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Heavenly (Hawaii 2016) – Pitaya Bowl

We first came across Heavenly during our 2015 vacation. Their use of local, organic ingredients stood out to me and I knew that if we came back, I’d want to try their breakfast again.
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Longs Drugs (Hawaii 2016) – Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

During our recent visit to Oahu this year, we decided to stay mainly in the Waikiki area since we had previously done the North Shore a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of great food on the North Shore (garlic shrimp, shave ice and the chocolate macadamia nut cream pies from Ted’s Bakery to name a few). Well, as we found out with Pacific Garlic Shrimp, you don’t need to go all the way to the North Shore to enjoy these things.
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T Galleria (Hawaii 2016) – Cookies and Dole Whip

Okay, so… when you think about food in Hawaii, you probably wouldn’t associate it with a Duty Free Shop. But you’d be wrong.
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Chinatown Express (Hawaii 2016) – Potstickers

I mentioned during our 2015 visit to Oahu that the Chinatown Express in the Ala Moana Center has sooooo many options to pick from.
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Big Island Candies (Hawaii 2016) – Macadamia Nut Milk Chocolate Trio

If you’ve even been to Waikiki, you’ve probably seen how Honolulu Cookie Company has grown rapidly. In fact, you probably have family or friends who have brought back their pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies after vacationing in Hawaii. While HCC has grown rapidly since 1998, there’s another purveyor of shortbread cookies in Hawaii that’s been around since 1977. Starting in the Hilo industrial district of the Big Island, Big Island Candies is known both for their signature shortbread cookies as well as their chocolate products.
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Duke’s Waikiki (Hawaii 2016) – Hula Pie

There is a reason why Duke’s is a staple in Waikiki. Much like their namesake, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki seems to epitomize the tourist’s idealized image of living in Waikiki, right down to the performers serenading you at your table. That’s not a bad thing either.
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Minamoto Kitchoan (Hawaii 2016) – Wagashi

Minamoto Kitchoan is located in Ala Moana Center and is a purveyor of “wagashi”, a traditional Japanese confection made from natural, unrefined sugars.
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The Cheesecake Factory (Hawaii 2016) – Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger

I like The Cheesecake Factory just as much as the next guy but the lineups here is very off-putting. I guess the appeal is partly due to the large number or tourists looking for something familiar. The other reason is probably due to the value you get here. They don’t skimp on portion size and you’re sure to walk (or waddle) away with a full belly.
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Leonard’s Bakery (Hawaii 2016) – Lychee Malasadas

Say it with me… “Malasadas”
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Poi Bowl (Hawaii 2016) – Plate Lunch

If you come to Hawaii, eventually, you’ll want to try some of the local cuisine. Last year, we had a great traditional feast at Ono Hawaiian Foods. Now, you might not expect traditional cuisine at a large mall food court… but you’d be happily surprised at the offerings at Poi Bowl.
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Lupicia Fresh Tea (Hawaii 2016) – Sakura Teas

Ala Moana Center is the largest mall in Hawaii and is located a few minutes away from Waikiki. On our last visit to Hawaii, we found this unique tea shop in Ala Moana called Lupicia Fresh Tea.
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Sansei Seafood (Hawaii 2016) – Oishii!

As I mentioned on our recent post of d.k. Steak House, sister restaurant Sansei Seafood was super busy when we first tried to get in to their 50% off happy hour. We wound up eating next door at d.k. instead, which was still a really great meal. However, we knew that we wanted to revisit Sansei eventually during our trip so we came back later in the week for their regular menu.
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