Anyone who’s dined there has felt personally welcomed by kindly Chef Chai Chaowasaree of Chai’s Island Bistro, which recently closed its palatial doors after 14 years of turning out fine Thai and Pacific Rim cuisine. His new venture, simply and aptly named Chef Chai (his name is already a bona fide brand), officially opened Saturday, March 9 at the Pacifica Honolulu.
As much as we’re grateful to the Maya for their inventions–a system of government, pottery, corn tortillas–all that apocalyptic fretting was something we could have done without. Lest we forget the value of portents, Maui Brewing Company crafted a brew to commemorate the supposed fatalism of 2012, Aloha Baktun.
Juice Box, a petite juice joint on Monsarrat Avenue, wears a black exterior, houses wooden stools and stacks books about liquid diets on its bar. A chalkboard menu boasts various juices and blends–aka smoothies–along with a short manifesto that includes buying locally and organically, using real ingredients and not much sugar, providing health information and, well, just being nice.
“‘Made In Hawaii’ was not [always] as mainstream as it is now,” says Amy Hammond, the director of the Made in Hawaii Festival and volunteer executive director of the Hawaii Chocolate & Cacao Association. She recalls that locavore ideology has never been as in-vogue as it is today, even when considering chocolate.
Since opening a third location in November, Eggs ‘n Things (established in Hawaii in 1974) has extended the tourist hotspot from the heart of Waikiki to international shopping destination Ala Moana Center, all while preserving what makes the restaurant chain popular. With creamy yellow walls adorned with vintage photographs of Hawaii and light fixtures hanging above booths and tables, the Ala Moana location of Eggs ‘n Things is the type of diner you might not expect to find near a fast-paced urban shopping center.
A bistro evokes thoughts of Parisian restaurants serving classic, homey, deceptively simple cooking such as cassoulet, the original pork and beans. Now, adding to the distinguished yet sparse selection of Honolulu bistros–JJ Bistro, Duc’s Bistro and Le Bistro, to name a few–is HASR Bistro, which opened its French doors in October.
This holiday season, whether you’re in need of a last-minute gift or some party treats, Cake Works has a slew of goodies that are delectable, but not too sweet. The bakery, known for their customizable cakes, is offering holiday specials in their already popular items–cupcakes, French macarons and scones–but seasonal and traditional desserts, such as Stollen, are available on a made-to-order basis.
A newborn portal to the wonderful world of olive oil is hoping to thrive next to the Paul Brown Salon in the small-business friendly Ward Center complex. Island Olive Oil Company is an extensive nucleus of foodie fun, where anyone with any level of gastronomic knowledge can saunter in, grab a few bites of crusty bread and dip oils and balsamic vinegars to their heart’s content.
For as long as we can remember, Chinatown has been notorious for drugs, homelessness and filthy streets. Some claim nothing has changed–and that it never will.
Bicyclists have long been overlooked by four-wheel riders on Honolulu’s congested streets. In the gleaming, armored pecking order of the road, cyclists are too often dismissed as lane hogs, hand-signaling nuisances and unfortunates who can’t afford cars.
The fate of some 1,525 acres of land at Hoopili in ‘Ewa may have been decided last Wednesday in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The decision might have gone differently, but the appellant attorneys’ strategy seemed to collapse as Judge Rhonda Nishimura picked it apart based on technical errors.
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu’s homeless problem. But at the City Council’s budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First” (see Cover Story, pg.
The Mayor Wright Housing project has been slated for major redevelopment by the Hawaii State Housing Authority (HSHA); requests for qualifications will be going out to developers in three to six months. Nonprofit group Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) wants to make sure the project’s tenants have a say in the redevelopment process, which could include major renovations or a total rebuild.
The Honolulu City Council held a special Committee on Transportation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to go over its Complete Streets initiative with input from the department directors of Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Transportation Services (DTS). At prior meetings, including the Moiliili workshop, community members pressed the idea of combining Complete Streets with Caldwell’s repaving projects, which Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some councilmembers have said makes sense.
Not much to agree with my friend Doc Berry (“Limits of Growth,” April 17). None of the scenarios he posits will ever materialize.
In your Diary of May 8 (“End of the 27th)” you reported on SB 1214, passed by the Legislature. In their nimble way, the Legislature tacked the wheel boot prohibition on a bill that was intended to abolish the Commission on Transportation.
On Friday, May 3, at 3:45 p.m., I was driving town bound through the Wilson tunnel on the Likelike. I was parallel to another car, and there were several other cars following closely behind me.
Congratulations Honolulu Weekly on the recent Pai award for investigative reporting (“Boss GMO,” Jan. 4, 2012).
When the biofuel guys say that costs are “confidential” (“Big-foot Biofuel,” May 8), I reply that since I am the one who is going to end up paying the cost, I have a right to know. Frankly, when everybody tries to hide the costs, I smell rat …
The Foster Botanical Garden never ceases to inspire for an urban setting it is like a step back in time (“See the Flora,” May 8). If Koko Crater Botanical Garden contains the world’s largest plumeria collection as suggested, it may be thanks in part to the Prussian born Dr.