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Ala Moana/Kakaako

ALAN WONG’S— Re­gional

Chef Alan Wong has cooked for Pres­i­dent Obama, won the James Beard Award, and his res­tau­rant was named one of Amer­ica’s Top 50 Restau­rants in Gourmet Mag­a­zine. They dish out a num­ber of fu­sion de­lights, but their spe­cialty is fresh seafood with an is­land f lair. The ex­trav­a­gant chef ’s tast­ing menu is avail­able with in­no­va­tive wine pair­ings. 1857 S. King St., 3rd Floor, Din­ner only, call for reser­va­tions 808.949.2526. www.alan­wongs.com

CHEF CHAI AT PACIFICA— Re­gional

Pop­u­lar lo­cal restau­ra­teur Chai Chaowasa­ree of­fers a fu­sion of f la­vors, pre­par­ing such dishes as ox­tail soup, grilled Mon­go­lian lamb chops, veg­etable ter­rine and Thai-style whole fresh fish.

1009 Ka­pi­olani Blvd., 808.585.0011. www.chefchai.com

HIGH­WAY INN— Hawai­ian

High­way Inn has been in busi­ness now for 68 years, serv­ing tra­di­tional Hawai­ian, lo­cal and Amer­i­can food. Founded af­ter World War II, this award-win­ning third gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness re­cently ex­panded to in­clude a Honolulu lo­ca­tion in Kaka’ako, the for­mer in­dus­trial heart of Honolulu, which is now in the be­gin­ning stages of an ur­ban core re­de­vel­op­ment. Kakaako, 808.954.4955. www.my­high­wayinn.com

KAKAAKO KITCHEN— Re­gional

Chef Rus­sell Siu’s no-non­sense eatery serves gourmet plate lunches, in­clud­ing fu­rikake mahimahi, soy- and sake-glazed sal­mon and sautéed mahimahi with lomi tomato but­ter sauce. The take-out busi­ness is brisk here (you or­der at the counter), and those who stay use open-air ta­bles at a ca­sual, busy cor­ner at Ward Cen­ter. Ward Cen­ter, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.596.7488. www.kakaakok­itchen.com

PANYA GROUP— Re­gional

Panya Group of­fers ap­pe­tiz­ing qual­ity food, a wide range of cui­sine, friendly and ef­fi­cient service and an ap­peal­ing, in­for­mal am­biance that lends it­self to any oc­ca­sion. The bistro is known for its fu­sion mar­ti­nis and cock­tails, ap­pe­tiz­ers, sand­wiches and Asian-in­spired en­trees. 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.946.6388. www.pa­nya­group.com

VINO ITAL­IAN TAPAS AND WINE BAR— Ital­ian

Wine tast­ing is al­ways bet­ter with food, es­pe­cially when the wine has been hand-picked by Mas­ter Som­me­lier Chuck Fu­ruya and the menu pre­pared by restau­ra­teur D.K. Ko­dama. 500 Ala Moana Blvd, 808.524.8466. www.vi­no­hawaii.com

North Shore

HALEIWA JOE’S— Re­gional

The orig­i­nal Haleiwa har­bor-side seafood grill takes in views of Alii beach while their wind­ward lo­ca­tion is nes­tled in the lush Haiku Gar­dens. The menu of­fers a soiree of is­land fare, sushi rolls, fresh grilled fish and fiery peel-and-eat shrimp.

66-011 Kame­hameha Hwy., 808.637.8005. www,halei­wa­joes.com

MIKE’S HULI CHICKEN— Re­gional It was Mike Fuse’s love for shar­ing food that prompted him to open his name­sake eatery in Kahuku on the North Shore. The huli huli (mean­ing “turn, turn”) chicken is slowly broiled over ki­awe wood and nat­u­rally fla­vored with tra­di­tional Hawai­ian sea salt. Pier 38, 1129 N. Nimitz Hwy., 808.540.1377. www.nicospier3­8.com

Waikiki

ARANCINO— Ital­ian Ref lect­ing the cui­sine of Naples along with home­made tiramisu and panna cotta, us­ing in­gre­di­ents im­ported from Italy. 255 Beach Walk, 808.923.5557 arancino.com ; Waikiki Beach Mar­riott, 2552 Kalakaua Ave., 808.931.6273. arancino.com ; 808.380.4400. www.arancino.com

AZURE RES­TAU­RANT— Re­gional

Chef Shay­mus Al­win, known for his in­no­va­tive cui­sine and culi­nary tech­niques, has crafted a menu where the fresh­est lo­cal seafood—caught and se­lected each morn­ing from the Honolulu Fish Auc­tion—is paired with the finest pro­duce grown in Hawaii. The Royal Hawai­ian, 2259 Kalakaua Ave., 808.921.4600. www.azure­waikiki.com

BEACHHOUSE AT THE MOANA—

Re­gional An ocean­front din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Waikiki with a menu of is­land-in­spired spe­cial­ties and the finest qual­ity seafood and steaks, such as an­gus beef and porter­house for two. The Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave. Din­ner daily. 808.921.4600. www.beach­house­waikiki.com

D.K STEAK HOUSE— Amer­i­can Spe­cial­iz­ing in dry-aged steaks with the most pop­u­lar cut be­ing the 22-ounce bonein rib­eye, which has a nutty and al­most funky cheesy f la­vor to it—in a good steak way. www.dksteak­house.com

DORAKU SUSHI— Japanese

Doraku Sushi strives to be in­ven­tive with its cui­sine in com­bin­ing tra­di­tional Japanese in­gre­di­ents with Pan-Asian and Latin f la­vors. Am­ple se­lec­tions can be found un­der the “Sushi + Sashimi” head­ing. Royal Hawai­ian Cen­ter, 2233 Kalakaua Ave., 808.922.3323. www.do­rakusushi.com

DUKE’S WAIKIKI— Re­gional

Named af­ter the leg­endary Hawai­ian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki has two sec­tions: the din­ing room and the Bare­foot Bar and of­fers menus for break­fast, lunch, din­ner, chil­dren and drinks. Outrigger Waikiki Beach Re­sort, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., 808.922.2268. www.dukeswaiki­ki.com

GIOVANNI PAS­TRAMI— Amer­i­can

This New York-style deli, pizze­ria and pre­mier sports bar of­fers a full menu of clas­sics: corned beef, pas­trami and Reuben sand­wiches and sal­ads, pas­tas, burg­ers and Round Ta­ble piz­zas, made fresh in-house. Also serves Waikiki’s largest break­fast se­lec­tion all day, from open un­til mid­night. Waikiki Beach Walk, 227 Lew­ers St. 808.923.2100. www.gio­van­ni­pas­trami.com

HAU TREE LANAI— Re­gional

A Waikiki sta­ple, with a ter­race steps from the sand un­der a ven­er­a­ble hau tree. Robert Louis Steven­son once sat here, and guests pour in for break­fast, lunchtime sand­wiches and en­trees, and fresh fish din­ners. New Otani Kaimana Beach Ho­tel, 2863 Kalakaua Ave., 808.921.7066. www.kaimana.com

HIDE­OUT AT THE LAYLOW— Re­gional

A hid­den gem tucked away above the Kuhio Av­enue hus­tle and bus­tle, Hide­out chefs serve con­tem­po­rary Hawai­ian cui­sine in a causal, open lanai set­ting. The Laylow, Au­to­graph Col­lec­tion, 2299 Kuhio Ave., 808.628.3060. www.hide­out­waikiki.com

HULA GRILL WAIKIKI— Re­gional

En­joy ocean­front din­ing room and a menu of­fer­ing Hawaii Re­gional Cui­sine. Dishes in­clude tako poke, macadamia-nut-crusted fish, ahi steak and filet steak Kiana. Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., 808.923.4852. www.hu­la­grill­waikiki.com

MIYAKO RESTUARANT— Japanese

Tra­di­tional Japanese decor and wait­resses in ki­mono await at this ocean view res­tau­rant on the sec­ond f loor of the New Otani Ho­tel. For a truly spec­tac­u­lar view, re­quest the lanai seat­ing where they have three ca­banas or the pri­vate Miyako Waikiki view room. Try the sake sam­pler and prix fixe menus with sea­sonal of­fer­ings. Closed Tuesdays. The New Otani, 2863 Kalakaua Ave., 808.921.7066. www.kaimana.com

NOI THAI CUI­SINE— Thai

Well known for its Southeast Asian f la­vors, the res­tau­rant el­e­vates tra­di­tional Thai dishes by in­cor­po­rat­ing such in­gre­di­ents as Wagyu beef into its green curry and Alaskan crab into its yel­low curry. Royal Hawaiin Cen­ter, 2301 Kalakaua Ave., 808.664.4039, www.noithaicui­sine.com

OR­CHIDS— Mediter­ranean

Ca­sual yet el­e­gant ocean­front din­ing amid an abun­dance of col­or­ful trop­i­cal or­chids. The fa­mous Sun­day brunch has been called “Oahu’s best brunch,” and is ac­com­pa­nied by a live harpist and f lutist. Haleku­lani, 2199 Kalia Rd. 808.923.2311. www.haleku­lani.com

PIKAKE TER­RACE— Ital­ian

The La Costa Ital­iano menu is now the best priced prime rib din­ner buf­fet in the heart of Waikiki. Cost is $34.95 for adults and $17.50 for chil­dren be­tween the ages of 6 and 12. Be­gin­ning at 5:30 p.m. each evening, the buf­fet fea­tures an im­pres­sive as­sort­ment of breads, cheeses, cold cuts, sal­ads, veg­eta­bles, and Ital­ian fa­vorites such as ciop­pino, chicken marsala, baked ziti with spinach and mush­room risotto.

120 Kaiu­lani Ave., 808.921.4600. www.princess-kaiu­lani.com

SANSEI SEAFOOD RES­TAU­RANT & SUSHI BAR— Japanese

Chef D.K. Ko­dama’s “new wave sushi” has won ac­co­lades from both lo­cal and na­tional me­dia. The ni­giri sushi, rolls, ap­pe­tiz­ers and en­trees are art­fully pre­sented and com­bine bold f la­vors and tex­tures. Try the panko-crusted ahi, f lash-fried and wrapped in arugula and spinach; crab ra­men with truff le broth; or the fresh fish of the day. Waikiki Beach Mar­riot Re­sort & Spa, 2552 Kalakaua Ave. 808.931.6286. www.san­sei­hawaii.com

TANAKA OF TOKYO— Japanese

Liv­ing up to its stand­ing as one of “The Best Japanese Res­tau­rant in Hawaii,” Tanaka of Tokyo spe­cial­izes in Japanese-style steak and seafood, with “fresh” be­ing a sig­na­ture in­gre­di­ent at all times. Waikiki Shop­ping Plaza, 3F, 2250 Kalakaua Ave., Open daily. 808.922.4702 tanakaofto­kyo.com ; OHANA Waikiki East, 150 Kaiu­lani Ave., Open daily. 808.922.4233 tanakaofto­kyo.com ; Ala Moana Cen­ter, 4F, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Open daily 808.945.3443. www.tanakaofto­kyo.com

THE CHART HOUSE WAIKIKI— Amer­i­can Over­look­ing the Ala Wai Yacht Har­bor and tucked away from the bus­tle of Waikiki is this multi-level res­tau­rant and lounge, which serves one of the is­land’s largest pupu (ap­pe­tizer) menus un­til 12:30 am. 1765 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.941.6669. www.chart­house­honolulu.com

TOMMY BAHAMA— Re­gional

Fea­tur­ing an ar­ray of is­land-in­spired dishes, the Waikiki Tommy Bahama Res­tau­rant is sure to in­spire and ex­cite the palate. From the sig­na­ture co­conut shrimp to tuna tacos and pineap­ple crème brulee, guests will find at dish to sat­isfy any is­land crav­ing. 808.923.8785. www.tom­my­ba­hama.com

TOP OF WAIKIKI— Re­gional

Hawaii’s only re­volv­ing res­tau­rant serves in­no­va­tive Pa­cific fu­sion cui­sine, em­pha­siz­ing fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents from its perch above Waikiki. Dou­ble happy hours go from 5-7 and 9-11 nightly ex­cept hol­i­days. Waikiki Busi­ness Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave., Top Floor, 808.923.3877. www.topofwaiki­ki.com

WOLF­GANG’S STEAK­HOUSE— Amer­i­can De­vel­oped by Wolf­gang Zweiner, who worked at New York’s fa­mous Peter Luger Steak­house for more than 40 years. Wolf­gang’s serves mar­bled, prime cuts of beef that have been dry aged for 28 days. Royal Hawai­ian Cen­ter, 2301 Kalakaua Ave., 808.922.3600. www.wolf­gangssteak­house.net

Luau

ALII LUAU

Luau in­cludes a buf­fet din­ner, a f lower lei greet­ing and the show, “Ha—Breath of Life,” which has a cast of 100+ per­form­ers. Poly­ne­sian Cul­tural Cen­ter, 55-370 Kame­hameha Hwy. M- Sa, 808.293.3333. poly­ne­sia.com

PAR­ADISE COVE

A trop­i­cal mai tai greet­ing and tra­di­tional Hawai­ian mu­sic set the fes­tive mood of the evening. Ca­su­ally stroll through the Hawai­ian Village and learn the Arts & Crafts of the is­lands or test your skills at one of the Hawai­ian games. Wit­ness the time-hon­ored tech­niques of un­der­ground oven cook­ing at the Imu Cer­e­mony then en­joy the show and luau feast. Trans­porta­tion is avail­able. 921089 Alii Nui Drive, 808.842.5911. www.par­adis­ec­ove.com

WAIKIKI STARLIGHT LUAU

The Hil­ton Hawai­ian Village brings the luau back to Waikiki with live mu­sic, mes­mer­iz­ing dances and a starlight show. Kalua pig, fish, Molokai herb-roasted sweet pota­toes, Hawai­ian Por­tuguese sausage and seafood paella are among the culi­nary of­fer­ings. SunTh, 5:30-8:30 pm. Hil­ton Hawai­ian Village Re­sort & Spa, 2005 Kalia Rd., 808.941.5828. hilton­hawai­ianvil­lage.com

Bars/Lounges ANNA O’ BRIEN

For­merly known as Anna Ba­nana’s, Anna O’ Brien’s serves beer and liquor, and of­fers mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment from Hawaii’s in­de­pen­dent mu­sic scene. Most shows be­gin at 9 p.m. 2440 S. Bere­ta­nia St., 808.946.5190. www.an­nao­briens.com

IR­ISH ROSE SALOON

Ev­ery neigh­bor­hood needs an Ir­ish pub, and this one of­fers daily happy hour spe­cials, sev­eral tele­vi­sions with live satel­lite sports events, and clas­sic rock ‘n roll with danc­ing nightly. With beers, liquors, cock­tails and Guin­ness, those Ir­ish eyes are smil­ing.

478 Ena Rd., 808.947.3414. www.irishros­esa­loon.com

KEL­LEY O’NEIL’S

A pop­u­lar Ir­ish pub right in the heart of Waikiki that fea­tures live rock ‘n’ roll seven nights a week. Hearty sand­wiches and Guin­ness meat pies ac­com­pany the pints of brew. 311 Lew­ers St., 808.926.1777. www.iish­pub­hawaii.com/kel­ley­oneils

LEW­ERS LOUNGE

An el­e­gant venue for live jazz mu­sic, this Haleku­lani clas­sic keeps abreast with the lat­est in cock­tails and mixol­ogy. 2199 Kalia Rd. 808.923.2311. www.haleku­lani.com

RUMFIRE

You could set the world afire with the more than 100 types of rum served at this ocean­front lounge. Lis­ten up, rum afi­ciona­dos: there are pre-em­bargo va­ri­eties from Cuba. At night, RumFire morphs into a club, com­plete with fire pits lin­ing its perime­ter. Sher­a­ton Waikiki, 2255 Kalakaua Ave., 808.922.4422. www.rum­fire­waikiki.com

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