November 27, 2022


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The place Are They Now? Eating places from Ke‘eaumoku Road

The place Are They Now? Eating places from Ke‘eaumoku Road

Nine months after a block of eating places, bars and different companies alongside Ke‘eaumoku Road closed to make means for brand new condos, at the very least seven eateries have reopened. The most recent amongst them is Ireh Restaurant at Azure, which, like a number of others, stays in the identical neighborhood. Others have scattered across the island—and that’s nonetheless a part of the upside: They’ve resurrected, with largely the identical menus that made them Koreamoku mainstays. We’re watching others working to reopen in coming months, so keep tuned.


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Asahi Grill

Asahi Grill Ke‘eaumoku, affiliated with Kapi‘olani Espresso Store in Waimalu and never with Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue (although all three are identified for his or her oxtail soup) reopened in Might in a standalone spot on the entrance of Kaimukī. The menu nonetheless spans eclectic native favorites from kalbi fried rice to hamburger steak, curry with tempura, hen papaya soup, and that well-known oxtail soup.

3008 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 744-9067,, @asahi_grill_keeaumoku



Ireh Restaurant at Azure

The place Are They Now? Eating places from Ke‘eaumoku Road

Picture: Mari Taketa

The comfy, homey eatery identified for its Korean consolation meals debuted its new location on the bottom flooring of the Azure Ala Moana apartment constructing final week. You’ll be able to nonetheless discover spicy tteokbokki, wholesome noodles and umpteen sorts of jook (assume abalone, mushroom, beef and mushroom, black sesame and the favored, deeply inexperienced seafood chlorella) on the expanded menu, which incorporates new hen dishes and much more jook. Parking is free on the third flooring of the constructing; enter from Ke‘eaumoku Road, no validation required.

629 Ke‘eaumoku St., @ireh_at_azure


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New Hyung Je (previously Don e Don)

New Hyung Je Restaurant Thomas Obungen

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After a months-long closure, Koreamoku’s Don e Don reopened as a brand new iteration within the house previously generally known as Hyung Jae or, informally, Brothers. New Hyung Je is the end result, with tabletop grills and a menu of not simply Korean barbecue requirements, however Don e Don specialties at lunch as nicely. These embody pork neck bone soup with perilla leaves and potatoes, and the well-known pork ribs, seasoned with sea salt or sweetened kochujang.

636 Sheridan St., (808) 591-1827


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Sorabol Kalbi Credit Martha Cheng

Picture: Martha Cheng

In a deft transfer, the neighborhood’s oldest and most iconic Korean restaurant reopened throughout the road and down the block from its authentic location simply seven weeks after closing. Sorabol’s new residence contained in the Pagoda Lodge means the Pagoda Floating Restaurant has moved into the property’s ballrooms, the place it serves breakfast; and that, unusually for a Korean restaurant, you’re consuming kalbi, yukgaejang soup and steamed butterfish surrounded by home windows—and the resort’s colourful resident koi.

1525 Rycroft St., (808) 947-3113, @sorabolhawaii


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Steve’s Chicks (previously Rooster Manufacturing unit)

At Steve’s Chicks in Waipahu, the brand new title and new residence of Koreamoku’s Rooster Manufacturing unit, Korean fried hen comes 9 methods, together with on a sea of cheese. The eatery payments itself as a “Okay-style household restaurant” and likewise options pork ribs, stews, seafood pancakes and different favorites.

94-673 Kupuohi St., Waipahu, (808) 680-0005,, @steveschicks_hawaii


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Tonkatsu Sangi (previously Menchanko Tei)

Tonkatsu Sangi Sando Maria Burke

Picture: Maria Burke

After a deliberate transfer to the Ward space fell via, former ramen specialist Menchanko Tei has reinvented itself in roving type as Tonkatsu Sangi, providing a menu of tonkatsu and tonkatsu sandos at weekly appearances on the Kaiser Excessive College PTSA farmers market on Tuesdays, Kapilina Seaside Properties in ‘Ewa Seaside on Wednesdays and close to the doorway of Bellows Air Power Base in Waimānalo on Sundays. Their Instagram has particulars, together with phrase that they’re nonetheless in search of a everlasting location.





The neighborhood’s fashionable breakfast and brunch vacation spot, an OG spot for vibrant purple ube pancakes, arrange store within the residence of the previous Like Like Drive Inn, simply yards from its authentic location, mere weeks after closing. The brand new house is significantly bigger however nonetheless fills up, with strains on weekends.

745 Ke‘eaumoku St., (808) 942-0505



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