Going to Aulani -- Let's list places to eat

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  1. stitch'sgirl

    stitch'sgirl Mouseketeer

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    Agree as well! The Starlit Hui is beautiful and so much more intimate.

    As far as best food value goes, I have to agree with Costco. Large pizza for $10, eat some there and have enough left over to throw in your fridge for snacks later after swimming. We did it a couple of times!
     
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  3. dbenlee

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    We did the Deluxe luau at Paradise Cove in June of this year. We really enjoyed the whole experience. The food is served to you at the table instead of going through the buffet line. Also, like you see on the website, the menu is a little different. They bring seconds if of anything if you request. You can also order drinks from the table and they will bring them to you. You can also use your tickets at the bar area as you walk around the grounds before the luau starts. Being a literal 2 minute walk from the front of Aulani to the entrance of the luau was a huge plus also.

    As I mentioned earlier, we really enjoyed the luau and the deluxe package. You will read differing reviews, but for the most part I think most people like this luau.
     
  4. aclov

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    I didn't see anyone mention Germaine's Luau - is it a NO or just too far?
     
  5. Dean

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    Mediocre.
     
  6. oh_coconuts

    oh_coconuts Earning My Ears

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    Make sure you hit the Rainbow Drive-in of you have a car. It was featured on diners, drive-ins, and Dives. It was awesome. My DW was not sure about it but loved the food and could not stop eating mine.
     
  7. oh_coconuts

    oh_coconuts Earning My Ears

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    Saw some one mention Ted's on the North Shore and Leonard's bakery. I want I go back!
     
  8. dsneygirl

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    Be warned this place can be a zoo! The day we were there it was PACKED and loud. I thought the food was ok noting memorable compared to other "plate lunches" we have had.


    Yes to Ted's a hidden gem!
     
  9. Silly Little Pixie

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    Tell me about Ted's!
     
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  11. aymekae

    aymekae Ayme of the Southern Isles

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    Wow, I saw that I posted almost a year ago on this board. Glad we didn't end up at only chain restaurants like we planned! Below is a short summary of my likes/dislikes:

    Likes
    • Koa Pancake House
    • Zippy's
    • Ko Olina BBQ
    • Forty Niner Restaurant (the locals thought we were locals at first and couldn't believe TOURISTS had found their beloved little place)
    • Island X Hawaii (North Shore coffee and chocolate store that also offers natural flavored shave ice that was to die for. Even though I knew what I was ordering, I was still in shock that the strawberry and coconut tasted REAL. Some of their natural flavors are from ingredients grown on Oahu.)
    • Auntie Pasto's
    • One Paddle Two Paddle
    • Off the Hook
    • Papalua Shave Ice

    Dislikes
    • Makahiki (breakfast buffet was so disappointing it made me sick how much it cost for the two of us and lunch was the same; service was so-so both times; most of the breakfast items were cold or lukewarm, and this was at 7:30)
    • Boston Style Pizza (couldn't eat more than a few bites of my slice that had spinach on it; tasted like it had been sitting for hours, and even though they reheated it, it was so gross; DH liked his pepperoni well enough)
     
  12. Silly Little Pixie

    Silly Little Pixie <font color=blue>My name is Inigo Montoya. You kil

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    Ayme, where is the Forty Niner restaurant?
    And thanks for the heads up about Makahiki. It's soooo expensive for the 4 of us- if it's not great, then we can skip it.
     
  13. bfosbenner

    bfosbenner Cherishing each visit

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    In Haleiwa on the North Shore try the Grass Skirt Grill!

    Paradise cove was dissapointing, we even went last Valentines Day. I heard the Cultural center was better.

    Try the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, The Pink Hotel. Waikiki. We ate at the outside lounge up against the beach! Nice atmosphere, less cost than the main rest.

    Leonards!

    Mosumoto's shave ice!

    Ama Ama!
     
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  15. eva

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    Thanks so much! I think between the Paradise Cove luau and the Starlite Hui, we will be good to go. From a number of reviews, it appears it is worth doing the deluxe luau too. So I am going to reserve that before we go.
     
  16. floribr1

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    Great thread! I only wish I had found it before our trip to Aulani in August/September... :rolleyes1

    We also did the Delux package at Paradise Cove luau, and liked it well enough. They offer two different delux packages: one where you sit right in front of the stage (less expensive) and another where you sit under covered seating at the back of the viewing area (more expensive). We opted for the more expensive, rear seating. It was nice not to have to push/shove with the throngs of people in the buffet line, and to be able to order your drinks from the waiter. Was it fine dining? No, but the overall experience was fun and that is what you are paying for.

    You have to understand, there is always going to be a certain "cheese factor" at any luau. These luaus cater primarily to the tourists who want to enjoy what the media represents to us as an "authentic Hawaiian experience," and that is what they try to deliver, coconut bras, grass skirts and all. As long as you are prepared for that, you will be fine. My first luau experience was at the Spirit of Aloha show at the Polynesian resort at WDW. I was really looking forward to that show, and ended up disappointed. So after that, my expectations were not quite as lofty for the Paradise Cove luau, and I ended up genuinely enjoying it. If I go back to Hawaii with others who have never experienced a luau, I would probably go back to Paradise Cove. But if it's just me -- I feel that I have now "been there, done that" and don't need to repeat.

    Have fun -- I bet you will really like it. :thumbsup2
     
  17. aymekae

    aymekae Ayme of the Southern Isles

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    It's not near Aulani, closer to Pearl Harbor and on the way to the airport. The address is 98-110 Honomanu St., Aiea, HI 96701. We ate there on our way up to the North Shore and on the day we flew home. I had banana & macadamia nut pancakes with haupia sauce the first time, and a fried rice omelet with Portuguese sausage the next time.

    Yeah, I know we were in Hawaii at a "resort" and should just be expected to cough up $30+ for breakfast. But when you can go to Koa or Forty Niner and pay $5-10 and be completely satisfied, I mean, why not. It's a bit of a drive, but we enjoyed seeing more of the island anyway.
     
  18. msbatchelor5

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    In the shopping center where the Target is there's a place called Aloha Salads. It's a sandwich/salad place but its all locally grown produce, bread, etc. it was really yummy plus I liked supporting the local business. As vegans we are there once a day. Ha! Their champagne Italian dressing is yummy!!

    Also. Same shopping center is a Genki Sushi. Was super popular but went a little early the next night and had a yummy meal.

    The Grass Skirt Grille on the North Shore looked and sounded fantastic. Wish we'd eaten there.

    I do NOT however recommend Kapolei Chinese Resturant.
     
  19. oh_coconuts

    oh_coconuts Earning My Ears

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    Lulu's in Waikiki was great for lunch. Kona Brewery has excellent food. The pink hotel in Waikiki has a coffee shop on the first floor that sells Dole Whip! Thought I could only get that at MK and the Poly.
     
  20. bfosbenner

    bfosbenner Cherishing each visit

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    The Dole Plantation has Dole Whips also!
    Just walk in the Gift Shop on your way to the North Shore
     
  21. runmommyrun

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    Heading to Aulani for first HI trip in June. A friend told me tonight that Duke's was by far the best food and atmosphere of their trip. Throwing a wrench into this thread, son recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Anywhere in particular that may accommodate that? I've become spoiled with Disney properties/restaurants because they do such a great job at making adjustments to food for celiac kids. But we have one child with a food issue and the rest of us want to try whatever we can! (That sounds horrible... we ALL want to enjoy local cuisine... just not suffer for it!).
     

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