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Hawaii report--Oahu


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Hawaii report--Oahu

Ann Fisher | Dec 1, 2004 07:05 AM

With thanks for all the help I got here and regrets that I couldn't take all the good advice.

Hits: Matsumoto Shave Ice (now there’s a surprise). I had the Hawaiian Special of pineapple, coconut, and banana. I loved it at the time even though I’ve always hated snow cones. Great atmosphere –a feeling of a rural Hawaii of surfers and pineapple groves. I loved it even more once I saw how much shave ice cost in other more-touristy places. (At Matsumoto it’s $1 for a small regardless of how many flavors you want on it–and I can’t imagine what a large would be given the size of the small–plus 50 cents each for adzuki beans and ice cream. At the aquarium in Maui, it’s $4–plus 50 cents for each additional flavor–no offer of beans or ice cream).

66-087 Kamehameha Hwy.
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
(On Oahu's North Shore)

Aloha Sushi: above a Subway shop at the west end of Waikiki. Hand rolls for 99 cents to $1.79 each. Done on the spot after you order. Fresh and tasty. They ask “mayonnaise ok?” before they slap it on, and since this is Hawaii, and everything’s served with mayonnaise, say yes. Four were more than the two of us could eat.
Don’t forget to ask for wasabi and ginger.

Aloha Sushi
1778 Ala Moana Blvd (and other locations)
Nice review at

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck:
Ahh yes. One of the advantages of an off-season trip is the short lines at Matsumoto and Giovanni’s. Great shrimp. Fun experience even, or especially, in the rain. Half pound of shrimp plus two scoops of rice for $11, also available by the quarter pound for $6. Almost as generous with the garlic as with the shrimp. Tons and tons of it.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Can’t miss it–the white truck right by the highway with all the writing on it
Kahuka (north shore).

Petite Garlic: Went on the strength of the New York Times article just two months ago saying that bouillabaisse lovers were flocking to it. I don’t know that I’d call it bouillabaisse, given that it included no fish (just shrimp and scallops) and essentially no broth. And no garlicky crouton. The tasty sauce and the mound of rice in the center weren’t enough to compensate. They were out of another of their specialities, fried garlic, which struck me as a little odd since we were the first diners of the evening. Largely Japanese clientele in a nice room with modest portions and modest enough prices.
2238 Lauula Street,

Hale Vietnamese: I think we just didn’t order the right stuff. All around us people were slurping up pho with heavenly smiles on their faces but for some reason I ordered a curry and it was just so-so. Nice to be in a real neighborhood though, and if I lived there I’d give it another try.

1140 12th Avenue

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