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Moku Kitchen comes to Kakaako

Kakaako’s thriving culinary scene just got a whole lot tastier with the opening of Moku Kitchen at SALT at Our Kakaako. Developed by the same team that created the popular Monkeypod Kitchen hotspots in Ko Olina and Wailea, Moku Kitchen fuses Hawaii’s rich farming and ranching heritage with Honolulu’s urban lifestyle.

Named after the Hawaiian word for island, “Moku” promises an authentic taste of Hawaii and sources ingredients from local farmers as far as upcountry and all the way down to the ocean shores. Sure to become a Kakaako staple, the restaurant features a keawe wood burning pizza oven, an expo rotisserie roaster, a variety of sustainable wines and 36 craft beers on tap. Fun fact: it’s also home to one of the first keg wine systems in the state of Hawaii!

One glance at the menu and you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t want to try. My personal favorites are the waipoli farm mixed greens, the szechuan stir-fry green beans with mac nuts, the bulgogi tacos, and the hamakua wild mushroom pizza. For dessert, the banana cream pie will be the perfect ending to memorable meal.

Moku Kitchen is open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and happy hour is served daily from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For more information and to view the full menu, visit
Moku Menu


Moku Menu

Moku Menu

Moku Menu

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Piggy Smalls: The Pig & The Lady is coming to Kakaako

The Pig & the Lady, an award winning restaurant located near downtown Honolulu will open a new restaurant at Ward Centre later this year. The restaurant, named Piggy Smalls, will offer contemporary Vietnamese eats and treats next to Agu Ramen at Ward Centre along Auahi Street.

Photo by @rick_poon

Photo by @rick_poon

The menu will be an extension of the Pig & the Lady brand and will showcase a breakfast menu, which will be served until dinner time, including a rotating selection of pastries, toast menu featuring house-made breads, and a jam program featuring toppings such as kaya, a coconut custard egg jam. The Vietnamese-inspired fare will be offered in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor seating, including both sit-down and take-out options. The 1,600-square-foot restaurant, which is slated to open in the fall of 2016, will be open for lunch and dinner daily and will employ about 30 employees.

As the Ward Village neighborhood continues to grow, more and more established restaurants will want to move to the area. There is a real opportunity for growth in the community from a business standpoint, with so many potential consumers within walking distance. Of course The Pig & The Lady has been in Kakaako before, every Wednesday they have a small pop-up at the Farmer’s Market located the Blaisdell.

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Foodland Farms: More Grocery Options for Kakaako Residents

Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center opens today providing another grocery store option for the Kakaako neighborhood. The locally owned and operated grocery store was one of the original tenants at Ala Moana Center when the mall first opened. They closed there doors a few years ago, and with the new Ewa Wing being recently completed, it provided them an opportunity to come back to the center.

The new Foodland Farms is far more than just your ordinary grocery store, the new concept will bring many prepared food options like: Made to order grilled steak, thin-crust pizza, shaved ice, a donut machine, fresh pressed juices, and much more. At the old Foodland location, many employees that work in the mall would buy their lunch from the grocery store, and with the new concept, it gives everyone a lot more options.

Parking was an issue with the old location, especially if you just wanted to stop in to grab something quick. With the new location, across the way from the new Shirokiya and adjacent to Piikoi street, there is a bunch of 15 minute parking fronting the store. So you’ll never have to wait long for a spot.

I think bringing Foodland back to the mall was a really great idea, and changing the concept created a new shopping experience. A miniature version of this would be perfect of the westside of Kakaako next to the Civic Rail Station and Keauhou Place!

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Kakaako Farmer’s Market

Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity filled with beautiful fruits and veggies, delicious treats, and fun lively music? The Kakaako Farmers Market brings delicious fresh ingredients to one of Honolulu’s hippest neighborhoods.

Located in Ward Warehouse the Kakaako Farmers Market offers a great balance of fruits, vegetables, and food products. Let the smell of delicious fresh food and great live music lure you in while the friendly vendors show you what they have to offer.


Some vendors include MAO Organic Farms from Waianae, featuring bags of leafy greens, radishes, and other freshly harvested Hawaiian produce. Feeling like a bite to eat? Stop by Pacifico Pizza for a wood fired pizza, you can really taste the fresh ingredients and love that go into these pizzas.

Have a sweet tooth? Check out Baker Dudes for Sweet Bread, Scones, or my favorite, their Danishes. They also offer fresh baked savory Breads and a wide variety of Biscotti.

Looking for something to sip on while you shop? Stop by JugoLife and try one of their refreshing cold pressed juices with flavors like Watermelon, Pineapple, Strawberry, Fennel, and Lemon your thirst will be quenched and your tastebuds will thank you.



These are just some of the amazing and delicious things you can find at the Kakaako Farmer’s Market they also offer kombucha, fresh flowers, fish, coffee, Thai food, and much more. Even if you stay just to hear the fun live music with friendly faces all around, you wont leave disappointed.

So if you’re looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out the Kakaako Farmer’s Market!

Saturdays 8am-12pm at Ward Warehouse

Check out special event they might be holding at their Website and their Yelp page for reviews and suggestions!

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Inside Arvo: Kakaako’s hippest coffee shop

 Afternoon Mates! or rather, Arvo Mates!

Arvo Kakaako

Nestled in Kaka’ako, you will find a quaint and homey café that is sure to satisfy your coffee and toast cravings. Started by sisters Casey Wiggins and Dixie Rose, and Dixie’s husband Mason Rose, Arvo is an Australian inspired café focusing on coffee and Aussie-style food.

Arvo offers reasonably priced options from simple Vegemite Toast to their Loaded Avocado Toast — anything you order is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.

What is the difference between a Flat White and Latte? Well, they are basically the same thing. A Flat White, originating from the land down under, has more microfoam and less volume than a Latte. Flat Whites are wonderful but Arvo makes both so, if you like more foam then feel free to order a Latte.

Arvo Kakaako

The Loaded Avocado Toast was suggested by one of the Baristas; Rye Bread loaded with Avocado Spread, Rocket (Arugula), Feta Cheese, and Tomato with a lemon on the side. It did not disappoint, delicious and healthy for breakfast or lunch!

The Matcha Pudding — filled with Matcha Chia Seeds, Matcha Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, and Kiwis. This will satisfy any sweet tooth and will definitely fill you up! Fun Fact: You can eat the flower too!

My personal favorite — Smoked Salmon Toast; Fennel Rye topped with Cream Cheese, Spinach, Smoked Salmon, Capers, Red Onions, and Lemon. Arvo’s fancy play on Bagels and Lox is a fresh and delicious lunch time snack.


So, if you’re down in the Kaka’ako neighborhood looking for a quick bite to eat or having a hankering for coffee, stop by Arvo. They are open Monday – Friday 7:30 – 3:00 and Weekends 8:30 – 2:00 — located at 675 Auahi Street inside Paiko.

Arvo Kakaako

Visit their Yelp page for more reviews and photos

Enjoy Mates!


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Ward Village today announced that its June edition of Courtyard Brunch will serve as a Make-A-Wish® Hawaii takeover called “Waffles for Wishes” on Sunday, June 28. The event, presented by Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Young Leaders Board in partnership with Ward Village, will serve as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, featuring a delectable spread of local chefs, themed cocktails and live entertainment by DJ Anit.

“Today, there are about 400 wish kids and their families actively planning their wishes for the summer of 2015,” said Siana Austin Hunt, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “This new event is a fun way to come together as a community while supporting our busiest wish-granting season – when keiki are out of school and ready to embark on their wishes.”

As part of this month’s Courtyard Brunch takeover, tickets (for this edition of Courtyard Brunch only) will be offered at $85 per person, with admission covering unlimited food and drink. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will go directly back to Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s wish-granting efforts.

Participating vendors include Koko Head Café, Morimoto WaikikiMW Restaurant, The Pig & The Lady, Whole Foods Market and Kope Coffee Catering Company. Brunch cocktails will be served by Organic Ocean Vodka, Market Advantage and Starbucks. Tickets can be reserved online at

“Each month, our Courtyard Brunch event offers a fun, social weekend activity set in our beautiful, contemporary Ward Village Information Center Courtyard,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Director of Community & Retail Marketing for Ward Village. “At this special edition of Courtyard Brunch, guests will have a chance to enjoy great food and company while raising funds and awareness for Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s inspiring work in our community.”

Waffles for Wishes, to be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, will serve as the official launch for Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s newly-formed Young Leaders Board, comprised of a diverse group of professionals under 45. This event will be one of two new signature annual networking events spearheaded by the 22-member board, whose goal is twofold: to support the Make-A-Wish mission while also fostering a new space where Hawaii’s young professionals can experience firsthand the essential role that non-profits play in our community.

To support the latter part of the board’s goal, the Young Leaders will introduce “Heroes for Hope” at the June 28 event. Heroes for Hope is a new philanthropic society designed for the busy working professional looking to pair their for-profit experience with the Make-A-Wish mission.

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Juice Up at Instapressed


Owner Kevin Ko and Eve

Kakaako is filled to the brim with shops and restaurants you’ve been meaning to try out. But after getting caught up in the daily grind and with so many to choose from, sometimes you miss a few gems along the way. We get it, and we’re here to help.

Today we’re putting the spotlight on locally owned juicery Instapressed, known for its fresh, raw, cold-pressed (and delicious) juices. Fresh pressed juice is having a major moment across the globe, but what makes this juice stop different from the rest is its focus on fresh local ingredients.

What’s more, Instapressed offers a three-day cleanse to detox your body and restore vitality the natural and safe way. As someone who has successfully completed a juice cleanse myself, I can tell you that it’s nothing short of life-changing.

What’s on the menu? You can choose from eight different juices, including my personal favorites Green Aloha, Sunshine, and Fruitburst. One thing’s for sure — this juice craze is here to stay.

For a menu, pricing and store hours, visit or stop by the Kakaako store at 856 Ilaniwai St.


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Monthly Courtyard Brunch to Launch at Ward Village

Calling all foodies! Ward Village today announced a brand new recurring community event centered around everyone’s favorite meal — brunch. The kickoff will take place on Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). The monthly event will feature farm to table ingredients paired with local chefs and farmers, as well as live entertainment.

“Courtyard Brunch offers a modern twist on the classic Sunday morning fare, providing a taste of creative brunch concepts from some of the most talented chefs in town,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Director of Community and Retail Marketing for Ward Village. “We’re excited to add Courtyard Brunch to our growing line-up of community events at Ward Village, where we strive to provide a thriving, integrated gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy in the heart of Honolulu.”

The first Courtyard Brunch event on April 12 will showcase the theme, “Women Working for Ward” with a line-up of local female chefs and farmers, including dessert chef extraordinaire Michelle Karr-Ueoka from MW Restaurant,  Pastry Chef Jayme Vaniew from Morimoto Waikiki, Co-owners Jill Nordby and Jamie Sexton of Holoholo General Store, Chef Gida Snyder from Naked Cow Dairy, and much more. The event will also feature live entertainment from DJ Anit.

“We are thrilled to be part of the first ever Ward Village Courtyard Brunch and look forward to sharing seasonal recipes that highlight our fantastic local farms and suppliers,” said Claire Sullivan, Hawai`i coordinator, Purchasing and Public Affairs for Whole Foods Market. “This community event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce ourselves to the neighborhood of Ward Village, the future home of our flagship Whole Foods Market in the state of Hawai’i.”

Courtyard Brunch will take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). Tickets are $20 per person, with all proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations via the Ward Village Foundation. Tickets include access to a mouthwatering array of brunch eateries who will offer customer favorites alongside themed dishes, as well as contemporary breakfast cocktails. Guests will also have an opportunity to shop from a selection of market stands offering fresh produce, meats and cheeses from local farms. Tickets can be reserved online at

Whole Foods Market plans to open a 50,000 square-foot flagship Whole Foods Market at Ward Village at the ewa-makai corner of Queen Street and Kamake’e Street as part of a mixed use development. The store will be the company’s largest location in Hawai’i and the fourth Whole Foods Market in the Islands. The company opened its first store in Hawai`i in Kāhala in 2008 and has been committed to buying, sourcing and supporting locally grown and made products since then. In 2014 alone, over $6 million was spent on purchases from Hawaiian agricultural operations, including farms, dairies, apiaries and ranches.

Ward Village hosts several free community events throughout the year, including the Ward Village Courtyard Cinema monthly film series, the Art + Flea urban market, the Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market each Saturday, and more. For more information, visit


The Final Melt at Taste Table

IMG_6993Follow Taste Table on Instagram (@tastetable) and you’ll discover a new cuisine every day of the week. Thai, Peruvian, Mexican, Italian, and even a twist on the good ‘ol American Burger- you name it- Taste Table has had it. Not to mention, they recently featured the infamous Ramen Burger. Only 700 available and not surprisingly, the line wrapped around the block…..and then some!

Taste has been open for a little over a year now. I’ve visited a multitude of times, and have always been impressed. Every day, they feature local chefs and “artists” alike to cook up some of their specialties. It really gives those first-timers a chance to showcase their talent. And what’s not to like about supporting local?

As often as I can, I’ll make my trek down to Taste. This time I had the chance of eating some of Melt’s delicious sandwiches! I first tried Melt when they had just opened their food truck. Specializing in Grilled Cheese sandwiches, I knew this was a must-try for me. After being wowed that day, I lost touch with the truck and never saw them again until Taste! I’d say it’s been a couple years!

So when I went to see Melt at Taste around 1030am, I did what anyone would do after missing something for so long- I ordered the whole menu! Well, almost……I ordered 3 out of the 4 grilled cheese sandwiches and skipped the Tomato Soup.

Verdict? Yep, the taste was everything I remembered. The Melto Cristo was something new to me, though. Essentially it was a ham and cheese sandwich, but get this- it was then battered and fried to perfection and topped with berry jam! Mind. Blown. I tasted that first, however tried not to get ahead of myself by eating the fried sandwich in entirety. Still had to have some stomach room left for “The Meatball” and “The Triple Melt.” The Meatball was not your typical meatball sand. Local Kulana beef meatballs were so utterly moist and encased in bread soaked by tomato gravy and cheese sauce, and then sprinkled with light and crunchy pepperoni chips, my favorite part!

And of course, I always save the best for the last. The Triple Melt, and the most simple of all of Melt’s sands, was my favorite. Just Mozzarella, Gouda, and white Cheddar- it was effortless in creation, but out-of-this-world awesome in flavor. The bread was grilled just right- buttery, crispy and flaky with a melty, gooey, cheesy interior and some more cheese oozing out the sides. Grilled Cheese heaven right here!!!

Grilled Cheese mission, complete. Taste buds happy. Carbo loaded. Tummy, full.

I’m sure many of your mouths are watering and you’re ready to sprint over to Taste Table, however, Taste has closed down. This was my last bite of Taste, though, I will keep you posted on more exciting things to come!

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A last quote from Owner and Chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi: “Food is most natural when born out of necessity.”

For more of The Fashionably-Forward Foodie, go to and discover a world of food you never knew existed!

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REAL Beer Festival coming to Kaka’ako

beerfest_finalWard Centers is excited to showcase REAL a gastropub’s stellar reputation for high quality, beer-centric food, while providing the finest selection of craft beers from around the world in the open-air atmosphere of Ward Centers.

Spend your morning shopping at the many stores located in Ward Centers, then head over to the parking lot fronting Consolidated Theaters Ward Stadium 16 for a fun-filled afternoon of live entertainment and unlimited samplings of beer-centric food dishes, from 15 premier restaurants:

Interior REALAdvanced tickets are available now and can be purchased online at at $60 each plus a processing fee. Guests will receive full access to the event, as well as a commemorative event beer mug and eight 4-ounce brew tasting coupons.

Additionally, proceeds from this event will benefit the Blue Planet Foundation, which is committed to ending the use of fossil fuel on earth, starting with Hawai’i.