Thanks for the suggestions so far in my other thread and for all the other informative posts. I've been researching for months now and drooling in anticipation!
To recap: Boyfriend and I are both grad students so even though we're both pretty big foodies, we can't afford to hit all the biggies (La Mer/Alan Wong/Mavro/etc)! We are staying in Kailua and will have a rental car.
I'm looking for some suggestions for awesome food near where we'll be seeing the sights. If there are awesome food trucks (I've been reading a lot of posts on Camille's) nearby, we'd totally be up for that as well. If we can eat great food at happy hour prices, we certainly wouldn't object to that either! Oh yeah, we'll eat almost everything under the sun (blood cakes, stinky tofu, raw squid,…). :)
Want to eat/love:
sushi/sashimi (especially butterfish which I've never found in Chicago)
izakaya (loved the izakaya scene in Vancouver…)
shave ice (but probably not willing to go way way out of our way for it)
Avoiding unless it's on the level of "top 10 in the USA" because we can get it in Chicago/elsewhere:
Classic French bistro/brasserie
Dinner: Formaggio (happy hour) or Haleiwa Joe's in Kaneohe
Breakfast: Malasadas from Agnes' in Kailua
Morning: Lyon Arboretum & Manoa Falls Hike
Late Lunch: Helena's Hawaiian Food?
Afternoon: Get groceries somewhere (breakfast supplies, poke, food for picnic lunches)
Dinner: Probably cooking something awesome?
Wednesday: Beach/snorkeling/kayaking day
Lunch: ?? something casual near Hanauma Bay, on the way between Hanauma Bay and Kailua, or just picnic lunch
Dinner: Hiroshi's Eurasian Tapas (50% off happy hour)?
Thursday: Pearl Harbor/USS Missouri/Aviation Museum all day
Lunch: ?? picnic/sandwiches/buy in Pearl Harbor/other ideas
Snack: Shave Ice at Ice Gardens in Aiea
Dinner: Kailua Thursday Night farmer's market
Friday: Various activities near Waikiki and Ala Moana area
Lunch: Ah-Lang Korean (Angry Korean Lady -- is it all hype or is it totally worth it?)
Dinner: ?? Yanagi Sushi? Doraku for the happy hour?
Saturday: Touring sights in downtown Honolulu
Breakfast: KCC Farmer's Market
Lunch: Chinatown? Vietnamese?
Dinner: Current candidates are Town and 3660 on the Rise
Hiroshi's Eurasian Tapa's
500 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI
Aiea Shopping Ctr, Aiea, HI 96701
762 Kapiolani Blvd Lowr 1, Honolulu, HI 96813
Helena's Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817