Featured on the Food Network, Da Pokeman Fish Market dishes out a menu of Hawaiian flavors from recipes passed through generations for more than 70 years. Succulent cubes of ahi tuna dive into tangy shoyu soy sauce or limu algae in the quarter-pound bowls of poke ($9.95–$11.95). The Squid Luau plate snugly bundles two bales of rice beside poi and lomi ($7.95), and the Hawaiian Combo plate's exclusive guest list includes laulau, kalua pig, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, rice, and poi ($9.45). Ordering à la carte, diners can pair a helping of kalua pig ($6.95/lb.) with a side of pickled ogo ($6.95/lb.). Patrons can get carryout to enjoy meals in an oversize aquarium castle.
Umeke Market combines a deli teeming with toothsome reinterpretations of local dishes with a natural market supplying organic greens, health supplements, and eco-friendly household items. Championing locally sourced ingredients with their menu of eats, deli masters hoist Mother Earth's fist in the air as they dispense dishes such as the Umeke market burger, which blankets local grass-fed beef, all-natural turkey, buffalo, or portabella mushroom in accoutrements including maui onion, sprouts, and organic ketchup ($8.95). Alternatively, smoothie selections such as the kale blend namesake leaves, banana, and honey into waves of quaffable nourishment ($3.95). The grocery lines shelves with organic greens, natural foods, and premium supplements that may boost energy, alleviate stress, and activate latent telekinetic powers.
Ilikai Bar & Grill's executive chef, Mitchell Uyeno, has assembled a menu of upscale American favorites imbued with Asian and Hawaiian tastes. Grab a hold of the fluctuating flavors in steamed Asian mahimahi ($16), caught fresh from Ilikai’s freshwater backyard pond, or Cajun jerk chicken ($14), which is served with mango papaya salsa. An 8 or 12 oz. USDA choice cut filet mignon ($33-$39) top out the grill menu, which also includes a rack of lamb ($43) and a game hen with guava glaze and fruit salsa ($26). Colossal prawns with a rich cream sauce on a bed of linguini ($28) continually defeat catch of the day fish in the battle for seafood menu dominance. On Fridays, stop by for the Hula show and fireworks, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Since 1995, Samurai Inc has been dreaming up island-themed treats from Kona-coffee-flavored Hawaiian Frosts to red and white li hing mui. Their popcorn flavors include a Moana sweet-and-salty blend that pays homage to Hawaiian beaches with two colors: teal blue to represent the salty waters and yellow to represent sweet sand. They also sell popcorn by the bulk for events and giants who like to watch movies. At their shop, people line up to order freshly twirled soft-serve from the window.
Recognized by the Pacific Business News as "the only known all-vegetarian natural foods store in Hawaii," Down to Earth serves the island communities with all-vegetarian, organic and natural products. Down to Earth also earned the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's award as the best health food store. Browse Down to Earth’s overflowing cornucopia of fresh-from-the-ground brands including Alvarado St. Bakery's multigrain bread ($5.09) and italian sausage from Turtle Island Foods ($5.49) whose pork flavor masquerades in a Tofurky overcoat and a Richard Nixon mask. Down to Earth also houses a vegetarian deli designed to satiate hand-held hunger pangs. Nosh on the Reuben ($7.99), with its savory mélange of vegetarian salami and swiss cheese, or the indonesian wrap ($7.99), which snuggles together marinated tofu with mung sprouts and peanut sauce in a whole-wheat sleeping bag. Refreshing ice cream shakes ($4.99 for 16 oz.) and all-fruit smoothies ($4.99 for 16 oz.) stand by to extinguish the flames of a powerful thirst or a pet dragon's hiccups.
Staff members at Green Snow carefully shave blocks of ice into very fine pieces before infusing the desserts with flavors. Local specialties include guava, lychee, and lilikoi––a juicy passionfruit. They also use the icy medium to duplicate other drinks such as root beer. The staffers then top off frosty concoctions with sweetened condensed milk, azuki beans, or li hing plum powder.