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September 20, 2019

Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland Begins Build-Out at Salt at Our Kakaako

What is Redfish?
a. Ono
b. Akule
c. Monchong
d. A brand-new dining and bar concept that celebrates one of Hawaii’s most popular comfort foods: freshly made poke.

Answered “d”? You’re absolutely correct and know about the great, soon-to-open eatery designed to satisfy the many ways Hawaii residents enjoy eating their poke.

Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland, opening this fall at SALT at Our Kakaako, will be a good-fun, casual dining spot for kicking back in shorts and slippers, downtown business attire or, if you feel like it, even your evening best. It’ll be a terrific place for enjoying local brews, craft cocktails and modern local-inspired dishes plated for sharing. And it’ll also be the go-to spot in the heart of Honolulu to purchase multiple varieties of tasty poke by the pound or order up a poke bowl with everything you could possibly want on a Hawaii-style poke bowl. In other words, Redfish is all about the food we love to eat in Hawaii and how we love to eat it.
Especially poke.

Build-out of Redfish Poke Bar’s 1,800-square-foot space, situated between 9Bar HNL and Kahala in SALT at Our Kakaako, is underway. When it opens to the public this fall, Redfish will offer customers several ways to enjoy its extensive freshly made poke selections, local-inspired food and drink, and modern, retro-cool interior. The first will be a 36-seat restaurant and lounge with table service, a full-service bar and bar seating ready to dish up any poke variety on the menu, alongside craft beers, sakes and house signature cocktails, and a menu of poke-friendly Redfish-exclusive takes on local food favorites. Think you could dive big time into a plate of Kalua Pig Fried Rice inspired by the flavors and ingredients in traditional Hawaii-style limu poke? It’ll be on the menu. A grab-and-go poke counter, another way to enjoy Redfish’s menu, will greet customers as they enter, offering selections of our local-favorite and new original poke creations – prepared in-house and replenished all day – inspired by popular Foodland recipes, for purchase by the pound or in a poke bowl.

One more thing. All of the ahi served at Redfish will be fresh, never frozen.

“With Redfish, we’re taking one of Hawaii’s most beloved and iconic comfort foods to the next level with a full menu of new and traditional poke varieties and recipes,” said Sullivan Family of Companies’ Chief Food Officer, Chef Keoni Chang. “Our driving thought while conceptualizing Redfish was, ‘What’s the next big thing for poke? And how do we create an even bigger experience around poke and the food we enjoy eating the most in Hawaii?’ When an opportunity came up for us to do something innovative at SALT, Redfish was it.”

The kitchen at Redfish will be led by Chef de Cuisine Reid Matsumura, who is also crafting the eatery’s exclusive menu of small and medium bites as ideal palate companions to orders of poke, beer, cocktails and an afternoon or evening hanging out with friends. Born and raised on Oahu, Matsumura most recently served for five years on the kitchen team of Home Bar and Grill.

Redfish’s poke counter and dining room will also feature a fast-serve lunchtime menu with daily-special plate lunches designed to have you in and out and back to your workplace if time is of the essence.

Stay tuned for more details about Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland in the near future.

Interested in working at Redfish? Available openings include cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, bartenders, servers and cashiers in full- and part-time positions. If you wish to apply, send resumes to hiring@redfishpoke.com. For more information, visit redfishpoke.com or follow us on Instagram @redfishpoke.
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5th Show Added to Baby Shark Lineup

Tickets for HONOLULU Family presents Baby Shark nearly sold out within days. Now families will have another chance to go doo doo doo doo doo doo. HONOLULU Family is adding another Baby Shark live show and VIP meet-and-greet session on Sat. Nov. 23 at 5pm.

This energy-packed performance matches the wildly popular Baby Shark song and other Pinkfong tunes with colorful LED video and more. Enter Pinkfong’s magical world and enjoy the show with the whole family. Along with Pingfong and Baby Shark, friends Max and Ruby will also entertain audiences.

HONOLULU Family eNewsletter subscribers can get tickets for the show and the meet-and-greet starting Wednesday, Sept. 25 on ticketmaster.com Sign up on honolulufamily.com for the special pre-sale code General public sales begin Thursday, Sept. 26.

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Moani Island Bistro & Bar Revisited

Horrendous traffic going West forced us to detour and make alternate dinner plans one evening, so we ended up at Moani Island Bistro & Bar.
Pork Hash Sliders

Kiawe Smoked 16oz Ribeye

Uncle Tom's Smoked Meat Fried Rice

Char Siu Pork Belly Skewers
Everything was delicious, but my favorite was the Char Siu Pork Belly Skewers.  The pork was melt-in-your mouth tender and just so tasty!

The Fried Rice was yummy, with bits of smoked meat (it would've been nice to have larger pieces), and the Sliders - a spin on manapua, and Ribeye were both good too.

Service was great, and we got to experience some of the live entertainment while dining.

Moani Island Bistro & Bar is a great place for local-style food!

Moani Island Bistro & Bar
91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy
Kapolei, HI 96707

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Visit Maui: Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

The 700-acre Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui is home to two of Hawaii's native and endangered birds - the Hawaiian coot and the Hawaiian stilt. 

The refuge is also home to one of the last remaining natural wetlands in Hawaii.

While there we did see the native birds, and although there are paths allowing you to walk around the different ponds, the day we visited it was too hot and humid to do any walking (although I did see other tourists make the trek).  

If you love nature or birds, and want to learn a little about the history of the area, the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is worth a look.  Perhaps on a future visit to Maui, on a much cooler day, I'll take the time to peruse the entire grounds.  

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September 19, 2019

Jollibee's Chicken Sandwich

Popeye's new Chicken Sandwich has been all over social media.  We supposedly can't get it in Hawaii yet, but I saw a lot of people posting about Jollibee's Chicken Sandwich and how that sandwich is so much better.  Three different chefs concurred through Instagram posts or comments, so of course I had to give it a try.

I had a classic Chicken Sandwich which just comes with aioli.  I had ordered it with a side of gravy as recommended by one of the chefs.

The sandwich was really good!  It was extra crispy on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside.  It definitely rivals some of the best fast food chicken sandwiches I've had anywhere.

Other items we ordered:
French Fries

Jolly Spaghetti

Jolly Hotdog

Palabok Fiesta with Chicken

The Hotdog and Spaghetti were both a part of kids meals.  The Palabok Fiesta consists of noodles in a garlic sauce with crushed pork rinds, shrimp, and egg.

If you're craving a good chicken sandwich, definitely check out Jollibee!

91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 628-4800

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Visit Nebraska: Alpine Inn

While in Nebraska, I stumbled upon a blurb in a magazine about the Alpine Inn, and how the restaurant is not only famous their Fried Chicken, but also for the raccoons that come out to feed on leftover scraps.

Intrigued, we went there for lunch one day.

Fried Chicken

Onion Rings


Chicken Tenders

Popcorn Shrimp

The menu is limited and no frills - lots of fried foods, burgers, hot dogs.  The fried chicken was indeed good.  And the servers were very friendly.

The real bummer was that we didn't get to see any raccoons!  They are nocturnal creatures, so we didn't think about that as we drove there to have lunch (I did see raccoons out and about in Canada in the middle of the day, so them being asleep while we were having lunch was not something that crossed my mind).

So - if you go to Alpine Inn, be sure to visit at dusk or later!

Alpine Inn
10405 Calhoun Rd
Omaha, NE 68112
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September 18, 2019

Da Best Keiki Friendly Restaurants

Mahalo to Olena Heu of Da Best Hawaii for allowing Hawaii Mom Blog to share about our favorite keiki friendly restaurants!
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