August 31st, 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be able to add to this list.
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.
The Alley at Aiea Bowl
Bangkok Chef (Iwilei)
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)
Rice Place (site of former Ah-lang, or Angry Korean Lady restaurant
Richie’s Drive Inn
Taco Bell (Waipio Gentry, Stadium Mall)
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 email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.