Category: Hawaii Accommodations & Dining

Mama’s Fish House Maui: What to Expect at This Top Restaurant

When you think of Maui bucket lists, you may first think of activities: the Road to Hana, snorkeling at Molokini, and watching the sunrise at Haleakala. But for many travelers, the top activity isn’t a typical excursion. In fact, it’s a meal. A meal at Mama’s Fish House Maui.  This is one of the toughest […]

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A Curated List of the Best Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaii

Hawaii is such a beautiful place, and you really can’t go wrong at any hotel. But still, choosing one of the best honeymoon resorts in Hawaii will help elevate your getaway from a tropical stay to an unforgettable experience.  That’s why we’ve curated our ultimate list of Hawaii’s best resorts for honeymooners. As you travel […]

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Hawaii craft brewing at Village Bottle Shoppe

I am, admittedly, not much of a beer guy. Sure, I like a frosty one now and then, usually a Guinness. If I’m bending the elbow with friends, I’m likely sipping on a fine bourbon. I’m also highly aware of the remarkable Hawaii craft brewing community that has prospered and grown impressively over the past […]

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Hawaiian pizza – what is it?

“Do you like Hawaiian pizza?” I was at a famous Waikiki Beach restaurant on assignment recently, Duke’s Waikiki, and the question would later send me into an existential tailspin. It was a simple and innocent yes-or-no question asked by a child on vacation with their parents. Sitting at the bar of my neighborhood pub days […]

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Hawaii’s tropical drinks – part of paradise

If you coming to the islands chances are you’re going to want a cocktail so here are some ideas for Hawaii’s tropical drinks. There are lots of them, and innumerable variations of each, depending on the hand that mixes them. Adult beverage culture and practice have evolved over many decades, with new ingredients, methods, and […]

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Hawaii’s hidden gems – wineries and distilleries

There are countless iconic attractions for visitors to Hawaii. From Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head to Waimea Canyon Kauai to Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii Island to Haleakala Crater on Maui, many of these attractions are known and marveled at by people all over the world. All have been covered over the years in pages here […]

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Oahu’s best yakiniku – Sizzle

Deeming Yakiniku Sizzle “Oahu’s best yakiniku” restaurant may be hyperbolic but considering our small sample size of one (1) such non-chain Japanese barbeque establishment in the past 10-or-so-years, we are sticking with our assessment and our enthusiastic recommendation. Also, it’s close to the HAT Blog Home Office, it’s quite reasonably priced, and it’s run by […]

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Kona Brewing Hawaii Kai – waterfront dining and drinks

A recent visit to Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai at Koko Marina Shopping Center on Oahu was remarkable for a few reasons. First among them was realizing it was just my second time at the brewpub since its opening in 2003 (I grew up in Hawaii Kai, but I have been a Honolulu Downtowner […]

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Hawaii mango season – it’s on

As July approaches, so does the peak of Hawaii mango season. With it comes an endless supply of mango bread, mango chutney, pickled mango, mango salsa, mango smoothies, and every other imaginable culinary iteration of the sweet tropical fruit. It’s also harvest season for a variety of other endemic Hawaii fruits. Hawaii is a tropical […]

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Sunny’s Local Grind – local in Waikiki

Sunny’s is a coffee shop and breakfast/lunch joint located on the western “edge of Waikiki”. It’s about a mile and a half from the Honolulu Zoo at Waikiki’s eastern end. So, a fairly short walk from just about anywhere in Waikiki, and well worth it. Sunny’s Local Grind – keeping it local Sunny’s Local Grind […]

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Liliha Bakery Kalihi – an original classic

We wrote about the famous Liliha Bakery here at the HAT Blog a decade ago. We’ve been back many times since, and, frankly, nothing has changed (it opened in 1950). That is a wonderful thing. Much has been written over the years about the venerable old diner, many fawning and cutesy local news segments produced […]

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Monarch Poke – a new local favorite

A friend of the HAT Blog, Chef Adam Gilbert, opened Monarch Poke in Pearl City in November 2022. Located in a nondescript strip mall near Pearlridge Shopping Center, the dishes on offer belie the workaday tedium of shoe stores, auto body shops, and plate lunch joints that typify the area. A recent Friday lunchtime visit […]

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