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Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club It’s happy hour all day, every day at Mahina & Sun’s at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. That means everything on the lanai menu is discounted — and remains as delicious as ever. For lighter fare, the Kale Salad ($9) is full of fresh texture, thanks to the bread crumbs and crispy greens that are mixed with Parmesan, cured egg yolk and an anchovy dressing. Sharing is an option with the Margherita Pizza ($15) that comes with ripe tomatoes and basil, as well as the vegan-friendly Avocado Tacos ($9) that are served with shishito, pickled red onions and smoked yogurt. New on the menu are a Fruit Plate ($4);...

Story By: Anne Lee | Photos by: ALOHA STEAK HOUSE Tucked away on the first floor of the Aqua Oasis Hotel on Lewers Street in Waikiki, you will find one of the tastiest and most affordable tomahawk steaks in Hawaii at Aloha Steak House. I had the pleasure to share this with my friend Maki Konikson — and just to clarify her name is Maki and not Maki-Ko. Many times she is referred to as Hawaii Maki-San, Ambassador of Hawaii to Japan, bridging the gap to the Japanese whether they are tourists or locals, to all of the best that Hawaii has to offer. Not only is she famous, but she is also a local business owner here in Hawaii. She knows...

By Review by Nadine Kam, Special to the Star-Advertiser In normal times, restaurant popularity is a good thing. In COVID-19 times, the price of popularity is the risk of putting oneself in harm’s way. It took Fooki nine months to open, but soon after doing so on July 3, increases in coronavirus cases led to a decision to close the dining room for the safety of customers and employees. The restaurant had been open just three weeks, but the rush for a taste of Taiwanese cuisine had led to overcrowding at the doors and demands to seat parties larger than the 10-person maximum mandated by the state. So for now Fooki is open for takeout only, which is a shame, because so many...

By Star-Advertiser Staff THINK PINK You know milk, dark and white chocolate, but how about ruby? Chocolate made from the ruby cacao bean is the latest Honolulu Cookie Co. flavor. A 16-piece box is $18.95, or purchase by the piece for 95 cents, while supplies last. Stores: 214 Sand Island Access Road, open Fridays only; and International Market Place, Saturdays only; the Royal Hawaiian Center store reopens Saturday with daily hours. Or order online at honolulucookie.com. Read the rest of the story at Crave in the Star-Advertiser...

By Star-Advertiser Staff TRY NEW BREAKFAST DISHES AT MOMOSAN Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Momosan Waikiki has reopened and is offering dine-in and takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ramen and sake bar has a new breakfast menu. It includes Wa Cho-Shoku, Spam Musubi, Onigiri and Tokyo Chicken. Popular ramen and sushi items such as the Spicy Tuna Roll are back. Sit-down breakfast is 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (no reservations). Takeout and delivery is available; call 922-0011. Zuppler and GrubHub are available for contactless payment and delivery. The restaurant is in the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach at 2490 Kalakaua Ave. TAQUERIA EL RANCHERO TO OPEN IN KAPOLEI Taqueria el Ranchero is slated...

Story By: Nicole Monton Koko Marina Center and its food-centric tenants are open for takeout and limited sit-down options, and all invite hungry families to stop in for good eats. “We are open for business, but please practice social distancing and wear a mask when shopping and dining,” urges director of marketing Krysti Peacock. “However, with the rapidly changing situation, it is best to call to confirm before dining.” Noteworthy is Harbor Village Cuisine, which has set up outdoor eating areas and restarted its dine-in service in addition to its ongoing terrific takeout service. Diners can receive 10 percent off before 3 p.m., and $10 gift certificates will be given out for every $50 spent after 3 p.m. Call the restaurant at 395-2311...

Story By: Anne Lee | Photos by: Hy's Steak House It’s famous for its aged USDA Prime beef that’s trimmed on site and grilled over Hawaiian kiawe wood. I was able to talk with assistant general manager Jonah Galase and chef Brandon Bernal about how the restaurant has transitioned their offerings in a unique, convenient delivery/pick up cook at home — Hy’s Prime Box — and how they have adapted to the “new normal” guidelines of dining in. AL: In 2011, G.Lion Group and T. Brothers international acquired Hy’s Steak House, which led to G.Lion Hawaii. How has this new leadership helped with the Hy’s brand? JG: G.Lion Hawaii has paved the way for two brand-new open-air restaurants that opened in August of 2019....

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: Ruth's Chris Steak House Summer has been busy for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, especially since relaunching dine-in service, but general manager Don Asam wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’ve been open now for about six weeks, and some people have come back maybe four or five times already,” he shares. “Our regulars are coming back strong for us. It’s like welcoming old friends.” Known for its excellent customer service and beautiful decor, Ruth’s Chris Steak House remains the premier locale for fine-dining. But what sets the Waterfront Plaza and Waikiki restaurants apart are the top-quality ingredients and skillful preparations. The Porterhouse for Two is a remarkable (and hearty) dish that features 40 ounces of bone-in...

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By Allison Schaefers https://youtu.be/A5WX5d0jBVc Masks and temperature checks and social distancing, oh my! Visiting Hawaii hotels isn’t a footloose and fancy-free experience anymore. At virtually every property, masked guests must now follow social distancing stickers before they’re allowed to check in. Hand sanitizers are everywhere, and there are plenty of reminders that everyone — guests and hosts alike — must stay vigilant about personal safety and hygiene practices. Read the rest of this story on the Star-Advertiser...