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Pokémon trainers play and eat

August 31st, 2016

Lickitung, the Pokémon that got away.

Like everyone else addicted to the game Pokémon GO, I said it would never happen to me.

I started playing the game because my friends started playing it. They got on "just to see" because it had real world repercussions for their businesses as the augmented reality game flowed from mobile screen to the streets and business could potentially flow into whatever business was near a PokéStop.

It was all too easy to get addicted because I have a naturally competitive streak and everyone's goal is to capture all of the 149 Pokémon currently available. Some are harder to get than others and rarely show up.

I knew I was in trouble when I was at Mediterrano restaurant with friends and through the magic of the Go Radar app spotted Lickitung three blocks away. A friend and I leaped out of our seats and made a run for it, crossing King Street and Young streets in a mad dash to Beretania, trying not to become two more Pokémon fatalities.

The good thing is people can get a lot of exercise playing the game because Pokémon "trainers" need to walk to hatch eggs that may contain creatures otherwise hard to get. I've hatched a rare Lickitung and Chansey.

The game tells you to always be aware of your surroundings, but that night we didn't know we had a tail, a person who was following us and after we had caught our Pokémon in a parking lot, asked, "What did you get?"

My friend had captured Lickitung. Mine disappeared in a puff of smoke. I asked this man, "How did you know we were playing Pokémon?"

"Because you were moving with intent, with purpuse," he said, as he, too, added Lickitung to his Pokédex.

While playing the game, I've come across restaurants surrounded by four PokéStops, none accessible from the dining room. It's frustrating to be so close, yet so far. It made me wonder which restaurants had PokéStops for people like me, Poké opportunists who don't have time to chase after them, but will multitask where we are.

So, here's a list compiled with the help of Toby Tamaye and my newsroom colleague Jason Yadao, who's part of the effort to transfer points from the game developer Niantic's Ingress database to a statewide map of PokeThings. He says there are 1,500-plus PokéStops/Gyms on Oahu so far, with more being added daily.

Some people maybe burning out on the game after capturing all the characters but five more characters will be let loose soon, and more will be added next spring. It will pay to keep catching creatures available now that can be evolved further down the line.

Restaurateurs and players who want to share more places, can email me at and I’ll be able to add to this list.

Multiple PokéStops

Big Kahuna’s Pizza: Loaded pizzas at 550 Paiea St.

Blue Tree Cafe: Juice bar and small selection of light, health-oriented salads and sandwiches, at 1009 Kapiolani Boulevard.

Buca di Beppo: Bountiful family-style Italian at Ward Village Shops.

Chart House: Seafood restaurant and bar at 1765 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Dave and Busters: Restaurant and bar at Ward Village Shops.

Doraku Sushi: Contemporary Japanese at 1009 Kapiolani Boulevard.

Eating House 1849: Roy Yamaguchi’s modern spin on plantation heritage food at International Market Place.

Genki Sushi: Fast sushi at Ward Village Shops and Waikele Premium Outlets.

Giovanni Pastrami: at Waikiki Beach Walk.

Highway Inn: Hawaiian fare at 680 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Hank’s Haute Dogs: Gourmet hot dogs at 324 Coral St.

Hokkaido Ramen: Ramen and Japanese curry at 1108 12th Ave.

il Lupino: Italian fare at Royal Hawaiian Center.

JJ Dolan’s: Pizza and pub at 1147 Bethel St.

Kaiwa: Upscale Japanese fare at Waikiki Beach Walk.

Mai Tai Bar: Bar at Ho’okipa Terrace, Ala Moana Center

Morimoto: Contemporary Japenese fare and sushi at The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard.

Real a Gastropub: Fusion bar fare at 1020 Auahi St.

Ruby Tuesday: Family restaurant at 4470 Kapolei Parkway.

Shokudo: Contemporary Japanese fare and bar at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard.

Stripsteak: Modern steak house and raw bar at International Market Place.

More PokéStops

The Alley at Aiea Bowl
Bangkok Chef (Iwilei)
Bob’s Bar-B-Que
BLT Steak
Blaisdell Farmers Market
Dave’s Ice Cream/Grace’s Inn (Waimalu)
Fatboy’s/Ninja Sushi/Panda Express (Waipio Gentry)
Forty Niner Restaurant (Aiea)
Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
Liliha Bakery (original)
Maui Mike’s Fire-Roasted Chicken (Wahiawa)
McDonald’s (west Kapolei, across from Costco)
Palace Saimin
Rice Place (site of former Ah-lang, or Angry Korean Lady restaurant
Richie’s Drive Inn
Shiro’s (Waimalu)
Soon’s Kalbi
Sorabol (Keeaumoku)
Taco Bell (Waipio Gentry, Stadium Mall)
Tanaka Saimin
Zippy’s (Waipio Gentry)

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

You can be a Food Network star

August 12th, 2016


The Food Network is casting for the next season of "Guy's Grocery Games," open to both professionals and non-pro cooks.

Local firefighters are known for their kitchen as well as fire-fighting skills, and are among the specialty cooks being sought for the next season of Guy Fieri's "Guy's Grocery Games."

The Food Network is searching nationwide for outgoing, skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds to compete for the $20,000 prize. If you think you have the chops, or know someone who does, applications are being taken at

grocery games

All applicants must be 18 or older, and residents of the United States.

Producers are casting the following specialty episodes:

Burgers: Open to pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on burgers.
Bacon: Seeking pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on bacon.
Cheese: Pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on cheese.
All in the family: Seeking four family members who are or have been professional chefs/cooks, who will compete against each other.
Mothers Day/Father's Day: Looking for parent and son or daughter, and parent or adult child with some pro cooking experience.
Carnival games: For pro chefs and cooks with unique skills and perspective on carnival eats.
Superfans: Cooks/chefs who are epic fans of the show.
Firefighters: Amateur cooks with skills.
Police officers: Amateur cooks with skills.
Veterans: (Amateur Armed Forces cooks with skills.
Food truck chefs
Station chefs, Chef de Parties, line cooks: Representing from every part of a pro kitchen.

The deadline is Oct. 1 for the following episodes:
Burgers, Bacon, Cheese, Carnival Eats, Father's Day (Chef Father and his daughter or son, 18 or older), Superfan, Firefighters, Police, Veterans

Casting will continue through December for additional episodes that haven't been themed yet.

Pass on the word to anyone qualified.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Hawaii trending: Word from U.K.

March 25th, 2016

It's always fun to read about perceptions of Hawaii from abroad, and while Hawaii food is trending, I'm trying to share some outsiders' takes on our cuisine as I come across stories online.

Click here for a colorful, exuberant U.K. take on poke:

The opening line stood out: "Say aloha to this totally tropical fishy dishy," because it's something cutesy I would never ever write.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data. It confirms how vital the restaurant industry is to our economy.

I took note of the map above while reading a story about the pending job losses and societal change when driverless trucks goes mainstream. It's scary, it's coming and it is bad news for small towns across America. You can read the story here.

Hawaii trending: Bloomberg view

March 11th, 2016

Hawaii foodie

Now that Hawaii food is trending, I'm coming across so many of these articles that I'll try to share some of these links regularly to get to know what outside writers are saying about our food and restaurants.

Here's a link to a writeup from Tejal Rao for Bloomberg Business:

The article talks about downtown Honolulu as Ground Zero of a restaurant boom, then instead of talking about the downtown scene, proceeds to send potential visitors all over the island for bites at Koko Head Cafe for breakfast, Kaimuki Superette for lunch, Honolulu Beer Works for afternoon drinks, The Pig & the Lady for a comforting supper, the Halekulani's House Without a Key for evening cocktails, MW for a date-night dinner, and Lucky Belly for a midnight snack.

Hawaii chefs need votes for Food & Wine honor

March 25th, 2014

Food & Wine magazine is inviting the public to help discover The People’s Best New Chef. The award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs award, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.

The field of 100 nominees for the award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. Restaurant devotees can cast their votes on through 11 a.m. March 31.

Nominees from the Northwest/Pacific region include Hawaii’s Chris Kajioka (The Vintage Cave, Ala Moana Center), Kevin Lee (Prima, Kailua), and Sheldon Simeon (Migrant, Kihei).

The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef, to be revealed online on April 2. The winner will also be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs. (Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award are also eligible for the Best New Chef award.)

To learn more about the 100 nominated chefs, visit

Meet the chefs:




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