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The 5 Best New Spots for Haute Island Fare

By Nuy Cho | Photo by Eating House 1849


Dining on the islands has never been better. As our local chefs diversify their menus, reflecting the continued explosion of Hawai’i’s global restaurant scene, both residents and visitors alike can delight in all the delectable creations they bring to the table. Here are five of the best new restaurants to open recently—every one of them embracing the beauty of local flavors and ingredients.
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1. Eating House 1849
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After conquering the Garden Isle, Roy Yamaguchi’s homage to Hawai’i’s plantation-era cuisine has come to O’ahu with two outposts. The first is in Waikiki—right within the International Market Place, while the second is in Kapolei, catering to the resrot crowd at Ko Olina. International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, O’ahu, 924.1849; Kapolei Commons, 4450 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, O’ahu; The Shops at Kukui’ula, 2829 Ala Kalanuikaumaka Road, Po’ipu, Kaua’i, 742.5000, $$$

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2. Moku Kitchen
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After his outposts on Hawai‘i Island, Kaua ‘i and Maui, celebrated toque Peter Merriman comes to Honolulu—and in one of its most happening neighborhoods at that, Kaka’ako. In the same spirit of his popular Monkeypod Kitchen, expect a flavorful take on islands classics, highlighting the bounty of both land and sea. 660 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 145, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, 263.0849, $$ 

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3. Over Easy
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There’s another reason to head to the Windward side over the weekend with the opening of this new brunch spot in Kailua headed by Alan Wong alums, Nik and Jennifer Lobendahn. Must-tries on the menu include kalua pig hash and a coconut shrimp burger. 418 Ku‘ulei Road, Kailua, O’ahu, 260.1732, $

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4. Kapa Bar & Grill
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Al fresco is on the menu at the Wailea Beach Marriot Resort and Spa’s main eatery. In fact, this poolside bistro offers spectacular views of the islands of Lana‘i and Moloka’i. After your eyes finally make their way to the menu, order the likes of Kula Farms kale salad, or the Thai coconut lemongrass red curry. 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Mau’i 879.1922, $$ 

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5. The Pint & Cork
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The Gastropub craze has finally arrived in Wailea with this new hot spot. In charge is Executive Chef Maka Kwon, whose kitchen turns out ‘ahi sandwiches, charred burgers and more. Equal attention has been given to design, which features a reclaimed redwood wall and a 40-foot soapstone bar replete with leather stools. The Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Mau’i, 727.2038 $$