1980’s era; previously was Hau’ula Bake Shop / *contributed by Phil
Bernard’s New York Deli
– Kahala / Pastrami Sandwich and potato salad
Big Island Steak House – Aloha Tower Marketplace / space said to be haunted
Bigway Burger – Wahiawa / Kim Chee Burger, fried chicken, fried noodles, slush floats / currently Golden Coin *contributed by Brenda
Bill’s Bakery – Kapahulu / Custard Pie; became C&C Pasta *Contributed by Kendrick Lee
Bingham Market – Beretania / features *contributed by Keith Sherman
Bistro, The – Century Center, Kalakaua Ave / fine dining; dark, with black leather booths; late night menu included Escargot, Cesar Salad, French Onion Soup; Moved to Kapahulu, on Monsarrat, changing its name to Les Escargot, located above (upstairs) a neighborhood grocery store called Mac’s Market / *contributed by leighton
Black Angus Restaurant, The – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki (backside of the International Market place) / popular spot for after-the-prom dates; steak & lobster / currently
Black Orchid – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / opened by Rich Manetti and Tom Selleck of Magnum P.I. fame / currently Ruth’s Chris
Bluebird Drive Inn – Pearl City (across the street where Zippy’s is now) / plate lunches; ono Teri Beef / currently *contributed by A.T.
Blue Goose – University Ave. / features / *contributed by bigbud808
Blue Hawaii – Young st. / Fine dining; giant Baked Alaska for 25-person wedding in 1978 *contributed by geoff michaelson
Blue Kangaroo – Kaimuki / “so-so” food; Shepard’s Pie was pretty good; nightly floor show band; got raunchy after 10pm / *contributed by KeithF
Blue Ocean Inn – King Kalakaua Building, Kalakaua Avenue, across Kuhio Beach, Waikiki, circa early 1950’s / Restaurant and property owner was Paul Agena; smell of deep leather booths & cigarettes, cranked up A/C and having two sunny-side up eggs, ham and two scoops of rice for dinner / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley & Tom Tomai
Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant – Keawe St, Kaka’ako / authentic regional Thai cuisine / currently The Whole Ox
BluWater Grill – Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (next to The Shack, behind Longs) / originally opened by the former chef and select staff of Ryan’s in Ward Center; fine dining on the marina waterfront; pacific rim fusion / currently
Bob Barr’s Smokin’ Bob Barr-B-Q – Kahuhipa St, Kaneohe / BBQ / currently
Bob Busch’s Cheesecakes – Originally on Kapahulu Avenue, next to Gima’s appliance service and washerette; later expanded with a deli in Ward Warehouse / Bob Busch was once the casting director for “Hawaii Five-O” (the original series with Jack Lord); New York Cheesecake was his specialty *contributed by Jay
Bob’s Big Boy – Mapunapuna / plate lunches, Mexican and Big Boy burgers / still closed due to extensive fire damage. reopening?
Bob’s Peanuts – Ward Farmers Market / broke da’ mout’ ono ‘kine boiled peanuts
Bombay Indian Restaurant – Discovery Bay Center, Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki (across Ilikai, next to Buffalo Wild Wings) / authentic cuisine of India / currently Monsoon India
Bon Appetit – Discovery Bay, Waikiki / owned and run by chef Guy Banal / currently *contributed by Linkmeister.
Boomerang’s – Restaurant Row / features / *contributed by leighton
Brandi’s Lunchwagon – Kaka’ako / known for massive plate lunches
Brandy’s Drive-In – Farrington Hwy, Waipahu / local breakfast & plate lunch / previously Diner’s Drive-In, currently Jenny’s (closed)
Bread Line, The –  University Ave (across from UH) / Fine dining; the first step for original KCC Culinary Grads *contributed by geoff michaelson 
Bread Of Life, The – Kailua / subs & sandwiches / currently Subway (previously Heidi’s)
Brent’s Restaurant & Delicatessen – Kailua / breakfast; deli sandwiches (reuben, pastrami, etc.), lunch plates / currently
Brew Moon – Ward Center
Bueno Nalo – Waimanalo, then moved to Daimond Head
Buffet 100 – Ward Center, Westridge Center / Chinese family buffet / curently Tony Roma’s? at Westridge
Bunmeido of Hawaii – S. King St, Mo’ili’ili / Japanese bakery featuring European Castella Honey Cake, Mikasayama & Apple Turnovers; sold in shop and Shirokiya / currently
Burgerland – Monsarrat Ave/Kapahulu-Diamond Head / Char-grilled local style burgers, teriyaki and charsiu plate, voted best mac salad / currently Diamond Head Market Grill
Burgers on the Edge – Kapahulu Ave, Kapahulu Safeway Plaza – Specialty burgers, featuring rotating customer-designed “Burger of the Month” specials. Owners closed doors to consolidate operations with nearby Good to Grill, also in Kapahulu Safeway Plaza / currently Panda Express
Buzz Burger – Moanalua Shopping Center / 25¢ burgers & 10¢ sodas / currently
Buzz’s Original Steak House -2535 Coyne St., Mo’ili’ili  / owned by Bobby Lou and Buzz Schneider, along with business partner John McManus; situated in a 2-story building sharing the same parking lot as what is now Burger King and Jiffy Lube, near University Ave.; opened in 1957, closed 1983 / Currently RB Bar & Grill *contributed by Jarin (business partner of Vit’s Steak House Waikiki), Carol, Steve Todd & Linkmeister
Buzz’s Steak & Lobster – Saratoga Rd, Waikiki / now doing business as Vit’s Hawaiian Steak House on Kuhio Ave (previously T.G.I. Fridays); not affiliated with Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Kailua / Saratoga location currently Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach walk (BLT Steak in same spot) *contributed by Andy Mikonis
Brownbaggers, The – Puck’s Alley, Koko Head side of the King St. stairwell / Remember Mr. Subs? Started out in Pucks Alley way back when (70’s?). And before that, there was “The Brownbagger”, a barbecue joint on the Koko head side of the King St. stairwell in Puck’s Alley. *contributed by Jay
Bryon II – Ala Moana Center (street level, below Shirokiya & Macy’s) / fine dining, named after Marian & Andy Wong‘s son Byron / currently Assagio’s
Byron’s Drive-In – Airport / 24 hour “greasy spoon”, featuring plate lunches, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, specialties, named after Marian & Andy Wong‘s son Byron / currently

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C&C Pasta – on the corner, or close to 12th Ave and Waialae Ave. intersection; was 1 slot [15-20′] from the corner of 12th/Waialae / 50’s to 60’s era; C&C was named for the two owners, both were surnames, M/F [not a couple].  Became 2 subsequent eateries; had a deli and sold fresh, raw pasta; good home style Italian food; Chef Matt is now corporate chef with Times Super Market / *contributed by Leighto& Kendrick Lee
Cafe Che Pasta
– 1001 Bishop Street, Downtown Honolulu (formerly on 12th Ave. in Kaimuki) / Casual Italian fare; live music and dance club at night, including a lesbian event called “The Black Garter” / currently *contributed by Leighton
Cafe DeLisle – Kapahulu
Cafe Flamingo – ala Moana and Kapiolani locations / local kine foods, cheap, and cozy bar with pupus like fried chicken wings and boiled peanuts / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Caffelatte – On Saratoga, in Waikiki, across the post office, upstairs / Prix Fixe menu, three course for $35; offerings determined that day; good, home-cooked Italian food; Gnocchi was excellent; closed in 2008 / *contributed by leighton
Cajoe’s – Nimitz Hwy, Airport / Southern style roasted ‘n fried chicken, AMAZING corn bread
Cane Knife Room – location? / owners were Al Viviano, who occupied the first booth and greeted all comers, including the mayor and governor; the bar was called the Cane Knife Room and they had the best anchovy pizza at the bar! / *contributed by Jonathan Roberts
Canlis’ Charcoal Broiler Restaurant – Waikiki / Waitresses wore Kimonos / currently a boutique retail strip mall
Canoes at the Ilikai – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / Pacific Rim Fusion cuisine / currently
Capitol Drive Inn – Waialae Ave & 6th Ave, Kaimuki / roast pork sandwich, orange freeze / currently Servco Toyota
Captain’s Table – former Hawaiian Waikiki Beach Hotel (currently Aston Waikiki Beach) / Frank DeLima comedy show nightly; pacific rim casual dining / currently Tiki’s Grill & Bar
Carnival Las Palmas – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / Mexican buffet / currently
Caryn’s Okazu-Ya – Young St. / teriyaki fish looked exactly like the one from Monsarrat Delicatessen, over 40 years ago; parents used to own Monsarrat Deli / *contributed by leighton
Casa Magana – Temple Valley Shopping Center, Ahuimanu (Windward Oahu) / Mexican; really good ‘n cheesy enchiladas
Casa Mia’s – Ewa Beach / awesome spaghetti & meatballs (size of a baseball!), massive pizzas served on TV trays / *contributed by Rc
Castagnola’s – Manoa & Waikiki (Ala Moana Blvd. and Hilton Hawaiian Village / authentic regional Italian cuisine prepared by a master; the owner of Assagio; Sonny & Cher, along with young daughter spotted at Hilton Hawaiian Village restaurant *contributed by Richard Welch
Castagnola’s Pizzeria – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako /
Catch of the Day Sushi – islandwide
Cathay Inn – Farrington Hwy. (across where is now Hannara’s, formerly Waianae Drive Inn) / the bestest giant crispy egg rolls / currently *contributed by Chris Costa
Cavalier – 1600 Kapiolani Blvd. (street side of the Pan Am Building) / fine dining restaurant in late the 70′s; famous for the Mahi Mahi Almondine; popular lunch spot for workers in building  *contributed by Patti Kendall & Hana
Cereal Remix – Ka’ahumanu St, Pearl City – mix ‘n match D-I-Y breakfast cereal bar
Chai’s Island Bistro – Aloha Tower Market Place
Chart House Haiku Gardens – Haiku Valley in Kaneohe / local and continental cuisine restaurant overlooking lush green garden and koi pond; popular venue for weddings / currently Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku Gardens *contributed by Scott McMillan
Chef’s Table, The – Keahole St, Hawaii Kai – Bavarian cuisine and beer – currently Maile’s Thai Bistro
Chez Michel – Eaton Square, Waikiki / authentic French cuisine by the late Michel Martin
Chi Chi’s – Westridge Shopping Center, Aiea / Mexican fare by day, club by night
Chicken Alice’s – Kapiolani Blvd (just outside Ala Moana Center) / opened in 1982 by Alice Yang, closed in 1995. Famous for her spicy Korean Chicken Wings (see Star Bulletin archives link for recipe!)
Chicken in a Basket – across the McCully Bridge on the other side of the Ala Wai / features *contributed by Keith Sherman
Chicken Delight – Kapiolani Blvd. / popular spot after going out in Waikiki. *contributed by bob
Chico’s Pizza – Waialae Ave & St. Louis Dr, Kaimuki / pizza, fried chicken ‘n potato wedges; the “Home Towner” pizza*: cheese, bacon and mushrooms, with thin-sliced tomatoes added after it was baked for a hot-meets-cold temperature contrast (ooh!!!) / currently City Mill *contributed by John B
Chinese Chuckwagon – Ward Farmers Market / Andy Wong; closed 1997 / currently Marukai
Chin’s Szechuan – Waialae Ave, Kahala – Chinese Szechuan cuisine – currently Assagio’s
Chong’s Bar-B-Q – City Square, Dillingham Blvd / Korean cuisine / currently Ha Long Pho Noodle House
Chris Hemmeter’s – Hemmeter Center
Chowder House, The – Ward Warehouse / known to be a regular stop for then Senator Barack Obama / currently
Chuck’s – Hawaii Kai / great restaurant with a piano bar; for several years Chuck’s had a shark on display in a too small aquarium right in front of the “wait to be seated” check-in; people complained for a few years until it was finally removed *contributed by T.T.
Chuck’s Steak House (still going in Waikiki) – ground floor of Phase I Pearlridge / steaks, chops and seafood / currently *contributed by Linkmeister
Chunky’s Drive-In – King St, Mo’ili’ili (next to the old stadium) / shrimp boat, rib eye steak plate, corned beef hash plate with gravy over everything, hamburger deluxe, thick crinkle cut fries, orange freeze, slush float / currently First Hawaiian Bank
Chun Hoon Market & Everybody’s Bakery – Liliha (where Hungry Lion was) / window on the sidewalk and you could get a bag of french fries for 15¢ / Currently Walgreens and other tenants *contributed by Amy, KeithF
Ciao Mein – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waikiki / Chinese-meets-Italian fusion cuisine / currently Japengo
Ciro’s Dinner & Lounge – Hotel St, downtown Honolulu / circa early 50’s; “Where Epicureans Meet” & “Food at its finest… impeccably served in quiet air conditioned luxury”; White tablecloth place with great pupus and steaks, chops and fish and chicken dishes; the waitresses were super-skillled and the service was great; there was a big glass window between the kitchen and the seating area so you could see that it was clean as a whistle. excellent vichyssoise, garlic steak; fine dinner for two costs $5.00 / *contributed by pat & Richard Wiley & Jonathan Roberts
Clay’s Fish and Chips – old location of the Waipahu Post Office in that small shopping center behind Longs Drugs / yummy hole-in-the-wall fish and chips joint / currently *contributed by Jacqueline Paishon
Clock’s Drive-In – Waipahu / tacos / currently
Cock’s Roost, The – Waikiki International Marketplace / Spencecliff restaurant; Carlos Santana performed there before he became famous / *contributed by winnie
Coco’s Coffee House – Kapiolani Blvd & Kalakaua Ave / a Spencecliff restaurant; open 24 hours; memorable spinach soup* / currently vacant (previously Hard Rock Cafe) *countributed by John B
Coffee Talk – Ewa, next door & on the corner, had begun, way back in the 1950 as some Mom ‘n Pop grocery store; in the 1960s, this place became an American Security Bank [but FHB has long been where they are today, & Bank of Hi has long been at Center/Waialae, so this was the bank area; later, ASB closed, so they closed the branch. *contributed by Kendrick Lee
Cork and Fork, The – Eaton Square, Waikiki / 70s to 80s era steakhouse with killer salad bar; Arthur Lyman used to play there *contributed by Jay
Country Kitchen – Kamehameha Hwy, Ka’a’awa (next to the Post Office by 7-Eleven / best loco moco, burgers ‘n fries, plate lunch
College Inn – University Avenue, just off campus, south of the Dole Street intersection; Ewa side, about a half block north of the Lutheran Church / individual juke box play selectors at each booth; best hamburger steak plate *contributed by Keith Sherman
Colony, The – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waikiki / steak house featuring house dry-aged prime grade beef fire-grilled over Kiawe
Columbia Inn – Kapiolani Ave, Kaka’ako / currently BMW dealership
Common Groundz – Keahole St, Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (between The Shack & former BluWater Grill) / gourmet Coffee bistro, also serving breakfast and pastries / currently
Compadres Bar & Grill – Ward Center / Tex-Mex, hot spot
Concessions Surf & Snacks – concession stand on the Ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park / breakfast, plate lunch, burgers, hot dogs, snacks, drinks; used recently for Hawaii Five-O sets as “Waiola Shave Ice” / currently a Shave Ice stand
Crown Court Restaurant, The – Duty Free Waikiki (top floor) / upscale buffet owned and operated by Luis Butay, Jr., former Executive Chef of Liberty House (current owner of Apple Tree Cafe @ Loulen’s Courte) / currently office space
Crown Drive-In – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / slush float / previously Tubby’s, currently Zippy’s
Coral Lanai Terrace – Halekulani Resort, Waikiki / turned into Hau Terrace / currently *contributed by Scott M.
Coral Reef Restaurant – Ala Moana Center, lower level, next to Shirokiya / Andy Wong, 9-course Chinese dinner & specialties
CPO Club – Right across the street from Pearl Harbor Kai / before anyplace in the states had a salad bar, they did, including Lobster Salad with celery and mayo; the best shrimp; floor shows every night; swimming pool in back of the CPO Club *contributed by Donna Vaughn
Crack Seed Center –  Ala Moana Center (an original tenant), Liliha Square, University Ave / li hing fruits, seeds, mochi crunch and other delectable snacks / currently operating an online eCommerce store *contributed by Amy
Craig’s Bakery – Maluniu Avenue, Kailua / 60’s to early 70’s era; best tasting cakes *contributed by Jan
Cup of Joe, A – Monsarrat Ave / features

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Da Hui’s Kitchen – Ala Moana Center Food Court / local grindz; portuguese sausage-stuffed burgers
Daiei – Kailua, Waipahu, Pearl City & Kaheka (near Ala Moana Center) / department store, American and asian supermarket, deli / currently Don Quijote (previously Holiday Mart)
Dairyman’s Ice Cream Parlor (now Meadow Gold) – corner of Keeaumoku and Beretania / circa 50’s and 60’s; originally known as Purity Inn; on Young Street they had an entry where trucks would load up; ice cream cups was packed in dry ice with the wooden spoons enclosed *contributed by Silvakil, Fran & Paul
Dairy Queen –  Monsarrat St., next to Waikiki Elementary School / soft-serve cone (with trademark “curl” on the top) was five cents (early 1960′s). For chocolate dipped, add another nickel) / *contributed by leighton
Dairyu House of Noodles – Corner of S. King and Punahou / famous for their Mabo Tofu Ramen and Yakisoba; good curry and gyoza were also hit side dishes *contributed by Jay

Daruma Ramen  – Keeaumoku St (Samsung Plaza), Kaka’ako; also Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / authentic Tokyo style Japanese Ramen – currently
Deb’s Ribs & Old School Soul Food – Kailua Beach Center, Kailua Rd / Southern BBQ
Del  Webb’s – Kuilima Resort / “Kuilima Dip” sandwich, made with sliced sirlion and swiss cheese (really good) *contributed by Jay
Dickens Pub – Blackfield Building, fronting Kapiolani Blvd. / 80s era English Pub owned by Arie Bos, who also owned Portofino Italian Restuarant; best French Onion Soup and pauhana bar *contributed by GK Wong and Linkmeister
Dixie Grill (Ward) – Ward Ave & Halekauwila St, Kaka’ako / BBQ & bar;  catchy letterbox sign in front; replaced by Dixie Grill owner with Tio’s Mexican Garage / currently Kanpai Bar & Grill (new owners)
Doc & Eve’s Fast Food – West side of Kamehameha Hwy.  near Olive Ave. / ’70s era Wahiawa area bakery popular with the GIs, featuring a variety of fresh-baked breads; made EXCELLENT sub sandwiches with their breads! *contributed by Kawika
Dockside Plantation – Hawaii Kai / opened in 1987 by Dolly Parton / replaced by BluWater Grill (now also closed)
Dog House, The – Kapahulu (near Leonard’s Bakery) / tiny little A-framed house, owned by Arakaki family, 3 tacos for $1.00, foot long Coney Island Dog with chopped onions / *contributed by KeithF
Doggie Diner – Kailua (next to Times Supermarket) / features *contributed by Rick Derrickson
Donald Duck Restaurant and Drive Inn – Kapiolani Blvd. (across Kaimuki H.S.) / Bea’s Drive Inn took over in 1960’s; full meal included tossed salad or fruit cocktail, drink and dessert of pudding or jello all for 60 cents in late 1950s / *contributed by Rich Shintaku
Donato’s – Manoa Marketplace (2nd floor), Manoa / Donato Loperfido; fresh tomato, arugula, bresaola and shaved Parmesan, house-made mozzarella stuffed with roasted peppers and soppressaia, salmon carpaccio with fennel / currently
Don Ho’s Island Grill – Aloha Tower Marketplace / originally opened by the late and great Don Ho, then purchased by the same owner of Dixie Grill; Hawaii regional cuisine / currently
Don the Beachcomber – International Market Place, Waikiki / features / currently *contributed by Scott M.
Doug & Don’s Gee-a-Deli – in the same bldg. as Pizza Pete’s in Kailua / much-loved, very popular deli; opened in the late 70′s and lasted all the way until just after they built the Senior’s home behind McDonalds and killed the business; patrons had sandwiched named after them; best pastrami sandwich this side of the old Lynn’s Deli at Ala Moana / currently a Karate school *contributed by OhanaDoug
Duke Kahanamoku’s – Waikiki International Market Place / The place was named for the renowned Olympian athlete and operated by the late impresario Kimo Wilder McVay; the dinners actually played second fiddle to the room’s top banana, entertainer Don Ho in all his glory, and it was a spot to catch a glimpse of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli and other glitterati of the era eager to sing and sway to “Tiny Bubbles” and swoon to “I’ll Remember You”.
Dunkin’ Donuts – Statewide
Dutch Girl Bakery – Kamehameha Shopping Center, Liliha / hot apple pie, excellent cornbread / *contributed by Aaron, Richard Lee-Ching, Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant – Discovery Bay, Waikiki / Hong Kong-style Chinese restaurant, devoted to large parties / currently Buffalo Wild Wings

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E&O Trading Co. – Ward Center / uber hip Eurasian cuisine
Eastern Food Center – King Street/Chinatown / closed in 2015 after a fire in the building; kitchen had roast duck and charshu hanging over the glass windows; inside is a small eatery serving family style Cantonese? food; affordably priced noodles and rice plates included pig/duck/chicken feet, beef tomato, bitter melon and chicken; Village Noodle House (currently open) is an equal replacement, albeit higher priced / Currently a porcelain and jewelry store *contributed by Ted
Eastern Garden – Two locations, Westridge Shopping Center in Pearl City and Kaimuki, at the bottom of Waialae Ave / nice couple owned it, also opened Mandalay on Alakea St?; excellent Singapore Rice Noodles / *contributed by leighton
Eastside Grill – University Ave, Puck’s Alley / sports bar / currently
Eat at Joe’s – Outrigger Malia, Waikiki / features / currently
Ebisu Catering Service – King St, Moi’ili’ili / Okazuya takeout / *contributed by Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E
Eddie’s Burgers & Frozen Custard – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / burgers, ice cream & frozen custard
Eddie’s Drive-In – Waipahu / fried noodles / *contributed by julie
El Pollo Loco – Westridge Center, Aiea / flame-grilled chicken, chain restaurant / currently KFC
Elephant & Castle – Ka’ahumanu Rd, Pearl City / Fish ‘n Chips, English Pub / *contributed by L
Elliot’s Chuckwagon – Kapiolani Blvd / buffet, along with Queen’s surf, prime rib and fried chicken *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Embers – Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki, circa late 1950’s / owner of the Embers was Don Stroud’s family (local boy, Kaimuki HS), not Donald Sutherland (the actor) / currently .*contributed by Richard Wiley
Empress Restaurant, The – Chinese Cultural Plaza
Emjay’s – Aina Haina Shopping Center /  supermarket chain to become Foodland; named for Maurice J. Sullivan, founder of Foodland / currently Foodland Farms
Epicurean, The – Lewers & Kalakaua Ave. (a bit Diamond Head of Stewarts Pharmacy), Waikiki, circa 1950’s / pricey (meals were $5 at the time) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Epicurean Consensus – Short-lived restaurant in Puck’s Alley / features / *contributed by leighton
Esprit Lounge – Sheraton Waikiki, Waikiki / lounge bar and nightclub, extensive light to heavy pupu menu (sashimi to burgers) / currently Rum Fire
Everybody’s Super Market  – McCully next to the Ala Wai / features *contributed by Keith Sherman
Evergreen and Green Turtle – On Kapiolani, near the Kaheka St. intersection? / old school coffee shop fare / *contributed by leighton
Ewa Tavern – location / features / currently

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Fatty’s Chinese Kitchen – Ewa side corridor of Miramar Hotel off Kuhio Ave., Waikiki / very small hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant very popular with both Waikiki residents and tourists / currently *contributed by Keleko
Ferdinand’s – Kuhio Ave., behind the International Marketplace in the old Reef Hotel, Waikiki / bar and coffee shop; owed its decor to the story of Ferdinand the Bull; featured a large plaster tree inside, overhanging the bar; there was a disco named Red Pants? on one side of the building in the early ’70s / *contributed by Steve Todd
Fisherman’s Wharf – Kewalo Basin, Kaka’ako
Fishmonger’s Wife – Ala Moana Center / Andy Wong, excellent Cioppino / currently
Flaky Jake’s – Windward Shopping Center/ erved hamburgers and had a condiment bar / currently Denny’s? *contributed by Nancy
Flamingo Chuckwagon – Ward & Kapiolani Blvd, Kaka’ako / family buffet featuring Prime Rib
Flamingo Restaurant – Kapiolani Blvd / local favorites, Oxtail Soup / to become trendy Korean restaurant
Fort Delicatessen – Mapunapuna / local grindz, catering, banquet hall / currently *contributed by Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E
Frankie’s – Waimanalo / plate lunch
Fritz European Bakery – Dillingham Blvd. / specialized in authentic German breads & pastries; served Deutsche style, cold cut sandwiches; sold real Kraut hot mustard, jams, pickles, magazines & newspapers; for Christmas Stollen, served THE ORIGINAL Fruit Cake / currently empty. *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Ft. DeRussy Officer’s Club – Waikiki / features / currently *contritubted by Ron Thomas

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Garden Court – Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street / circa 1930’s; long-running for many years / currently *contributed by Kimo, c/o his centenarian mother
Garden Court Restaurant – Ala Moana Center -in the old Liberty House, 3rd floor) – features / currently Macy’s
Gazebo – Ala Moana Center (in the old Liberty House, 4th floor) – currently Plantation Cafe by Alan Wong in Macy’s
George’s Delicatessen – S. King St / Okazuya / currently
Gibson’s Circus Room – Hotel Street / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Golden Crown Chop Suey – Kaneohe / harm ha roast pork / *contributed by Kobi
Golden Dragon – Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki
Good Earth, The – ground floor of the Honolulu Club / The Good Earth was there first, before Johnny Appleseed It was a natural food place, a refugee from a string of them that got bought by GM; the daughter of the original owner ran it; when it failed (or didn’t make enough to make them happy) the Club put together a set of partners and tried to run it as Johnny Appleseed; they promptly added burgers and non-healthy stuff and drove away the original customers, and TGI Fridays next door made better burgers, so Appleseed died in about 1985 / *contributed by linkmeister
Goodie Goodie Drive-In – King & Coolridge / features / currently
Grace’s Lunch Wagon – Mauka side of Metcalf St., one block from University Ave. intersection /  Had lunch wagon prior to permanent location (on S. Beretania, near Isenberg St. intersection?); Hot dog and chow fun plate for 90 cents (mid-1970′s) / *contributed by leighton
Grant’s Grill Mandoo Express – King St, Kalihi – grilled plate lunches, Kal Bi, mechanically-produced Mandoo for large orders/catering / currently Paul’s Poppers
Grape Escape Wine Bar – Waikiki Trade Center / used to serve, among other things, desserts, like individual fruit tarts from a place called “Roxanne’s” / *contributed by leighton
Great Hawaiian Hot Dog Co. – Waikiki, Kaka’ako, Iwilei / Kiosks serving gourmet hot dogs, featuring signature Garlic Sauce
Greek to Me – fast food place in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / around in the early ’80s for about five years; had gyros and who knows what else; owner was the S.O. of the guy who owned the Honolulu Club at the time it opened (May 1980) and for the next ten-twelve years / *contributed by Linkmeister
Green Turtle – Kapiolani Blvd. / features *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
G’rillas – King and Bethel St
Grinders Drive-In – Kahalu’u / features / *contributed by Ann
Grocery Outlet – Dillingham Blvd (City Square) / discounted, brand-name groceries, frozen foods, housewares, beer, wine and health & beauty goods / currently Chuck E. Cheese

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Hackfeld’s – Ala Moana Center (in the old Liberty House, lower level) / features / currently Macy’s
Haiku Gardens Restaurant – Kaneohe / currently Haleiwa Joe’s
Hale Nanea – location / features / currently
Hall Saimin – Kalihi
Hamburger Mary’s – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / gay bar & grill / currently the backside (no pun intended) of a boutique shopping strip mall (again no pun intended)
Hana Broasted Chicken – Sheridan St, Kaka’ako / broasted chicken was crispy on the outside and moist and garlicky inside / currently
Hanaki – Manoa Marketplace / Japanese buffet, sushi bar; excellent shrimp tempura / currently
Hank’s Café – 11th Ave, Kaimuki / short period gig spot for Makaha Sons of Niihau / currently
Harpo’s Pizza –  Kapahulu Ave, near Rainbow Drive In (also another location on Waialae near Tony Roma’s and at the entrance of Don Quijote in Pearl City) /  they also had a truck in the parking lot of the Kahala Times Supermarket *contributed by Jay
Harvest House – Kahala Mall / Diner restaurant and bar that was a part of Woolworth; very good French Dip Sandwich*contributed by Jay
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Hau Terrace – Halekulani Resort, Waikiki / formerly the Coral Lanai Terrace; great view; breakfast brunch; snack bar had the best hamburgers ever; roast pig / currently *contributed by Scott M. & Richard Wiley

Hauula Bake Shop – Hau’ula / best glazed donuts in the 70’s. They became became Bethlehem Bake Shop in the 80’s / *contributed by Phil
Haven, The – Ala Moana Shopping Center, near the old Patty’s Chinese Kitchen on the Mauka side, where Yami Yogurt used to be / natural sandwiches: sprouts, pressed juices / currently *contributed by Anne
Hawaiian Hut – Ala Moana Hotel, Atkinson Dr, Kaka’ako / a Spencecliff restaurant & Tiki bar; became a club and live entertainment venue in its later years / currently a Jewish Synagogue
Heidi’s – location / proof that in Hawaii there’s other types of bread than just Love’s and pao duce;  Pumpernickel? Rye? / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Hemenway Hall Cafeteria @ UH Manoa – cafeteria in the old UH Student Union Building / cup of chili and rice (with unlimited condiments) for 35 cents! Survival rations for almost always broke students! / *contributed by KeithF
Hernando’s Hideway – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / pizza, sports bar
Hifumi Restaurant – Chinatown Plaza, Chinatown Honolulu (by River Street); originally in Kalihi, across parking lot from Diners Drive-In / casual Japanese cuisine; in business since the 1970s *contributed by kanani & wayne
HK Restaurant – Coolidge & S. King St, Mo’ili’ili / owner Hank made really ono Fried Saimin, Beef Stew, Beef Curry, and Turkey plates; HK’s original place is where Walmart Keeaumoku now stands, next to where Apple Motors used to be / Coolidge St location previously Goody Goody Drive-In, currently *contributed by Harry
Hob Nob, The – Alexander-Young Hotel / features / *contributed by pat
Hofbrauhaus – International Market Place, Waikiki / German eatery *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Holiday Mart – Kailua and Kaheka St. (Ala Moana area) / supermarket, deli, movie theaters / currently Target @ Kailua, Don Quijote @ Kaheka (both previously Daiei)
Honda’s Delicatessen – Liliha / replaced by Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch, since closed
Honey’s Place – Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe / Live Hawaiian music, food and drink, owned and operated by Honey Ho, Don Ho’s mother, first gig for Don Ho / currently a bank, previously Farrell’s, then Smitty’s
Hon Kung Chinese Restaurant – Kaimuki (in the middle of a parking lot) / features / *contributed by winnie
Hong Kong Harbour View Seafood Restaurant – Aloha Tower Marketplace / gourmet Chinese cuisine
Horatio’s & Seafood Grill – Ward Warehouse – features / currently Kincaid’s
Horiuchi Saimin Stand – Waipahu / Fried Noodles / *contributed by julie
Horitsuji’s Restaurant – Beretania St (across River Street Canal, later moved to Kukui Plaza) / Japanese lunch, feat. steamed mullet with ginger, chinese parsley and green onions / currently
House of Hong – Lewers St., Waikiki / “The World’s most beautiful Chinese Restaurant”; Cantonese cuisine; rich art of the Orient /
H. Salt Esquire Fish & Chips – Ala Moana Center, near the old Hopaco store / wrapped in newspaper and sooo good *contributed by bob
Hula Lunch Wagon  – Airport area, Windward Community College / plate lunch /  Pomai’s sister Keanu’s former business, circa 1981
Hungry Harry’s – Kalakaua Avenue / ’70s era; delicious avocado & tuna subs *contributed by Dawn
Hungry Lion – Liliha and School St, Liliha / 24 hour coffee shop, feat. live banyan tree in dining area / currently Walgreens

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Ilima Restaurant & Catering Service – Mapunapuna St., Mapunapuna / old school local grinds restaurant (small takeout style) and catering / currently
InterIsland Coffee Shop and Cocktail Loungethe OLD Honolulu Airport (pre-1962), at the OLD InterIsland terminal near where the overseas terminal is today on the north side of the airport (Hawaiian Airlines only; Aloha was at the overseas terminal on the south side of the airport) / restaurant and lounge / currently *contributed by Tom Gibson
International Kitchen – Pearlridge Center / International cuisine cafeteria
Iroha Jaya – Koko Head Ave, Kaimuki / Kyoto-style Japanese kaiseki / *contributed by Ryan
Islander Coffee House – Lewers St, Waikiki / features / currently
Italian Restaurant (name?) – Ground floor of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio building at the intersection of Kalakaua and McCully / features *contributed by Robert Traina
Ito Guruma – King’s Village, Waikiki / authentic Japanese Ramen shop (Tokyo Style!) / currently Gyoza No Osho

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Jackie’s Kitchen – Ala Moana Center, 3rd floor (near Mai Tai Bar) / first theme restaurant opened by martical arts/comedian mega movie star Jackie Chan / currently Tanaka of Tokyo
Jacques Saimin – Kalihi / features / currently
Jake’s – downtown Honolulu, on the corner of Bishop and Hotel, on the bottom of the Oregon Building / breakfast, specializing in pancakes, everything from big/large sized ones to “half dollar” sized; around the corner from a great okazu / *contributed by John Book
Jameson’s by the Sea – Haleiwa, North Shore of Oahu – Seafood and Fusion Pacific Rim-American Cuisine / Currently Haleiwa Beach House by D.G. Andy Anderson *contributed by Kevin S. Oshiro
Jean’s Bakery & Fountain
– Kailua, Oahu / started with just the bakery in 1950, then owner George Abe bought land across the street and had a new building constructed to expand the bakery and add a sit-down diner, complete with jukebox and malted milkshakes…25 cent rootbeer floats; Its large picture windows would be plastered with campaign posters every election season before sign-waving (didn’t matter which political party) and rock concert posters at other times (mostly Ted Sax’s productions, not Tom Moffat’s); It’s in the Kailua book by Kailua Historical Society; check out the wedding cake in the window, ’50s cars, and gravel road / *contributed by Carol
Jet Burger – Lagoon Dr, Airport area / 24-hour “greasy spoon”, alternative to Byron’s Drive-In / currently Ryder Rentals
Jenny’s Drive-In – Farrington Hwy, Waipahu / local breakfast & plate lunch / currently closed (previously Brandy’s Drive-In)
Jerry’s Sweet Shop – Haleiwa / popular hangout in the 60s and 70s; homemade burgers with grilled bun and manoa lettuce were 5 for a dollar that came in a greasy brown bag; breaded pork chops with gravy and the teriyaki plates with corn that came overflowing the plate covered by a translucent paper sheet in a white pie box for only $1.70 back then; Stanley and Lady Wakui used to run the concession stand in the pavilion area in Haleiwa park and also Chiyo’s next to the Waialua fire station *contributed by Jiro
Jimmy Ha’s – Ewa Beach Rd, Ewa Beach / general mom ‘n pop plantation store; the owner slept in the store / currently a subdivision
Joe’s at Waikiki – location / Andrew Wong / currently
John Dominis – Kaka’ako / Andy Anderson’s, upscale pacific rim, stunning views of Honolulu’s waterfront overlooking Ala Moana and Waikiki, Sunday buffet, saltwater pond featuring hammerhead sharks, stingrays, reef fish / currently 53 by the Sea
Johnny Appleseed – Honolulu Club / see information on The Good Earth / *contributed by Linkmeister
Jolly Roger Drive-In – Dillingham Blvd, Keaumoku St* & Waialae ave / signature sandwiches (Suzie-Q, Teri-King), memorable bacon double cheeseburger* / *contributed by John Book
Jon’s Restaurant – Ala Moana Shopping Center, ground floor center court area / late 60s to early 70s era burger joint; burger had a thin lighter patty (so it must’ve had some pork and/or veal) with a slight curry flavor served with mustard/relish – it also had a pronounced black pepper hit in the patty; served “Green River” drink and “Cheese on Bun” with little brown bits in from the burgers they cooked on the same grill; There was the kiddie “sandbox” just outside of Jon’s with that stone sculpture that got moved outside of Shirokiya.*contributed by Jay and Ryan
Jose’s – Restaurant Row / Mexican Cantina / *contributed by leighton
Jumbo’s Drive-In – Mapunapuna (near Servco) / fried chicken drumettes/wings plate / currently
Jurison’s Inn – Waikele / go-to Beef Curry place / *contributed by leighton

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Kaffe Imperial Tonkatsu House – Kapiolani Blvd / Tonkatsu, Japanese cuisine / currently
Kailua Drive-In – Kailua / 5-for-$1 hamburgers, Portuguese Burger (a sausage the size of a burger, along with bun and only mayonnaise), alternative to Andy’s Drive-In / currently
Kaimuki Grill – 1108 12th Avenue, Kaimuki / local comfort food; Beef Jerky Crisps & Hasu Chips (Aloha Edibles) / soon to replaced by Angelo Pietro’s (formerly located on Kapiolani Blvd., next to Shokudo)
Kaimuki Inn (the original, where Big City is now) – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / great breakfasts / *contributed by John Book
Kaiser Wilhelm’s – The Villa at Eaton Square, Waikiki / German Bier & Schnitzel *contributed by “Kona” Wally C. and Kurt
Kammy’s – Campbell Ave., Kapahulu area / small hole-in-thewall okazuya & restaurant; husband & wife operation with excellent food *contributed by Clint
Kaneda’s Delicatessen – location/features/currently *contributed by Alan
Kaneko’s – Makule Rd, Ewa Beach (near the triangle) / saimin / currently
Kanda “Kewalo” Lunch Wagon – Kewalo Basin / “regular mix” plate lunch: 2 scoops rice, Macaroni Salad, Roast Pork ‘n Gravy, Long Rice, Meat Loaf, Hot Dog, Shoyu Chicken, and Luncheon Meat. including drink of your choice for just $5.00 (circa 2000!). Food served on “old school” paper China plates, lined with wax paper and wrapped in butcher’s paper, rubber banded shut. Classic!
Kapahulu Chop Suey – Kapahulu Ave (next to Ono Hawaiian food) / Cantonese / currently
Kapiolani Coffee Shop – Next to Aloha Motors, where the Convention Center is now / Ox Tail Soup, Pig Feet Soup, and Fried Rice; moved to Kam Bowl, and now in the Waimalu Shopping Center / currently Hawaii Convention Center *contributed by leighton
Kapiolani Drive-In (KDI) – Kapiolani Blvd / 6 hamburgers for a dollar! Broasted chicken! /  *submitted by Richard Lee-Ching
Kau Kau Korner – Kapiolani Blvd and Kalakaua Ave / 24 hour drive-in was then replaced by Coco’s Coffee House / currently Coconut Willy’s (new!), previously Hard Rock Cafe (who moved down Kalakaua Ave into the heart of Waikiki) *contributed by Richard Welch
Kawamoto Saimin – S. King St., near Goodie Goodie and Gourmet Liquors area across Star Market / late 70s era saimin stand *contributed by Jay
Kay’s Fountain – Kapahulu Ave (where Hee Hing building currently stands; shared same old building with Matsuoka’s / long soda fountain counter with swiveling stools, great 50¢ hamburgers (twice the price as Rainbow Drive Inn right up the street) / currently Hee Hing
Keneda’s Delicatessen – S. School St, Kalihi / features / *contributed by Alan
Keo’s Thai Cuisine – Kuhio Ave. (Ambassador Hotel), Waikiki / award-winning upscale Thai cuisine; closed in February 2013, due to the Ambassador Hotel being sold
KC Drive Inn – Originally Kapiolani Blvd, moved to Kapahulu Ave, Kapahulu / Waffle Dog, Ono Ono Shake, guava freeze / currently a medical building
Kelly’s Coffee Shop – Nimitz Hwy, Airport / 24 hour diner and pastry shop / currently Cycle City motorcycle dealership
Kengo’s Restaurant & Lounge – Kapiolani Blvd / local and Japanese fare / currently an empty lot
Kenny’s Burger House – School St, Kalihi (Kam Shopping Center) / breakfast, burgers ‘n fries, milk shakes, slush float*, sandwiches and plate lunches / currently McDonald’s *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Kiawe Grill & BBQ –  Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea / Kiawe-grilled burgers & Korean dishes; featured exotic meat for the burgers such as Ostrich and Buffalo / *contributed by Linkmeister
Kimo’s – Kamehameha Hwy & Kahuhipa St, Kaneohe / formerly on the top floor of what was back then in the early 80’s the HonFed building; fine dining continental and local cuisine / currently American Savings Bank
Kimuraya Bakery – Koko Head Ave, Kaimuki / Japanese bakery, featuring pizza rolls, frank rolls, anpan (pastry filled with several kinds of sweet bean paste), cream cheese twists, and apple donuts / currently
Kinau Saimin – Kinau St, near Alapai / curly local style noodles and hot-off-the-hibachi meat sticks / currently Shigelicious* (operated by Karen’s grandson; feat. Musubi, Hot Dogs & Shave Ice) *contributed by Harry
King’s Alley Pub – Waikiki / format / currently *contritubted by Ron Thomas
King’s Bakery – 1936 King St, Mo’ili’ili / owned by Robert Taira, a coffee shop & bakery; famous for their Portuguese Sweet Bread & fried noodles; a King’s Bakery branch later opened in Kaimuki / currently Gulick Delicatessen II *contributed by Steve Todd
King’s Garden – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / cake noodle, oyster rolls
King Tsin Restaurant2140 S. Beretania (right before McCully St., Mauka-side, Ewa-bound) / Mid-1970s thru early 2000s; possibly the first to serve Northern Chinese dishes instead of Cantonese; excellent hot and sour soup and mu shu pork; young and polite servers *contributed by Carol
Komakata – Aina Haina / “casual” Japanese cuisine, Chanko Nabe / currently Genki Sushi
Kress (locations statewide) / coffee shop at Kailua location; 25 cent Spaghetti plate with slice of bread and butter / *contributed by pat & webrunner
Kuhio Grill – King St (across from Mother Rice Day Care Center) / features / *contributed by Alan
Kuhio Grill – Waikiki
Kuulei Delicatessen – Kuulei Rd, Kailua / okazuya / currently
Kwong On – Waialae Ave / Kaimuki / best deal on the island for takeout dim sum; manapua, pork hash; taro cakes, hand-made peanut candy
Kyoya – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / traditional Japanese cuisine / currently vacant (like the Nike Town building across the street, SAD)

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L ‘Auberge Swiss – Kailua / Speaking of Swiss, where you could get your wiener schnitzel fix when Swiss Inn was booked / *contributed by leighton
La Hacienda – Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai / Mexican cuisine
Lau’s Drive-In – Kahalu’u / features / *contributed by kobi
Lauu’s – small drive-in in Kahalu’u or Hau’ula, on the right side of Kam Hwy. heading north / good chili and rice / *contributed by leighton
La Paloma Mexican Restaurant
– Kapiolani Blvd (originally in Kaimuki where Azteca now is) / Mid 60s to 70s era classic Mexican joint inspired by the Mom’s recipes; food was great, but margaritas were the best!; owned by Joe and Laura Martinez; sons later helped open another bigger multi level La Paloma II  in Pearlridge (later became Banditos) next to where Denny’s was; the brothers and sisters of La Paloma owners still run the old Jose’s Mexican Restaurant at the top of Kaimuki to this day, and they even had one in Kailua-Kona for many years *contributed by Rick Derrickson
Lau Yee Chai – mauka-side junction of Kuhio and Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / Chinese cuisine / currently Keo’s
L’Raku – Kapiolani Blvd / Japanese fusion cuisine
La Ronde Restaurant – Ala Moana Center / fine dining continental cuisine; lamb chops with mint jelly; you could hear the grinding as the restaurant was turning / currently vacant *contributed by Donna Vaughn
Le Guignol – Across the street from Thomas Square in the Medical Arts Building / favorite place to go before events at the Blaisdell or Concert Hall; one of the few places that served rabbit; basic country French food / *contributed by leighton
Lee’s Drive In – Kaneohe (next to Pa Ke’s Chinese Restaurant) / mom & pop hole-in-the-wall takeout eatery ran by same owners for over 60 years; local style burgers & Chinese dim sum
Leong’s Hawaiian Cafe – N. King St, Kalihi / traditional Hawaiian food, chop steak, pipikaula and luau stew / currently
Les Escargot – Monserrat Ave, Daimond Head area / formerly The Bistro in Century Center *contributed by Kurt
Leon’s Tavern – Kailua / first business owned by the Andy Wong and wife Marian / currently
Leroy’s Nightclub & Restaurant – Gold Bond Building, Kaka’ako (Ala Moana Blvd.) / located on the Keane Street side of the Gold Bond Building; behind used to be the Coca Cola bottling plant and after work people would unwind at Leroy’s; Leroy’s Nightclub and Restaurant was operated by the uncle and aunt of Harlin Young *contributed by Paul and Honolulu Star Bulletin archives
Lewer’s Street Fish Co. – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / features / *contributed by leighton
Liberty House Kailua (upstairs coffee shop) – location / features *contributed by webrunner
Liliha Seafood – corner of Vineyard and Liliha / Cantonese food / *contributed by Alan
Little George’s – Ala Moana Blvd (across the Gold Bond Bldg) / opened by George Matsuoka, who managed the Pearl City Tavern for 10 years before it was sold to Japanese interests. Little George’s was a fine dining affair, specializing in steak & lobster. Circa 1970’s / currently Sprint store
Lisboa – near Pagoda Hotel / proof that fine food and Portuguese wasn’t an oxymoron; overpriced / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching & “Kona” Wally C.
Lobster & Crab House – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / features / *contributed by leighton
Luigi’s Italian Fine Dining – Kailua (down from Jack in the Box) / Fine dining; all dishes made to order *contributed by geoff michaelson
Lum’s – corner of University and Dole / a chain restaurant that featured beer steamed hot dogs / Currently Tsukeneya? *contributed by KeithF
Lynn’s Delicatessen – Ala Moana Center /  Pastrami Sandwich and potato salad

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Magoo’s Pizza – Puck’s Alley, Mo’ili’ili / killer “Hot Ham & Mushroom ” sub, excellent pizza *contributed by Aikea
Maiko – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki – Japanese buffet / *contributed by Ryan
Maile Room – Kahala Hilton / Baseball great Joe DiMaggio was one of the first guests to dine there back in the 60’s when it opened / currently
Makino Chaya – King St, Aloha Tower Market Place / Japanese family buffet
Makino Clubhouse – Kapiolani & Kalakaua Ave / restaurant & sports bar / previously Hard Rock Cafe, currently vacant
Maliko O’ Punalu’u Bar & Grill – Punalu’u / features / currently
Malolo Kai Room – Outrigger Hotel, Waikiki / oceanside dining; complete dinners and broiler entrees; cocktails /
Mama’s Mexican Kitchen – 378 N. School St. (between A’ala & Liliha) / Mexican *contributed by Steve Todd
Mango and Miso Restaurant – Ala Moana Hotel / took over Mon Cher Ton Ton spot / currently *contributed by A.T.
Manzo’s Trattoria – liked that place a lot; Tony Manzo may have had a place in Niu Valley before Swiss Inn? / *contributed by leighton
Ma’ona – Beretania Street / 1973-75; one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Hawaii Ma’ona *contributed by Bob F.
Marigold Apts & Pierpoint Hotel Restaurant – Kalia, where the HHV is now / circa 1920’s / currently *contributed by Kimo, c/o his centenarian mother
Mark Lan Chop Suey – Kapiolani Blvd (across McKinley High Field)
Maruzen – Mo’ili’ili / cheap cafeteria meal / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Masu’s Massive Plate Lunch – Liliha / laulau plate with side of teri chicken / currently
Matteo’s Italian Restaurant – Seaside and Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / features / currently
Matters of Taste – Nimitz Hwy (Gentry Pacific Design Center), Iwilei / farm to table bistro / currently Eat Cafe
McCully Chop Sui – McCully & S. King St / local Chinese-style comfort food under $10; prawns and honey-glazed walnuts, pig stomach with ginger onion, sweet and sour pig feet, and beef stew with tendon over lettuce / currently vacant
Meeting Place – Kaka’ako (replaced by Onjin’s)
Meritage – Restaurant Row / features / *contributed by leighton
Mekong and Mekong II – Kapahulu Avenue, South King Street / Sananikone opened his first restaurant called Mekong Restaurant in Honolulu in 1977. Then he opened a second restaurant in 1981 on Kapahulu Avenue, called Keo’s Thai Cuisine. On a spree, the next year, Sananikone opened Mekong II at 1726 S. King St., across from Washington Middle School, which closed in 2012 after more than three decades in business *contributed by Scott McMillan
Miyako – location / features / currently
Mildred’s Lunch House – Kakaako / 35 cents egg or tuna sandwiches (the thick kine) / *contributed by bigbud808
Mo’ili’ili Mochi and Candies – 1619 Liliha Street / owned by Jared and Eva Ikeda; in business over 50 years; specialized in different types of mochi, peanuts, seeds, mochi crunch, dried fruits and tea cookies; closed July 2008 *contributed by Carolyn Cheh
Mollie’s Cafe – Hotel Street / features *contributed by Black Kane
Mon Cher Ton Ton – Ala Moana Hotel / teppanyaki / currently *contributed by A.T.
Mongolian BBQ – Behind International Market Place in the Kuhio Mall, Waikiki / mid to late 80s era  / currently *contributed by Keleko
Monsarrat Delicatessen – Monsarrat Ave. / 1960’s era eatery close to, or where the current South Shore Grill is now / was a combo okazuya and sit-down lunch place featuring ono teriyaki fish, which according to Caryn (of Caryn’s Okazu-Ya, which is also closed), was breaded with fresh bread crumbs, pan-fried, and simmered in teri sauce; their kimpira was a winner too / *contributed by leighton
Monterey Bay Canners – Ward Centre / American seafood & steak /
Mr. Burger – Dole St & University Ave / features / currently
Mr. Subs – Pucks Alley (first location of a chain) /  70s era sub sandwich shop (previously Brownbaggers) *contributed by Jay
M’s Coffee Shop – Downtown by the harbor / same outfit owned M’s Ranch House in Aina Haina *contributed by Robert Traina
M’s Ranch House – Aina Haina / casual local and american, live music; huge treasure chest in the front lobby for the keiki to pick out a toy; banquet rooms in back for rent; bright green color; the floors squeaked when you walked; 72 oz. porterhouse dinners; eat it in an hour and it was free; more than an hour and it cost $10 / currently Jehovah’s Witness Church (up for sale) *contributed by Richard Wiley
Musashi – Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waikiki / Japanese cuisine and Teppanyaki / currently Regency Club
M&W Drive-In – Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe / previously L&L Drive-In; before L&L Drive-In was Tasty Treet (sp?); crazy menu combos such as Shoyu Chicken with a slice of Pizza / currently vacant
Mynah Bird drive-In – Waialae Ave, Kahala / features / previously Jolly Roger Drive-In, currently Zippy’s

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Naka’s Okazuya – N. King St, Kalihi / features / currently
New York Deli – Kaimuki / features / *contributed by pat
Nickolas Nicholas – Ala Moana Renaissance Hotel / AMAZING views overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu and the  Leeward Coast sunset, fine dining, extensive wine list / currently vacant
Nick’s Fishmarket – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / fine dining / currently Bambooz (a lounge bar)
Ninniku-Ya Garlic Restaurant – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / steakhouse / currently
Oceania Floating Restaurant – Aloha Tower Pier 6 / at the time, the world’s largest floating restaurant. Chinese cuisine / currently Navatek

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Old Eagle Cafe, The – In the Blaisdell Hotel, Ft. Fort St. Mall / Owner, Teruya *contributed by Black Kane
Oh So Ono!
– Dillingham Blvd, Iwilei~Kailihi / Crab-stuffed Salmon, plate lunches / currently
Old Vic – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki (more or less across from and Ewa of the Royal Theater) / in 1972, a bill for a party of twelve was $600, which would be $3200 now (ouch!) / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley (see his comment for more info)
Omiya’s – 99 Hapuku St., Aiea, at the far end of an old plantation store / burgers, saimin, bento, literally “finger lickin’ good” musubi
Onjin’s Cafe – Kamake’e & Queen St, Kaka’ako (across Nordstrom Rack, behind Ward Theaters) / Contemporary Korean cuisine / currently Phuket Thai Restaurant
Original Chuck’s Steakhouse, The – Lewers St, Waikiki /  Sunday Manoa played there / *contributed by winnie, Andy Mikonis
Orson’s Bourbon House – Kailua / Andy Wong restaurant; great Caesar Salad; said to be the best restaurant on the Windward side at the time; closed 1997 / currently
Orson’s Seafood Restaurant – Ward Warehouse / named after Andy & Marian Wong’s son Orson; closed 1997 / currently

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Padovani’s Bistro & Wine Bar – Ward Center
Palama Inn – Kalihi / Owned by Masanobu Higa. Masa’s one leg was shorter than the other, so that’s how people remember him. Served lots of Japanese food, then when the neighborhood became more Filipino, started serving more Filipino dishes. Made mean pork adobo and miso tako and sashimi. / currently *contributed by Write Obsession
Palomino – Harbor Court Towers / Hawaii regional fusion made popular by then Chef Fred DeAngelo – currently
Palowai drive-In – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / features / currently McDonald’s
Pancho’s Villa – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki (next to what was then Magoo’s Pizza / features / currently
Paniolo Cafe – Kamehameha Hwy, Punalu’u (just after Kahana Bay, Mauka side, North Shore-bound) / roadside restaurant and bar popular with motorcyclists and passing tourists; owned by the late Don Ho; property owned by Bishop Estate / currently Tropic’aina Bar & Grill
Papadore – Monserrat Fine dining above Diamond Head Market; Chef / owner drove a Harley *contributed by geoff michaelson
Papa Nino’s – Waialae Avenue (mauka of Kahala Mall, under the freeway overpass) / His pizzas had an almost English muffin-like crunchy texture *contributed by Jay
Papa Ole’s Lunch Wagon – Kalewa St (off Lagoon Drive), Airport area / breakfast, plate lunch, sandwiches, dessert; operates a brick ‘n mortar restaurant in Hau’ula
Paradiso Seafood & Grill
– Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / features / *contributed by leighton
Paris Cafe
– S. King St (next to Kuhio School) / previously a diner, turned into a bar / *contributed by Alan
Pasta Basta by Donato – Ala Moana Blvd, Restaurant Row / Spaghetti Basilico Pomodoro, Gnocchi Gorgonzola / currently
Patisserie – Kahala / European style bakery; pastries, German potato salad / currently
Pat’s at Punalu’u – Punalu’u / fine dining by the sea
Patti’s Chinese Kitchen – Ala Moana Center, Pearlridge / founded in 1967 by Calvin Chun, named after his daughter Patti when she was in college. Iconic Ala Moana location closed in 2008, Pearlridge location closed in 2010 / currently
The Peanut Shop – 1619 Liliha Street / owned by Jared and Eva Ikeda; in business over 50 years; specialized in different types of peanuts; closed July 2008 *contributed by Carolyn Cheh
Pearl City Tavern –  Waimano Home Road & Kamehameha Hwy, Pearl City / opened in 1936 by George and Irene Fukuoka, closed in 1993; house specialties were steaks, live Maine lobsters and banana drinks at the live Monkey Bar; popular with Pearl Harbor servicemen / currently
Pee Wee Drive-In – King & Punahou St, Makiki / burgers, sandwiches, plate lunches / currently Subway
Penguins – University Ave, Puck’s Alley / frozen yogurt / currently
Pepi’s Hofbrau – Lewers St., Waikiki / German eatery *contributed by “Kona” Wally C.
Peppino’s Italian Food – Ho’olai St, Kailua / hole in the wall, no frills, old time manual cash register (with the hand crank); closed March 2013 after 41 years in business; one cheese, one combo pizza had been regular’s birthday dinner for more than 30 years / *contributed by kelli
Perry’s Pizza – Kailua (near what is now Foodland–it was Food City back then and Foodland was over near the original Kalapawai. After Foodland that space was the Food Warehouse) *contributed by webrunner
Perry Boys’ Smorgy – Islandwide / family buffet; last location in Waikiki closed August 2010 / currently
Phillip Paolo’s – Beretania
Pho Dillingham & Grill – Dillingham Blvd (across HCC) / Vietnamese & local grindz / currently Mixed Plate Cafe (same owners, new name), previously Spot’s Inn
Picadilly Pub – Waikiki / great Shepard’s Pie / current *contritubted by Ron Thomas
Pieces of Eight – Lewers Street, Waikiki / steak & lobster eatery; in the 1970s, there was a piano bar upstairs featuring Grant “Keys” Chapman and a game room downstairs *contributed by Steve Todd
Pier 7 Restaurant – (a.k.a. “Pier 1”) Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki /  a “coffee shop” restaurant on the pool deck, makai-side; known for their supah ono “Ilikai Burger” and clam chowder *contributed by Milton (Mel) Maeda, Anne and Anna
Pili Wraps – Manoa Marketplace / Indonesian Chicken Wrap / currently Mix Plate Cafe
Pinky’s Broiler – Kailua/Aikahi / features / *contributed by Ann
Pink Poodle, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki / Ice cream parlor *contributed by Nancy
Pioneer Chicken – S. King St (near King’s Bakery) & Waianae, also a small deli inside Woolworth’s Ala Moana / like Church’s, the OTHER KFC / *contributed by John Book
Pizza Pete’s – little bldg. next to McDonalds in Kailua / first pizza restaurant ever in Kailua;  opened around 1970 and closed before the end of the decade; best pizza in town were all hand-made in the store *contributed by OhanaDoug
Planet Hollywood – Waikiki / theme restaurant opened by Bruce Willis, Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger / currently Teddy Bear World Hawaii
Plantation Coffee Shop – Ala Moana Hotel (3rd floor) / 24hrs like Coco’s and Likelike Drive Inn / currently *contributed by A.T.
Plantation House – Liberty House Ala Moana / Mushroom Burger / currently Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room
Plush Pippin – Ala Moana Shopping Center / great pies… sour cream lemon. Yum! 80′s / currently *contributed by Anne
Polos Lunch Plate – McCully, between King and Algaroba / great saimin ,hamburger steak and nickel machines / *contributed by bigbud808
Ponds, The – corner of Alapai & Beretania St. / circa early 30′s / currently *contributed by Kimo, c/o his centenarian mother
Popo’s – Waikiki /authentic mexican food from sonora, mexico
Portlock – Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (formally known as Kuapa Kai Shopping Center) / owned by the family that owned Surf Line; Southwest Tex-Mex cuisine / *contributed by leighton
Pottery, The – Kaimuki / take-home clay pot with some of the entrees, baked in an on-site oven / currently
Primo Gardens – Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki / live music by Sunday Manoa “Singing Waimanalo Blues” / currently / *contributed by pat
Prince Kuhio Restaurant – Ala Moana Center (makai-side, street level) / one of the original restaurants at Ala Moana / currently
Princess Chop Suey – Kailua (across from the bowling alley) / features / currently *contributed by David Calistro
Puka Dog Waikiki – Kuhio Ave, Waikiki International Market Place / while they continue doing business as HULA DOG, there’s no chance that name can replace the more catchy and appropriate PUKA DOG. According to PukaDog.com, the explanation goes like this: “After 12 years of doing business under the name of Puka Dog, the founders are going their separate ways. Rick Quinette, based on Kauai, will continue doing business as: PUKA DOG HAWAIIAN STYLE HOT DOGS.  Dominique Quinette, based on Oahu will be doing business as: HULA DOG HAWAIIAN STYLE HOT DOGS. The parting between the Quinettes allows both parties to maintain the great experience and highest quality of food and service you’ve come to know and love. You will not notice any changes in the future in the concept or taste of the delicious hot dogs and lemonades. / currently Hula Dog
Puppy PalaceKailua Shopping Center, next to Times Supermarket / Best BBQ hamburger and french fries! *contributed by David Dowling
Purity Inn (now Meadow Gold) – corner of Keeaumoku and Beretania / combo car-hop or sit-down restaurant, circa 50’s and 60’s; (also was Dairyman Ice Cream Parlor) *contributed by Paul & Randy

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Q’s Drive-In – N. King Street (near Tamashiro’s), Kalihi / hamburgers, plate lunch, bento
Queen’s Deli – Alakea and Queen St / sandwiches & pasta dishes
Queen’s Surf – a Waikiki legend only your parents or grandparents know about within its hallowed walls / likely those who loved Queens Surf didn’t vote for Frank Fasi
Quickies – Kailua Shopping Center, Kailua / awesome shoestring fries / currently

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Ranch House Family Restaurant – Kapahulu Ave, above Hee Hing, formerly Sam Choy’s / “homestyle” local and contemporary American fare / currently Tokkuri-Tei
Ray’s Seafood – 5th floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza / Early 80s era upscale, trendy seafood restaurant/ bar, with excellent “kamikazes” (Ice-cold Stoly, with trace amounts of Rose’s Lime Juice and Triple Sec); popular watering hole among UH students *contributed by leighton and Jay
RC Drive-In – Kailua / previously Kailua Drive-In, lounge / currently
Red Baron’s Pizza – Aikahi Park Shopping Center / same family owners as Rob Roy’s in Kailua and The Village in Kahala *contributed by Rick Derrickson
Red Lion – Waikiki (previously on Kuhio ave., last located on Kalakaua Ave, in the cellar of the Hyatt Regency & Spa Waikiki / previously known as a pizza parlor and sandwich shop; later turned into a bar & nightclub / currently *contributed by Ron Thomas
Red Vest – Kuhio Ave. (Mauka side at Nahua St.), Waikiki / nice restaurant for prom night; at one time it had an elevated model train running along its walls; later this became “Foxy’s”, named after bartender Frank Fox? *contributed by Steve Todd
Reuben’s Restaurant – Kahala Mall, located near the corner of Waialae Ave. and Hunakai Ave. / features *contributed by Nancy
Rex & Eric’s Restaurant & Disco  – Kuhio Ave., Waikiki (behind the Waikiki International Marketplace?) / Warm spinach salad prepared tableside was the best ever!; incredible Motzarella Marinara *contributed by DJA
Rob Roy’s – Kailua (where Blockbuster Video was later ) / popular family breakfast restaurant after Sunday morning mass; same family also owned The Village in Kahala; other parts of the family owned Red Baron’s Pizza in Aikahi and one in Mililani that changed their names to Waldo’s Pizza / currently *contributed by David Calistro and Rick Derrickson
Rose and Crown Pub – Waikiki / format / currently *contritubted by Ron Thomas
Round House, The – Below Anna Miller’s adjacent to Pearlridge Center, Aiea / features / currently Bravo Italian family restaurant
Rose City Diner – Restaurant Row, Kaka’ako / features
Rosie’s Boat House – Kaneohe / 70’s era; great salad bar, and steak and lobster/ *contributed by Al
Roxanne’s – Ward Center
Royal Sunset Drive-In – Waipahu / Currently Waipahu Town Center
Rudy’s – location / one of the original Italian restaurants; family style; great date place
RYU – Lewers & Kalakaua area, Waikiki / late 1970s era Chinese restaurant *contributed by BARB DIXON

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Salerno’s – McCully Shopping Center (where Pho777 is now) / THE BEST Italian food, bread and service in the 80s and 90s *contributed by Jeannine
Salvation Army Teahouse, The
– Manoa valley / nice place to take visiting tourists for the tropical ambiance / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Sam Choy’s
– Kapahulu ~ Diamond Head / Hawaii Regional Cuisine / currently Tokkuri-Tei Japanese Restaurant
Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab – Nimitz Hwy (next Zippy’s, across City Mill) – Hawaii regional cuisine; opened in 1997, closed March 31, 2013; owners also own neighboring Aloha Beer Company
Sampan Inn – Kewalo Basin, Diamond Head end, just before “Point Panic” parking lot, where the dolphin research facility used to be / sizzling steak with onions on top / currently razed (nothing… GOOD!) *Contributed by Alan
Sam’s Fountain – Moanalua Shopping Center / banana splits / currenlty
Sam’s Korean Restaurant – Kailua / best Kalbi on the island / *contributed by Al
Schooner’s – Waikiki / format / currently *contritubted by Ron Thomas
Sands, The – near Kuhio Beach, Waikiki / 50’s era all-you-can-eat buffet *contributed hmf
Scoozi’s – Auahi St, Ward Center, street level (near the former Borders) / restaurant featuring live entertainment / currently
Scott’s Seafood – Aloha Tower Marketplace / California-style seafood and bar; replaced by Don Ho’s / *contributed by leighton
Scotty’s Drive-In – Keeaumoku & Pearl City (across the street from Bluebird Drive-In) / wooden tables out front, kinda’ run down, burgers greasy with drippy sauce; frozen Malts / currently Zippy’s in Pearl City *contributed by A.T.
Sea Breeze Drive-In – Waianae / Teri Beef Sandwich / currently *contributed by Alan
Seafood Emporium, The – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / Andrew Wong / currently
Senor Frogs – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki / kitschy “spring break” themed Mexican cantina restaurant and bar / currently
Senor Popo’s – Nimitz Hwy. / really decent Mexican food *contributed by Suzanne Carnes
Serendipity – Palolo Ave. / ’80s era fine dining restaurant owned and operated by Chef Bones Yuen, a familiar name to locals at the time; famed for Chef Yuen’s Rack of Lamb and Beef Tenderloin; Chef Yuen did a brief stint at Coasters before reopening Serendipity in McCully in the early ’90s *contributed by Bonnie, Leighton and the Honolulu Star Bulletin archives
Shack Waikiki, The – Waikiki Trade Center, Kuhio Ave, Waikiki / sport bar & grill, live contemporary Hawaiian & Jawaiian music, burgers ‘n pub grub, sports bar / currently vacant
Shakey’s Pizza Parlor (70’s Era) – Keeauomoku St, Kaneohe, Waimalu & Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa / the new, more commercial location in Waipahu is NOTHING like the original one on Oahu back in the 70’s; the 70’s era Shakey’s decor was that of a large open warehouse with a rustic, dark-lit look; seating were long communal wooden park benches; their pizza cooks would spin pizza dough in a booth near the entrance behind a glass window so flour didn’t “splash” on the patrons, while there was a small game room in the back, when at the time, ASTEROID was “cutting edge”; they also had a live banjo player on the weekends / currently Sorabol Korean Restaurant on Koreamoku (in the same Shakey’s Pizza building!)
Shari’s Drive-In – Kapiolani Blvd, Kaimuki / Walter Miura, owner of Shari’s and the Ala Moana Beach concession also ran the concession near the Band Stand at Kapiolani Park (passed about a year back in 2015); at one time he was married to Muriel Miura (now Kaminaka?) / currently Market City Shopping Center *contributed by Jay
Ship’s Tavern – Moana Surfrider Waikiki / fine dining seafood and steak / currently
Shipwreck Kelly’s – location / Burned down prior to 1976 and had been redone; Jack Lord filmed Hawaii Five-O there / *contributed by Laura
Shorty’s Grill – Bishop Street, downtown Honolulu (Near Hawaiian Telephone) /served only  breakfast and lunch *contributed by Alan
Shanghai Bistro – Discovery Bay, Waikiki / short-lived restaurant by Li May Tang, serving fusion flavors of China, Hawaii, Japan and Europe
Shogun – Pacific Beach Hotel (in a loft above the Oceanarium) / best seafood buffet on the island / *contributed by pat
Sizzler Steak House – locations island-wide, including Pearlridge, Kalihi, Nimitz by the airport and Waikiki / steak house with family-friendly prices *contributed by bob
Sky Room Restaurant – old overseas terminal on the south side of the airport/ restaurant / currenty *contributed by Tom Gibson
Sloop John B’s – site of the Ewa Beach Shopping Center, Ewa Beach / named after the Beach Boys song; BBQ ribs, fish ‘n chips, beer; lacquered burnt plywood wall panels created a nautical theme / currently Ewa Beach Shopping Center (about where Radio Shack is)
Sloppy Joe’s & Fat Tuesday – Aloha Tower Marketplace / closed January ’96 / currently
Slow Poke Fishmarket – Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe
Smitty’s – Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, Kaneohe / 24 hour coffee shop & diner / curently a bank
Snowflake Bakery – between Castle and Herbert St, Kapahulu / features / currently
Spindrifter – Kahala Mall / seafood & steaks; they would give you a whole mini cake ( not a slice, a whole cake) for your birthday… the kind with pink roses on it! Yum! / currently *contributed by Anne
Spot’s Inn – University Ave, previously Dillingham Blvd near HCC / plate lunch with a Japanese twist / currently
South Seas Restaurant – Nimitz Hwy & Lagoon Dr, Airport / a Spencecliff restaurant / currently a Kia car dealership
South Seas Village  – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, next to Popo’s Cantina / a Spencecliff restaurant;   had an outdoor lounge area and Shabu Shabu counter *contributed by Nancy
Stan’s Pizza – Keeaumoku and King St. / one of the first pizza joints in the area / Currently Lobster King *contributed by Rich Shintaku
Starlite Lanes – Ewa Beach / bowling alley; previously conjoined with the old Ewa Beach McDonald’s / currently Public Storage *contributed by Kenny Stevens
Star Market – statewide / supermarket & deli. Founded by Tsunejiro and Mika Fujieki in 1929. Sold and converted to Times Supermarket in 2009 / currently Times Supermarket (Mo’ili’ili location is now Longs Drugs)
Stewart’s – Niu Valley Shopping Center (next to Times Supermarket / this Spencecliff restaurant had the tenderest, juciest, teriyaki steak and creamy mashed potatoes
Stewart’s Drugs – llittle bldg. next to the Salvation Army store (former Cornet) in Kailua / coffee shop; closed in the very early ’70’s; best hamburgers; the chef browned the bun in a certain way and did who knows what else, that made it taste like no other burger *contributed by OhanaDoug
Strawberry Connection – Kalihi St., then moved to Dole Cannery / gourmet foods purveyor / currently Mill De Pan Bakery (Dole Cannery location)
Sty, The – Niu Valley Shopping Center /  Sons of Hawaii and Country Comfort had gigs there / *contributed by winnie
Suehiro – King St
Sunset Grill – Restaurant Row / contemporary American / currently a medical office
Sushi Ten – Waimalu, in Newtown Shopping Plaza (same complex where Elephant and Castle used to be) / sushi in the front, Okinawan food in the back. Believe owner moved to Waikele C.C. / *contributed by leighton
Suzuki Japanese Restaurant – Koko Head Ave, Kaimuki (neighbors with Kimuraya Bakery / tempura, butterfish misoyaki, chicken tofu / currently
Swan Bakery – School St, Kalihi / coffee shop & bakery
Swanky’s – downtown Honolulu / counter stand serving hot dogs, burgers ‘n fries way before Mr. Ronald, Sir King and Miss Wendy / currently
Swanky Franky Hot Dog Stand – Ena Rd, Waikiki / a Spencliff restaurant / currently
Swiss Haus – Royal Hawaiian Ave., Waikiki / “Home Style, Swiss ‘Know How’ Cooking”; favorite of airline crews; breakfast lunch and dinner starting from $2.75 (1970’s era); occupied the space after Swiss Inn at Niu Valley closed (tough act to follow / *contributed by leighton
Swiss Inn – Niu Valley Shopping Center (circa 70’s) / operated by head cook/owner Martin Wyss & wife Jeanie; Swiss Inn Salad Dressing available today at local markets by owner’s nephew / *contributed by KeithF

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Taco Hut – Kailua & Puck’s Alley / best nachos *contributed by Jay
Taco Time – Waipahu / features / *contributed by julie
Tahitian Lanai – Waikikian Hotel / the complete embodiment of what Waikiki should be today, now but a distant memory / currently the brand new Waikikian time share resort (operated by Hilton Hawaiian Village)
Tai Sam Yuen – downtown Honolulu (across the street from Tin-Tin) / Cantonese cuisine / *contributed by Alan
Taishoken – Keeaumoku St / Tsukemen (deconstructed Japanese Ramen) / currently
Tanabe Superette – Keeaumoku St / small mom ‘n pop grocery convenience store, featuring full butcher, fish and produce department similar to Alicia’s Market in Kalihi), along with a wide assortment of fresh-made, supah’ ono pupu, bento and musubi
Tanaka’s – Makule & Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach / 50’s to early 60’s / currently 7-Eleven
Tani’s Lunchwagon – in front of Eki Cycle on Dillingham, Kalihi / local plate lunch / currently Alii Grill Lunch Wagon
Tanoue’s Okazuya – Waialae Ave, near Kaimuki park / saimin and won ton min / *contributed by KeithF
Tastee Treat (or Tasty Treet, or Tasty Treat; none of us can remember exactly how it was spelled) – Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe / burgers ‘n fries, milk shakes, ice cream cones / same location became a very successful L&L Drive-In, then another drive-in ran by a “Pake” that sold crazy combinations like Shoyu Chicken plate lunch with a side order of Pizza?
Tasty Broiler – Dillingham (across from Pier 13) / diner food that was simple, yet good; run down (read “old”) chairs, plus a menu that showed its age, but it was “ono”!; steak and lobster special for only $10 / *contributed by Alan, John Book, Leighton and Richard Lee-Ching
Tastee Freeze – Ewa Beach (by the Chop Suey place ) & Aina Haina / features / currentlyTaste of Puerto Rico – Old Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach / traditional Puerto Rican cuisine / currently
Ted’s Drive-In – S. King St., Mo’ili’ili / Kim Chi Burger / currently
Tenney Center Tavern – Ewa / veal cutlet with great gravy and a cherry coke or a lemon coke / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Terrace Grill – Hyatt Regency / poolside breakfast, brunch and lunch / currently Shor
T.G.I. Friday’s – King & Ward Ave. & Waikiki / where my heart-broken life sentence unexpectedly began (Ward location) / currently vacant at Ward, Vyt’s Steak House at Waikiki
Third Floor, The – Hawaiian Regent Hotel (currently Marriot Waikiki Beach), Waikiki /  groundbreaking formal, iconic, well-run restaurant, with an oversize leather-bound menu of Continental specialties, such as Duck a l’Orange and Beef Wellington, at the time unheard of in Hawaii; anonymous Swiss chef ran the kitchen / currently Sansei & D.K. Steak
Tin Tin Chop Suey – downtown Honolulu / Won ton mein, Wor Kau Gee Mein, Kau Yuk over soft noodles/ *contributed by winnie, Alan
Theo’s – Bishop St, downtown Honolulu / carved roast beef sandwiches; Mayor Frank Fasi was often spotted dining there / currently
Third Floor – Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Waikiki / Prom night kind place, anniversary, Lavosh / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Three Coins – Wahiawa / just like Dot’s / Currently Zippy’s *contributed by Brenda & A.T.
Tiki Broiler, The – International Marketplace (in the middle), Waikiki / 1970s era; broil your own steak, chicken & seafood *contributed by BARB DIXON
Tiki Tops – Windward City Shopping Center, Kaneohe / a Spencecliff restaurant / currently
Times Bakery – location / features *contributed by webrunner
Times Grill – Opened by the Teruya brothers before opening Times Supermarket
Tio’s Garage & Taco Station – Ward Ave / Tex-Mex/sports bar; previously Dixie Grill, operated by same owner / currently Kanpai
Toppers – Cane St, Wahiawa / 5 burgers for $1/ currenlty
Top’s Canterbury– where Todai is today in Waikiki / late-night hangout after the movies, football game or clubbing / *contributed by leighton
Tops Waikiki – Waikiki / features / *contributed by Ann
Torii’s Lunch Room – Sheridan St. / mean overflowing curry stew *contributed by bigbud808
Trader Vic’s – Ward Ave (1950’s), then moved to Waikiki International Marketplace after ’67 –
Trattoria – Nohonani St, relocated to Edgewater Hotel, Waikiki / operated by late Sergio Battistetti / currently Embassy Suites hotel at Waikiki Beach Walk.
Tropical Drive Inn – Farrington Highway, Waipahu (across K’s  Bento-Ya) / after Tropical Drive Inn closed, Diner’s opened in Tropical’s space and years after Diner’s closed Brandi’s opened. *contributed by Daniel Yamamura
Tropics Cafe Bar and Lounge – Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / happy hour hot spot; ono grindz; live music / currently Real Gastro Pub
Tropics Fish & Vegetable – Auahi St, Ward Farmers Market, Kaka’ako / local seafood and produce market, also serving fresh-made bento and asian-centric groceries / currently Marukai
Tropics Restaurant – Atkinson Dr, Ala Moana; Johhny-come-lately to the original on the MAUKA/Ewa corner of Seaside & Kalakaua / Both were owned by Tony & Peaches Guerrero; Waikiki location had great Liver; there was a separate room (bar) upstairs; originators of the orange Tropics Salad Dressing; / Atkinson location currently Ala Moana Renaissance Hotel *contributed by Alan & Richard Wiley
Tsukenjo Lunch Wagon – Ward & Queen St. / famous faded red lunch wagon serving plate lunch favorites. Tsukenjo Lunch House still in operation on Cooke St in Kaka’ako by same owners and same lunchwagon menu using same recipes
Tubby’s – Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / features / replaced by Crown Drive-In, currently Zippy’s

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Umeke Market – Kahala / natural foods & health store, deli / Assagio’s
Uncle John’s – near the old Pearlridge 4-Plex Theatre / old school bicycle parked out front / currently Denny’s *contributed by Anne
Uptown Fountain, New – School St / SPAM

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Victoria Inn – 12th Avenue, Kaimuki / features *contributed by Black Kane
Victoria Station
– downtown Honolulu, next door to Kress, on Music Box Records side, right across the street (where Union Plaza is today) / steak house, hamburgers and fries seasoned in a (at the time) very unique way (paprika, salt and pepper?) / *contributed by John Book
Victoria Station – corner of Kapiolani and Kaheka St. / there was British red phone booth inside / *contributed by Paul Yee and Anne
Villa Paradiso – Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center / features / *contributed by leighton
Village Inn – Waialae Ave, Kahala / features / previously Tony Roma’s, then became Chin’s, currently… *contributed by winnie
Vim and Vigor – Kahala Mall and other locations around Oahu / Health food store with pretty good sandwiches *contributed by Jay
Vino
– Restaurant Row, Kakaako / opened in 2004 by partners D.K. Kodama and Master Sommolier Chuck Furuya; intimate and family style dining featuring authentic, quality cuisine such as Pan Roasted “Ligurian” Shrimp, Mini Veal Osso Buco, and House Made Ravioli are some of the items on the menu, which features an assortment of freshly made pastas and pizzas. concise 60 plus bottled wine list and more than a dozen wines by the glass, that are also offered in 2 oz tasting pours, allow guests to explore wines from across the globe; in 2006, Food and Wine named Vino one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences.”closed May 21, 2015
Volcano Joe’s
– University Ave & Metcalf St. – breakfast, salads, sandwiches/pita wraps, pizza, smoothies, coffee, tea, dessert / currently

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Wagon Wheel, The – Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki (McCully end) / features / currently *contributed by Richard Wiley
Waianae Drive Inn – Farrington Hwy. (just past Waianae Mall, next to the Adventist Church) / da’ best Hamburger Curry Stew, Laulau & Mac Salad / currently Hannara’s *contributed by Chris Costa
Waikiki Sands Restaurant & Nightclub
– Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki / circa 1950’s / currently
Wailani Inn – Waipahu / outstanding fried saimin / *contributed by Richard Lee-Ching
Washington Saimin – S. King St / Saimin & Burgers, Char-grilled Teri Beef  & Rice plate, Bulgogi
Waterfront Cafe – Aloha Tower Marketplace (formerly Sloppy Joe’s/Fat Tuesday
Whaler’s Broiler – Ala Moana Hotel (lobby level) / features / currently *contributed by A.T.
Wharf, The – Koko Marina / buffet restaurant / currently Zippy’s *contributed by Nancy
Whitetop Drive Inn – Auahi Street, Kaka’ako / good burgers and shoestring fries / currently Ward Warehouse *contributed by Rich Shintaku
Wiki-Wiki Burger – site of the current Market City Shopping Center at the junction of Kapiolani Blvd and Waialae Ave / classic burger joint with a terrific neon sign featuring a smiling, winking burger sitting on a wall while other burgers scampered below / *contributed by Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E
Wiki Wiki Coffee House – Ala Moana Center, next to Patti’s kitchen / opened maybe in the 60s and closed in the 80s; owned by David and Kay Hokama; all of the pies were homemade and so ono; good portuguese sausage, fried chicken, homemade corned beef hash, veal cutlet *contributed by Audrey
Wiki Wiki Drive Inn – corner of Harding and King … before the first segment of the “Fast Road” (H – 1) was built from Waialae Ave in Kaimuki to Ward Street near downtown *contributed by Keith Sherman
Wimpy’s Drive In – King St., near the cemetery across the street from Straub Hospital / the owner was an Okinawan guy who lost his arm like Dan Inouye in WW2, fighting in the 442nd. *contributed by onibaba
Windy’s Drive Inn – Corner of Kam Highway and Likelike in Kaneohe / Ono Teri Beef Plate, burgers, shakes, fries, hot dogs, chili, shrimp and fish boats / currently Burger King *contributed by leighton
Wisteria – King St, Moi’ili’ili / local and Japanese cuisine / currently 7-Eleven
Wo Fat – corner of Hotel and Maunakea Street, Chinatown, Honolulu / 123-year-old Wo Fat was Hawaii’s oldest restaurant when it closed in 2005./ currently an open market *contributed by KiethF and Bob Sigall c/o Honolulu Star Advertiser
Wong’s Okazuya – Ala Moana Shopping Center
Woody’s – corner of Piikoi and Kapiolani / 50s era cafeteria style eatery *contributed by Robert Traina
Woolworth – statewide / department store; fried chicken (Pioneer Chicken Deli at Ala Moana location)
Woolworth Coffee Shop – Ala Moana Center & Kahala Mall/ diner / currently

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Yacht Harbor Tower Restaurant – great food & service, Bob Nelson on piano
Yanni’s Greek – Restaurant Row / features / *contributed by leighton
Yoga Kitchen, The – University Avenue, upstairs, on the corner ‘mall’ just makai of the now razedVarsity Theater / 1966-68 *contributed by Bob F.
Young’s Saimin (or Chop Suey)  – across the bus stop in Ala Moana on the mauka side, where Nordstrom is now / Incredible saimin, made with fish head for the stock / *contributed by John Book
Yudi’s Deli – Manoa / Jewish, Kosher / currently private caterer
Yuki’s Coffee House – School St, Kalihi / okazuya with a gourmet twist, stuffed shrimp
Yum Yum Tree, The – Ward Center, Kahala Mall & Kailua (near Aikahi S.C.) / family restaurant part of the Jolly Roger chain / currently

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Zsoli’s Chimney Cakes – Kiosk in Ala Moana Center, street level makai side (next to food court) / fresh-made Hungarian Pastry called “Chimney Cakes”; simililar to a Cinnabon / currently
Zuke Bistro – Alfesco dining, next to Hula’s on Kuhio / owners were Richard and Judy (?); great people, very good food / *contributed by leighton
2-for-1 Pizza – Islandwide / the dough for each large pizza started from the size of a soft ball, explaining its 2-for-$6? price in the 80’s
9th Avenue Bakery – 9th & Waialae Ave, Kaimuki / dutch bread (round loaf with a crinkly crust), tea cake.; the late Braddah Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s favorite bakery / *contributed by John Book
99 Ranch Market – Mapunapuna / Korean big box supermarket / currently 99 Ranch (a “mega” food court

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Once again, this list is a work in progress intended to be updated by you, the readers! Along with making corrections or adding to what’s already listed, please let us know in a comment about any eateries in your neck of the woods on Oahu that’s since closed down. Please include location (street and town), features and favorite dishes (hot waiters and waitresses, junk food, ghosts in the restrooms etc.), along with what has since taken its place (currently a morgue). Let’s get EVERY bygone Oahu eatery memorialized on this list. Mahalo!

436 thoughts on “Oahu Eateries Memorialized

  • March 23, 2013 at 11:43 am
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    My mom remember Little George for she went with class for lunch there and had fisherman stew and sourdough bread.

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    • April 7, 2013 at 11:32 am
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      It was called slices pizza.

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      • April 7, 2013 at 11:46 am
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        shaine,

        Hmmm, the name Slices Pizza doesn’t spark a memory in me. Maybe that was before, however looking at their website, 19″ isn’t big enough. The pizza joint I remember next to Diamond Head Video on Kapahulu had crazy HUGE pizzas, like up to 36″ in diameter, including a box for it! IIRC, that place had an Italian name. I also remember they had bags of imported pizza dough flour stacked-up by the door. I can’t remember if it was from New York or Italy. IIRC, it was Italian.

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        • November 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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          Slices Pizza did exist back in 1984- I know because I was hired to write the music ad jingle for it.  They did not have a lot of cash so they paid me with $500 pizza credit!  Haha I also wrote the jingles for Shelly Cars, Bullwinkles, Downing Hawaii, Panache Hair Salon, and many others… Aloha- and hey what about Yakiniku House Osaka on Keeaumoku??  My fav place all you could eat bbq at your own table…

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          • November 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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            Hey Pomai,  Do you remember the name of the Mexican restaurant across the street from Moose McGillicuddy’s in the 80’s? The Chili was Ono!

          • November 13, 2015 at 5:40 am
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            @ Greg Forrest – Very cool to virtually meet you, Sir! Since you were in the local jingle-writing biz’, you definitely need to check out the post on this blog covering “Memorable Hawaii Jingles & Slogans“. Your work is probably listed in there!  It’d be great if you could add whatever work you have done that’s not listed in comments there. Mahalo. ;-)

            @ Andy – You must be referring to when Moose’s was located in Puck’s Alley, to which, no I don’t remember a Mexican restaurant across the street (of University of Avenue, I take it). Interestingly, I found out there was a Buzz’s Steak House behind there in that area at one time (where Burger King is now).

          • November 13, 2015 at 9:03 am
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            Pomai,  The Moose McGillicuddys I went to was on Lewers Street, and almost across the street was that Mexican restaurant. Aloha

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          • November 13, 2015 at 11:03 am
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            Andy,

            Ah, the Moose’s in Waikiki on Lewers (which is still there, BTW). At first then, I was thinking you were referring to Cha-Cha-Cha Waikiki, but that was actually on Seaside Avenue, a few streets up from Lewers.

            Could you be talking about Malia’s Cantina, which was owned by Jack Law?

          • November 13, 2015 at 12:01 pm
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            Pomai,  That sounds familiar. They had great Chili and good live music. I wonder if Moose McGillicuddys still has that great happy hour on Sundays? That was a long walk home after all those Long Island Ice Teas!!!  Many stops at the hotel pools to sober up!!! Thanks for the info.

        • May 6, 2016 at 11:10 am
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          Pomai,

          Are you thinking about Harpo’s? They used to also make killer hot ham, mozz and mushroom sammies and deliver to the UH dorms. I don’t think they were next to Diamond Head Video, but very close to it.

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          • May 11, 2016 at 3:52 am
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            Jay,

            No, wasn’t Harpo’s. Harpo’s on Kapahulu was down the street makai-bound by Rainbow Drive-In, in that triangular-shaped building, which is now a Chinese restaurant.

            IIRC, the Pizza joint next to Diamond Head Video had an even more Italian-sounding name (the owner’s last name). As I said, they had SUPER HUGE pizzas, like wider than the front door! Also in that old Kapahulu ave. strip mall was Love’s Bakery discount outlet and Regal Drive In, while on the front there was Subway. Now of course it’s (part of) the Kapahulu Safeway complex.

            Speaking of Kapahulu, I heard Hee Hing is reopened or will be reopening in the same place in a much smaller space. I’ll drop by next time I drive by there (probably this weekend). From what I understand, the Lee family who owns Hee Hing owns not only that building, but many more properties in the area.

          • May 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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            I was spazzing. Was thinking about Kapahulu video, which was near Harpos and Rainbows. Now that I’ve shaken off the cobwebs, I remember Loves and know the area you are talking about. Wasn’t just a discount outlet. At one time, was a full blown bakery before they moved out by Middle street, (Dai-ichi/Love’s bakery now, I think) near the bus depot. I’m drawing a blank on the pizza place though. Just down the corner, there was “Bob Bush’s Cheesecakes”, next to Gima’s appliance service and washerette. My parents took over the property that the cheesecake factory was located at to start up a catering company which catered to the Aikane catamaran cruises, founded by famed marine architect (and designer of the Hokulea), Rudy Choy. In their heyday, Aikane cruises carried over a 1/4 million passengers per year on their sunset (and other) cruises. I think they also did the original “booze cruises”, back in the day, and local rock band “Shnazz” also played on some of their cruises out of Kewalo Basin, in the 70’s I believe.

            Thanks for the info about Hee Hing. Was always a favorite of mine for their cake noodle dishes, dim sum, clams (and crab) in black bean sauce, etc… They were getting some bad reviews near the end, but if they opened up again, I’d chance a visit next time I’m in town.

             

          • May 12, 2016 at 5:33 am
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            Good news about Hee Hing!  I went to KIS and KHS with Hok Ching Lee, one of the sons of the original owner. I think he was running the place back in the 80’s… probably on the fourth generation by now.  Will check it out next time I’m home!

          • May 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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            Magoo’s Pizza made the killer “Hot Ham & Mushroom ” sub and some really great Pizza. They used to be in Puck’s Alley.

    • February 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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      Hi,

      A while back someone asked if there was a eatery in the Gold Bond building, someone mentioned  to me that there was a place called Leroy’s on the Keane Street side of the gb building.   Behind used to be the Coca Cola bottling plant and after work people would unwind at Leroy’s so it might have also been a bar.  Can anyone she’d more light?

      Thanks

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      • May 13, 2016 at 10:49 am
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        Jay,

        Yeah, Kapahulu Video (still is) right behind Zippy’s on Campbell Ave. on the Diamond Head side.

        Speaking of which, Nanding’s Bakery (a Filipino bakery famous for their Spanish Butter Rolls) was going to open in a space near there, but for some reason stopped.

        I didn’t know Love’s Bakery had a full operation on Kapahulu Ave. before. You know who’s REAL popular now is Leonard’s Bakery right up the street. Always jam packed with tourists.

        I don’t recall Bob Bush’s Cheesecake or Gima’s Appliance. Only old school place I remember on Kapahulu is of course KC Drive In. In fact, you can still get the original KC Drive In Waffle Dog at the “Kitchens of Hawaii”, right around the corner of Rainbow Drive In. I think they also sell KC Drive In’s famous “Ono Ono Shake”.

        Please provide a little more detail about Bob Bush’s Cheesecake (exact location/features), so it can be added to the main list. Mahalo!

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        • May 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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          Yeah, Leonard’s was always popular and always enjoyed the waffledogs at KC. BTW, IIRC, the actual original location for KC Drive in was Waikiki, where the Ala Wai met Kalaukaua.. The same family also owned Wisteria, by Makiki Zippy’s.

          Did a search about the cheesecake company. My bad on the spelling, it was “Bob Busch’s Cheesecakes”. I thought they had a booth in Ward Warehouse at one time, but could be mistaken. They also expanded and moved off island, to Venice, CA. Oh, found this small blurb about his company in the Star Bulletin written by one of our Mr. Checkers, Dave Donnelly: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2003/11/16/features/donnelly.html Had no idea he was the casting director for the original Hawaii 5-0.

          Also, here’s a link about Love’s Bakery and their history. Opened the Kapahulu plan in 1943, then moved to Middle Street in 1990. http://www.lovesbakeryhawaii.com/about.html

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          • May 18, 2016 at 4:17 am
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            Jay,

            Bob Busch’s Cheesecakes has been added to the main listing, per all the information you provided, including the Star Bulletin link. Check it out and let me know if that’s as accurate as you recall. Sounds like he had a location on Kapahulu, then expanded with a deli outlet in Ward Warehouse. Correct?

            Speaking of Ward Warehouse, you do know its days are numbered, right? Howard Hughes Corp. plans to raze that entire shopping center property (not Ward Center, just Ward Warehouse) to make way for a completely revised development project in the greater Ward Kaka’ako area. I’ll definitely have to get photos and reviews of current businesses there for archiving. Especially Spaghetti Factory, which has been there like FOREVER, and was the former home of Frank DeLima’s comedy show with Na Kolohe back in the early 80s.

        • June 19, 2016 at 9:49 am
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          I see in the posting for KC Drive In they state original location Kapiolani, when I lived there in early 70-s it was located on Kalakau and Ala Wai near McCully, they had the best Ono Ono Shakes and atmosphere at Kapahulu just didn’t hold up in my opinion. I create that shake at home lot’s of times. Love PB.

           

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  • March 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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    Amy, I thought I already added Little George’s, but anyway, it’s on there now. Thanks!

    I’m trying to remember the name of that little pizza joint next to the original Diamond Head Video in that little strip mall previously located where Safeway now stands on Kapahulu Avenue. I remember they had really huge pizzas… like 36″ diameter, while they also made Stromboli and other italian pasta dishes. They were really good! That same little Kapahulu strip mall (ewa side of the street heading mauka) also had Subway in the front, a plate lunch joint (I forget the name), a Love’s Bakery discount outlet, as well as a stand-alone Dunkin Donuts in the adjacent parking lot, which then turned into a Catch of the Day “robot” sushi joint, who’s also since closed.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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    Pomai,

    What about Three Coins in Wahiawa? I think it’s now Zippy’s? From WAY back in the day… I have fond childhood memories of this place! Many weekend dinners with the grandparents… And definitely can’t forget the fried noodles from Big Way Burger! Also in Wahiawa. So ONO! Now Golden Coin. :-(

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  • March 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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    When I was a toddler, my grandmother used to take me to the restaurant at the Alexander-Young Hotel. I think it was The Hob Nob. Also a place called Ciro’s that was downtown and immensely popular.(Thought I would set the bar there).

    And I miss all the Woolworth and Kress restaurants. The Kauai ones had local fare including a full Okazuya in Woolworth.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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    Wow! Thanks for taking me down memory lane! Definitely remember Tiki Tops in Kaneohe, family used to eat there kinda regularly. Also, there was a Wisteria at Kaneohe Shopping Center, next to (attached) the bowling alley. Is Grinders drive in still in Kahaluu? Also, Tops in Waikiki. And Pinky’s Broiler in Kailua/Aikahi, was part of a hotel I think, now it’s a stand alone Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill same area. Also, when I was stationed at Barber’s Point in the early 80s, there was a tiny Italian restaurant in Ewa Beach, can’t remember the name, but they had awesome spaghetti & meatballs or sausage…and they had huge pizzas served on tv trays! :-D

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    • March 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm
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      I think that was Casa Mia, in Ewa Beach. there was also Barney’s drive inn in the Ewa Beach shopping center with great sweet sour spare ribs, now Shiro’s.

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      • March 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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        Aha Bingo! Thanks RC, you’re right! :-D Casa Mia was to-die-for! I think the owner/cook was an ex-army guy. Anyhoo, I was also trying to remember (failing memory) a bar/grill type place on leeward Oahu coast, I think it had a pirate theme to it or something like that…also from early 80s. It had a sweeping view of the ocean.

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      • January 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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        Casa Mia, I have been trying to remember the name for years now. The best Italian food but it only had about 5 tables, if that. My kids still remember how good it was. Also Kams Co across the street from Ilima Intermediate school, best french fries.

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    • March 24, 2013 at 6:32 am
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      Grinders has been gone for a long time. Do you remember Lau’s Drive Inn? That was in Kahaluu too.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm
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    Elephant & Castle in Pearl City.

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    • March 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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      Doubled check your list it’s M’s Ranch House! Always remembered the Chuck Wagon out front

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  • March 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm
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    Sea Breeze Drive In in Waianae! First Teri Beef sandwich in my life that I can remember with my grandma and younger brother. Right after, she got us first pair of rubber slippahs from Waianae Grocery Store! Thanks, Grandma! Love and miss you!

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  • March 23, 2013 at 11:23 pm
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    How about Eddie’s drive-in waipahu as well as taco time, and way way back: horiuchi(?) H saimin stand… Eddie’s and H saimin stand were both on waipahu street and each had da most ono fried noodles!

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  • March 24, 2013 at 4:14 am
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    Pomai, there one restaurant in downtown that was coin operate place like one in NY. that shut down also now. My dad pass by it back then.

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  • March 24, 2013 at 8:10 am
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    Mahalo everyone who’s so far made suggestions. They’ve all been added to the list with a note in red *contributed by Your Screen Name The list is growing! Again, please also note features about the establishments, such as most popular dishes, ghosts in the restrooms, “chronics” gettin’ high in the back, etc.. lol

    Note, when the list gets too long for one page (causing to fatigue your scrolling finger), it will be broken into sub-pages by groups of alphabets: A-D | E-H | I-L | M-P | Q-T | U-Z.

    kobi, regarding Kahalu’u (Windward Oahu), I remember there was some cheap taco place there about 5 years ago, but I couldn’t find any info online about them. Something like 2-for-$1 tacos and burritos. Incredibly Kahalu’u “infamous” Hygienic Store is still there, banyan tree and all! If only the branches of that ominous tree could talk, the stories it could tell. :-D

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  • March 24, 2013 at 9:21 am
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    I came up with the following list of bygone Oahu nightclubs a while ago on HawaiiThreads. Here it is, updated to current status. Most of these clubs weren’t focused much on food (some served pupus as a side service, but that’s it), if at all, therefore they’re not being included in the main eateries list. If you beg to differ, let me know and I’ll move whichever one into the main list.

    ANNABELLE’S – Top of the Ilikai Hotel

    BLACK DIAMOND – Waikiki Trade Center, 2nd floor. Previously operated as FASHION 45, previously operated as MAZE.

    BLUE TROPIX – formerly located in a building near Hawaiian Brian’s Billiards on Kapiolani Blvd. That building has since been razed.

    BLUE ZEBRA – formerly in the corner unit of Restaurant Row, adjacent to Sunset Grill. It closed then became MYSTIQUE, who also eventually closed. Both of these clubs attracted the younger hip-hop crowd. The most beautiful cocktail watress I ever laid eyes upon used to work there. :hypnotized:

    BOBBY McGEE’s Conglomeration – fomerly located in the new W hotel (now an AQUA resort), across the Kapiolani Park water fountain. The space became the W restaurant way later, which has since closed. This was THE club for my generation and a few others before that. Remember their cool porcelain toilet bowl logo drinking glasses? When they closed, everyone migrated to Restaurant Row.

    CHI CHI’s – fomerly in Westridge Shopping Center next to Pearlridge. By day it was a Mexican restaurant, but by night it was a very popular nightclub for the west side community during the late 80’s and early 90’s. The space is now occupied by Makino Chiya Japanese Restuarant.

    CILLY’s – formerly located in a front cellar space in the current building on the corner of McCully and Ala Wai Blvd., just before Jack-in-the-Box on Kalakaua ave. They closed doors some time in the early 90’s.

    FAST EDDIE’s – formerly located on a corner property in the middle of Kailua town. This was the one and only nightclub in the area and was popular with servicemen from Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station (known back then as KMCAS).

    GUSSIE LAMOUR’S – formerly located on Nimitz Hwy in the airport industrial area, near the (Best Western) Plaza Hotel. In their final years, they hosted many 80’s washout metal bands, including IIRC, RATT. I attended an Atomic Punks Van Halen tribute band concert their one time. The place rocked. They were also known for female oil wrestling events at one time. Never been to that.

    HAMBURGER MARY’s – fomerly on Kuhio Ave., Waikiki in a cluster of old wood buildings with an old Banyan tree behind it. Canlis Restaurant was just in front on Kalakaua. Hamburger Mary’s and HULA’s became an icon of Hawaii’s gay community. That entire corner property is now redeveloped as a high-end boutique retail mall. Hula’s has since moved and still operates in a second floor open air hotel space across the Zoo on Kapahulu Blvd.

    HAWAIIAN HUT – Ala Moana Hotel

    HERNANDO’s HIDEAWAY – A cozy little sports bar tucked way behind a small lot on Kuhio Ave. We used to go there for their ono hand-tossed Pizza. Not sure what’s there now.

    JAZZ CELLAR (a.k.a. THE CELLAR) – Formerly in the basement of a hotel on Lewers Street in Waikiki on the makai side of Kalakaua, where that entire portion of the street has since been redeveloped.

    MAHARAJA – formerly in the Waikiki Trade Center where ZANZIBAR now operates. Maharaja introduced Honolulu to the high end glamour club concepts in VEGAS, LA & NYC. Zanzibar continues that tradition.

    MASQUERADE – formerly located on the property where KC Drive-In once stood and Waikiki Landmark now sits. Been there a few times just out of high school. I remember they had an upper mez’ level.

    OCEAN CLUB – formerly located in Restaurant Row where STUDEBAKER’S previously operated. Ocean Club had a long running, diversifying with an eclectic pupu menu and agressive marketing. It then opened as THE STANDARD, however that was VERY short-lived.

    ONE HONOLULU – formerly in a space somewhere? in Aloha Tower Market Place. They tried to give it lots of media hype and glamour glitz like celebrity red carpet grand openings and such. Not sure what happened, but they ended up closing.

    PINK CADDILAC – formerly located in an old building next to 7-11 on Ena Rd. in Waikiki. This was THE place for the younger crowd in the late 80’s. It has since closed and morphed into many other nightclub concepts. Irish Rose (an Irish pub), is now operating there.

    POINT AFTER – fomerly located on the second floor ocean-front side of the Hawaiian Regent hotel. They operated for a long time before closing to become EURASIA, who also survived quite a long time. They then closed when Hawaiian Regent was bought out by the Marriot. The space is now a hotel spa.

    THE POWER STATION – Ilikai hotel, circa 1985. Previously called HELL.

    ROCK N’ ROLL CLINIC – At the edge of Waikiki, circa 1984.

    SCRUPLES – A very long-running basement club in Waikiki on Kuhio Avenue. Currenty operating as the PLAY BAR.

    SLOPPY JOE’s/FAT TUESDAY – another former Aloha Tower M.P. tenant who was very popular as restaurant by day, club by night. It then opened as WATERFRONT CAFE, another hybrid restaurant/nightclub. They have has also since closed.

    SPATS – formerly in a cellar under the Hyatt Regency. It’s a Chinese seafood restaurant now.

    THE STING – Princess Kaiulani Hotel, Waikiki. Circa early 80’s.

    STUDEBAKER’s – fomerly located in Restaurant Row where OCEAN CLUB currently operates. Studebaker’s was memorable for the bartop performances of their wait and bar staff.

    TRAPPERS – Hyatt Regency Waikiki

    WAVE WAIKIKI – formerly located on Kalakaua Avenue, across the Waikiki Landmark Towers, towards the beginning of the main drag (no pun intended). “The Wave” was known for live music and being LGBT-friendly, as the owner was Jack Law, owner of Hula’s Bar & Lei stand, which is still around. Hula’s moved a long time ago from their iconic banyan tree location on Kuhio Avenue (next to Hamburger Mary’s), down to the end of Waikiki across the Honolulu Zoo on Kapahulu. The property the Wave was on is now a beautiful boutique condominium. If I move, that’s where I wanna’ go.

    WORLD CAFE – They had their beginnings next to the unit where Hiroshi restuarant now operates (formerly Sansei) in Restaurant Row. World Cafe then moved to Nimitz Business Plaza in a large back area warehouse. They survived for a while, then closed to become VOLCANO Night Club. They then closed as well.

    One notable “old school” club that still operates to this day is RUMOURS in the Ala Moana Renaissance Hotel. Still going strong after all these years. Grandmas be dancin’ in them cages… part of the reason why Rumours is known to be the “Cougar’s Den”. lol

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    • March 24, 2013 at 10:06 am
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      Primo Gardens at the Ilikai. Fo watch Sunday Manoa.
      Spats was terrific.
      Shogun at the Pacific Beach Hotel. Best seafood buffet on the island.

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    • March 24, 2013 at 10:52 am
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      A long time ago, I got VIP’d into the club that the helicopter pilot from Magnum PI owned. A friend of a friend was a cousin of that guy. It was a foggy night for me mentally, for the life of me I could not even recall where it was located.

      Do you happen to know the name, location, and if it is still even in business?

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      • July 27, 2013 at 9:06 am
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        Arny,

        I just noticed your query. Was it the Black Orchid in Restaurant Row? I know Tom Selleck was part-owner of that restaurant, which moonlighted as a club late at night. Black Orchid then turned into World Cafe (a nightclub), who ended up moving to the Nimitz Business Center. The space where Black Orchid was is now either Ruth’s Chris or Hiroshi. I can’t remember exactly which space in Restaurant Row the Black Orchid was located.

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        • July 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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          This was 1986. All I remember is I was very buzzed and there was a late night Zippy’s run involved. The hookup was via the cousin of ‘T.C.’ aka Roger Mosley. I am pretty certain it was a nightclub. Sorry for no more info. Too many dead brain cells between now and then.

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          • July 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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            If it was 1986, then that’s a few years before Restaurant Row opened for business, so Black Orchid ain’t it.

            Courtesy of Paul Ogata’s post on Hawaii Threads (“HT”), here’s where you’re talking about!…

            RENI’S – Roger Mosley (TC from Magnum P.I.) opened this club in the Pearl City area. Was it the same space as Bully Hayes was in? I don’t know, but it certainly suffered the same fate.”

          • July 28, 2013 at 5:05 am
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            You are a truly astonishing food detective!!! First, I forget about this request and then months later BAM!!! The Answer.

            Much Mahalos!!!

          • June 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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            RENI’S was named after Roger Mosley’s daughter.

        • July 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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          I vaguely remember the name Reni’s being dropped when friends were talking about nighclubs, however they must have been around before I was clubbing age.

          Ironically the drinking age in Hawaii had just been changed from 18 to 21 the year I graduated high school, so me and my pals had to wait another 3 years to go clubbing (not the type to use fake ID).

          We used to hit Chi Chi’s in Westridge center every now and then, where, God were there some smokin’ hot west side Filipino babes in that club!

          Back in those days though, THE club of all clubs was Bobby McGee’s in Waikiki down by San Souci. Talk about “target rich environment”!

          When the DJ would put on Rob Base’ “Joy and Pain”…. “sunshine and rain”, whoah man, that was my JAM! I’d go frantically looking for someone to dance with so I could “bust my move” and burn up the dance floor! LOL!!!!!

          Also McHammer’s “Turn this Mutha’ Out”. I can just visualize right now how I must have looked doing the “Roger Rabbit”. Must have been a riot! :-D

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    • March 25, 2013 at 4:53 am
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      Just showing my age, but in the early 70’s I used to check out a band called the Blue Kangaroo that played off-color late night shows at the Schooner, Davey Jones’ Locker, Jolly Roger Crow’s Nest in Waikiki and later had a bar/restaurant named after them in Kaimuki. No ghost stories, but lotsa extreme beer chugging, audience participation and sing alongs of extremely blue material. Good times… those that I remember anyway…

      as for the restaurants, I remember Shakey’s Pizza where you sang along “following the bouncing ball” to old timey songs. Somebody mentioned Farrell’s in Kahala in the comment part of one of the submission but didn’t include it on the list. I made a pig of myself many times there by consuming a “Trough” banana split (I have the ribbons to prove it somewhere). One more Kahala/Waialae spot was Kenny’s Jolly Rodger on the corner of Waialae and Kilauea. That was a go-to spot to grab a teri burger after a football game or movie.

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    • March 25, 2013 at 4:57 am
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      Oh, yeah, and the Blue Goose next to Anna Bannana’s near UH manoa… more good times

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      • March 25, 2013 at 5:03 am
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        One more… the Waialae Drive In Movie snack bar… had my first Xlnt Tamale there; begged my mom after seeing the snack bar movie they showed during the previews… Hmmm no wonder I didn’t start getting into “Mexican” food until the Dog House opened in Kapahulu and I was able to grind 3 tacos for $1.00. Dog House was where I had my first foot long Coney Island Dog with chopped onions… a revalation for me! From that day on, I MUST have chopped onions on my ‘dogs, no mattah what else is on top.!

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    • August 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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      Before The WAVE, it was called the LAVALAVA. After-hours competition for The TOMATO (across the street, next to Al Phillips The Cleaner).

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      • August 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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        webrunner,

        Mahalos for all the great contributions, which have been updated in the list. Sounds like you lived in Kailua back around the 70s and 80s (and possibly still do). You may have heard the news recently that Macy’s (formerly Liberty House) in Kailua is pulling out of there. Their lease is expiring and they aren’t going to renew. My grandmother used to take me there to shop for school clothes back when it was Liberty House in the 1970s.

        The information about LAVALAVA nightclub preceding The Wave Waikiki, along with The Tomato across the street is particularly interesting, which I’ve added to this list: Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized.

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    • December 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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      “Sea View Inn” in Haleiwa where Haleiwa Joes is now.  As a kid in the 70s, our family would drive from Kaneohe to be treated to their amazing shrimp tempura!

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    • May 6, 2016 at 11:22 am
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      How about “Steel Wings” in the Ilikai? In the early 80’s they had $2 kamikaze shooters. “The Winery” on Kuhio? Was a below street level club. Celebrity Bar and Grill (CBG) in McCully/Moiliili area, makai of S. King, which I think was started by former members of “Steel Wings”. A lot of local bands used to play there. I seem to recall members of Kalapana frequently being on stage.

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  • March 24, 2013 at 10:18 am
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    My wife Jeanne is now chiming in. She says the two on Kauai she misses most are:
    Kenny’s Restaurant in Lihue. Famed for a carved rare roast beef sandwich and fabulous plate lunches, and
    Coco Palms Hotel. The entry way was graced with an open spit that always had two pigs and two turkeys cooking all day and served for dinner right on the lagoon.
    The Golden Cape. Top floor of the Kauai Surf.

    The Coco Palms and Kauai Surf (where my mother worked) were two of the early hotels to welcome locals for dining and drinks.They were really loved in the community and people took great pride in working there. Employees were welcome in the bars and restaurants after work. The former employees sometimes still have reunions.

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    • March 24, 2013 at 10:39 am
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      pat,

      Both your submissions in the previous post were added to the list. However, was Primo Gardens just a bar, or did they serve food too (extensive pupu list)? I’m not including any establishment in the Oahu Eateries list that didn’t have a considerable food menu to offer. Let me know.

      Oooh, speaking of hotel bars, I need to add Esprit Lounge in the Sheraton to the list. They indeed had an extensive pupu menu.

      As for bygone eateries on Kauai, huge mahalo to your wife for sharing. I’m VERY interested in seeing a master list of bygone restaurants from EVERY island. I’d LOVE to do a follow-up KAUAI EATERIES MEMORIALIZED, MAUI EATERIES MEMORIALIZED, BIG ISLAND EATERIES MEMORIALIZED, and heck, perhaps even a CHINAMAN’S HAT & RABBIT ISLAND EATERIES MEMORIALIZED.

      However, I feel I’m not qualified to do such lists, as I’ve never lived there, so don’t have the first person experience or knowledge about the places, nor ring of family and friends to help me through it. Of course I could depend on my online friends, you folks the readers, but still. Perhaps we could start with a MOLOKA’I EATERIES MEMORIALIZED list, which could probably be completed in 10 minutes. :-D

      I dunno’. If you folks want me to do neighbor island lists as a follow-up to this one, let me know. This Oahu list certainly is a big project to take on. Sure is interesting and fun, though! Thanks again to everyone for helping out! ;)

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      • March 24, 2013 at 11:31 am
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        Well, I don’t seem to remember eating anything there, lol

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    • January 4, 2014 at 11:19 am
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      I’m trying to find the recipe for a drink I enjoyed at Coco Palms. I believe it was called a Coconut Willy (or Willie?) Can you put me on to someone who knows the recipe?

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      • January 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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        Craig,

        Are you referring to the now defunct Coco Palms Resort on the island of Kauai? If so, there’s a group currently working on restoring Coco Palms, to which they have a website including contact info here:

        http://www.coco-palms.com/

        Perhaps someone there might be able to help you get that recipe. ;-)

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  • March 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm
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    Here’s a starter short list of REALLY OLD SCHOOL establishments I’m so GLAD have NOT made this list:

    Shirokiya – their new Yataimura Food Court has completely revitalized them. By FAR my favorite store (mainly for the food!) in Ala Moana Center. Apple Store is cool, but Shirokiya RULES!

    The Willows – Honolulu Magazine awarded Prince Court “best buffet in Honolulu” in their latest 2013 best of edition, yet I think Willows is up there as top contender, along with the Oceanarium in PBH. While we’re still far behind Vegas for “mega buffets”, you still can’t beat the local touch we have here with buffet such as at the Willows. Oh, did I mention the “hidden oasis” ambiance?

    St. Louis Delicatessen – Hole-in-the-wall of all hole-in-the-wall mom ‘n pop (to next generation) Okazuya joints (OK, Mitsuba in Kalihi, too). Still no shop sign. Creeky wooden screen door. Only those “in the know” would dare step foot in there, perhaps thinking you’re walking into the back kitchen of neighboring St. Louis Drive-In. Yet once you have a taste of their back-to-basics Okazuya grinds, including their STELLAR Chow Fun? That’s it. So simple. Priced right. In quick, out quick. Oishii yo!

    It’s funny how we all take the most endearing things in our lives for granted. Imagine if one day you read the news and found out that Zippy’s is closing their doors for good. What would happen? EVERYONE on the island would be busting their doors down to get the last bite of a Zip Pac, Zip Min, Zippy’s Chili and Napoleon’s Bakery Napples.

    Moral of the story: appreciate what you have while you still have it, because you never know when one day, it just may not be there. Cliche as that saying is, it’s so, so true.

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    • March 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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      Pagoda. Not my favorite, but glad it is still there.
      Likelike. Good chopped steak for breakfast.
      Poi bowl. Hard fo get beef stew at Ala Moana.

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    • March 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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      Oh i hope Shirokiya *never* goes away! Love that place! :inlove:

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      • April 3, 2014 at 11:17 am
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        I remember when Shirokiya opened its bakery back in about 1976! So good!

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    • December 3, 2013 at 10:37 am
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      Graduated from St. Louis in 1963. St. Louis Delicatessen was where we went before and after school. I remember the great teriyaki also a corned beef and potato patty fried. Mostly we used to smoke there, smoke level down to the floor. Bought cigarettes at the machine for 35 cents a pack. St. Louis Drive-In was a Dairy Queen then.

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      • December 3, 2013 at 10:48 am
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        Terry,

        St. Louis Delicatessen is still there! Same great Okazuya grindz (including what you mentioned), same local Okinawan owners. Still no sign in front. Those who don’t know about the place would think their entrance is the the backdoor to the kitchen for St. Louis Drive-In nextdoor, which is still there as well!

        Here’s links to a couple reviews on them on this blog:

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  • March 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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    Wow, that list sure brings back memories. Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm
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    Honda Okazuya and Masu were so good on Liliha St. Dutch Girl Bakery for hot apple pie. Next to Liliha Library was a Dairy Queen stand.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 5:14 am
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    There was a restaurant in Niu Valley shopping Center in the 70’s called the Red Boar or Boar’s head… something like that, there was a dish I never saw anywhere else: Short Ribs Pulehua(sp?), a sort of teriyaki style dish… soooo ono! And another in the same shopping center called Swiss Inn.. I knew the head cook/owner Martin Wyss and his wife Jeanie (I dated her sister back in HS).

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    • May 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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      I know this is late, but the restaurant you are thinking about is already on the list. It was called “The Sty” and I think had a red pig on their sign. Groups like “Sons of Hawaii” and “Country Comfort” got their start there back in the day. I played a lot of rounds of golf with the former owner, before his passing in 2007.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 5:16 am
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    Hey good thing you not listing every Korean Bar that ever existed… may take up a couple of pages! Domiko’s, Korea House, etc….

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  • March 25, 2013 at 6:05 am
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    I am showing my age — add these old time places:
    Tropics Restaurant-where the Ala Moana Hotel now is. They were the originators of the orange tropics salad dressing.
    Sampan Inn-at Kewalo Basin on the Diamond Head side.
    Kaneda’s Delicatessen-I can’t believe you forgot this place.
    Kuhio Grill-not the Waikiki one, but the one on King Street across from Mother Rice Day Care Center.
    Paris Cafe-used to be a diner then turned into a bar. Next to Kuhio School.
    Shorty’s Grill-on Bishop Street. Near Hawaiian Telephone. Served only breakfast and lunch.
    Liliha Seafood-Cantonese food; corner of Vineyard and Liliha.
    Kapahulu Chop Suey-next to Ono’s Hawaiian food.
    Tasty Broiler-across from Pier 13 on Dillingham.

    And as far as bars go, there used to be The Attic. A small very dark place on the second story above a Waikiki restaurant with parking in the back. It was so dark the waitress had to show you to a table with a flashlight. Good place to take your secretary for triple Martini’s for only $1.00.

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    • March 25, 2013 at 6:25 am
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      Kaneda’s and Kuhio Grill are definite must haves.

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        There is a misspelled “Keneda’s” deli entry.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 6:29 am
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    Magoo’s Pizza. The Volkswagon days.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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    @ pat – Magoo’s Pizza is still around. I never did try the food at Poi Bowl in AMC food court, yet I was always interested. I dunno’.. something about the ambiance at Ala Moana Center isn’t conducive to eat Hawaiian food for me. More of a sandwich or Japanese food vibe.

    @ Alan – Your submissions have been added. Thanks! I love Tropics Oriental Dressing. The thinner Sesame oil one from Costco is good too, though. I usually have a bottle of either one in my fridge. Sampan Inn sounds particularly really interesting. I’ll have to search around for more info’ about them later when I’ve got time. Was it located where that dolphin research facility used to be, right before the turn to the parking lot for Point Panic?

    Still working on finding informational website pages worth clicking on for each business. Makes it that much easier to go through, especially if you’re using a tablet or smartphone viewing this page.

    @KeithF, gosh, if bars – especially Korean Bars were included in the list? My gosh, I’d need to write a damned PHONE BOOK! I’m pretty sure when this bygone Oahu eateries list fills up, I’m going to need to break it down into alphabetical sub-pages. You know how KBs are with their continuous “Under New Management!” banners always posted out front. Are the customers supposed to be excited about that? My dad used to be in charge of SCORE Hawaii chapter’s online counseling, and he told me the “inside scoops” about why KBs do that. At least before. I dont’ know about now, with new laws.

    Speaking of bars, I didn’t understand this part you commented, “in the early 70′s I used to check out a band called the Blue Kangaroo that played off-color late night shows at the Schooner, Davey Jones’ Locker, Jolly Roger Crow’s Nest in Waikiki and later had a bar/restaurant named after them in Kaimuki.” Also “Blue Goose next to Anna Bannana’s”

    Were those all bars, or were any of them restaurants or “bar & grill” type deals? As said before, this list should only include eateries. If they had a bar, fine, but they must have also had a considerable menu to order from. Side Street Inn is a good example of that: primarily a bar that happens to have really ono grinds. Da’ kine laddat.

    @Aaron, your submissions have been added. Thanks!

    @Lori, glad you like it. I’m enjoying working on the project!

    If this website survives the next generation, they surely will appreciate having a handy-dandy all-in-1 list of bygone Oahu restaurants to refer to. Especially when trying to revive “old school” restaurant concepts. Oh like say Tahitian Lanai!

    I swear, if someone reopened Tahitian Lanai with the same look and feel, I bet it would BANK! The next best place I can think of that currently exists like that is Duke’s Waikiki in the Outrigger. Then again, Tahitian Lanai was before my time, so I’m going off just what my mom told me about the place, as that was her “haunt” when they lived in Waikiki back in its old school glory days.

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    • March 26, 2013 at 4:36 am
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      Hey, Pomai:

      I was trying to list those long ago college and Waikiki bars, but the Blue Kangaroo in Kaimuki actually was a legit restaurant with a nightly floor show the band ran. The food was OK, nothing to brag about, most of the patrons stayed for the show which got bawdy after 10 pm. Though I do remember that their Shepherd’s Pie was pretty good… By the way, Swiss Inn still has a presence as the owner’s nephew is producing their salad dressing and selling it in some of the local markets. https://www.facebook.com/swissinn.saladdressing

      Some info on Tanoue’s Okazuya: It was in Kaimuki on Waialae near Kaimuki park, we mostly went there for saimin and won ton min.

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    • June 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm
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      TL was the best, especially on Thursday nights when the gang came into sing. I heard the “Tahitian Lanai Singers” moved on to La Mariana, and there are some videos online, but nothing could replace those wonderful days.

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    • June 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm
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      Did your mom go with the gang over to Opus One after TL closed? We go dance over there til 3 or 4 a.m., and then go to breakfast at the Wailana.

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      • June 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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        DMayL,

        Opus One sounds like a fun place to hang out late at night at the time during the Tahitian Lanai era. Where exactly was Opus One located, and what kind of what I imagine was the theme of this “lounge”? In the Hilton? Nearby on Ena Road? Seratoga? Lewers?

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  • March 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    Third Floor, Prom night kind place, anniversary, Lavosh
    Elliots chuckwagon. Buffet, along with Queen’s surf, prime rib and fried chicken
    Kapiolani Drive in (KDI) 6 hamburgers for a dollar! Broasted chicken!
    Tenney Center Tavern, in Ewa, veal cutlet with great gravy and a cherry coke or a lemon coke.
    Dutch girl bakery also had great cornbread
    Wailani Inn in waipahu, outstanding fried saimin.
    You have Kenny’s in Kam shopping Center (the drive inn, not the restaurant) for slush floats?
    And if you go to Tasty Broiler, have to have the steak and lobster special for $10.

    And for the UH students, there is always MaRUZEN in Moilili for a cheap cafeteria meal.
    Thanks

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    • March 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm
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      Thank you for remembering the Elliott’s Chuckwagon! John Elliott is 76 and still going strong!

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  • March 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm
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    A few places I remember growing up:
    Alakea Grill (1192 Alakea St.)… According to Google maps, it is now a parking lot next to the phone company, but I would go to the grill as a kid many times, as my mom did her share of shopping in downtown Honolulu and it would always be for breakfast. They used to have those jukebox machines on each table so that you could select songs as you waited for the food, and it would be programmed to play your song in the jukebox near the back. I honestly don’t remember having lunch here, just breakfast. I do know that it was one of Genoa Keawe’s hideouts for her and her band, and she even recorded an album there that was released in the 80’s.

    Jolly Roger Drive-In… There used to be one on Keeaumoku too, as it was the place where I had my first bacon double cheeseburger. I thought “you can actually make something like this?”

    In Pauoa, specifically at Booth Park, there were two lunch wagons I still remember fondly. Don’t remember the names but if anyone does, please share. One was a chili wagon, where they served bowls of chili with two scoops of rice. It was served in those brown paper poi bowls, and I believe the truck itself was brown, may have been similar to the poi bowl design. My dad loved their chili and it was something we’d have once a month, twice if possible, three if we were lucky. The wagon would always be parked on the corner of Kaneali’i and Namilimili, especially during “summer fun”. There was also another wagon parked on Namilimili next to the tree, in front of where the pool is. They served burgers and fries, along with chips and candies, but my main focus was always burgers and fries. We used to make fun and say “yeah, we like flench flies” but the man and his wife always served them, incredibly greasy so that there seemed to be a time limit on how long the paper bags would hold everything. I want to say the couple were Korean or Laotian, but we were always thankful to grind on those burgers. Again, I was in the 3rd grade when these wagons were there, and remained there until I moved to the mainland when my 8th grade year was over, so… if anyone remembers the names or who ran them, I’d be very thankful.

    Kaimuki Inn… I know there is a “new” Kaimuki Inn but I’m talking about the original, where Big City is now. Again, another place where my family and I would have some great breakfasts, everything from the usual bacon and eggs to pancakes, and whatever. When we knew we were at “the top” of Kaimuki, we know where we were going.

    Young’s… I think it was called Young’s, either Saimin or Chop Suey. It was across the bus stop in Ala Moana on the mauka side, specifically those who caught the #6, which for me was Pauoa. It was where Nordstrom is now, but this section used to have two or three sections one could go into, including Young’s. Incredible saimin, I remember once seeing the cook make it with the fish head inside and I thought “what is this? I’m not eating THAT!” In the early 80’s, there also used to be a video game room here where one could play hacked versions of Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong, including versions of Space Invaders with weird and trippy neon colors.

    Victoria Station… a mainland chain, I don’t know where else they were located but this one was in downtown Honolulu, next door to Kress, on the Music Box Records side, in fact it was right across the street from Music Box. Apparently it was a steak house, but in the times I visited, we had hamburgers and fries, and their fries were seasoned in a (at the time) very unique way. Not sure if it was paprika or something else, but it wasn’t just salt and pepper. Quite good for its time. It was where the Union Plaza is today.

    Jake’s… Downtown Honolulu, on the corner of Bishop and Hotel, on the bottom of the Oregon Building was yet another place my mom used to take my sister and I for breakfast. They specialized in pancakes, everything from big/large sized ones to “half dollar” sized. When we’d catch the bus downtown, we would often stop right in front of Jake’s and every now and then we’d eat there. It was around the corner from a great okazu.

    9th Avenue Bakery… this was the stomping grounds of my mom and grandfather, and while they had a wide array of baked goods, what we all loved was their tea cake. Even though our family lived near Liliha Bakery, my mom would always make sure to go back to 9th Avenue every now and then to buy some tea cake on the weekend. There’s also the story about when Kaimuki was the Kamakawiwo’ole Ohana stomping grounds, and Israel loved 9th Avenue’s bread. Probably got a bunch for himself and brother Skippy, ran across to the park and just “wen grind”.

    In closing, I’m glad someone mentioned Pioneer Chicken, which as a kid was my preferred place over Kentucky and Church’s. I remember two specifically: one out in Waianae and another on South King Street, very near where King’s Bakery used to be. However, if there was one supreme place for fried chicken, it was very much the little deli inside of Woolworth’s in Ala Moana. We’d grab an Icee, get a drumstick and a wing, and that would make my day. That and always passing the kamaboko slipper section so we could take in that funky smell.

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    • April 3, 2014 at 11:12 am
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      Pioneer chicken was the best, far tastier than any of the others and their gravy was really good. We always used to go to the one at the shopping center in Temple Valley. It was at the opposite end from the Times Supermarket. This was in the late 70s.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm
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    Hey Pomai,
    Remember Maiko, which was a Japanese buffet in the Ilikai?
    Great subject!

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  • March 26, 2013 at 3:29 am
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    Pomai:

    Sampan Inn was where you said you thought it was. On the Diamond Head side in an old building that was long and rectangular.

    Yup; lots of old time places……but in reality, maybe not that good; just nostalgic in our minds.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 4:53 am
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    As I was thinking of college days, on the corner of University and Dole was LUM’s, a chain restaurant that featured beer steamed hot dogs. there’s a place called Tsukuneya there now, I think. And I don’t know if this qualifies, but in the cafeteria in the old UH Student Union Building, Hemenway Hall, you could get a cup of chili and rice (with unlimited condiments)for 35 cents! Survival rations for almost always broke students!

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  • March 26, 2013 at 6:14 am
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    @ KeithF – awesome contributions! All been added. Mahalos once again! My fave’ is the 35 cents Chili and Rice at UH!

    Regarding Waikiki bars, I posted a list of nightclubs (all over Oahu) in a comment further up. Yet if you also include BARS, wow, that’d be quite a long list! Perhaps I’ll do that one in a future post. After all, the industry IS called food and BEVERAGE. :-D

    @ Alan, thanks for the clarification. There’s NOTHING there now, which is good. Opened up the view. I have yet to try 53 by the Sea across the harbor channel, where it was previously John Dominis. Looks gorgeous inside, except I don’t really care for the architectural design from the outside. Sticks out like a sore thumb compared to John Dominis, which blended naturally right in with the coastline.

    There was one Kaka’ako/Kewalo redevelopment plan that called for a bridge connecting Kaka’ako Waterfront with Kewalo Basin, going over Kewalo Basin’s harbor entrance. While that would have been neat to walk over, from a distance it probably would have been an eye sore as well. Keep the shoreline CLEAN and uncluttered.

    @ Ryan, added. Arigato!

    @ John Book – awesome recollection of bygone downtown eats! all the details you provided have been added to the list. Thanks!

    @ Richard Lee-Ching – your submissions have been added. Mahalos! Good ones!

    All good ones! Eh, tanks gang! (now I sound like Harry Kojima :-D )

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  • March 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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    Pomai – Remember Iroha Jaya in Kaimuki? Great Japanese kaiseki.

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  • March 27, 2013 at 12:33 am
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    The Sty, Niu Valley Shopping Center. Used to go listen to the Sons of Hawaii there and later on Country Comfort.

    Chuck’s Cellar was a steak house on Lewers in Waikiki and used to listen to Sunday Manoa there. Just looked it up, Chucks Cellar still exists at the Ohana East Hotel.

    The Cock’s Roost at the International Market Place, I believe was a Spencecliff restaurant, saw Carlos Santana perform there before he became famous.

    Tin Tin Chop Suey, downtown can’t remember which street. I remember it is being one of those places that I am fairly sure I would have fainted had I seen the kitchen. Won ton mein was good though.

    Hon Kung Chinese Restaurant in the middle of a parking lot in Kaimuki.

    Also, a few notes on your list:

    Yum Yum Tree also had a location at Kahala Mall.

    Village Inn was on Waialae Ave. and is now Tony Romas.

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    • March 27, 2013 at 3:25 am
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      The Sty! That’s the place I thought was Red Boar, etc… I knew there was pig reference! LOL

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  • March 27, 2013 at 2:01 am
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    Pomai, my aunt use to worked for Crackseed Center at Liliha Sq. Now all the Crackseed Center store gone. My late grandmother worked on Univertiy Ave that sold some diner foods also and shakes and soft drinks. Those were the days. My other uncle use to work at Chun Hoon Supermarket and there in plaza was fast food counter part of Chun Hoon and a bakery called Everybody Bakery that been gone too.

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    • March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am
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      I also remember the Chun Hoon food counter. It had a window on the sidewalk and you could get a bag of french fries for 15 cents… a treat after Japanese School at Soto Mission. This was way before the first McDonalds opened in Hawaii… the fries were greasy, but always hot and you put the ketchup on using a squeeze bottle at the window.

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  • March 27, 2013 at 4:15 am
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    Was just checking my posts and saw that two of the ones that left Hawaii are back; Farrells (formerly in Kahala and now in Pearl Ridge SC) and Shakey’s Pizza. Wow I have been away a long time… stuff has gone full circle… LOL

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  • March 27, 2013 at 4:32 am
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    Winnie: Thanks for remembering Tin-Tin. That was one of my favorite late night places to eat before ending a date. I usually ate the Wor Kau Gee Mein, and I had a girlfriend who loved kau yuk — she sometimes had kau yuk over soft noodles (go figure). Remember, Tai Sam Yuen across the street from Tin-Tin? My wife’s former MIL used to own that place and we would go eat there occasionally. I liked that place to eat old time Cantonese food too.

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  • March 27, 2013 at 8:22 am
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    Pomai,
    One more from the 96744. Golden Crown. They made the best harm ha roast pork.

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  • March 27, 2013 at 11:34 am
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    A few personal notes of mine regarding:

    Honey’s Place – Honey Ho, mother of Don Ho operated this bar and cafe, located on the corner of Kamehameha Hwy and Lilipuna Rd in Kaneohe. It was an old wooden “shack” (almost literally), with a bright blue (IIRC) neon sign in front that simply said “HONEY’S”. My mom and dad used to frequent there on the weekends, as our house was literally a walk a away in Ali’i Shores, when that subdivision was first built.

    Across from Honey’s, where Windward Mall is now, everything was nothing but overgrown “cane” grass. While Windward Mall was being built, for a long time it was nothing but a wide expanse of pavement and foundation for the mall. All us neighborhood boyz from the surrounding subdivisions used to hang out there and ride skateboards and bikes, going as far as having a full-on BMX style track from used tires from the nearby Goodyear Tire recycle bin. Ramps and all. Was nuts. and awesome! This was at the side where Sears was to be built, as there was a downsloped gradation area that was to become Sears’ receiving dock. Tell ya’, we used to go OFF! This way before Space Invaders and Galaxian, to what is now PS3 and XBox, when kids REALLY played outdoors. Not digitally.

    When I was going to Heeia Elementary School “way back then”, all you could see from the school at the time before Windwar Mall was built, was that spooky looking grave yard peaking out from the cane grass. Of course we made up all kind of spooky stories about it being haunted ‘n stuff. As you know, that graveyard is still there in the center of the parking lot at the backside of the mall. I’m sure the developers weren’t happy about that.

    Back across the street to Honey’s Place, it eventually was replaced by a new stand-alone building that became Farrell’s, in the front corner parking lot of Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center. Kaneohe’s original Farrell’s in Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center is where I celebrated more than a few birthdays, including my own, with the whole ice cream trough and fire alarm drum and siren routine. The “old school” Farrell’s Kaneohe also had a game room on the side where we frequented to play video games such as Space Invaders, then galaxian when they first came out as head-to-head table style video games. Classic!

    Speaking of video games in restaurants, up the street in Kaneohe at the corner of Kam Hwy and Kahuhipa St on the Makai side was Shakey’s Pizza. But Shakey’s back then was WAY different than the one that opened recently in Waipahu. The Shakey’s Pizza in Kaneohe was super rustic like an old warehouse. Big and open, with wooden communal park bench style tables that everyone shared. What I remember most about Shakey’s Pizza in Kaneohe was the guy in front as you entered hand-tossing pizza dough behind a glass window, where we’d stay there and gaze, as for us little kids, that was a total novelty. Shakey’s Kaneohe also had a live banjo player, while in back they had what was at the time the best video game room around (or at least the only one we knew of besides down at Farrell’s). We’re talking the time when Asteroids was cutting edge, while our home console was Atari, with it’s “killer app”, Pong. Even today, can’t go wrong with pixels ‘n Pizza.

    I’ll share more later. Gotta’ run. Toodles!

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    • March 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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      Wow, I remember that whole area like I was there yesterday! I used to go to St. Ann’s for church/chatechism. Oh and we used to go to Farrell’s after school (King)!

      Pomai, do you remember that crack seed store in Kaneohe, was in that small strip mall near Kam Hwy & Keahala Rd., behind Jack-in-the-box…used to be a taxi place there too. I used to go to the Hongwanji school around the corner (after regular school) and we would stop at the crack seed store and get Icee and crack seed.

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      • April 26, 2013 at 1:18 am
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        That was Bucks Taxi,my mom used to call them to get us food from Lee’s Drive in lol – cheeseburgers with that awesome mustard mayo, ketchup sauce, and green river lime sodas.

        i forget the name of the crack seed place ..was the old skool type, tho – big glass jars holding all kine goodies, and a whole wall of models, and cheap Chinese import toys lol.

        wow — some memories.

        The Wendy’s ( where burger king is now) you are thinking of was actually called Windy’s. Me and my younger bro used to go there and play the video games ( pinball i think?), before going over to the bowling alley. My neighbor was actually the manager there at one time, and slept in a back room of the restaurant/drive-in.

        Pomai, all your memories you posted above – lol, we probably close in age – mebbe even played together lol. I remember all the BMX stuff by the mall area, and even when Kahuhipa street was barely …a street, pretty much the same action there :D

        Kaneohe District Park was just getting their pool built, and we used to go play around the construction area.

        I grew up in Koolau Village,on Keaahala , across the street from the district park, but went to Kapunahala instead of Heeia.

        Life was MUCH different, dam – we really gotta get the kids back outside again!

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        • April 26, 2013 at 1:27 am
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          Ahh and one place thats log gone, that people forget in Kaneohe – King Richards. Was a burger place at the current Zippys location.

          And omg, Hongwanji – I remember we would go there nights when they had Bon dances – most awesome teriyaki sticks ever!

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    • May 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm
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      Can’t forget Clays Fish and Chips in Waipahu yumm it was a hole in the ground across of the old location of the Waipahu Post Office in that small shopping center behind longs Drugs

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  • March 27, 2013 at 8:11 pm
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    Sharing more personal memories regarding:

    Strawberry Connection – some of you may remember their store when they were on Kalihi Street, which looked like a plain old warehouse from the outside, yet once you stepped inside, it’s like the world’s finest groceries were at your fingertips, all under one roof. At the time, something super novel and neat! Especially neat was the walk-in refrigerator where they kept the produce, where it was so cold, they provided jackets. I mean, they had it all, which now that I think about it, probably came from Nalo Farms. Produce you couldnt’ find at the time at “regular” supermarkets. That kinda’ stuff. Now with Safeway and Foodland trying to duplicate the Whole Foods model, you can get most of that there. Not long after Strawberry Connection moved to Dole Cannery, so did Costco move from Salt Lake to Iwilei, right behind Dole Cannery. Then not long after that, Strawberry Connection closed shop. To which I initially assumed was Costco’s direct proximity competition (like the HD vs. Lowes battle) that did SB in. However I learned it was a bank loan they couldn’t settle, and had nothing to with business, which was booming. What’s wrong with that bank! Sad. Anywayy, please bring back Strawberry Connection. Your loyal customers still miss you!

    Flamingo Chuckwagon – Our family always ate there after my sister’s Kamehameha Schools song contests (she attended Kamehameha K-1 through 12th) across the street at the Blaisdell Arena, which back then was called the NBC Arena. All I remember was the juicy prime rib, and the place having a western rodeo theme going on. Good food!

    Castagnola’s – Castagnola’s Waikiki restaurant was located on the upper pool deck (4th floor IIRC) of a hotel right across the street from Fort DeRussy, along Ala Moana Blvd, overlooking FDR park. It’s the hotel about smack center between the Canteberry on Ena Rd, and Cheeseburger (previously Sizzler’s) on the corner of Ala Moana and Kalakaua. It was a very romantic open air restaurant with umbrellas over each table. Cass used to grow all his own herbs in a mini garden on the side of the restaurant. Cass’ Italian dishes were all absolutely DELICIOSO! The tableside Caesar one of the best I’ve ever had, done RIGHT.

    Daruma Ramen – Daruma was one of the first authentic Japanese ramen shops (ramen-ya) to hit Hawaii shores, and it ROCKED! This was around the mid-’90’s. I swear, that was the CLOSEST I’ve tasted yet to the Tokyo style shoyu ramen I constantly reminisce about here whenever the subject arises. I was SO stoked to finally get almost the real deal that tasted just like that from Japan right down the street from where I live vs. an ocean away. They branched out with a second location in Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, while the original one was in the Samsung Plaza (this was when they had an extensive home and car audio electronics store), in the space right in front along Koreamoku street. This was before Walmart arrived. When they closed, I was SO BUMMED. :cry:

    Speaking of the Koreamoku Walmart, the property it’s on was an empty, poorly kept weed and dirt lot for as long as I can remember, going way back to the 80’s.

    More later. Toodles!

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  • March 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm
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    Cafe Flamingo on ala Moana and also Kapiolani, local kine foods, cheap, and cozy bar with pupus like fried chicken wings and boiled peanuts
    Rudys, one of the original Italian resgtaurants, family style, great date place
    Lisboa, near Pagoda, where we first learned that fine food and Portuguese were not oxymorons
    Beethoven’s fifth, where we found German food was more than bratwurst and kraut. and they loved pork and the bread was great.
    Heidi’s where we learned that there were other types of bread than Love’s and pao duce. Pumpernickel? Rye?

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  • March 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    @ Richard Lee-Ching – Added to the list. Thanks! Question regarding Cafe Flamingo: was that a different restaurant than Flamingo Restaurant? As far as I read on it, Flamingo Restaurant was called that; no “Cafe” in front of it. Also, where was the location of Rudy’s, Beethoven’s Fifth and Heidi’s?

    @ Ann – Indeed. Shirokiya’s Yataimura for the win!

    Regarding old school Kaneohe digs, gosh, I do not remember that crack seed store you mentioned, nor what was there before JITB, as I don’t remember being taken there by my folks. All the crack seed we bought was the Yick Lung brand in the package with that famous yellow label from the Kaneohe Longs Drugs in KBSC. Also, my mom brought them home on occasion from Chinatown, as she worked at the Bishop Street Hawaiian Airlines Ticket office for years, so she’d go to Chinatown quite often to shop. Da’ kine REAL crack seed and rock salt plum with the super coarse Hawaiian salt.

    My sister attended that Kaneohe Hongwangi school for Japanese lessons; I remember across the street there was a bunch quonset hut homes. That Hongwangi is where she learned how to read and write Japanese pretty well…at least enough to get us by in our travels around Japan! I also took Judo there for a short time. I was like REALLY young at the time (I think like 4th grade).

    St. Ann’s was my church back then. In fact I attended church more regularly on Sunday than my parents. Remember the St. Ann’s fairs? They were pretty huge, and popular with school kids from all over Kaneohe. Great place to see kids from other schools you otherwise would never see.

    Do you remember on the corner of Kahuhipa and Kam Hwy, daimond head mauka side, they built that semi-high rise building (still there) that would become what was then HONFED? When that first opened, there was a fine dining restaurant that IIRC, was either on the top floor, or the mezzanine floor. Do you remember what it was called? I think it had the name HAIKU in it. I forget though. I’ll check if my sister or mom remembers, as we’d go there every now and then to celebrate special occasions.

    I remember had Kress and Cornets next to each other in the same mall where Times Supermarket is, next to the Kaneohe Fire Station.

    Amazing how many businesses in Kaneohe that I grew up with are STILL operating to this day! Such as:
    Lee’s Drive-In
    Mwui Kwai (new owners, but same name!)
    Kin Wah (the grandchildren run it now; the original owner used to be the head cook at Mwui Kwai)
    Kozo Sushi (Winward City Shopping Center)
    Yamashiro’s
    Nanko’s Fishing Supply
    City Mill
    Chun’s Korean BBQ (same place as Nanko’s off Kahuhipa
    Kikuya Japanese Restaurant
    Kaneohe Bakery
    Deluxe Pastry Shop
    …plus many more!

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  • March 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm
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    I got some “inside scoops” about old school Ewa Beach digs through my connection with the “Coconut Wireless”: my coworker grew up there dating back from the early 1950’s. He said back around then, Ewa Beach had a population of only about 500 people. Before Ewa Beach Shopping Center was built (and the rest to follow), there were only three stores to shop at for groceries and other essentials in Ewa Beach: Tanaka’s, Jimmy Ha’s and Silva’s. All small mom ‘n pop plantation style convenience markets that sold everything from car batteries to grocery goods to rubbah slippahz. “Superettes” if you will. Jimmy Ha was famous for being asleep at the counter every time you walked in. And back then, if you were a kid doing a “run” for your folks, you didn’t bring money. You just told either Mr. Ha, Mr. Tanaka or Mr. Silva who it was for, and he’d check off a hand-written line of credit that your folks would come in and pay later. Classic!

    Also, regarding Barney’s Burger House, come to find out, that was owned and operated by Barney Arakawa; one of the twin sons of the famous Arakawa’s in Waipahu. Supposedly there were three Barney’s Burger House locations, while he also had a few lunchwagon operations going. Before Barney’s Burger House in Ewa, it was Tropics Diner.

    Also in Ewa Beach during the 70’s, there was Sloop John B’s.

    All the details of those places have been added in the list.

    One last piece of Ewa Beach trivia: there was a large Japanese internment camp during WWII on Hono’uli’uli Street, which after the war turned into a pig farm. Ewa Beach also had a Polo field.

    So many interesting stories of Hawaii history in every neighborhood!

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    • March 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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      Interesting about The Sloop John B. The Beach Boys did not release that album until ’66 or so. the BH’s had a lot of connections to Hawaii. I wonder if it was an inspiration to look up the old poem.

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      Yes, the Sand Island internment camp used to be the Quarantine Station which was buiolt back at the turn of the century to quarantine both lepers and any one coming off a ship where disease was found-small pox, cholera or typhoid.

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  • March 29, 2013 at 8:47 am
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    @ Saimin Kaukau – arigato. Great link full of fascinating facts. The way things are going in Korea, hopefull we won’t see the return of internment camps. :pain:

    @ pat – my timeline is probably wrong. Sloop John B’s (the restaurant and bar in Ewa Beach) was around more likely in the 70’s, as that’s when my coworker would have been old enough to patronized the place. I made the correction. I’ll confirm it later with him when I get the chance. I’m off today (yay!).

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  • March 30, 2013 at 9:44 am
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    Just added a few more to the memorial list, including bakeries, lunchwagons and kiosks:

    Beard Papa’s – Foodland and Food Pantry locations, famous for their gourmet fresh-made cream puffs (choux creme)
    Bunmeido Bakery – S. King St., famous for their Honey Castilla Cake
    Zsoli’s Chimney Cakes – Ala Moana Center, Hungarian pastry

    Brandi’s Lunchwagon – Kaka’ako, MASSIVE plate lunches
    Tani’s Lunch Wagon – front of Eki Cyclery, Dillingham Blvd, plate lunches
    Papa Ole’s Lunch Wagon – airport area, breakfast, plate lunches, sandwiches & desserts

    Chong’s Bar-B-Q – City Square, Dillingham Blvd, Korean cuisine

    Also, FYI, the former Hard Rock Cafe across the Hawaii Convention Center (corner of Kapiolani and Kalakaua) has recently become the new home for COCONUT WILLY’S BAR & GRILL. Before that, there was a brief stint for Makino Clubhouse, now obviously closed.

    Coconut Willy’s used to be in a large “tree house style” 2nd floor loft in the Waikiki International Market Place.

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  • March 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm
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    Pomai,

    Please add Peppino’s in Kailua to the list. They closed earlier this month after 41 years in business. Their pizza (one cheese, one combo) had been my birthday dinner for more than 30 years. Just a hole in the wall, no frills, old time manual cash register (with the hand crank). LOVED it!

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  • March 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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    @ pat – Those latest entries do in fact have links to reviews on this blog. Click on the name.

    @ kelli – Added. Thanks! Sorry to hear about a birthday favorite of yours for over 30 years (40 total) turn the lights off after all those years. There was another fine dining Italian restaurant in Kailua that I remember had arches as part of its exterior architecture. Looking at Google Streetview, it’s right where Arby’s is now, just up the street from Peppino’s. Unless that was them, and they moved! Do you remember where I’m talking about? I used to dine there every now and then.

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  • March 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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    Wong’s Okazuya. Ala Moana. Sheeesh. That was like the Day The Music Died when it closed its doors. You knew the next generation was too lazy to pick the good stuff and only eat sandwich. The kaukau tin era was over.

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  • March 31, 2013 at 8:03 am
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    Added to the memorial list:

    Bombay Indian Restaurant – Discovery Bay Center, Waikiki
    Concessions Surf & Snacks – Ala Moana Beach Park
    Da Hui’s Kitchen – Ala Moana Center Food Court
    Ito Guruma – King’s Village Waikiki
    Pho Dillingham & Grill – Dillingham Blvd (across HCC)
    Puka Dog Waikiki – Kuhio Ave, at the back of the Waikiki International Market Place; currently Hula Dog

    Also note, slated to close soon will be Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab on Nimitz Hwy (next to Zippy’s), as well as Aoki’s Shave Ice in Haleiwa town. Both results of expired leases (Weinberg & Bishop Estate, in that order), and no desire by the owners to seek a new location.

    More interesting trivia: the building that currently calls home to Sorabol Korean Restaurant on Koreamoku Street was originally a Shakey’s Pizza Parlor back in the 70’s. I mean not just the site, but the BUILDING! I wonder if it still smells like pizza in there? Nah, doubt it with all that Yakiniku smoke and Kim Chee wafting in the air. LOL

    Seriously though, I swear Sears Ala Moana’s street level floor still smells like popcorn. Like all the popcorn they made back in the 70’s and 80’s got permeated into the concrete. For realz!

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  • April 1, 2013 at 3:29 am
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    Hey Pomai:

    Anybody remember the name of the drive in on the corner of Isenberg and King street by the old Honolulu Stadium? That was my go-to spot for their roast pork plate lunch.

    The Koreamoku Shakey’s site was the one I remember back in the late 60’s… that’s where I discovered that you could burn your mouth and chin by being the first one to grab a slice and encounter the molten mozarella. Bummers especially because it happened on a date! Good to hear it’s back in Hawaii. I thought the whole chain was pau; I can’t remember seeing one anywhere in the States in the last several years.

    Maybe my memory’s failing (they say that’s the SECOND thing to go when you start geezing) but wasn’t the Blaisdell Center first called the Honolulu International Center? I remember calling it the HIC back in the 70’s.

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    • April 1, 2013 at 6:04 am
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      That was Chunky’s…..Pomai has it listed. Back in the very early 60’s it was the hangout for us hot rodders who used to gather there and go to Sand Island to race our cars.

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      • April 1, 2013 at 7:07 am
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        Speaking of Chunky’s. What was the name of the large drive inn where the Keeamoku Walmart is? I seem to remember Charley’s. While I preferred LikeLike, it had a very large following.

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        • April 1, 2013 at 10:11 am
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          Was that L&L Drive In?

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          • April 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm
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            I’m sure it was Diner’s Drive-inn back in the 70’s

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        Chunky was my uncle, married to my dad’s sister. Used to love their plate lunches, especially the beef cutlet and the slush floats. I think that having the old stadium demolished, then McDonald’s being built up the street were nails in their coffin. Plus, by then Uncle Chunky (his real name was Francis) was getting up there in the years and ready to retire and spend more time on the links.

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  • April 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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    @ Keith – regarding the Keeaumoku Walmart site, NO WAY was that L&L Drive-In. It was an empty lot for over over a decade, before L&L Drive-In branched out and franchised from its original Liliha location.

    I remember when we called NBC arena the HIC arena. I swear that venue has the crappiest acoustics for concerts. The audio recirculates around and around, making those concerts where they didn’t mix properly to sound all distorted. On the other hand, Aloha Stadium has consistently proved acoustically AWESOME! I wish they’d hold more “Mega Concerts” there! Journey could definitely fill up Aloha Stadium. My DREAM would be a Pink Floyd reunion concert there. OMG!!!!!!! Last concert I attended at Aloha Stadium was Michael Jackson. AWESOME! Like tear-jerking awesome!

    @ Alan – Well, you know Hawaii Raceway Park out in Campbell Industrial Park closed. We used to go watch drag and sprint races quite frequently at HRP when we were kids. Seen some nuts crashes! Back then, Jack Cambra ruled the drag strip, while the Chinens ruled the sprint track. There was also organized road racing (sport bikes) out there in the last decade or so. It used the back roads for the drag strip as part of the track where the chicanes were.

    Now there’s Kalaeloa Raceway Park out Barbers Point.

    More places added to the list…

    Casa Magana – Temple Valley Shopping Center, Ahuimanu (Windward Oahu) / Mexican; really good ‘n cheesy enchiladas
    Emjay’s – Aina Haina Shopping Center / supermarket chain to become Foodland; named for Maurice J. Sullivan, founder of Foodland / currently Foodland Farms
    Jacques Saimin – Kalihi / features / currently
    Mama’s – School St, Moanalua Shopping Center, Pearl Kai Shopping Center / Mexican / currently 24 Hour Fitness @ Pearl Kai, Mexico Restaurant on School St?
    Pancho’s Villa – Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki (next to what was then Magoo’s Pizza / features / currently
    Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab – Nimitz Hwy (next Zippy’s, across City Mill) – Hawaii regional cuisine; opened in 1997, closed March 31, 2013; owners also own neighboring Aloha Beer Company

    Man, I so remember the Emjay’s name! However we never had one under that name in Kaneohe. I always remember it being Foodland.

    Jacques Saimin is such a funny name. That’s like someone named Phillipe Suzuki. Or Jacques Chong. LOL!

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      Yeah, that L&L was just a guess… HIC was less than perfect as a concert hall, sad because that’s what it was supposed to be! I remember seeing IceCapades there, heard Simon & Garfunkel and the Stones there in college, UH basketball and the original UH Fab 5 in the season where we went to our first NCAA Tourney (we lost to Weber State in the first round)and watched the Chaminade-UVa upset game, and several Boy Scout Makahikis during my Troop 10/Post 10 days. Only wish their concessions stand had some more memorable eats than just hot dogs and popcorn back then.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 6:30 am
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    In Kaneohe, which drive-in restaurant was on the corner where Burger King is now? All I remember was the really good teri beef plate lunches. :D

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    • April 2, 2013 at 6:39 am
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      @ Ann – Before Burger King Kaneohe (mauka across Windward City Shopping Center), it was Wendy’s Drive-In (not the same as the fast food mega-chain featuring square burgers). It’s in the list. ;-)

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      • April 2, 2013 at 8:45 am
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        Oh yeah!! Wendy’s, we used to go there a lot! Thanks! :-))

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    • June 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm
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      If it’s the BK on Kam and Like Like, it was Windy’s.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 8:21 am
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    Kinau Saimin is now Shigelicious. Karen’s grandson is “running” the place. He sells Spam Musubi (with and without egg) and hotdogs. Shave Ice too I believe.

    How about adding HK’s, formerly the Goody Goody Drive In on South King Street at Coolidge. Makai of Moilili Park and adjacent to the current Bank Of Hawaii.

    Hank used to make this awesome Fried Saimin. His Beef Stew, Beef Curry, and Turkey plates were ono. HK’s original place is where Wal Mart Keeaumoku stands now. Next to where Apple Motors used to be, if any remembers that place.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 9:20 am
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    There used to be an 24/7 coffee shop on Ala Moana across from Ft DeRussy near where the IHOP is now. I think it was the Iron Skillet or Silver Skillet… they served breakfast combos and entree’s in a mini iron skillet. Good place to hit after hitting the discos in Waikiki back in the 70’s.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 11:34 am
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    Buzz’s Steak and Lobster on Saratoga Road. I think Amber was the waitress we liked there, circa 2005.

    Also, what you have listed as Chuck’s Cellar, wasn’t that called The Original Chuck’s Steakhouse? We have a mug from there. I thought Chuck’s Cellar was and still is Chuck’s Cellar.

    I see you linked to Tiki Central for Canlis. They also have a lot on Tahitian Lanai:

    http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=34401&forum=2&start=0

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  • April 2, 2013 at 11:48 am
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    Pomai, now we are talking, people remember places I ate back in the early 70’s. Little Georges, Fast Food is what I was told it was called by Bob, we called it Doc’s Had large sub Sandwiches, Coco’s, Kapialani Coffee Shop by Aloha Motors, Chico’s Pizza, Red Lion Pizza on Kuhio, Golden Duck. I was glad someone remembered Mamas, we brought our own beer, because they did not have a liquor license. Man good times and good food.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm
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    @ John B – All I remember of Little George’s was that sillhouette logo sign of his hair and mustache out front. I can’t remember if it was where Sprint it is now, or next door where it’s now Starbucks. If you have any more recollection of Little George’s, please share!

    @ Andy – Buzz’s Waikiki! I remember them on Saratoga before Trump Hotel was built. It was a pretty old space. I didn’t realize Vit’s on Kuhio is operated by the same owners. Note, the owners of the original Buzz’s Steakhouse in Kailua wrote a letter to the editor a while back, clarifying that they were not affiliated at all with Buzz’s Steak & Lobster in Waikiki in its current state. See the link there for more info. Thanks also for the added suggestions. All included in the list.

    @ Keith – that hotel is now a Aqua Palms resort, whereas before it was the Waikiki Parkside (sp?). I also remember there being a restaurant in there where iHop, however “Iron Skillet” or “Silver Skillet” doesn’t ring a bell. You do know Wailana Coffee House (also 24/7) next door is still in business, going strong after all these years. That’s another Waikiki gem.

    @ Harry – mahalo for the contributions! Do you remember there also being a Diner’s Drive-In where HK’s previously was located on the Keeaumoku Walmart/Sam’s Club property? Diner E remembers for sure there being a Diner’s Drive-In there in the 70’s.

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    • April 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm
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      I remember Diners, if not the name. LOL. Always had huge crowd. I used to take the food to The Pagoda Hotel instead of paying serious coin (which we never had anyway).

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    • April 3, 2013 at 5:53 am
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      Yeah. most likely my recomembering is a little hammajang. That’s what comes from being away from home for so long… So amazing to see how many eateries have come and gone in the same spots over the years… In the mainland, lots of places fail because of bad locations (and crummy food); a restaurant will open, close and the place would be empty for years. The mainland is littered in some places with abandoned food joints… I think that in Hawaii, with limited spaces, maybe location is less impactful…

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  • April 3, 2013 at 4:33 am
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    Pomai, Little Georges,the sign out front was the way you remember, I am going by a 40 year old memory, but I thought it was in a strip mall maybe a block north west of AlaMoana Shopping Center on the Blvd. That was the first place I was introduced to a Ceasar Salad made right at the table with all the fresh ingredients, not a bottle of dressing. Always ate the Steak and Lobster, this was a special occasion place. The out side of the building did look fancy, you kind of had to know it was there and what itwas.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 6:36 am
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    @ John B, regarding Little George’s, you’re exactly right about location. Those strip malls along Ala Moana Blvd. are now being redeveloped by property owner Bishop Estate, so many of the previous commercial tenants are no longer there. Anyhow, what vaguely you remember of LG’s, I’ll add to the list. Thanks! P.S. You must know the song “Sloop John B” by The Beach Boys, where there was a pizza pub joint out in Ewa Beach way back in the 70’s named after that song. Little interesting trivia there.

    @ Keith – I’m curious how long it’ll take the Weinberg estate to find a new tenant where Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch & Crab just closed this past weekend, after more than 15 years in business there. I know next door Aloha Beer Company will temporarily be using their kitchen for their food menu, but that’s about it. As long as it ain’t yet another storage facility, I’m OK with it. :pain:

    @ pat – IIRC, back in the day, Pagoda Floating Restaurant was considered a fine dining affair, correct? Today their buffet leans more on the “affordable” end, and their hotel? Well, read the latest Yelp reviews.

    A little note on Omiya’s: Diner “Saimin Kaukau” E contributed that entry, where he remembers when they used to order musubi there, the Mama-San would be making them behind the counter with her bare hands, then stop, lick the rice off her fingers and ask you, “How many Musubi you like?” Hence, “Finger lickin’ good Musubi”. LOL!

    Just added the Hawaiian Hut to the list (yet another Spencecliff restaurant and bar).

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  • April 3, 2013 at 11:20 am
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    Pomai, never ate at the Sloop John B Pizza, but did spend a lot of time at Chico’s Pitchers of wine coolers and the Home Towner, C. Bacon, Mushroom and after it was baked they put thin sliced Tomatoes all over the top. The hot with the cold was greatest mix of flavors. Coco’s had a Spinach Soup that was something to remember still make my version today. Is the Golden Duck someplace that is still around or is it gone, I think it was on McCully street?

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  • April 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    For all you old school “Kaneoheiians” (is that a word?), just added to the list:

    Kimo’s – Kamehameha Hwy & Kahuhipa St, Kaneohe / formerly on the top floor of what was back then in the early 80′s the HonFed building; fine dining continental and local cuisine / currently American Savings Bank

    M&W Drive-In – Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe / previously L&L Drive-In; before L&L Drive-In was Tasty Treet (sp?); crazy menu combos such as Shoyu Chicken with a slice of Pizza / currently vacant

    For the life of me I could NOT remember the name Kimo’s, but I do remember dining there with my family back in the day. I finally dug up the name of the restaurant up with the help of the owner of Nanko’s Fishing Supply, when I was in their shop a just few hours a ago.

    Speaking of which, come to find out, Nanko’s Fishing Supply has been in business in Kaneohe for over 50 years! Wow! The original owners were Shigemoto, while the new owners are Teruyama? Something like that. Nanko’s original location was on the corner of Kahuhipa and Kam Hwy, where American Savings Bank (previously HonFed) now stands. Their current shop on the corner of Alaloa Street and Kahuhipa has been there for over 30 years.

    I also found out the original Kim Chee I Korean restaurant in Kaneohe (still in business!) is owned by the brother of Chun’s Bar-B-Q House Korean Restaurant, located in the same “strip mall” where Nanko’s currently is. Small world out there in Kaneohe!

    8-)

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    • May 25, 2013 at 9:21 am
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      Actually, the owner of Chun’s is the uncle of the owner of Kim Chee I (his niece). Chun’s opening at that location was actually a bit of a bone of contention, as Kim Chee felt they sorta broke a long time agreement amongst the family to not open restaurants to close to another families location, so that one restaurant didnt take business from the other.
      know this, because I spent 20 years cooking at Kim Chee I :P Kinda broke the mold over there, as I was the first non- Korean to work in the restaurant,lol. Good people, took good care of me while I was there. Teated me like fanily :)

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  • April 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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    Bills Bakery, currently Running Room. They had the best cherry tarts and long johns. Growing up my parents always bought pastries from Bill’s Bakery, and my first apartment was behind the bakery on Paliuli St.

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  • April 13, 2013 at 5:58 am
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    Gotta say some of the gone restaurants deserved to be gone, others like Patti’s I still mourn.

    Yum Yum Tree was part of the Jolly Roger chain as was The Rigger, my favorite burger place in Waikiki that used to be next to McInerney’s where the Royal Hawaiian Center sits now.

    No love for Don the Beachcomber in the International Marketplace? That was pretty much the founding of the IMP.

    And dim memories of an old Chinese place (’50s/’60s) Muk Luck Charn on Kapiolani by McKinley High, was our go to place for take out Chinese.

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    • May 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm
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      Thanks Tony Chang! The Chinese restaurant from the dim recesses of my mind was Mok Larn Chien. I believe it was started by Mon Lui who also was responsible for Hon Kung, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, the Oceania, and McCully Chop Suey among others.

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  • April 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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    Oh… and I forgot my all time favorite restaurant on Oahu, The Cannon Club, Fort Ruger’s Officer Club up in the side of Diamond Head. It had one of the most amazing views ever. I think the old building is part of KCC culinary school now.

    Other faves where the Hau Terrace, that used to be the Coral Lanai Terrace at the Halekulani Hotel. And the snack bar, long gone now of course at Halekulani had the best hamburgers ever.

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  • April 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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    Back in 1970 there was a Teriyaki Beef place near the new McDonald’s I worked at in Ala Moana Shopping Center. They had THE best teriyaki platter of beef over rice ever. Anybody else remember it?

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  • April 26, 2013 at 1:40 am
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    Also, real bummer for the Kahalu’u peoples – when Masa and Joyce closed their Temple Valley location. Nothing like the Kaneohe one, the focus was more on the fish and seafood, although they had some okazu, sushi stuff like that.

    Best and most freshest poki,sashimi, pipi kaula and dried aku I ever had. Killer California rolls (the old skool cone shaped kind), and ono maki sushi.

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  • May 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm
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    saw Scotty’s was already there

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  • May 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm
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    Beacon’s Resturant in Pearlridge across of Pearlridge shopping Center, was always super busy and is not a Karoke joint, used to waitress there

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  • May 29, 2013 at 4:22 am
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    Just thought I’d add to Wo Fat’s; It was in Chinatown, at one time I think it was one of the oldest Chinese Restaurants in the city before it went away.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 6:19 am
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    @ Jacqueline – Added your entries on Clay’s Fish and Chips in Waipahu and Beacon’s Restaurant across Pearlridge Center. Any chance you have a relative named Mahina?

    Speaking of Fish and Chips, I was just on Maui this past Memorial Day Weekend staying in Kihei, where come to find out Alexander’s Fish & Chips have closed down. Bummers! I used to LOVE their Ono (both literally and figuratively) Fish ‘n Chips! Mostly the seasoned, tempura-based fish (choice of either fresh Ahi, Mahimahi or Ono), not so much the “chips”, but still, they will be missed! It’s currently a Maui Tacos.

    @ KeithF – added your entry on Wo Fat, which you are correct, as they were established in 1882, and closed in 2005. Wow! According to Bob Sigall, the famous villain “Wo Fat” in Hawaii Five-O was named after that restaurant.

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    • May 29, 2013 at 9:01 am
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      Yeah, I remember going to Wo Fat’s to eat and for parties… I recall they had dining rooms, etc. upstairs for group parties. I think that was one of the first times I ever had kau yuk… So tasty but so rich I could only eat one or two.

      Some old Hawaii Five-0 trivia:

      The Chinese Dectective, Chin Ho Kelly was a take off on Chin Ho, the Ilikai Hotel owner.

      In the first episode, the Five-0 guys question a person at their home and the calendar on the wall was from my father’s old business, S. Miyasaki Produce, which he closed after the Ala Moana Farmer’s Market fire in 1966.

      Rumor had it that Jack Lord (McGarrett) always wore long sleeves because he was very sensitive to sunlight. He even wore long sleeve aloha shirts! Funny for a guy who did a cowboy show before Five-0.

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    • May 31, 2013 at 11:01 am
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      I heard about what happened with Alexander’s Fish and Chips through the grapevine. A couple of years ago, the original owner sold the business. The new owners somehow couldn’t make it work. It sounds like they ran out of food items at times and also started using non-Hawaiian fish like pollack, instead of mahi, ono, etc. So if they started cutting corners and that information went around, I can see why they went out of business. They also had a location at the mall but I believe it wasn’t open for too long. Surprisingly, their website is still up, advertising both locations.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 7:56 am
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    Please tell me someone remembers REX & ERICS disco and restaurant…back in the 70’s!! I was a dj there.
    It was located on Kuhio Avenue across from the Int’l Market Place. Had fabulous food…especially their spinach salad made at table and mozzarella marinara. Soooo good. The disco was in the back just past the gold cappachino machine. Next to the disco was the backgammon room.
    Back in the 70’s, Rex & Erics was the place where celebrities would go when in Waikiki…Mark Spitz, Wilt Chamberlin, etc.
    The place was open until 2 a.m. and then we would all head over to VALENTINOS disco on a street off of Kalakaua… but I don’t remember the street. Saw David Bowie there…he had on pink leather shoes I remember! I was a dj at Valentinos also. Great times and great memories! If anyone has photos or memories of these places, please reply!

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    • April 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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      I worked at Rex’s in the late 70’s too! I cocktailed in the club.

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  • July 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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    Just added this:

    Aarons atop the Ala Moana – Ala Moana Rennaisance Hotel, top floor / previously was Nicholas Nickolas / Currently Signature Prime Steak & Seafood (owned by Peter Kim, restaurateur who also owns Yummy’s Korean BBQ, Liliha Bakery and Hibachi San, among other ventures

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  • August 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm
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    Red Lion on Kuhio, Rose and Crown Pub, Kings Alley great pub food, Schooners Waikiki
    Wailana Coffee Shop, original Eggs and Things on ENA Road. Piccadilly Pub, great shepards pie, Waikiki, Ft DeRussy Officers club.

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    • August 2, 2013 at 5:01 am
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      Ron,

      Mahalo for the contributions. Sounds like most of those are pub-oriented, yet of course most Waikiki bars typically have a good appetizer menu at the least to appeal to tourists, so were given the benefit of the doubt and added to this list.

      Note, Wailana Coffee Shop and Eggs & Things are still alive and thriving, so they haven’t been added to the list. Wailana Coffee House was established in 1969, so they’re “only” 44 years old currently. 6 more, and they’ll qualify for the “Oahu Eateries 50+ Club“.

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  • August 27, 2013 at 2:48 am
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    My memories of Honolulu seem to precede many of yours. That’s probably because I am older :)

    I first arrived in Honolulu in July, 1952 as a sailor. I was discharged in 1954, went to IU and after graduating in 1958 I immediately returned to Honolulu and stayed there until 1991 when I retired.

    There weren’t a lot of “good” eating places in Honolulu in the early 50s. One of the best was Ciro’s on Hotel Street. I began my life long love affair with vichyssoise there; loved the steaks, they would put garlic on them when requested. I had my first dinner date there, must have spent close to $5.00 for both meals.

    The only restaurant I remember in Waikiki in the early 50s was the Blue Ocean Cafe on Kalakaua across from Kuhio beach. Later in the 50s there was the Embers on Lewers Road just makai of Kalakaua. There was also the Epicurean on Kalakaua near Lewers, a bit Diamond Head of Stewarts Pharmacy; never ate there, too expensive, meals were around $5.00. Of course, there was also Canlis – I remember when it was being built – and I did eat there from time to time.

    One of the best eateries in Waikiki was and hopefully still is Michel’s at the Colony Surf. Lovely French restaurant, great food, charming ambience at the edge of the pacific. I took my wife there before we were married more than 50 years ago; dinner for two with drinks and tip was around $25; figure $250 now.

    Someone mentioned the Tropics on Atkinson. It was a johhny-come-lately to the original on Kalakaua at Seaside, makai ewa corner. Both were owned by Tony & Peaches Guerrero. I especially liked the Waikiki location, great liver. There was a separate room (bar) upstairs, celebrated New year’s Eve there numerous times.

    Another Waikiki eatery was the Wagon Wheel on Kalakaua; I don’t recall the cross street but it was more toward the McCully end. There used to be another restaurant, Italian, at McCully & Kalakaua. There was a night club called the South Seas more or less between the two. Another club of similar vein was the Club Pago Pago owned – IIRC – by the Napoleon family; it was on Beretania near University…the Japanese Chamber of Commerce is/was there now.

    And speaking of night clubs, let’s not over look the Waikiki Tavern at the Ewa end of Kuhio beach; they had food downstairs, booze place upstairs.

    Some random places…

    Forbidden City was originally in the Ala Moana area on Queen Street extension.

    Downtown – in addition to the lower Hotel Street strip – there was Gibson’s Circus Room; upstairs a door or two Diamond head of the Swanky Burger (which was open – REALLY open, no walls) – 24/7/365.

    Two places on 12th Street in Kaimuki between Waialae and Harding; one was a Chinese place back of First Hawaiian bank that had the very best maunapua I have ever had. They didn’t make very many always, sold out in a half hour or so, never understood why they didn’t make more. The other place was a bakery near the bowling alley…they had great sticky buns and wonderful cheese burgers.

    Lots more but this is hetting too long. mahalo for the memories.

    dadiOH

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    • August 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm
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      Richard,

      EXCELLENT contributions! I’ve added some, yet not all yet, as your list and descriptions are extensive (nice!).

      That Chinese place on 12th Avenue in Kaimuki was called Kwong On. They closed several years ago, after decades in business.

      Since you mentioned them, I’m considering doing a new post on “Oahu Nightclubs Memorialized”. We’ve discussed them over and over at HawaiiThreads.com, however it’s not organized. I’d like to list all the clubs alphabetically so it’s easier to go down the list.

      Richard, again, huge mahalo for sharing. If you have any more, let’s hear about ’em!

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      • August 28, 2013 at 1:21 am
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        A couple of corrections to my post…

        1. The Embers was on Lewers MAUKA of Kalakaua, not makai. IIRC, it was owned by actor Donald Sutherland’s mother.

        2. The Waikiki Tropics was on the MAUKA/Ewa corner of Seaside & Kalakaua, not makai/Ewa.

        So much for my semi-kamaaina status :(

        dadiOH

        PS – If you decide to do a page on clubs, let me know; I can dig up a few memories from the 50s & 60s

        PPS – you are right about voters/Fasi/ Queen’s Surf. I never forgave him, never voterd for him. He also kicked out the Kodak Hula show.

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        • August 29, 2013 at 2:37 am
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          OK, the owner of the Embers was Don Stroud’s family (local boy, Kaimuki HS), not Donald Sutherland. And it was probably on Royal Hawaiian, not Lewers.

          Sorry about the error but it has been 55 years and that’s a long time.

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      I remember it well from lunches and dinners with my Mom and Dad. The owner was Al Viviano who occupied the first booth and greeted all comers, including the mayor and governor. I thought it was a great gig!

      The bar was called the Cane Knife Room and they had the best anchovy pizza at the bar! I just happen to have one of their recipies, which I share below:

      Chicken Deluxe a la Círo

      Clean a 2-½ lb. Broiler chicken and cut in half. Then cut each half into eight pieces.

      Beat one egg and add ¾ cup milk. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture then in flour.

      Sauté in a small amount of fat. Crush 3 or 4 garlic cloves and add to chicken. Season with salt, pepper and ajinomoto. When golden brown on one side, drain off fat.

      Turn chicken in the skillet and add about one tablespoon butter to chicken. Season again with salt, pepper and ajinomoto. Add large button mushrooms. Place lid on chicken and simmer on low flame about 15 min. or until tender. Remove lid and garlic.

      Turn flame on high. Add a hand full of chopped parsley to chicken. Shake skillet back and forth rapidly. In a few seconds the parsley will adhere to chicken and it will be ready to serve. Allow ½ chicken per person.

      Spaghetti:

      Boil spaghetti 11 minutes. Drain and fry in a small amount of oil. Season with salt, white pepper, Accent, and garlic powder. Fry a few minutes and add a small amount of chopped parsley.

       

       

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        • January 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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          Yeah, the restaurant itself was called “Ciro’s”, it’s the bar that was called the “Cane Knife Room.” It was on Hotel Street in the middle of the block between Bishop and Fort Street. It was a white tablecloth place with great pupus and steaks, chops and fish and chicken dishes. The waitresses were super-skillled and the service was great. There was a big glass window between the kitchen and the seating area so you could see that it was clean as a whistle. The bar was a popular after work spot for the downtown business crowd.

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        • January 17, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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          Yeah, the restaurant itself was called “Ciro’s”, it’s the bar that was called the “Cane Knife Room.” It was on the mauka side of Hotel Street in the middle of the block between Bishop and Fort Street. It was a white tablecloth place with great pupus and steaks, chops and fish and chicken dishes. The waitresses were super-skillled and the service was great. There was a big glass window between the kitchen and the seating area so you could see that it was clean as a whistle. The bar was a popular after work spot for the downtown business crowd.

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          • January 20, 2016 at 4:19 am
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            Yeah; I remember that place.  I used to eat lunch there and sometimes even dinner.  I worked at Hawaiian Tel back then.

          • January 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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            Jonathan,

            Cane Knife Room (the bar within Ciro’s) has been added to the Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized listing, while the Ciro’s entry here has been updated with the added info’ you provided. Mahalo!

  • August 29, 2013 at 2:31 am
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    A few more came to mind…

    1. The Crouching Lion, leeward coast. Nice if one got there before the tour busses.

    2. Old Vic. It was on Kuhio more or less across from and Ewa of the Royal Theater. I remember it well because my wife and I came out of the movie, saw it and had a bite to eat. It was great! So great that I gave her a surprise birthday party there in 1972 for her 30th birthday. The bill for twelve of us was $600 which would be $3200 now (ouch!). They did call the next day and tell me they overcharged by $50 for the wine and were sending a check.

    Well, I figured I was in like Flynn there, would get true red carpet treatment in the future. Not to be, they closed shortly later.

    3. Randy Lee, formerly GM of the Halekulani, opened a restaurant sometime in the 70s at the corner of Kaiulani and Kuhio, next to the Royal Theater. I don’t recall if that was before or after he bought the Willows but it didn’t do well, closed after a relatively short time. Too bad, Randy was/is a great guy, Sonny too (gal).

    4. The Salvation Army Teahouse in Manoa valley. Nice place to take visiting tourists for the tropical ambiance.

    5. The Halekulani Sunday brunch on the Hau Terrace. Who could ask for anything better? Roast pig and lots more, great view. The breakfast brunch was OK too.

    dadiOH

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  • August 31, 2013 at 2:14 am
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    Re: The Epicurean

    Wrong name. The correct name is “The Gourmet”.

    Apologies for that, my head got twisted around. Years ago I gifted my wife with a huge and detailed cookbook entitled “The Epicurean”. My hope was that she would enjoy reading it and doing so would inspire her to new heights of culinary accomplishment.

    She did and does enjoy reading it but I’m still getting hamburger steaks and bag dinners.

    RW

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  • August 31, 2013 at 6:25 am
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    Hi,

    How about the InterIsland Coffee Shop and Cocktail Lounge at the OLD airport (pre-1962). It was at the OLD InterIsland terminal near where the overseas terminal is today on the north side of the airport (Hawaiian Airlines only; Aloha was at the overseas terminal on the south side of the airport).

    Here is some information about it:

    A picture of the place after it had shut down during the new terminal’s construction:

    http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/aviation-photos/1950-1959/honolulu-international-airport/construction-of-new-overseas-terminal/1959%20HNL%2011.jpg/ha_image_view_fullscreen

    A picture of the sign after being removed from the building:

    http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/aviation-photos/1950-1959/honolulu-international-airport/misc-photos-hnl/1959%20HNL%2012.jpg/ha_image_view_fullscreen

    And then there was the Sky Room, which was the dining establishment at the old overseas terminal on the south side of the airport:

    http://hawaii.gov/hawaiiaviation/aviation-photos/1940-1949/john-rodgers-airport/honolulu-airport/1948%20HNL%2002.jpg/ha_image_view_fullscreen

    Sky Room, Honolulu International Airport

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SKY-ROOM-HONOLULU-RODGERS-FIELD-AIRPORT-HAWAII-RESTAURANT-NAPKIN-1950S/400561129901?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D959884293577565414%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D121148126248%26

    Honolulu Sky Room Matchcover

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONOLULU-AIRPORT-SKY-ROOM-RESTAURANT-SPENCECLIF-50S-AD-/400214017674

    Honolulu Sky Room Flights of Fancy Dinners

    Hope this helps,

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    • August 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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      Tom,

      Ah, aviation grinds. Good ones! Just added them to the list.

      There’s something about eating and drinking at the airport that’s a bit more exciting. The food just tastes better there, even though in reality there’s nothing really special about it. Perhaps the combined smell of roasted coffee, leis and jet fuel (essentially burning kerosene) affects your sensory perception. lol

      I remember when Hawaiian Airlines was at the old terminal, when the old terminal was built out of wood, not the newer concrete structure, which is now Island Air’s terminal (previously Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines).

      In fact, I worked one summer part-time as a ‘Junior Agent’ for Hawaiian Airlines, loading (throwing) bags and driving tugs on the ramp. Basically, freedom to drive the entire tarmac of HNL’s receiving area, from interisland to international, since Hawaiian had/have those routes too. The Feds gave me the “9th Degree” for that job, and that was pre-9-Eleven!

      As for restaurants and convenience shops in the airport, talk about “skyway robbery”!

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  • September 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm
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    My 99 year old mom talks about The Ponds at the corner of Alapai and Beretania St during the early 30’s
    And of course the Blaisdell Hotel on Ft. St had a Garden Court for many years.
    My great grandmother spent her final years living in this family run (Child) during and after WW11.
    Another family enterprise, The Marigold Apts and Pierpoint Hotel also had a restaurant in the 20’s. This is at Kalia- where the HHV is now!

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  • September 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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    Kimo,

    Your wonderful mother’s contribution has been added to the list. Please give her a kiss and big hug on my behalf as a token of gratitude, and remind her that you love her very much while you’re at it. Much appreciated and HUGE mahalo to her, and you!

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  • September 3, 2013 at 6:18 am
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    Some more restaurants that came to mind. Most but not all are from the 50s and early 60s.

    1. Kemoo Farm in Wahiawa was very popular.

    2. The Cavalier. It was in the PanAm building, had an entrance on Kapiolani. Nice place, good food.

    3. The Chicken Griddle on Kalakaua, maybe at Niu or Pau. It became Tony Roma’s later on.

    4. Jo Fat’s (?). I’m not sure of the name but it was on or just off Waialae at the bottom of the hill more or less where Kahala Mall is now. I seem to remember a big yellow or green sign advertising ribs.

    5. P.Y. Chong’s. He’s the guy that built Lau Yee Chai (circa 1929) but he also had others. One was on Ala Moana about where the Ilikai is now. It was in the 40s, before my time, but it was a steakhouse; I found a menu online…numerous Chinese entrees, the steak was $3.00 which was a whole BUNCH of money then. Until 1945, the minimum wage was $0.30 so it took 10 hours to buy that dinner.

    The one I remember from the early 50s was in the triangle where Kuhio meets Kalakaua. It was gone by the summer of 1960, changed to a bar named Dolan’s.

    6. House of Hong on Lewers between Kalakaua and Kalia Rd.

    7. M’s on Merchant Street, don’t recall exactly where.

    8. Two more on Merchant, both at Bethel. I don’t recall the names – maybe someone else will? – but one was decidedly Irish. The other, on the mauka/Diamond head corner was more general. I liked their curry and a desert they called “zuppa inglese”…very gooey, very good.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuppa_Inglese

    9. Marrakesh, Kalakaua between Ena Rd. & Hobron lane (maybe where the Rattan Art Gallery was originally?). Sit oin the floor, North African food – good – and watch belly dancers.

    10. George’s, King & Keeaumoku. In the same vein as Kaimuki Inn, Flamingo, et al. One of the “et als” was on Kapiolani near Aloha Motors; they were renowned for their ox tail soup.

    11. The Evergreen. It fronted on both Bishop and Union Street and was always busy, especially at noon time.

    12. The Purity Inn. It was at Beretania & Keeaumoku, kitty corner from the Palace theater. Run by a dairy (Dairymen’s?). They had sandwiches and light dinners but their main thing was ice cream goodies. Expensive goodiess…shakes and sundaes were in the $1.10 – $1.25 range as I recall. Minimum wage was $0.75 in the early 50s. The only ice cream I ever got there was what they called the Purity Inn Special. It was FIVE! scoops of ice cream, five syrups, fresh fruit and toppings, not much more expensive than their regular shakes and sundaes. They also had poha ice cream; the only other place I remember having it was a place on Date near Kapahulu (Bea’s?).

    13. The Barbecue Inn on Kalakaua at or near Ena Rd. I wasn’t a habitue but remember it because it was the first place I ever had fried rice. Big plate full + two parkerhouse rolls and real butter, $0.50.

    14. Beach Center Restaurant, Kalakaua opposite where Beachwalk runs into it. That’s where I usually got my fried rice fix, closer to the $65/month one BR furnished apartment I was renting on Beachwalk.

    15. Arthur’s. There were two. Though I ate there several times I don’t recall where the main one was; probably, Waikiki. Upscale place. The second came later – mid 70s? – at the corner of Merchant and Alakea in the Davies Pacific Center.

    That’s pretty much it. If I think of others I’ll post them. As a piece of trivia, at one time the Ranchhouse had one of those 72 oz. porterhouse dinners; eat it in an hour and it was free; more than an hour and it cost $10. I never experienced it but was told it existed.

    Someone commented favorably on Andy Wong’s chain of places. I agree. Hawaii was lucky to have them. Ditto the Spencecliff places.

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  • September 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm
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    Richard,

    Added. Wow, once again, huge mahalos for such an INCREDIBLE LIST of old school eateries, pre-1960’s! I’ll have to ask my mother and aunts about most of the places you mentioned, as they should surely know about at least some of them! I sure don’t, that’s for sure.

    What’s also appreciated is how you detail the economic value of then, compared to now, such as how it costs $65/month for a 1-bedroom furnished apartment in Waikiki back in the 1950’s. We WISH it was that price nowadays!

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  • September 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm
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    I had the pleasure of meeting a guy named Gary B. discovered “Jilly’s” in the basement garage of a hotel, in the early 1980’s thinking it was the “Cinerama Reef Hotel” what a blast, as a tourist inWaikiki for 5 weeks, no work, just clubs at night, beach during the day, PuPU’s at 4pm, then a nap, then get picked up by Gary and his friends, what a blast…… the Hawaiian hospitality that most tourist’s NEVER are able to experience as the locals said “your money no good here” breakfasts comped, dinners at some of the nicest places….those private rooms with the one way windows……lot of “stuff” going on in those rooms

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    • September 29, 2013 at 7:26 am
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      Jim,

      Jilly’s was in the Outrigger Reef on the Beach next to the Halekulani at the end of Lewers and Kalia Road, circa late 70′ to early 80′s. It’s currently Shorebird.

      Jilly’s is listed in the Oahu Bars & Nightlcubs Memorialized post here:

      I’m curious, what “stuff” went on in those rooms? Perhaps “Population Enhancement Meetings”? ;-)

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  • September 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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    Not sure of the “PEM’s” albeit there were a lot of young ladies in short skirts, dresses, generally no undies, not like some of the “lifestyle clubs” in San Francisco….just a lot of stuff going on……..

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  • October 2, 2013 at 11:12 am
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    Anybody else remember the old Waianae Drive Inn? It was just past Waianae Mall next to the Adventist Church. They had the best hamburger curry stew, and lau-laus. They built a new building there (which houses Hannara’s). Back then, there used to be a Woolworth’s behind it, which had a little food place inside. On the other side of the Waianae Drive Inn, was Cathay Inn, with the bestest giant crispy egg rolls.

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    • October 2, 2013 at 11:16 am
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      Btw, this was on Farrington Hwy across the street from Ala Poko and Farrington. I used to live right on Ala Poko.

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    • October 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm
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      Chris,

      The former Woolworth’s in Waianae is now City Mill in the Waianae Mall, where Longs Drugs is. Which is right about where you’re referring to regarding Hannara’s.

      As for Waianae Drive Inn, the only reference I continually make on this blog is a recipe from AlohaWorld.com from Waianae Drive Inn for the PERFECT MAC SALAD. Da’ secret to PERFECT MAC SALAD is a dash of milk! Ha!

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  • October 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm
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    Does anyone remember a restaurant where the building resembled a train car? It was located at the corner of Kapiolani and Kaheka across what is now First Hawaiian Bank. They had a decent steak. Also on 12th Avenue in Kaimuki was Victoria Inn but before that wasn’t it Gum’s Coffee Shop? Ah the good ole days!

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    • October 16, 2013 at 8:40 am
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      That was Victoria Station… not to be confused with Victoria Inn…I remember using the British red phone booth inside…

      I also vaguely remember Theo’s Restaurant ( was there from the 30’s) since I had to go to the Alexander Young Hotel bldg for piano lessons every Saturday in the 70’s… it was glass, brass. velvet. They served food like carved roast beef sandwiches.. I recall seeing Mayor Fasi there a lot.

      Ala Moana: The Haven ( natural sandwiches: sprouts, pressed juices) near the old Patty’s Chinese Kitchen on the Mauka side, where Yami Yogurt used to be ( sad that they no longer exist!!) Plush Pippin ( great pies… sour cream lemon. Yum! 80’s)

      Pearlridge : near the old Pearlridge 4Plex Theatre: Uncle John’s ( now Denny’s) with the old school bicycle parked out front. Anyone remember the cute steakhouse that was on the third floor in Pearlridge/in front the Monorail/next to Daiei’s third floor level…( around ’77) Daiei occupied all three levels back then… I remember seeing a mini train running throughout the restaurant, they built a track running through the rooms right below the ceilings…

      Ilikai Hotel: Pier 7 restaurant… ono clam chowder!

      Miss the Spindrifter in Kahala Mall… they would give you a whole mini cake ( not a slice, a whole cake) for your birthday… the kind with pink roses on it! Yum!

      Mahalos! Love this list!!

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      • October 19, 2013 at 6:44 am
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        Anne,

        All you contributions have been added. Great stuff! Mahalo!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm
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    Bon Appetit, owned and run by chef Guy Banal in Discovery Bay. Dickens (bar) on the ground floor of the Blackstone Building on Kapiolani Blvd. La Paloma (Mexican) across from the Blackstone Building at Kapiolani and Pensacola. Boyds (bar) on the ground floor of the Alexander Young Hotel, makai side.

    Anyone remember what the Spencecliff restaurant(s) was/were at Ala Moana Shopping Center?

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    • October 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm
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      Please correct me if the name is wrong but I remember Prince Kuhio on the street level on the Ala Moana Boulevard side. For me this was the 1970’s but I believe it went back further than that. Keep the great memories rolling!

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  • October 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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    Remembered another one: Territorial Tavern on the ground floor makai end of the Dillingham Transportation Building on Bishop St at Ala Moana Blvd. Good Hawaiian music and the first sighting of Booga Booga with Benton, Reiplinger and Kaahea.

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    • October 19, 2013 at 6:38 am
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      Linkmeister, I added your entries from the other comment under this post, as well as in the Oahu Nightclubs & Bars Memorialized list for the bars you mentioned.

      Was Territorial Tavern a bar and lounge, or a restaurant?

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      • October 20, 2013 at 9:23 am
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        I don’t remember, but I found somebody’s comment about the place elsewhere which mentioned going there for dinner, so take that for what it’s worth.

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    • June 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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      My sister-in-law waited tables there during the day back in ’77, when I first arrived in Honolulu. I have my first laulau, poi & Hawaiian Sun lilikoi there.

      Booga Booga was the best! Wish they had videos on YouTub, but at least they have lots of Raps. It so sad to think only one is still living.

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  • October 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    Linkmeister,

    Ah, an “old” HT friend! Glad you to see you here! As you know, I was very active in those HT business memories threads. What I wanted to do here is essentially compile and organize it better so you can easily go down the list in alphabetical order. There are definitely a whole bunch in this list that aren’t included in the HT thread, thanks to the wonderful readers here.

    I’ll add your suggestions soon. Mahalo!

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    • October 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm
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      Glad to have found you, Pomai! I was Googling for “spencecliff restaurant ala moana” and this site turned up.

      Thought of a couple more: Chuck’s Steak House (still going in Waikiki) also had a restaurant on the ground floor of Phase I Pearlridge (Uptown, I guess it is now). And there was a Lums where the Territorial Savings bank building is now on Kaonohi and Kamehameha across from Anna Millers/Bravo.

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  • November 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm
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    Anyone remember the name of the restaurant just off King St famous for their lemon meringue pie? It was on a residential street….one of those places you would never find if someone didn’t lead you there. Valet parking because no place to park and garden outdoor setting inside the walls. Great place….even without pie.

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    • November 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm
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      John,

      That sounds a lot like The Willows.

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      • November 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm
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        John, look at these pictures of The Willows to confirm or reject Pomai’s suggestion. I went there for Mothers Day eleven years ago. Stole a menu and reproduced it online to practice making HTML tables, too. You can find a link to that at the pictures page above.

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      • November 6, 2013 at 6:34 am
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        Mahalo for the replies. It was driving my wife and I crazy trying to remember. We relocated chasing a job in 1994 and really miss the island people and culture. So many of the favorites places to eat are gone…sad. I can report the best plate lunch on the mainland is at my place, but a Masu’s Jade Moon Special would be Heaven.

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  • January 5, 2014 at 10:41 am
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    WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANY HISTORIAL INFO ON THE WAGON WHEEL RESTUARANT/BAR FORMILY IN WAIKIKI, HAWAII
    WHEN IT STARTED AND CLOSED
    WWII HANGOUT ETC THANKYOU!

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  • January 13, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    Palama Inn in Kalihi. Owned by Masanobu Higa. Masa’s one leg was shorter than the other, so that’s how people remember him. Served lots of Japanese food, then when the neighborhood became more Filipino, started serving more Filipino dishes. Made mean pork adobo and miso tako and sashimi.

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  • January 17, 2014 at 8:27 am
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    Rob Roy’s in Kailua. Where Blockbuster Video was later. My family used to go every Sunday morning after mass.

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  • January 17, 2014 at 8:49 am
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    Princess Chop Suey in Kailua, across from the bowling alley.

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  • February 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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    Fatty’s Chinese in Waikiki – A small spot on the ewa side of the MIramar hotel. I believe it’s going away soon.

    Mongolian BBQ – mid to late 80s, behind the int’l market place in the Kuhio Mall.

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    • February 23, 2014 at 10:22 am
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      Keleko,

      Your contributions have been added. Mahalo!

      I double-checked on Fatty’s, and they are indeed closed according to Yelp (there’s a link on the entry). A friend of mine who used to live nearby Fatty’s used to eat there at least once a week. She swore that was the BEST Chinese food on the island. I grossed-out once recently though, as when I walked in just to check it out, the cook was coating pieces of raw chicken in flour in a very dirty looking sink. EEEEWW!!! I wonder if the health department shut them down?

      But you know what? Some of the best tasting and most popular restaurants have the filthiest kitchens, according to one of Diner E’s friends who services their propane systems. Because they’re so busy, no time to clean-up. Gosh, Robert Irvine would choke my neck for stating that! lol

      I wonder if it would be feasible for the state to give certification to restaurant equipment technicians to be sort of surrogate health inspectors if you will. Not where they go inspecting the whole restaurant and hand-out citations, but just be the “eyes and ears” of the thinly-spread authorized state health inspectors. So what they’d do after every equipment repair job, is have a short, easy-to-fill housekeeping checklist, along with an area for footnotes, with basic questions on a 5 star system. 1.) Cleanliness 2.) Pest Control (is there roaches all over the place?) 3.) Organization 4.) Food Safety (properly stored) 5.) Tools & Equipment Safety. Grade would be 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being poor to 5 excellent. Even better, make it a mobile app so that it gets fed directly to a central database where scores are kept in aggrigate. After a year’s time, the system automatically red flags businesses that repeatedly receive overall poor ratings, and those restaurants are placed high on the authorized health inspector’s visit list. Those equipment techs who participate in the program are given tax incentives they can write-off (not actual pay) according to their G.E. Tax license number.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm
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    There was a restaurant at 1600 Kapiolani Blvd in the late 70’s street side of the Pan Am Building . Have been trying to remember the name. They were famous for the Mahi Mahi Almondine. Fine dining Used to eat lunch there when I worked in the Pan Am building. Also the restaurant over Mac’s Market near the shell had excellent soups

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    • June 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm
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      The restaurant above Mac’s Market was The Bistro, after their Kapiolani location closed. Great late night menu… French Onion Soup, Cesar Salad, and Escargot.

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  • March 11, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    I’m hoping someone here can help me. I was born in Wahiawa, spent 4 years in Ewa Beach, one in Honolulu. I remember going to a pirate themed restaraunt back then ( early 70’s) where kids could grab a toy from a barrel as you were seated? My parents were big bowlers than and we lived across a major highway that backed up to a sugar cane field. I’m told the subdivision and sugar cane field are gone.
    I went to preschool at messiah Lutheran church in Ewa beach, and my dad worked at WHEELs in Waipahu. I’m hoping someone here can shed some light on these memories. Heading back this summer- thank you for ANY info.

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    • March 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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      Carile,

      According to my trusty old school Ewa Beach resource, the only place he can think of was Sloop John B’s, which is listed above.

      “Sloop John B’s – site of the Ewa Beach Shopping Center, Ewa Beach / named after the Beach Boys song; BBQ ribs, fish ‘n chips, beer; lacquered burnt plywood wall panels created a nautical theme / currently Ewa Beach Shopping Center (about where Radio Shack is)”

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      • March 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm
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        Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ( or should I say “Mahalo”) you have solved and confirmed this memory of mine- one of my favorite places to go with my family. It’s been 39 years since we left Oahu and I am thrilled to go back this summer.Finally.
        I am so glad I stumbled upon this as I continue my research for this memory lane trip with my family.
        Thank you once again.

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  • March 15, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    Blue Ocean Cafe was actually the Blue Ocean Inn right across from Kuhio Beach. It was owned by a gentleman named Paul Agena. My mom was his CPA and property manager for the King-Kalakaua Bldg at the named intersection. My family used to have Sunday dinner several times a month at the Blue Ocean Inn when I was growing up in the mid-to-late 1950s thru the early 1960s. I remember the smell of deep leather booths & cigarettes, cranked up A/C and having two sunny-side up eggs, ham and two scoops of rice for dinner most of the time.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 10:10 am
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      Tom,

      I updated Blue Ocean Inn (previously listed as Cafe) with your info’. Mahalo! Is that where Lulu’s is now (formerly Denny’s)?

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  • March 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    FYI…

    KEO’S THAI CUISINE WAIKIKI is now closed for business.

    Serving Hawaii since 1977.

    “To our valued customers,

    We regret to inform you that we are now closed as of March 1st, 2014. The Ambassador Hotel has been sold which included our location at the hotel.

    We chose to end our lease at the same time and not pursue a new lease with the new owner.

    We are currently looking for a new location.

    We want to sincerely thank everyone for your support and patronage for all these years. We hope to serve you again in the very near future.

    Warmest aloha,
    Keo Sananikone”

    For information, please contact:

    Keo@keosthaicuisine.com

    Or

    Keo Enterprises, Inc.
    P.O. Box 15426
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96830

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  • March 21, 2014 at 8:07 am
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    used to be near where Ohua comes into Kalakaua; right across from Kuhio Beach Park area.

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  • March 21, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    used to be near where Ohua now comes into Kalakaua; right across from Kuhio Beach Park area. Don’t remember exactly where it was, but it was within a block or so of that intersection. Was a long time ago…

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  • March 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm
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    You missed Kammy’s on Campbell Ave., okazuya & restaurant. Small hole in the wall, husband & wife operation but excellent food!

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  • March 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    What a great thread! Allow me to add the following:

    Ferdinand’s — This was a Waikiki bar and coffee shop on Kuhio Ave. (behind the International Marketplace) that owed its decor to the story of Ferdinand the Bull. In fact, its bar was located under a huge plaster tree. I believe it was in the old Reef Hotel. I worked there for a time (a disco, Red Pants?, was on one side of the building in the early ’70s)..

    King’s Bakery & Coffee Shop — 1936 King St. Robert Taira’s place was known for its sweet bread, but I loved the fried noodles. I ate them at a newer King’s Bakery in Kaimuki after that.

    Pieces of Eight — This steak & lobster eatery was located on Lewers Street in Waikiki. In the 1970s, there was a piano bar upstairs and a game room downstairs.

    Red Vest — I had dinner after the prom at this very nice Waikiki restaurant. It was on the mauka side of Kuhio at Nahua St. At one time, I think it had an elevated model train running along its walls. Was this later “Foxy’s” named after bartender Frank Fox?

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  • March 30, 2014 at 4:10 pm
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    @ Clint – Kammy’s Okazuya has been added. If that’s your area, you must remember Burgerland on Monsarrat and Campbell Ave. Best local style char-grilled burgers back in the day! Campbell Ave. is the street I always take to drive to and from the KCC Farmers Market.

    @ Steve Todd – Added all your places to the list. Awesome! Mahalo!

    @ Hana and Patti Kendell – Added Cavalier Restaurant in the Pan Am Building to the list. Thanks Hana for helping with remembering the name! Lots of times we remember an old place by its location and features, except the name escapes us. I tend to be like that with people. lol

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    • April 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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      Thanks for adding Kammy’s Restaurant on Campbell Ave. Yes, I do remember Burgerland on Monsarrat. Rainbow Drive Inn still there on Kapahulu Ave. with pretty similar type of Teriyaki Beef plate.
      Thanks.

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  • March 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm
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    Just for clarification…

    Ferdinand’s–The large plaster tree was “inside” the restaurant, overhanging the bar.

    King’s Bakery–It was famous for sweet bread and fried noodles “before” its branch opened in Kaimuki.

    Mama’s at 378 N. School St. (between Aala & Liliha) was called Mama’s Mexican Kitchen.

    Thanks again for this tasty treat!

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    • March 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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      Steve,

      Made the corrections you noted. Was Ferdinand’s that bar and restaurant with the kitchy frog and burger sculpture in front, where it was upstairs like a tree house?

      Also, not sure where you live now, but FYI, the Waikiki International Market Place is now completely barricaded for demolition, to be replaced by a totally new retail development on that property by Outrigger. All that will remain the same is the name and a couple trees, including the iconic Banyan Tree. Thank God. Personally I liked it’s old Hawaii kitschy look and feel, however it was getting a bit run down. I’m sure the kitchens in there were a complete mess, in dire need of repair and/or replacement.

      http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/December-2013/The-Rise-Fall-and-Rebirth-of-Waikikis-International-Marketplace/

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      • March 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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        I believe Ferdinand’s did have a frog outside. On entering, the bar was to the left. A few steps up was the restaurant. The tree was above the bar and did overhang part of the dining area.

        I was aware that the Marketplace closed. Too bad it got old and rundown. The thing I most enjoyed buying there was the chocolate-covered frozen banana on a stick from one of the hole-in-the-wall businesses. I started my drinking days soon after (early ’70s). I remember Cock’s Roost was always hopping (loud) at night with live entertainment (Al Lopaka was there a long time). There was a large showroom on the Punchbowl side that offered live bands and dancing. There was a restaurant/nightclub just to the left of the Kalakaua entrance. Don the Beachcomber was there. Was it later Gauguin’s or am I getting memories mixed up?

        There also was a discotheque in back of the Marketplace called The Powerhouse. Of course, disco wasn’t disco back then. A lot of people there were turning on and chilling out. I don’t think it lasted long..

        I’ve been in Hilo mostly since 1984. I lived on Oahu mostly from 1965 to 1982. I frequented a lot more bars and restaurants before I started a family. In fact, it was pretty much a daily occurrence.

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        • March 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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          “There also was a discotheque in back of the Marketplace called The Powerhouse. Of course, disco wasn’t disco back then. A lot of people there were turning on and chilling out. I don’t think it lasted long.”

          Steve,

          In that regard, you gotta’ check out this list:

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        • April 13, 2014 at 9:46 am
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          I remember a Pee Wee golf and amusement center with pinball machines in the back of the International Market Place. Also the nightclub Red Noodle was later added.

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  • March 31, 2014 at 8:29 pm
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    On the windward side in the 70’s, Rosies Boat House in Kaneohe, went there for the great salad bar, and steak and lobster. In Kailua, In Sams Korean for the best Kal bi on the island.

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  • April 3, 2014 at 10:36 am
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    Andy’s Drive-In. Used to be on Oneawa St. in Kailua. Could see the red roof while coming down the Pali.

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  • April 3, 2014 at 11:51 am
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    I remember the Hauula Bake Shop back in the 70s – the best glazed donuts I’ve ever had. They became the Bethlehem Bakery sometime in the 80s, Not sure if they’re still there now, but when it was just the Hauula Bake Shop, man….!

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  • April 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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    I went to a restaurant/ bar called Shipwreck Kelly’s in 1976. It had burned down prior to that and had been redone. I was in 3rd grade. Does anyone remember that place? I met Jack Lord filming Hawaii five-O. Great memories!

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  • April 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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    toris lunch house was on Sheridan st and had mean overflowing Curry stew, Also l don’t see blue Goose was on University, Anna Banana,,Akebonos backside of moilili feild,Any place lounge on king st. great lunch and pupus..polos lunch pl. on mccully between king and algaroba.Great saimin ,haburger steak and nickel machines.Mildreds lunchhouse in kakaako where you could buy 35 cents egg or tuna sanwiches,the thick kine.

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  • April 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    bigbud808, Laura, Phil, Linkmeister & Al,

    Your contributions have been added to the list. Mahalo!

    bigbud808, Anna Bannana’s (SIC purposely) is listed under Oahu Bars & Nightclubs Memorialized:

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  • April 13, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    This is an awesome website. It brings back so many memories. Thanks for all you have done to create this enjoyable find.

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  • April 27, 2014 at 6:37 am
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    You missed Whitetop Drive Inn on Auahi where Ward Warehouse sits today.Good burgers and shoestrings. Also missed Donald Duck Restaurant and Drive Inn which Bea’s Drive Inn took over in 1960s. A full meal included tossed salad or fruit cocktail, drink and dessert of pudding or jello all for 60 cents in late 1950s. Did you include Stan’s Pizza, one of the first pizza joints on Keeaumoku and King St., now occupied by a seafood Chinese restaurant.

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  • May 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm
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    Jean’s Bakery & Fountain in Kailua, Oahu. It started with just the bakery in 1950, then owner George Abe bought land across the street and had a new building constructed to expand the bakery and add a sit-down diner, complete with jukebox and malted milkshakes…25 cent rootbeer floats. Its large picture windows would be plastered with campaign posters every election season before sign-waving (didn’t matter which political party) and rock concert posters at other times (mostly Ted Sax’s productions, not Tom Moffat’s). It’s in the Kailua book by Kailua Historical Society…check out the wedding cake in the window, ’50s cars, and gravel road.

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  • May 18, 2014 at 11:06 am
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    The Green Turtle on Kapiolani Blvd. across from the old KGMB studios. My hangout during my misspent youth. Probably closed late 60s, early 70’s. Same owners as the Hofbrau on Kalakaua about the same time. There was a third restaurant but can’t remember the name by the same owners.

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    • May 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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      I seem to recall mugs hanging on the walls and maybe Sterling Mossman’s group playing there or am I confusing that with a neighboring place? Did The Green Turtle become The Bistro? Too long ago for my brain!

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    • May 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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      Sam,

      The Green Turtle is currently listed under Oahu Bars & Nightclubs. Wasn’t The Green Turtle a Korean hostess bar? Or was it more of a restaurant than a bar?

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      • August 29, 2014 at 9:01 am
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        In the late 50s, it was a restaurant. May have become a hostess bar later, don’t know.

        The only hostess bar I ever went to (dragged there by a couple of local buddies :) was at the corner if Kalakaua and Kapiolani, kitty corner from Coco’s. Before that, that location was a fairly decent restaurant.

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  • May 22, 2014 at 6:29 am
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    On your commemts on Kau Kau Korner, you imply that Coco’s was first on the site, followed by K K K but I believe it was the reverse.
    At one time there was a Castagnola’s restaurant in the Hawaiian Village. We ate there one night when Sonny and Cher were having dinner accompanied by a very young Chastity.
    How about the Crouching Lion on the backside of the island?

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  • June 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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    Great list! I didn’t have time to read all of the replies, so some of my contributions may have already been mentioned. In no particular order…

    Sushi Ten- In Waimalu, Newtown Shopping Plaza (same complex where Elephant and Castle used to be). Sushi in the front, Okinawan food in the back. Believe owner moved to Waikele C.C.

    Grace’s Lunch Wagon- On the mauka side of Metcalf St., one block from University Ave. intersection. Had lunch wagon prior to permanent location (on S. Beretania, near Isenberg St. intersection?). Hot dog and chow fun plate for 90 cents (mid-1970’s).

    Epicurean Consensus- Short-lived restaurant in Puck’s Alley. Never dined there.

    Dairy Queen- On Monsarrat St., next to Waikiki Elementary School. Soft serve cone (with trademark “curl” on the top) was five cents (early 1960’s). For chocolate dipped, add another nickel).

    Windy’s (listed as “Wendy’s” on this list)- With all due respect to “Ann”, the drive-in on Kam Hwy and Likelike was called “Windy’s”. Typical drive-in food.

    Evergreen and Green Turtle- On Kapiolani, near the Kaheka St. intersection? Old school coffee shop fare.

    Top’s Canterbury- In Waikiki, where Todai is today. Late-night hangout after the movies, football game or clubbing.

    Chuck’s Steak House- Was it called “Chuck’s Original Steak Housel”,, on Coyne St. in near Bubbie’s?

    Keo’s- There was one on Kapahulu, across the street from Jack-in-the-Box”. There is a Starbucks there now.

    Lauu’s- I vaguely remember a small drive-in in Kahaluu or Hauula, on the right side of Kam Hwy. heading north, with good chili and rice. Anyone remember this one?

    Grape Escape Wine Bar- Waikiki Trade Center. Uses to serve, among other things, desserts, like individual fruit tarts from a place called “Roxanne’s”.

    Zuke Bistro- Alfesco dining, next to Hula’s on Kuhio. Owner Richard and Judy (?). Great people, very good food.

    Some former Restaurant Row occupants:

    Baci
    Boomerang’s
    Jose’s
    Manzo’s Trattoria (liked that place a lot; Tony Manzo may have had a place in Niu Valley before Swiss Inn?)
    Meritage
    Yanni’s Greek

    I am mourning the closure of Jurison’s Inn in Waikele. Will have to find a new go-to Beef Curry place.

    I hope you find my list helpful. Enjoy!

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    • June 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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      Leighton,

      AWESOME CONTRIBUTION! All have been added to the master list, with most not mentioned before, and you provided fantastic detail of each place.

      Big mahalos!

      Pomai

      ;-)

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      • June 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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        Hi Pomai,

        It was my pleasure, although I have to rest my brain after working it so hard (lol). Your blog is one of my faves, and I appreciate your efforts! Happy eating!

        leighton

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  • June 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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    I just thought of a fast food place in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center that was around in the early ’80s for about five years: It’s Greek to Me, which had gyros and who knows what else. The owner was the S.O. of the guy who owned the Honolulu Club at the time it opened (May 1980) and for the next ten-twelve years. I worked there for the first nine before bailing out.

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    • June 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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      Linkmeister,

      Your contribution for Greek to Me has been added. Mahalo! You worked there for NINE YEARS? Wow! I didn’t even know the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center was around in the early 80’s.

      “It’s all Greek to Me”. Love the name!

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  • June 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm
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    Heck, I just checked the list, and it’s missing The Good Earth and Johnny Appleseed on the ground floor of the Honolulu Club. The Good Earth was there first. It was a natural food place, a refugee from a string of them that got bought by GM. The daughter of the original owner ran it. When it failed (or didn’t make enough to make them happy) the Club put together a set of partners and tried to run it as Johnny Appleseed. They promptly added burgers and non-healthy stuff and drove away the original customers, and TGI Fridays next door made better burgers, so Appleseed died in about 1985.

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    • June 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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      Linkmeister,

      The Good Earth and Johnny Appleseed (both at the Honolulu Club) have been added to the list. Awesome stuff!

      Mahalos!

      P.S. TGI Fridays at Ward? Sigh to the sigh of sighs.

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  • June 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm
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    With my battery recharged, a few more came to mind.

    Eastern Garden- Two locations, Westridge Shopping Center in Pearl City and Kaimuki, at the bottom of Waialae Ave. Nice couple owned it, and I believe they opened Mandalay on Alakea St. Used to love their Singapore Rice Noodles.

    Antonio’s Pizza- No frills NY-style pizza, across Kahala Mall. Honolulu Burger Co. may be in that space.

    Alfred’s- Fine dining (European cuisine) in Century Center. Mr. Vollenweider was a nice man.

    Swiss Haus- Occupied the space after Swiss Inn (Niu Valley) closed. Tough act to follow.

    L ‘Auberge Swiss (Kailua)- Speaking of Swiss, where you could get your wiener schnitzel fix when Swiss Inn was booked.

    Alpine Village- On S. King, just Ewa of Fukuya okazuya. Former chef of Kahala Hilton and his wife opened the place. Swiss/ Euro cuisine.

    Caffelatte- On Saratoga, in Waikiki, across the post office, upstairs. Prix Fixe menu, three course for $35. Offerings determined that day. Good, home-cooked Italian food. Gnocchi was excellent. Closed in 2008.

    C&C Pasta- On the corner, or close to 12th Ave and Waialae Ave. intersection. Had a deli and sold fresh, raw pasta. Good home style Italian food. Chef Matt is now corporate chef with Times Super Market.

    Beau Soleil- Was in Manoa, across the shopping center on East Manoa Rd., I believe. Moved to Kaimuki, on Waialae Ave., near City Mill. Good Mediterranean-style food.

    Monsarrat Delicatessen- I’ll be shocked if anyone remembers this one. I used to eat there in the 1960’s, and lived less than a block away. I believe it was close to, or where the current South Shore Grill is now. There was a dry cleaner next door, and I remember feeling the hot steam coming from their door whenever I passed by. I was a combo okazuya and sit-down lunch place. My fave was a teriyaki fish, which I found out later from Caryn (of Caryn’s Okazu-Ya, which is also closed), was breaded with fresh bread crumbs, pan-fried, and simmered in teri sauce. Their kimpira was a winner too.

    Caryn’s Okazu-Ya- The first time I ate there, I saw the teriyaki fish that looked exactly like the one I used to love from Monsarrat Delicatessen, over 40 years ago! She explained to me that her parents or grandparents (I can’t remember which) owned Monsarrat Deli, and she still prepares it the same way. Sadly, she sold the place and the food was never the same (sniff sniff)

    Le Guignol- Across the street from Thomas Square in the Medical Arts Building. Favorite place to go before events at the Blaisdell or Concert Hall. One of the few places that served rabbit. Basic country French food. I thought there was a Le Guignol on Kalakaua, near where Frog Tree Korean restaurant is that was owned by a European couple.

    Kapiolani Coffee Shop- Next to Aloha Motors, where the Convention Center is now. Ox Tail Soup, Pig Feet Soup, and Fried Rice. Move to Kam Bowl, and now in the Waimalu Shopping Center.

    The Bistro- Ok, I’m gonna need some help with this one. I thought it was on Kapiolani, but I cannot recall exactly where. Dark, with black leather booths. Late night menu included Escargot, Cesar Salad, French Onion Soup… starting to sound familiar? Moved to Kapahulu, on Monsarrat, above (upstairs) a neighborhood grocery store called Mac’s Market.

    Ray’s Seafood- Upscale, trendy seafood restaurant/ bar, with excellent “kamikazes” (Ice-cold Stoly, with trace amounts of Rose’s Lime Juice and Triple Sec). Was in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza.

    Scott’s Seafood- In Aloha Tower Marketplace. Calif.-style seafood and bar. Replaced by Don Ho’s.

    Portlock- Owned by the family that owned Surf Line. Southwest Tex-Mex cuisine in Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, formally known as Kuapa Kai Shopping Center.

    Some others that were probably not too popular with locals include Lewers St. Fish Co., Antonio’s Steak and Seafood, Villa Paradiso, Paradiso Seafood and Grill and Lobster and Crab House. They were all in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, or in the vicinity.

    A votre sante!

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    • June 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm
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      leighton,

      Wow, recharge your batteries? More like SUPERCHARGED them! I think you’re the single largest contributor to this list yet! And almost every one you listed weren’t already on the list. Really appreciate the details you provide!

      Regarding The Bistro, they were in Century Center (Kalakaua and Kapiolani).

      I’m a bit confused about Swiss Inn, which you said was in Niu valley? According to what I had down, they were in Waikiki. So between Swiss Haus and Swiss Inn, which one was located where?

      If you lived in the Monsarrat area, you must have also frequented Burgerland (now Diamond Head Market and Grill). The BEST local style char-grilled burgers!

      Mahalo again for the AWESOME LIST! :-)

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      • June 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm
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        Aloha Pomai,

        Re: “The Bistro”. That’s why I mentioned I’d need some help. The “Bistro” I’m talking about was well before the one in Century Center. It was in it’s heyday in the 1980’s. I know the one that was in Century Center very well. The owners were Jackie and her husband. Chef Rodney Uyehara (Now at HASR Bistro) opened the place.

        The Swiss Inn (Martin and Jeanie Wyss) was in Niu Valley, where Le Bistro (Alan Takasaki) is now. Swiss Haus assumed the space after Swiss Inn closed. They were both located in Niu Valley, in the same spot, different times.

        I vaguely recall a Waikiki establishment called “Brauhaus”, but the details escape me.

        Hope that helps.

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        • June 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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          Leighton,

          Ah, I should have known you would be familiar with The Bistro at Century Center. I’m curious what legal issues are involved when a business (any business) reuses a name such as Le Bistro has done. Is there a certain number of years that it then becomes available again unless the prior owner reclaims it?

          Thanks for the tip on HASR Bistro. Great looking menu!

          I’ll fix the location for Swiss Haus to Niu Valley (it was listed in Waikiki).

          There’s a few sellers on eBay selling or sold Brauhaus Waikiki mugs that have a Lowenbrau beer logo on it.

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          • June 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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            I’m assuming that if a business under a particular name is no longer in business, they would not object to someone else using the name, especially if it is made very clear that they are two completely separate entities.

            There are quite a few establishments that have incorporated the word “bistro” into their name, but I don’t know of any that were open simultaneously with the exact same name.

        • June 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm
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          The Bistro I remember was on Kapiolani near the Green Turtle.

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      • August 29, 2014 at 9:13 am
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        Regarding The Bistro, perhaps you were thinking of Alfred’s? The original Bistro was on the makai side of Kapiolani between Atkinson and Keeaumoku. I was not exactly an habitue’ but I ate there many times. One of the attractions was the red headed female maitre’de…she ALWAYS remembered one’s name.

        Regarding Alfred’s, it was another of my favorites, knew both Alfred and his sister. It was originally on Ala Moana, makai side, at the corner one block ewa of Fisherman’s Wharf.

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        • August 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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          The Bistro occupied the space where Alfred’s was from 2004 to 2007. They closed due to a lease dispute.

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  • June 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    Thanks Steve! Now I know it wasn’t a figment of my imagination.

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  • June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm
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    Pomai,

    Lewers St. Fish Co. was not in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, as I previously implied. It was actually on Lewers St., on the left side of the street. Also, you might want to split up Evergreen and Green Turtle. I put them together because they were close in proximity to each other, but completely separate entities.

    I came up with a few others:

    Mekong- S. Beretania St.

    Mekong II- S. King St. Both had straight-forward Thai food at reasonable prices. Yellow curry with chicken was very comforting.

    Elua- Philippe Padovani and Donato Loperfido joining forces. Original L ‘Uraku location.

    Leighton

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    • May 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm
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      Looks like Elua hasn’t made the list yet.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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    You forgot the College Inn just off campus on University Avenue. It was just south of the Dole Street intersection; about a half block north of the Lutheran Church. It was on the Ewa side and had individual juke box play selectors at each booth. I remember it had the best hamburger steak plate. Of course, those were the days of Bingham Market on Betetania, Everybody’s Super Market on McCully next to the Ala Wai and the Chicken in a Basket across the McCully Bridge on the other side of the Ala Wai. Then there was the Wiki Wiki Drive Inn at the corner of Harding and King … before the first segment of the “Fast Road” (H – 1) was built from Waialae Ave in Kaimuki to Ward Street near downtown.

    Boy I miss the old Honolulu …

    Aloha, Keith

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    • July 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm
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      Keith,

      Huge mahalo for those detailed contributions! All have added.

      Question: Is Wiki Wiki Burger the same as Wiki Wiki Drive Inn, where it’s now Market City Shopping Center? They sound like they could be, however your streets have me confused a bit. Both are listed above.

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  • July 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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    Don’t remember much about Kaiser Wilhelm’s, but went there to eat some German Food after Beethoven’s Fifth closed…….same Chef/Owner……Peter Birnbaum

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  • August 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    Blue Hawaii on Young st. Fine Dining. Had our pre wedding dinner there 25 people & they made a giant Baked Alaska for all of us 1978
    The Bread Line on University Ave (across from UH), Fine Dining the first step for original KCC Culinary Grads

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  • August 10, 2014 at 3:17 pm
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    Papadore on Monserrat Fine Dining above D Head Market & the Chef /Owner drove a Harley
    Luigi’s Italian Fine Dining (all made to order) Kailua down from Jack in the Box

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    • August 10, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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      geoff,

      Your contributions have been added to the list. Mahalo!

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    • August 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm
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      Luigi’s is “only” from the late 1990s or early 2000s and wasn’t around very long. The food was good, though–a Mediterranean mix, not only Italian.

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  • August 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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    Hi Pomai,
    Love your blog site – all these places brings back memories! Has anyone mentioned Craig’s Bakery on Maluniu Street? Lived in the Coconut Grove area in the late 60-early 70’s – we used to order our 1/2 sheet birthday cakes – they made the best tasting cakes. There also was a parkway where KMart and Sack-N-Save is now – across from the Stadium Mall. I can’t remember the name…”Castle….”?

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    • August 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm
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      Yes, it was called Castle Park although I’m not real exact with the dates, I remember it from the 70’s with arcade games, miniature golf, batting cages and go carts. A water attraction drowning pretty much sealed their fate. It was fun while it lasted.

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    • August 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm
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      Jan,

      As Paul stated, it was Castle Park. LOVED that place! I used to kick @ss in the batting cage there (although not so much on the regular baseball field). My other favorite were the go carts. We’d stay there for several races just to see who had the fastest car (2-stroke engines), then “rough-take” to get that one. I don’t want to confess things we did at the miniature golf course. lol

      Here’s a great article by local blogger Rodney Lee, with lots of fun facts about Castle Park. Enjoy!…

      http://midlifecrisishawaii.com/memories/do-you-remember-castle-park

      Added Craig’s Bakery in Kailua to the master list. Mahalo! Kailua was my “other” stomping ground, having grown up nearby in Kaneohe. Mostly during high school when we had a car to get around. Spent many weekends hanging out at Lanikai and Kalama Beach!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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    There used to be a “Stewart’s Drugs” coffee shop in the little bldg. next to the Salvation Army store (former Cornet) in Kailua. It closed in the very early ’70s. I remember they had the best hamburgers there. The chef browned the bun in a certain way and did who knows what else, but to this day I have never tasted another burger that is quite like it.

    I also fondly remember “Pizza Pete’s” in Kailua. It was the first pizza restaurant ever in Kailua as far as I know. It opened right around 1970 and unfortunately closed before the end of the decade (probably because it was in kind of a hidden away location and competition opened up with Pizza Hut and Round Table Pizza). I think Pizza Pete’s had better pizza than either of those places though. It was really good. All hand-made right there in the store. It was located in the back of the little bldg. next to McDonalds.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm
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    Oh yeah, in the same bldg. as Pizza Pete’s (in the space now occupied by a karate school), was a much-loved deli called “Doug & Don’s Gee-a-Deli”. It opened in the late 70’s and lasted all the way until just after they built the Senior’s home behind McDonalds and killed the business. Everybody used to go there. Lots of people had sandwiched named for them. They had the best pastrami sandwich this side of the old Lynn’s Deli at Ala Moana. ;)

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  • September 10, 2014 at 5:56 am
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    Does anyone remember the Rusty Harpoon which I think was in Makaha? Mahalo for a great sight and memories!!!!

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    • September 10, 2014 at 7:46 am
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      Andy,

      There was a Rusty Harpoon Restaurant & Tavern in Ka’anapali, Maui, which has since closed. Obviously not the same Rusty Harpoon in Makaha?

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-rusty-harpoon-restaurant-and-tavern-lahaina

      I have an old 1997 Polk Directory for the City & County of Honolulu, and there’s no Rusty Harpoon listed in it. About what era were they around? 70’s? 80’s? ??

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      • September 10, 2014 at 8:01 am
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        My wife was the bartender at The Rusty Harpoon in Kaanapali. Used to sit out there and play cribbage with her when it was slow, right across the bar.

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      • September 10, 2014 at 8:16 am
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        Pomai, It was in the middle 80’s. Just remember getting hammered there on my honeymoon. My wife had to drive back to Waikiki. Great day!

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  • September 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm
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    There used to be an eat-all-you-can right by Kuhio Beach called the Sands. This was back in the 50’s. I’ve been racking my brains trying to remember the name of a restaurant that was adjacent to the Kahala Mall in the 60’s and 70’s. It was a steak and seafood place that served an outstanding cioppino. Anyone remember its name?

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      • September 18, 2014 at 7:59 am
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        Spindrifter! They also gave pretty, small mini birthday cakes on your birthday! The white ones with roses… Yum!!!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 9:05 am
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    Mamma Mia’s Pizza! Originally at the Jack in the Box location at McCully and King St. I noticed this pizza joint when on the bus during the late 60’s(high school). Dominic Croccito was the owner and he eventually moved to the new Puck’s Alley. His mother was there sometimes and would wait for him to close. I loved their hot pastrami sandwiches and draft Bud. I saw Andy Bumatai get his start there as sometimes Dominic would set up a little stage. He went out of business in ’97,I believe.

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  • November 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm
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    Wiki Wiki Coffee House, in Ala Moana Center, next to Patti’s kitchen. It was opened maybe in the 60s and closed in the 80s. Owned by David and Kay Hokama. All of the pies were homemade and were so ono. Good portuguese sausage, fried chicken, homemade corned beef hash, veal cutlet.

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    • November 20, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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      Even though it closed in 2008, today we lost an icon with the demolition of Fisherman’s Wharf,  wished it could have been saved.

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      • November 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm
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        Is that the last physical remnant of the Spencecliff restaurant empire? I wonder if any of those former restaurants are still in use as eateries.

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        • November 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm
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          Please correct me if I’m wrong but I believe Spencecliff sold out in 1986 to Nittaku where losses forced them to close restaurants until Fisherman’s Wharf became the last one until it closed in 2008.

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          • November 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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            Spencecliff is long gone. I’m wondering if even the spaces where their restaurants were are still in use as restaurants, or have they all been turned into car dealerships and other things.

  • January 8, 2015 at 6:23 am
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    TThere used to be a restaurant/ice cream parlor on the corner of Keeaumoku and BBeretania in the 50’s and 60’s.  Can’t remember the name.

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    • January 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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      I know Dairyman’s (now Meadow Gold) used to have their operation there. They had a ice cream parlor there and my sisters and I would stop by after going to the movie at the Palace Theater (catty-corner) or the Pawaa Theater. On Young Street they had an entry where trucks would load up. My Mom would stop buy to purchase ice cream cups for our birthdays at school. The ice cream was packed in dry ice with the wooden spoons enclosed.and she’d bring enough for classmates during lunch. What neat memories. I wonder if they still do stuff like this?

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      • January 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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        It was originally known as Purity Inn

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  • January 26, 2015 at 1:24 am
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  • February 8, 2015 at 8:25 am
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    Hi

    Love the list, thank you. Does anyone

    know if Aiea Heights Drive Inn is still there? They have so many great plate lunches but I remember them by their “Special” its Teri beef with fried noodles, huge scoop of the best mac salad ever! And of course scoop rice, and the best okazuya fried chicken and long rice. It was located in the Medical bldg. Across the bowling alley.

    Also, WM Burger in Kaimuki, super small family owned drive in only w/like 6 pkg stalls. It’s behind Home Depot? Near St. Louis High School. Best Teri Burger ever! Like a Hawaiian style Inn & Out, always can count on that same great flavor everytime and they have a limited menu but Wow, is it ono!

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  • February 12, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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    Missing Continental Restaurant in the middle ground floor of Ala Moana SC, and Royal Recipe in the middle ground floor of Ward Warehouse.

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  • March 4, 2015 at 7:01 am
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    Had LobsterFest last night…does anyone remember what restaurant/bar was at that location prior?

    I think it had a nautical theme…early 80s?

     

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  • March 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    Did anyone mention Puppy Palace in the Kailua Shopping Center next to Times Supermarket? Best BBQ hamburger and french fries!

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  • March 21, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    Tropical Drive Inn was not in Ewa Beach but was located on Farrington Highway in Waipahu. after Tropical Drive Inn closed, Diner’s opened in Tropical’s space and years after Diner’s closed Brandi’s opened. This location is across the street from K’s Bento-ya.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    Pomai,
    Padovani’s Restaurant and Wine Bar was not located at Wards Centers but was actually located in Waikiki at the Double Tree Alana Waikiki Hotel, 1956 Ala Moana Blvd. Check YELP!

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  • April 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm
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    I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading incredibly slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it
    a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

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  • April 22, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    When the Ilikai opened in the 60’s, the restaurant on the roof was called Top of the “I”.

    Then Champeaux’s (sp?) and Annabelle’s followed by many other names.  AND….who can forget the ILIKAI BURGER from Pier One during the late 60’s and early 70’s?   Marvelous memories!!!!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    Hefty price for those days!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 10:16 am
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    $7.50 for a hamburger???  Unheard of for 45 years ago.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 5:25 am
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    Pier 1 was the “coffee shop” restaurant at the Ilikai on the pool deck, makai

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    • April 24, 2015 at 8:43 am
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      I could be wrong, but I believe the restaurant was named Pier 7, not Pier 1.

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      • April 25, 2015 at 7:34 am
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        Yep. Pier 7. Loved the clam chowder there as a kid. Fond memories…

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  • April 25, 2015 at 8:03 am
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    Anyone remember that small, nondescript hamburger/plate lunch place next to the graveyard where the Archer Lane condo sits? It was the only casual eating place along that stretch of King Street… before you hit Straub Clinic and HonoluluClub bldg…

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    • April 25, 2015 at 8:40 am
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      I remember it, but I don’t remember its name. I worked at the Club for nearly nine years, but we never walked toward downtown when we were looking for lunch. ;)

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  • May 5, 2015 at 6:44 pm
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    I remember a Italian bistro restaurant with red checkered tablecloths and Chianti bottles hanging up along the restaurant. It was back in the early 1970’s at the corner of Kalakaua and Lewer’s St. (mauka & Ewa) on Kalakaua. Can’t remember the name but had great Italian food.

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      • May 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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        The Trattoria was across from the Halekulani. This Italian restaurant was on Kalakaua either at Lewer’s or Seaside. It was a great little restaurant with the best pasta and Italian wine.

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        • May 5, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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          Kurt,

          Not sure if you’re off by an avenue, but any chance you could be referring to the once iconic Matteo’s Italian Restaurant, that long stood at the corner of Kuhio Avenue (not Kalakaua) and Seaside Avenue?

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          • May 6, 2015 at 7:33 am
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            Thanks for the suggestion but Matteo’s isn’t it. It was on Kalakaua at either Lewer’s or Seaside in 1972. We ate there several times but I cannot remember the name.

          • May 6, 2015 at 7:44 am
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            The Italian restaurant had an open air bistro and inside under roof. It had Fiaschi(Chianti bottles covered in straw) hanging everywhere. It had a open area on Lewers and you entered on Kalakaua. It was gone by1976.
            I hope this helps.

          • May 6, 2015 at 9:04 am
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            Kurt,

            OK, now you’re driving me crazy trying to figure out this Italian Bistro on Kalakaua and Seaside or Lewers. Crazy, I tell ya’!

            If you haven’t already, try going through “Kama’aina 56” Flickr photo album of Honolulu at the following links, with so many amazing scans of old photos, postcards and more that date all the way back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s. You might find your answer (and then some!) here:

            Kama’aina 56 > Collection > The Territories of Hawaii

             

          • May 6, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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            I am going through Kamaaina 56 photo collection right now but will take a while as he has over 6000 photos. I have seen the area the restaurant was in but it was 1964 and at that time there was a store there. I hope to find a picture of the area in 1972. Wow, this is hard!

          • May 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm
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            Pomai,

            I searched all the pix and none from the early 70’s. I hope someone will remember it. It was directly across the street from the McDonald’s on the mauka side of Kalakaua. ooh…

        • May 6, 2015 at 7:59 am
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          Kurt,

          OK, not Matteo’s. This is a long-shot, but any chance Rudy’s Italian Restaurant?

          “Augustino “Bimbo“ Giancola was a lifelong friend of my father’s. In 1960 Bimbo asked my father to run the bar at the World Famous Bimbo’s 365 Club on Columbus in North Beach. He worked there until he retired in the early 1970’s. Rudy moved to Hawaii in the mid 60’s and owned many successful businesses in Waikiki. In addition to owning Rudy’s Italian Restaurants, he owned Davy Jones Locker, Rudy’s Hideaway, Jilly’s Disco and many more establishments.”
          ~ A History of Rocco’s

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          • May 6, 2015 at 8:26 am
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            Great try, but that wasn’t it either. It was a very popular place but was there in 1972 and gone by 1976. This is a tough one!

          • December 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm
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            It might have been La Strata.  They had great wine coolers.

  • May 5, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    I also remember the Bistro changed it’s name to Les Escargot. That was above Mac’s market on Monserrat near Diamondhead.

    Kaiser Wilhem’s was at the Villa at Eaton Square. Hope that helps!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    Pomai,

    Papa Ole’s Lunch Wagon was mentioned somewhere in this thread. Never eaten there, but I’m wondering if it’s the same as Papa Ole’s Kitchen in Hau’ula. It’s in a nondescript strip mall on Kam Highway. Near a laundromat, I think.

    Beef stew plate was very tasty, but it’s their mahi mahi sandwich that was totally diggity bomb! It was lightly breaded and fried mahi mahi on a soft white buttered and toasted bun, iceberg lettuce, melted American cheese and a kick @ss special sauce that resembled a mayo/ketchup sauce.

    I don’t know what else they put in that special sauce, but it was spicy as a mofo! Probably the best mahi sammie I’ve had on Oahu.

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  • May 6, 2015 at 7:41 am
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    Sounds like Matteo’s Italian Restaurant to me. Does anyone remember Rex & Eric’s Restaurant & Disco on Kuhio, behind the Market Place?  They had a warm spinach salad there that they would prepare right at the table….I still crave it…best spinach salad I ever had, before or since.  Also, they had a motzarella marinara that was incredible.

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    • May 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm
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      Scott,

      Chart House Haiku Gardens has been added to the list. Where to note, my sister got married there. Then later when her son (my nephew) grew up, he also got married there. ;-)

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      • May 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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        Pomai,

        Thanks.  I used to live just down the road and it was our “go to” restaurant when we just didn’t feel like cooking.  We’d almost always sit at the same table.

        They would always send us home with a bag of bones for our dogs.

        I loved their salad bar – especially the cold plates.

        Thanks again for this site.  I was talking with a friend recently about a meal he had shortly after arriving in Hawaii in 1989, but neither of us could remember the name of the restaurant.  It was Tahitian Lanai.

        Nice to someone recording history.

        Scott

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        • May 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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          Scott,

          Mekong and Mekong II has been added to the list. Mahalo!

          So did you live in Haiku Valley, or Haiku Plantations? BIG difference, no pun intended! I had a friend who lived in Haiku Plantations, and their property was a half acre. So huge, he needed a tractor lawn mower to mow the lawn. Man, we used to have a BLAST mowing his lawn! lol

          I lived down the road in Ali’i Shores (lived there my entire childhood, all the way until in my early 20s), next to Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center, so we used to dine at Haiku Gardens restaurant every now and then.. that is whenever we could convince my mom to eat anywhere else besides Kin FREAKIN’ Wah! LOL! What years (or decade(s)) did you live in Kaneohe (Haiku)?

          Also, did you ever hike the Haiku “Stairway to Heaven”? Me and my friend hiked it THREE TIMES, all the way to the top, baby. Scary stuff going up and down, but so beautiful once you’re at the Ko’olau summit!

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    • February 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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      Black Angus was behind the IMP on Kuhio.

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  • May 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm
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    Mekong and Mekong II
    Sananikone, opened his first restaurant, called Mekong Restaurant, in Honolulu in 1977.
    Sananikone opened a second restaurant in 1981 on Kapahulu Avenue, called Keo’s Thai Cuisine, followed by the opening the next year of Mekong II at 1726 S. King St. across from Washington Middle School, which closed in 2012 after more than three decades in business.
    Thanks for creating this list.

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  • May 16, 2015 at 7:59 am
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    I’m trying find the name of a restaurant on Kapiolani in the Blackfield Building back in the 70’s or 80’s. It was an English Pub, I think. They had the best french onion soup! Thank you!

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    • May 16, 2015 at 8:10 am
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      Dickens. It was in the 80s and it was on the ground floor fronting Kapiolani Blvd. Good place for after-work drinks as well as soup. :)

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  • May 16, 2015 at 9:46 am
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    Surprised that King Tsin isn’t on the list yet. It was around during the mid-1970s thru early 2000s and I think it was the first to serve Northern Chinese dishes instead of Cantonese. Loved the hot and sour soup and mu shu pork and the servers were young and polite. My husband and I are debating on its location. I recall somewhere near the McCully-Beretania corner and he’s sure it was on King St. just past Keeaumoku. Help, please!

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    • May 17, 2015 at 11:57 am
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      Excellent restaurant. I believe your husband is correct. The McCully location is for Maple Garden. Similar cuisine.

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  • May 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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    Wasn’t there a Buzz’s Steakhouse on Coyne St., in the vicinity of Bubbies and Burger King? I vaguely recall it being a two-story building, with seating on both floors. Anybody recall?

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    • May 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm
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      Another steakhouse, maybe. Probably not Buzz’s. My sister’s been managing the Pearl City one for 20 years or so, and I think she’d have mentioned it if there’d been another location besides the one at Lanikai.

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      • May 16, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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        Yes, there was a Buzz’s near University Theater. There were several other Buzz’s restaurants on O’ahu and at least one each on Maui and Kaua’i.

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        • May 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm
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          Yes, most definitely it was Buzz’s off University. Think it had two floors–or at least the restaurant was on the second level.

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          • May 17, 2015 at 9:14 am
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            Linkmeister, Steve and Carol,

            Not to forget there was also a  Buzz’s Steak & Lobster in Waikiki, where what is now Trump Tower on Saratoga Road, which is already in the list.

          • May 17, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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            Carol,

            Yes, I read that letter to the editor from Bobbi Lou Schneider about clarifying their non-affiliation with the Waikiki Buzz’s. That’s where I believe the owners of Vit’s Steak House, currently on Kuhio avenue in the Maile Sky Court Hotel come in, whom I have yet to speak with. They might have more info’ on the Buzz’s you folks are mentioning in the Mo’ili’ili area near University Ave.

            That said, I just got off the phone with Ali, the active duty manager at Buzz’s Lanikai, and told her that we were trying to find information about the former Buzz’s in Mo’ili’ili, and right off the top of her head, it didn’t ring a bell. Then again, she’s not even old enough to remember Bobby McGee’s, which she said was one of the many knock-off restaurants that copied the Buzz’s Steak & Seafood with Salad Bar Island style concept.

            Ali was so kind to read through a history page they have on file, listing all the restaurants owned by the Schneiders. The Bully Hayes club on Oahu was one, while they also had a Bully Hayes in Kona. They also owned a restaurant in Wailea, Maui, however it didn’t say what it was named. Finally, the Schneiders owned Buzz’s Sand Trap in Waikoloa on the Big Island. That’s all that’s listed on their history page Ali read through with me over the phone. No mention at all of a Buzz’s Steak in the Mo’ili’ili area near University.

          • May 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm
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            John McManus also was involved with Buzz’s Steak & Lobster on Saratoga, as well as  Pieces of Eight and the Red Lion on Lewers.

             

          • May 18, 2015 at 11:23 am
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            I heard Café Che Pasta is no longer in business. I believe they were originally in Kaimuki, around 12th. Ave. Anybody remember exactly where?

    • May 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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      Leighton,

      I added Cafe Che Pasta to the list. Yes, they’ve been closed since 2013. Not sure who’s in their downtown space now. I do remember they had Lesbian dance parties there on Friday nights called “The Black Garter”, or something like that. How I know that, don’t ask. ;-)

      As for their previous location on 12th avenue in Kaimuki, I noticed while adding Che Pasta to the list, that you had also contributed C&C Pasta, who you said was on 12th Ave. as well. Any affiliation between the two? Did C&C Pasta take over Cafe Che Pasta in that location?

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      • May 18, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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        Drawing a blank on the exact location. I believe they had two entrances, front and back, so that stretch where Happy Day, Kim Chee 2 and Kona Kai Sushi is makes sense. You could enter from either the Waialae Ave. side or the municipal parking lot side.

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          • May 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm
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            The link you referred me to does not disclose their original Kaimuki location, which is what we’re trying to figure out.

      • May 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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        Remember Shipley’s Alehouse and Grill in the Manoa Marketplace? Not sure what occupies the space now. Donato’s came in after Shipley’s closed.

        How about Sheri’s (sp?) White Flower Inn on S. Beretania? I’m not a vegan, so I’m not sure, but I believe it was a vegan restaurant. A converted home, it became Phillip Paolo’s after it closed.

         

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  • May 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    We’re talking back in the late ’70s, early ’80s here, and the Buzz’s on Coyne did have the same owners as Lanikai’s (Schneiders) and similar vibe. See the Sep-Oct 1991 issue of Islands Magazine: https://books.google.com/books?id=GTbsKuyaDMMC and search inside for “buzz’s”. Buzz’s Original Steak House, 2535 Coyne St…(apparently the same location later housed Red Lion University, but I don’t have firsthand memory of that, only Buzz’s).

     

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    • May 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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      From my sister, longtime manager at the Buzz’s Pearl City:

      Yes there was a Buzz’s Moiliili, Buzz’s Original Steakhouse owned by Bobby Lou and Buzz Schneider. It was sold, I believe, in the early 90’s. It was two stories right next to Bubbies ice cream with a view of Burger King parking lot in the back. It’s gone on to be various nightclubs over the years.  There was also a restaurant called the Sty in Waipahu which I’m pretty sure was owned by Bobby Lou’s brother Dickie Furtado . Then there was another restaurant, Pirate Bully Hayes, that was owned by Buzz Schneider’s brother back in the eighties. I think his name was Jim Schneider. Pirate Bully Hayes and the nightclub called Reni’s were not in the same location;  Pirate Bully Hayes was halfway down the dead end and Reni’s the night club was all the way down at the very end of the cul-de-sac on Kuahao Place in Pearl City. We spent many weekends at Pirate Bully Hayes  back in the 80’s it was a wild and wooly place for locals and military. It eventually closed after numerous altercations and a grenade going off in the street severely injuring one of their security guards. The Waikiki Buzz’s called Buzz’s Steak and Lobster was sold over 30 years ago. That’s when we changed our name to Buzz’s Original Steakhouse. I believe Buzz  himself was the one who sold that one, and he had no affiliation with us. He also had locations on Maui — “Buzz’s Wharf”; one in Kona —  “Buzz’s Steakhouse,” and one in Kauai — “Buzz’s Steakhouse” all three of those were sold over 30 years ago as well.

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      • May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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        Linkmeister,

        EXCELLENT INFO! And yes, your sister is correct, there indeed was a Buzz’s Steak House in Mo’ili’ili. I just got off the phone with Jarin, one of the business partners who currently owns Vit’s Steak House in Waikiki, whom his other partner was one of the owners of Buzz’s Steak & Lobster in Waikiki.

        According to Jarin, the Buzz’s Steak House in Mo’ili’ili was on the Coyne Street side of the same parking lot where Burger King and Jiffy Lube is. It was in a two story building that now has RB Sports Bar. Here’s exactly where Buzz’s Steak House in Mo’ili’ili was, courtesy of Google Maps (click on image to enlarge):

        Jarin said Buzz’s Steak House occupied that entire two story building in back, off Coyne Street, and shared the parking lot with all those other neighoring businesses. Jarin said Buzz’s Steak House in Moi’ili’ili opened about the same time as Buzz’s Steak & Lobster in Waikiki, which was in 1957, and the Buzz’s Moi’ili’ili closed about 1983.

        He mentioned John McManus, owner of the Shorebird and Ocean House restaurants in Waikiki was one of the business partners for Buzz’s in Mo’ili’ili, along with  one of the Schneiders. He also noted that the divorce of the Schneiders really complicated matters, as it got attorneys involved, which is one of the reasons the Buzz’s Mo’ili’ili closed, after being in business for 25 years.

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    • June 13, 2015 at 10:35 am
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      Ira,

      I just realized I had the initial “Wendy’s Drive Inn” still on the list, when that was supposed to be removed. I did have Windy’s Drive Inn already on the list. Thanks for catching it.

      And mahalos for the Windy’s Drive Inn image link! Good one!

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  • July 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm
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    Wimpy’s Drive In on King St near the cemetery across from Straubs. The owner was one Okinawan guy who lost his arm Dan Inouye style in WW2, fighting in the 442nd.

     

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  • July 9, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    popular coffee shop

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  • July 9, 2015 at 11:02 am
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    woodies coffee shop on kapiolani blvd and piikoi street

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  • July 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    I enjoyed the tasty Korean bbq takeout lunch when I was going to school at Hawaii Pacific College now HPU in the early 80s.

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  • July 30, 2015 at 10:48 am
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    Does anyone remember the Purity Inn drive-inn restaurant on the Diamond Head, maikai corner of Beretania and Keeaumoku.  It was a combo car-hop or sit-down restaurant in the 50’s-60’s.

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    • July 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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      randy,

      Purity Inn is already listed, courtesy of Paul, however I did  update the information you provided. Mahalos! That was before I was born, so don’t remember Purity Inn myself.

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  • August 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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    I know this is already up here but… I miss Tasty Broiler. In fact, to this day, if I go to a place up here on the mainland for breakfast and it’s not as good, I still say “should’ve went to Tasty Broiler.” It may have been “ordinary” diner food but it was simple and good, they knew exactly what they were doing. Chairs were kinda run down (read “old”) for awhile and the menus showed its age but it was ono and they were always friendly. You had to risk the smell of pee in the parking lot next door but hey, you had a good breakfast or lunch a few seconds before.

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    • August 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm
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      My family would go there when we had the hankering for lobster. Two tails, probably around 8 oz each, for around $12. I realize that was a long time ago (no, bread wasn’t $.10 a loaf back then), but still, it was an extraordinary deal.

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  • August 10, 2015 at 10:16 am
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    HI, I’m looking for info or pictures about the TIKI BROILER, which was located in the international marketplace, Waikiki in 1978, also a Chinese restaurant called the RYU also in Waikiki, maybe around seaside, or Lewers and Kalakaua ??? also in 1978, we went to these places for our honeymoon and would love to get some old photos or ? if anyone has any, thank you guys:)

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      • August 10, 2015 at 10:25 am
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        Mahalo, really appreciate your help:)

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      • August 10, 2015 at 10:34 am
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        Pomai, Your right, its an awesome site, thank you so much

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        • August 10, 2015 at 10:41 am
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          BARB,

          Well in all modesty, The Tasty Island is an awesome site, too. After all, you wouldn’t have found that site, if you didn’t find this site. lol

          I added The Tiki Broiler and RYU Chinese restaurant to the master list here, crediting you. Mahalo, Barb!

          Hey, you wouldn’t happen to be related to any Dixon folks who lived on Oahu, would you? One of my neighbors and childhood friend in Kaneohe is Lee Dixon, who back in the 80s lived on Lilipuna Road (I’m still in contact with him on FB). He has an older brother named John. His dad owned a construction contracting business, and with that, they had a GORGEOUS, MASSIVE home on the top of the hill, overlooking Kaneohe Bay. His dad is Haole, mom Mexican. Any relation?

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          • August 10, 2015 at 10:59 am
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            Unfortunately we aren’t related :( but they can adopt me if they like, I already have the same last name, lol. Thank you for adding the restaurants, and yes, this site is fantastic, so happy I found it.

  • August 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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    Times Bakery

    23rd Step (Ku’ulei Across from Kailua Library Parking Annex)

    Orson’s (Across from abandoned Burger King)

    Andy’s Drive-In

    Kailua Drive-In Theater

    Liberty House Kailua (Upstairs Coffee Shop)

    Kress Kailua (Coffee Shop)

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  • August 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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    Perry’s Pizza (Kailua near what is now Foodland–it was Food City back then and Foodland was over near the original Kalapawai. After Foodland that space was the Food Warehouse).

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  • September 8, 2015 at 10:46 am
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    This is a long shot, but any of you who hung around Waikiki in the 70s ….did you know a couple of guys in construction named Jim Todd and Barry White/Martin?

    Thanks

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  • October 4, 2015 at 7:15 am
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    Wonderful memories your site does this for us oldies.  Both my wife and I worked at Tahitian Lanai in the early 1960s.  In fact our wedding day in1961 on the island of Kauai brought many from the crew the for the day.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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    does anyone remember the restaurant at Aloha Towers before it was Chai’s Bistro?  They had complimentary Zambuka drinks

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    • November 12, 2015 at 5:16 am
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      Z,

      The only place in ATMP I personally remember before Chai’s Island Bistro (not specifically in that same space) was the short-lived Buffalo Bud’s Bar & Grill, and before that, the popular Sloppy Joe’s.

      There was also a place called Pier 8 Sports Bar that went in where Fat Tuesday’s was (don’t recall the exact space).

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  • December 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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    “Kimo’s” on the corner of Kahuhipa and Kamehameha Hwy.  On the top floor of the mirrored glass bank building which still stands today.  Gorgeous view of the Koolau’s.  Special occasion place.  White table cloths.  Served steaks as a remember.  But it really was all about that view :)

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  • December 26, 2015 at 9:02 am
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    C&C Pasta:  was 1 slot [15-20′] from the corner of 12th/Waialae.  B4 that, it was Bill’s Bakery.  That arrived ca 1965, but had started 150-1960 somewhere in Kapahulu.  C&C was named for the two owners, both w C surnames, M/F [not a couple].  Became 2 subsequent eateries; can’t tmember the current name, but oddly, they went back to Italian cuisine,

    Coffe Talk, ewa next door & on the corner, had begun, way back in the 1950 as some Mom ‘n Pop grocery store.  I came after Foodalnd [Mkt City SC], but was sort of halfway between the old style & new style stores.  In the 1960s, this place became an American Security Bank [but FHB has long been where they are today, & Bank of Hi has long been at Center/Waialae, so this was the bank area.  Later, ASB closed [I think the were acquired by some other small bank], so they closed the branch.

    Coffee Talk then came, but it was just a relocatopm/  CT had started around the corner on Koko Head avenue, ewa of Lilii’okalani ES.

    & there you have a very condesnsed history of the little area.

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    • December 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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      Nice to reminisce about Kaimuki having grown up there.   Also worked for American Security Bank  which became First Interstate Bank then was bought by First Hawaiian.   Being that their branch was across the street, it made the former ASB location expendable.  I do miss ASB then Interstate,  they were a Good company to work for.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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    Fast Food , Wahiawa main drag. 70s GI eats , Sub sandwich, etc.,

    run by  “Doc” and “Eve” .

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    • January 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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      Kawika,

      So are you saying the name of the place was Fast Food?

      If so, I’ll enter it as:
      Fast Food – Wahiawa main drag (what’s the exact name of that streeet?) / 70s era GI eats, sub sandwiches, etc.; run by “Doc” and “Eve” *contributed by Kawika

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      • January 15, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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        Sorry, I was hasty and lazy as usual.

        Called my old Navy buddy and his wife who have better memories….

         

        Edited:

        Doc & Eve’s Fast Food – In Wahiawa in the 1970s, on the west side of

        Kamehameha Hwy.  near Olive Ave.  It was a bakery that had several

        varieties of breads,  and  they made excellent sub sandwiches with their

        bread.

         

         

         

         

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        • January 16, 2016 at 8:51 am
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          Kawika (David),

          Your contribution has been added how you corrected it. Mahalo my friend!

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  • January 22, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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    Does anyone remember the name of a restaurant in the Gold Bond building on Ala Moana Blvd.?

    I think it was a 4-star restaurant, fancy place–had my first taste of escargot there back in the 1980’s.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm
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      Anna,

      Hmmm, I can’t remember a fancy restaurant in the Gold Bond Building, but right across the street on Ala Moana Blvd. there was Little George’s, which as listed above, was a fine dining restaurant. Little George’s had that memorable sign on the front wall that featured the hair and mustach black-on-white silhouette in the likeness of the owner, George Matsuoka.

      They just got done doing facade upgrades to the Gold Bond building as part of the grand scheme of the Kaka’ako revitalization project. There’s some interesting history about that building if you research it.

      Speaking of fine dining in Kaka’ako, you may have heard that Nobu’s is moving from Waikiki to the new Waiea Condominium across Ward Entertainment Center. I so wish I could afford to buy a unit in that building. It is turning out GOREGOUS!

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    • February 28, 2016 at 9:18 am
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      Perhap it was Alfred’s (Alfred Vollenwader).  His restaurant was in that area before he moved to Century Center.

      I don’t recall the exact location of the Goldbond Bldg. but the restaurant was on the makai side of Ala Moana about a block ewa of Ward.

       

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      • February 28, 2016 at 9:29 am
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        Richard,

        This question has already been answered. It was Leroy’s Nightclub & Restaurant in the Gold Bond Building. See the main list above for details.

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  • January 26, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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    1. Reuben’s Restaurant at the Kahala Mall.  I don’t remember when it closed, but

    it was located near the corner of Waialae Ave. and Hunakai Ave.

    2. Flaky Jake’s at Windward Shopping Center.  They served hamburgers and

    had a condiment bar.  I think it’s Denny’s now.

    3. The Wharf (buffet) at Koko Marina.  Zippy’s is there now.

    4.  The Pink Poodle.  Ice cream parlor in Waikiki on Kalakaua Ave.

    5.  South Seas Village on Kalakaua next to Popo’s Cantina.  Both were

    Spencecliff restaurants.  South Seas Village had an outdoor lounge area and

    Shabu Shabu counter.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • February 15, 2016 at 11:12 pm
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    Does anyone remember the name of the gourmet restaurant on palolo ave way before its time about 25 years ago?
    Aloso how about Mazotti’s Italian restaurant in Kailua – first on oneawa st then in the bowling alley?

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    • February 16, 2016 at 12:59 am
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      I believe the restaurant you are referring to was called Serendipity.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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    Cantebury Coffeee Shop was a good place to go after clubbing…

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    • February 19, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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      Craig,

      Was Canterbury Coffee Shop located in Canterbury Place (the condo’) in Waikiki, above Chai’s, at the corner of Ena Road and Ala Moana Boulevard (previously the home of Todai)?

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  • February 24, 2016 at 8:01 pm
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    Ken’s Okazu-ya. Ala Moana, downstairs, mauka side.

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  • February 25, 2016 at 11:38 am
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    How  about Jerry’s lunch shop in haleiwa got 10 burgers for a buck closed in early 80s. It was a classic dive old wooden building a true north shore classic.

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    • April 4, 2016 at 11:57 am
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      Jerry’s sweet shop used to be our hangout during the late 60 through the 70ties, I think the homemade burgers with grilled bun and manoa lettuce were 5 for a dollar that came in a greasy brown bag, yummy! I remember the breaded pork chops with gravy and the teriyaki plates with corn that came overflowing the plate covered by a translucent paper sheet in a white pie box for only $1.70 back then! the Stanley and Lady Wakui used to run the concession stand in the pavilion area in Haleiwa park and also Chiyo’s next to the Waialua fire station.

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  • March 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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    Wanted to see a picture of the old Exchange Orangeade or Grapeade can and commercial song.

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  • March 7, 2016 at 4:20 am
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    Miss MAPLE GARDEN RESTAURANT.  Great people who worked there,

    owner Robert, who loved the birds and his little dogs.  Food was always

    ono, and service terrific.  So many good dishes, too many to mention.

     

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  • April 4, 2016 at 9:34 am
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    Golden Ducks in Waimalu shopping center was opened in 1987 & closed March of 2016. They had great food. They where know. For there noodles & duck.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 3:44 am
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    Pomai:

    Just wanted to mention the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Honolulu (I forget exactly what street it was on); my mom used to take us there in the early 60’s when she did her shopping during the summer and she would get roast beef sandwiches on a Kaiser-style roll (my first experience with that European style crunchy outside-chewy inside bread; might have been sourdough, too) . Whatever it was, my memory of it was textural, and a great container for that juicy roast beef.   One other memory: The “Cannon Club” Army Officer’s Club, Ft DeRussy: typical O Club grub, but their Prime Rib was excellent. On the slope of Diamond Head, just inside the Makai gate on Monsarrat, it had an outstanding view of the city.

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    • May 10, 2016 at 5:08 am
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      Had a Senior Moment.. The Cannon Club was in Ft Ruger on Monsarrat, Just inside the makai gate a few dozen yards away from where the KCC Farmer’s Market is now.

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      • May 10, 2016 at 5:54 am
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        Does anyone remember the restaurant that in Palolo about 28 years ago – I think there was a gas station in front of it and it was about half way into the valley on Palolo Ave. It was an upscale place with a good chef, but i am drawing a total blank …..

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        • May 10, 2016 at 7:57 am
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          The Palolo restaurant might have been “Serendipity.” A friend’s brother owned it. I don’t think it lasted very long.

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          • May 10, 2016 at 8:32 am
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            thanks thats it – it was really good but pretty short lived

        • May 10, 2016 at 8:02 am
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          It was called Serendipity if I’m not mistaken.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    I’m so happy to have found your site. I lived in  Waikiki from about 1977 thru 1980 and worked at several restaurants. Rex’s, the main dining room along the ocean at the Halikulani and the Buccaneer on Kalia.  It was in a hotel that I think may be gone now. Pretty sure it was across from the Outrigger Reef. I was hoping someone could tell me the name of the hotel. By the way, The Buccaneer is not on your list.

     

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    • April 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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      Aloha!

       

      Trying to figure out the name of the old bar inside the outrigger surf waikiki hotel when it was open in 1989 on the corner of kuhio and nuuanu. Can someone remember it? It turned into a pasta restaurant.

       

      When to walked into the hotel you took a right into double doors and went down stairs where they had backgammon tables set up.

       

      I would love if someone could please help with this!!

      Mahalo

      Erin

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  • May 6, 2016 at 11:01 am
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    Nice list! Brought back a lot of memories. A couple of add-ins that you might consider:

    Harpo’s Pizza (Kapahulu near Rainbows). I think at one time, they had a truck in the parking lot of the Kahala Times Supermarket. Also I’m thinking maybe one on Waialae, near Tony Romas?

    The Cork and Fork (Steakhouse with killer salad bar, Eaton Square, I believe, back in the 70’s and 80’s maybe?). Arthur Lyman used to play there.

    Kawamoto Saimin (S. King near Goodie Goodie, Gourmet Liquors area across from Star Market). My parents bought it from the Kawamotos in the late 70’s I think.

    Remember Mr. Subs? Started out in Pucks Alley way back when (70’s?). And before that, there was “The Brownbagger”, a barbecue joint on the Koko head side of the King St. stairwell of Puck’s Alley. BTW, Tacohut also had a shop in Pucks. Killer nachos.

    Vim and Vigor was a health food store with a few outlets, but they also made some pretty good sandwiches. I seem to recall a Kahala Mall location?

    Do you remember Papa Ninos? They were under the freeway overpass on Waialae Avenue, mauka of Kahala Mall. His pizza’s had an almost english muffin crunch texture to them.

    BTW, the owner of Shari’s and the Ala Moana Beach concession also ran the concession near the Band Stand at Kapiolani Park. I believe his name was Walter Miura (passed about a year back), and at one time, he was married to Muriel Miura (now Kaminaka?), local chef/TV host/author.

    Thanks again!

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  • May 6, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    IIRC, there was a “Harvest Moon” diner/restaurant in Kahala Mall, part of Woolworths. Made a very good French Dip Sandwich. Also, back in the day, we used to go to Del Webb’s Kuilima Resort and have their “Kuilima Dip” sandwich. I think they used sliced sirlion and added swiss cheese to their sandwich. Was also pretty darn good.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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      it was called Harvest House, not Harvest Moon (like the song)– the restaurant at Woolworth’s Kahala

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  • May 10, 2016 at 6:06 am
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    In the 60’s and probably into the 70’s there was a burger joint on the ground floor of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Center court area called “Jon’s”. They used to serve this drink called “Green River”, “cheese on bun”, which usually had little brown bits in it from the burgers they cooked on the same grill.

    I also remember a great Kalbi/Korean Barbecue joint up in the Diamond Head, I think around Monserrat ave, and near by, another burger joint/drive-in. Can’t remember the names. I was too young to go out for Kalbi on my own. :)

     

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    • May 11, 2016 at 3:33 am
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      Jay,

      Huge mahalo for your vast contribution of Oahu restaurant memories to this list! They’ve all now been added, credit to you of course. Your thoroughness of information on each restaurant is greatly appreciated!

      Sounds like you grew up in the East Oahu area, assuming Kaimuki/Kahala/Waialae Iki area, and obviously you went to UH, being you know so much about the eateries in Puck’s Alley. You probably also spent your share of “after school” time in college at Chico’s Pizza in Kaimuki, where what is now City Mill.

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    • June 8, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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      I almost rolled by this, then remembered it. It was a gourmet burger place. It  had hefty burgers like were getting popular on the mainland at the time. It was a good place but Hawaii was a bit too insular for a burger place like that at the time. I was still eating kalua/cabbage or canned corned beef cabbage from KC.Diner. It had red in the sign and good food. A little pricy for a guy that was lucky to have $1.25 for a two choice plate from the food truck at Ala Moana and Hobron.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    La Paloma Mexican Restaurant (added to) originally on Kapiolani Blvd since mid 60’s. Classic Mexican joint inspired by the Mom’s recipes. Food was great, but margaritas were the best!  I worked there for many years. It was my Dad’s favorite place in the 60’s and 70’s and was good friends with Joe and Laura Martinez who owned it.  Their sons later became my best friends and we helped them open another bigger multi level La Paloma II  in Pearlridge (later became Banditos) next to where Denny’s was. The brothers and sisters of La Paloma owners still run the old Jose’s Mexican Restaurant at the top of Kaimuki to this day, and they even had one in Kailua-Kona for many years. I worked at Jose’s too. I am fortunate to have grown up and worked with the wonderful Martinez family.
    PS-I have an old postcard of La Paloma if I could figure how to attach.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm
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    I grew up in Kailua then Kaneohe.

    In Kailua, I remember Rob Roy’s for family breakfasts. Our friends owned it and they also had The Village Inn in Kahala. Other parts of the family had Red Baron’s Pizza in Aikahi and one in Mililani that changed their names to Waldo’s Pizza. Great food at all thoes. In Aikahi, I remember when Sizzler opened for ono grilled burgers and steaks. In Kailua town, there was Perry’s pizza, original McDonald’s, original Kalapawai store for bottled chocolate milk, Andy’s Drive Inn and the Doggie Diner next to Times. We lived next to the Schneider family who owned Buzz’s in Lanikai, and to this day we go to the Aiea Buzz’s.

    Learning to surf at Shorebreak by Dune Circle, and weekends in our Malibu at Kailua Drive In. I remember seeing Tora Tora Tora and it ducked because it had subtitles and I couldn’t read yet! Intermission were a blast with all the kids playing in the playground area.

    At Aikahi theater we would see the surf and skateboard movies and I remember when original video game Pong first came out. We were blown away. I grew up with the Naish’s, so Hobiecatting was a daily event for many years in the  70’s. Kailua Bay was choked with them. Remember the 23rd Step? Holiday Mart?

     

    In Kaneohe, like Pomai, I remember all the old places. Safeway for the giant like 12 “donuts and tiny donut holes, when Farrell’s opened, life got fun. Shakey’s was fun family night out with live piano and banjo ragtime. Tiki Tops in Windward City was my favorite (and peeking into the dark Tiki Bar area). There was also an old Ed & Dons Ice Cream place where we would get exotic mixes and the rest of the area was open grass. Does anyone remember sliding down the Foodland dome when your parents went shopping at Windward City? Then there was bowling at the Windward Lanes, I bowled with the Royal Menehunes youth league. I also remember when Perry’s Smorgasbord opened in Kaneohe Bay SC and all the 500 lb locals were camped out. All you can eat was new to Kaneohe, but I remember the Flamingo Chuck wagon in town and Haiku Plantations  (before The Chart House). I went to St. Ann’s for awhile, so remember  Honey’s and the open areas and spooky graveyard as kids. Icee’s were huge back them. Fishing supplies at Nanko, Summer fun at Koko Kai and playing around the old Ulumau Village. I remember the old seed store you talk about, with Astro Pops, baseball gum cards, Big Daddy Roth monster cards, candy necklaces, rock candy, seeds, jawbreakers, surprised I still have teeth! My daughter (18) recently performed music at St. Ann’s and I went to use the boy’s restroom…yep, same tile, same urinals, nothing changed. Time warp. Go check it out if you went there. Sure girls is same. I also remember the annual Father’s Day pancake breakfast. So much fun. Our friends were caretakers for Coconut Island, so we went there a lot and swam and bowled on weekends, plus sleepovers on the Kaneohe Sandbar. Horseback riding on KMCAS when you could enter by Aikahi and just say you’re visiting. The hobby store with slot car track out in the small Ahuimanu Shopping center.

    Super fun days I’m just starting to remember.

     

     

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  • May 30, 2016 at 9:40 am
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    While today is a day to reflect upon our fallen military heroes, I also want to remember remember my father, Robert Souza, who was one of the greatest men in Hawaii. He served as a Police Officer in Hilo, then after getting his masters degree in business and administration at the University of Hawaii, became a top-level manager for the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

    After that, he spent the rest of his career managing the Papaya Administrative Committee, a federally-funded entity that oversaw basically all the Papaya farmers in the State of Hawaii.

    Upon his retirement, he served as a volunteer for S.C.O.R.E, another federal program that assists people who want to start a business. There at S.C.O.R.E., he became highly respected for his contribution in online communication, developing and maintaining SCORE Hawaii’s website.


    Pomai with his father Robert Souza ~ 2007

    What’s somewhat interesting is, he was basically doing marketing for the entire state of Hawaii’s Papaya industry in the gist of his career, and I do the same thing myself, except on agriculture.

    As  you can tell, my dad is 100% Portuguese (which makes me half), with our ancestors originally from the Azores, as are most Portuguese from in Hawaii. Yeah, I know I’m a bit “chunky” in this photo, but I’ve since lost that extra weight. It’s all good. Keep hiking!

     

     

     

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  • June 8, 2016 at 10:39 am
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    Was there a restaurant named Coasters on Oahu? My sister remembers one,but I don’t. It’s not on the list above.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 10:24 am
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    Happy Father’s Day, Pomai. Got another one for you. Dairyu House of Noodles. Used to be very close to the corner of S. King and Punahou, mauka, Kokohead side, across from Washington Middle (used to be Intermediate). They were in the same area as the Baskin and Robbin’s which is still there, but in the adjacent building. Used to be one of my favorite stops for Mabo Tofu Ramen and Yakisoba. They also made good curry and their gyoza was a must have side dish whenever I visited. I think they may have moved to Kalihi, near Dillingham Zippy’s but I’m not really sure. Going to have to wait for my next Oahu visit. :)

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  • June 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    You know what restaurant I enjoyed, back in the 70s.  Senor Popos,

    on Nimitz Highway.  They put out some really decent Mexican food!

    I remember Cecilo Rodriguez giving me a wink one evening.  It was

    fun, but the food even better!!

     

     

     

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  • July 1, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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    Hungry Harry’s, Kalakaua Avenue in the 70’s, my first taste of avocado, on Tuna subs. Used to go there during our lunch breaks!

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  • July 13, 2016 at 7:37 am
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    I’m surprised you don’t have Salerno’s which used to be in the McCully Shopping Center (where Pho777 is now).  It was THE BEST Italian food, bread and service in the 80s and 90s.

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  • August 1, 2016 at 12:08 am
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    I don’t know when, but on the North Shore (Hale’iwa), the famous tourist (seafood) restaurant, Jameson’s By The Sea, was knocked down by (D.G.) Andy Anderson’s wrecking ball. Something new popped up in it’s place: Hale’iwa Beach House.

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  • August 31, 2016 at 8:48 am
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    Eastern Food Center in King Street/Chinatown closed last year.  A kitchen with roast duck and charshu hanging over the glass windows.  Inside is a small eatery serving family style possibly Cantonese food.  I remember this because when we landed in Hawaii first time in 1986, this is where the family ate and purchased charshu since.  It was my favorite on Saturday lunchtime between class at HCC.  Noodles and rice plates to include pig/duck/chicken feet, beef tomato, bitter melon and chicken are among I have experienced, and extremely mellow to your pocket.  However, my long 15 year stint out of island forced me to find out that this place closed on February of 2015, possibly after the fire broke out on second floor of the building.

    Currently a porcelain and jewelry store.  My replacement to this is Village Noodle House, which serves equivalence of those in Easter Food Center, but in a much more clean environment but with a bit higher price.

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  • September 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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    Hifume’s (spelling?? ) on River Street

     

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    • September 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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      Hifumi across parking lot from Diners Drive Inn in Kalihi (70’s)

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  • September 19, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    Restaurants, that is not listed, places I remember.

    People’s Cafe, near Pali Longs

    Violet’s Grill, in Kapalama Shopping Center

    Mollie’s Cafe, On Hotel Street

    Victoria Inn, 12th Avenue

    The Old Eagle Cafe, in Blaisdell Hotel, Ft. Fort St. Mall, Owner, Teruya

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  • October 12, 2016 at 8:29 am
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    You mention “Prince Kuhio Restaurant” in Ala Moana Center, does anyone have

    the recipe for the blueberry cheesecake on macadamia nut short crust

    the restaurant used to serve,  they handed out recipes on a nice printed card.  I have

    lost mine and would dearly love to have it again.  It is “Onolicious”!

    Aloha and mahalo

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  • December 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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    When I was a kid in the 50s I remember eating once or twice at Woody’s, a cafeteria-style eatery at the corner of Piikoi and Kapiolani. There was also an M’s Coffee Shop downtown by the harbor (same outfit owned the Ranch House) and then there was an Italian restaurant in the ground floor of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio building at the intersection of Kalakaua and McCully.

     

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  • December 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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    Might be mentioned somewhere but I didn’t see it.  We used to go to Chicken Delight on Kapiolani when we would hang out in Waikiki.  Also noticed a couple years ago on vacation that all the Sizzler’s are now gone.  Went to Pearl Ridge and Kalihi most recently but growing up I used to go to the one on Nimitz Hwy (now Chan’s Gourmet Buffett)

     

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  • December 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    At Ala Moana, near the old Hopaco store, was H. Salt Esquire Fish & Chips.  It was wrapped in newspaper and sooo good.

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  • December 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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    Bakery Kapiolani in Aiea Shopping Center had a good lunch counter but their Dream Cake and fruit tarts were the best.  I don’t know if the one on Kapiolani had a lunch counter.

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  • January 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm
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    I was a navy brat, lived by Pearl Harbor Kai for a few years, right across the street from the CPO club, cause my dad was a cpo, anyways, before anyplace in the states had a salad bar, they did. They had lobster salad with celery and mayo, you never find this anymore. It was covered with glass for sneezing lol. The best shrimp. They had floor shows every night. My mother made our muumuus and nowaday I can find vintage hawaiian clothing occasionally where I live and I see them on my ebay store, I’m 64. I used to swim in that swimming pool in back of that CPO club as well. And climb the monkey trees around there. I was too young to go on my own downtown Waikiki. But I remember, hamburgers tasting so good around that pink hotel.

     

    When the LaRond sp? went up, the restaurant on top, a friend of my parents took us there, I had lamb chops with mint jelly, and you could hear the grinding as the restaurant was turning. I remember the Tastee Freeze by the MoanaLoa Mall and the market close by with the pork that was red around the edges, the fish that was put on  bamboo that was cold, the ducks that were hung up.

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