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Top Choice Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Kehau’s Kitchen

One of several eating choices in an architecturally troubled strip mall, the plate lunches at this simple storefront are superb. Kalua pork, lomilomi salmon (minced, salted salmon, diced tomato and green onion) and …
Top Choice Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Alley Restaurant Bar & Grill

A bowling-alley-attached restaurant seems an unlikely place to get great food, but that’s what makes it so fun. You can dig into a scrumptious furikake ahi sandwich with supercrispy fries, or Asian braised pork with…
Top Choice Diner in ʻAiea

Anna Miller’s

Many fans consider the 30-minute drive to this coffee shop from Waikiki to be an essential part of their holiday. Classic diner fare is served by waitresses right out of central casting in surroundings that have an …
Park in ʻAiea

Keaʻiwa Heiau State Recreation Area

In the mountains north of Pearl Harbor, this state park protects Keaʻiwa Heiau, an ancient hoʻola (healing or medicinal) temple. Today people wishing to be cured may still place offerings here. The 4ft-high terraces…
Asian in ʻAiea

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory

Fans of this mini-chain line up for manapua (Hawaii version of Chinese-style steamed or baked buns) stuffed with anything from char siu (Chinese barbecued park) or guava BBQ pork to purple sweet potatoes. Ginormous …
Market in ʻAiea

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace

Aloha Stadium’s parking lot contains the island’s biggest flea market (over 400 vendors). Don’t expect to find any antiques or vintage goods, but there are endless stalls of cheap island-style souvenirs (many handma…
Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors

The sign may read Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors, but what you're really here for is the huge selection of tasty poke, claimed by many to be the best on the island. It's strictly takeout, so pick some up on the wa…
Sushi in ʻAiea

Sushi Spot

Ignore the typical ‘Aiea strip-mall setting for what's inside: great custom hand-rolls (over 40 choices) and sushi that are impeccably fresh and well prepared. Great bowls, shrimp tempura and more.
Hawaiian in ʻAiea


For many late-night denizens, the teri meatballs (flavored with teriyaki) at this literal hole-in-the-wall are an essential part of a night out carousing. The menu changes daily – check the whiteboard – but it usual…
Diner in ʻAiea

Forty Niner Restaurant

Don't judge a book by its cover. This little 1940s diner may look abandoned, but its old-fashioned saimin (local-style noodle soup) is made with a secret-recipe broth. The garlic chicken and hamburgers are also good…