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Aloha and welcome to The Tasty Island!

A blog site of my experiences enjoying the wonderful food of Hawaii, with a focus on Honolulu on the island of Oahu. This includes recipes and reviews of eateries ranging from the neighborhood plate lunch stand to fine dining restaurants.

Comments are welcome and certainly appreciated, provided they are in good taste.

All content on this site are original work of this site, unless otherwise noted.

Mahalo for visiting,



The Tasty Island uses an informal rating system based on Hawaii’s very own Spam Musubi icon, and new since June 2012, an Ume Musubi icon. Informal, meaning that the “Musubi Grade” isn’t mathematically averaged from total point scores on a set of various criteria, but simply by my overall impression of the restaurant, item or recipe at hand.

This is simply a fun and easy way to identify with visitors that The Tasty Island truly has Hawaii in its heart.

The Tasty Island Spam Musubi Rating System

  • (5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)

  • (4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)

  • (3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)

  • (2) Good. I’m glad I tried it. (Ono)

  • (1) Average. (She Go)

Notice there isn’t any grade below average, as I don’t want to go into “bashing” territory here.  If an item is included and is below average, I may make a note of it and that’s it. If it’s so bad that it reduces my entire impression of the product or restaurant, then that said place or product will simply not be qualified to be posted on this blogsite.

After all, this isn’t the “yucky” island, it’s The TASTY Island!

Quick facts about The Tasty Island blog site:

  • Established: June 8, 2006
  • Former domain as of 6/08/06: http://tastyisland.wordpress.com; new domain as of 10/17/09: http://www.tastyislandhawaii.com
  • Food categories: All ethnic flavors (as time permits)
  • Coverage area: Primarily Oahu, with additions from travels to the neighbor islands of Hawaii
  • Expected frequency of new posts: Weekly; sometimes more often than that, sometimes a bit longer
  • Who inspired you to do this? A school teacher
  • Why do you do this? A) I love to eat; and B)  I love to write
  • Cameras for photographs: Canon PowerShot A510, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 (as of 9/14/08), Canon PowerShot S95 (as of 6/11). Currently Canon PowerShot S100 (as of 7/13).
  • Contact: pomai_05<at>yahoo<dot>com

Quick facts about Pomai

  • Born on Oahu and raised in Kaneohe, Pomai now calls Waikiki, in Honolulu, Hawaii, home
  • Single male of Portuguese/Hawaiian/German/English ancestry
  • Favorite Cuisine: Japanese and Pacific/Hawaii Regional, yet open to the world when it comes to food and life!
  • Contact: pomai_05<at>yahoo<dot>com

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148 thoughts on “About

  • November 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hi there,

    I was recently looking online for some information about Food and Drink all over the world, and I came across your articles at Foodprints from your Parents. I found them super helpful, very informative but above all, super engaging! 

    Just recently, my team at Buffalo Tours (a company born right in the heart of Vietnam) created an infographic about Vietnamese coffee, drawing on some of our in-depth knowledge about coffee production here in Indochina. I thought I’d share it with you, since I’m sure your readers will find it enlightening and engaging, too! You can check it out here: [INFOGRAPHIC] A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Coffee in Indochina

    If you enjoy it, we’d love if you embedded it on your blog (and, in the meantime, shared it via your social networks).

    And although this infographic has plenty of information about coffee in Indochina, there’s even MORE to know about it, and we’d love to share some more of our insider knowledge on it. If you’d like, we’d love to write a guest post just for you!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Thuong Le

  • December 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Hello Pomai,
    Hi I’m Mike Amado with Top of Waikiki’s marketing team. There is an outdated article regarding our restaurant and we would like to invite you and tastyislandhawaii.com to do a follow up story about Top of Waikiki.
    Many things have changed, especially in terms of the menu.
    Contact me if you would like to set something up.
    Michael Amado
    Top Of Waikiki
    Waikiki Business Plaza
    Marketing Team
    860-690-7978 – Cell

  • April 30, 2015 at 10:54 am

    food looks very very delicious how do I print out some of your recipes

  • June 3, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hey have you ever reviewed Willow Tree in Kailua? To me it is one of the best little restaurants on the island.



  • July 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm


    DYI.. Your picture of the SBD Douglas Dauntless SBD Dive bomber is actually a picture of the Grumann F4 Wildcat.

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm


      Corrected. Mahalo!

  • July 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Aloha Pomai,

    I first meet you when I use to own Impressed Juice and you did a feature on us a year back on our kulolo.  I wanted to inform you and invite you to try a new food creation.  The first ever milk tea waffle.  My good friend Yen is the owner of Taste Tea on Kapiolani.  He just released this new creation.  If you would like to come down and do a tasting I can set it up for you.  There would be no charge we just want to hear a fellow food loverʻs opinion.


  • August 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Pomai – I’ve tried smoking country style pork ribs 3 times now, using mesquite, then hickory wood to smoke.  I followed the Big Island smoke meat recipe.  Each time I did it, it always tasted like Pipikaula instead of that real good smoke flavor.  What am I doing wrong?   Kokua please!

  • September 2, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for your kind words about our Great Chefs series and the

    rating system by Thrillist.  We’ve never gone for awards, and try to keep

    our ego at home.  But Great Chefs of Hawaii, can now be seen on our

    new website http://www.greatchefs.com     We are finalizing & updating all the chefs bio’s

    for the site and should be completed later this month.  It’s been a

    challenge.  The Hawaii series (30 episodes) ran on the Discovery Channel for 22 years

    daily.  It’s available for your PBS station if they are interested.

    Best regards,

    John Shoup

    Executive Producer


  • January 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I would like to know how to order or find a place in California to buy Hormel Goteborg.

    We live in Fresno California.  We are Russian-German and used to be able to buy this product.

    Karen Klein



  • December 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Howzit Pomai!
    It’s been awhile since I viewed your blog/site….I forget if I mentioned this to you in the past…but your post on Big Island Smoke Meat started my “hobby” in smoking meats! Still trying to perfect the Big Island Smoke Meat, but getting pretty at it…(BIG HEAD!)…some Smoke Meat adventures…..for my company…last year we smoked over 300 pounds and distributed in individual vacuums sealed bags with a gift card – for a unique Super Bowl Snack pack for our valued clients and customers! For my church, we smoked over 400 pounds for a Big Fundraiser for our Sunday School…..Gotta thank you for your original post which has led me to this adventure!

    Elite Mechanical


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