Hawaii Mom Blog




January 17, 2021

Papa Kurt's

There could be no better location for Papa Kurt's than Moili'ili, as Papa Kurt's theme of old school comfort food fits in perfectly with Moili'ili's neighborhood which is rich in history, culture, and consists of predominantly locally owned small businesses.  

At Papa Kurt's, you'll find old school burgers that are perfectly crafted and utterly delicious.

First off, the burgers and crinkle cut fries are nicely packed in brown paper bags that are thick enough so that the grease doesn't leak through. It's this kind of attention to detail that will always win me over.

The burger is meaty, nicely seasoned, and uncomplicated. You can get it plain, or you can add on teri sauce/cheese, lettuce/tomato, and/or an extra patty for a few bucks more.

Burger with teri sauce/cheese and lettuce/tomato (deluxe)

The bun (sourced from local bakery La Tour Bakehouse) is nicely toasted, which prevents the bun from getting too soggy and falling apart.

The crinkle cut fries remained crispy after the 10 minute commute back to my office.

On my second visit to Papa Kurt's, I opted for the burger with just teri sauce/cheese. It was even better than the first time around!

I also sampled a side order of won tons - delicious! I am holding out until they open up for dine-in, to try their saimin.

Online ordering is available (and highly recommended), as well as curbside pick up.

Current hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Papa Kurt's
925 Isenberg
(808) 947-1215


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January 15, 2021

Finding `Ohana - On Netflix January 29

Finding `Ohana releases on Netflix on January 29!


Geocache champion Pilialoha “Pili” Kawena, age 12, is abruptly lifted from her busy New York life and dropped into rural O‘ahu to help care for her grandfather. Initially skeptical about her new surroundings, Pili finds a cryptic pirate’s journal in her Papa’s studio hinting at a 200-year-old shipwrecked treasure hidden away in the island's caves and mountains. With her older brother and new friends in tow she uses her clue solving skills to lead them on an adventure of a lifetime through the natural wonders of HawaiĘ»i. As she learns to respect and love her native culture she also discovers not all secrets should be shared and that the real treasure in life is ‘ohana - her family.

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Blue Note Hawaii, the legendary venue for live entertainment in the heart of Waikiki, is pleased to announce a two-night showcase featuring one of Hawaii’s most popular entertainers, PAULA FUGA. Set to go LIVE on February 26 and 27, an exclusive 25 guest tables will be sold per show, keeping audiences within safe compliance per CDC regulations. Tickets are on sale now at www.bluenotehawaii.com.

Fans from around the world are invited to participate in a live stream experience of the showcase available on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at www.bluenotehawaii.com. The show will remain On-Demand through Saturday, March 6, 2021. For a full explanation of Blue Note’s new ticketing and admission policies visit https://www.bluenotehawaii.com/covid.pdf. Parking is validated at the OHANA East Hotel for $6 for four hours and at the Outrigger Waikiki for $15 for four hours valet.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

I love tater tots!  And I love breakfast!  I could eat both anytime of the day, so I decided to make a Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole for dinner recently.

I simply cooked up a pound of chopped Portuguese sausage, then placed it on the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  I then sprinkled 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the sausage.

In a bowl, I mixed together 6 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 t garlic powder, 1/4 t salt, 1/4 t black pepper, then poured the mixture over the sausage and cheese.  

I then placed tater tots on top of the egg mixture.  I had an 8 lb bag of tots from a warehouse club, so I simply placed enough in a layer to cover the entire pan.  I would estimate you'd need 1/2 to 3/4 of a 32oz bag of tots.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 50 minutes, then sprinkle on 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, then bake for 10 more minutes.

Garnish with sliced green onions, and enjoy!

Next time I hope to also top with chopped bacon!

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January 14, 2021

Javi's Mexican Grill

Wahiawa is home to a number of great Mexican restaurants, and I recently tried one of the newest - Javi's Mexican Grill.

Chicken Chimichanga

Carnitas Burrito

Steak Street Tacos

I ordered what I typically order at Mexican restaurants - a Chicken Chimichanga.

There's just something about the deep fried tortilla surrounding tender, flavorful meat that just keeps me wanting more.  

The Chimichanga was enormous, and the accompanying refried beans and Mexican rice were both very tasty.

Portions are generous, and overall we all enjoyed the food.

Definitely check out Javi's if you're in Wahiawa craving Mexican food!

Javi's Mexican Grill
1718 Wilikina Dr
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(808) 425-4224
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January 13, 2021

Chicken & Brisket

A friend sent me the link to Chicken and Brisket's profile page on Instagram, and I placed an order online within minutes of seeing their post, announcing $5 off their classic friend chicken, this week only from 2:30 - 4:30 pm (must use discount code). They described their $10 boxes as consisting of "over 2 pounds (12 crispy & juicy pieces) of breaded deep fried chicken thighs + choice of dipping sauce. 

I scheduled my pick up for 2:30, and received confirmation of my order via email.  Then about half an hour before my scheduled pick up time, they sent me a text with directions for curbside pick up. 

The drive home was tortuous - the aroma of fresh fried chicken had me wanting to open the box on the way home so badly! 

When I first opened my box of chicken on the kitchen counter, I was impressed with how neatly packed the chicken was.  And on top of that, the fried chicken was still crispy and hot!

After sampling a few bites of the chicken on its own, I proceeded to open my container of teri-mayo dipping sauce (they have 10 dipping sauces to chose from; one is included with your order) and from then on, each bite of chicken was preceded by a dip of sauce. I usually prefer to eat my fried chicken 'naked' (without sauce), but for some reason I kept dipping and dipping my chicken in this sauce!

I also tried the brisket fried noodles, since I am a fan of any kind of noodles. It came with a generous portion of brisket, char siu, kamaboko, cabbage, onions, and carrots. It was a bit greasy, but still delicious!!

Click here to place an order for curbside pick up or delivery through one of their delivery partners.  


Chicken & Brisket
(808) 723-1163
Hours: 12 pm - 12 am


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When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Where: Town Center of Mililani
Facebook @TownCtrMililani
IGTV on Instagram @TownCenterofMililani
Let the New Year celebration continue as Town Center of Mililani proudly presents Mililani Jam, featuring a must-see performance by local singer and musician Rachel Faith. Tune in on Jan. 16, at 5 p.m., via Facebook @TownCtrMililani and IGTV on Instagram @TownCenterofMililani.

A talented singer, songwriter and ukulele player, Rachel won KITV’s “Island Idol” competition in 2019, as she won hearts and votes with her powerful voice. Tune in to watch her exciting performance on Mililani Jam and for a chance to win a $50 HIC gift card. 

Town Center of Mililani is pleased to host Mililani Jam, a family-friendly event to welcome and support local artists and bring the Mililani community together, streaming on Facebook and Instagram. Town Center of Mililani looks forward to inviting live audiences back to Center Court when it is safe to do so. Viewers are encouraged to stop by the center before the show for a snack or meal from our great stores and restaurants.

Please remember that face masks are required when shopping at Town Center of Mililani. Guests must also avoid large groups and practice social distancing. Those who are at higher risk for illness, such as the elderly, those ill or recently ill or who have been around sick people, should stay home as needed to help keep everyone on Oahu safe. The center follows federal and local health guidelines. The safety of its guests and the Mililani community is the center’s top goal, with increased sanitation methods and cleaning protocols using CDC approved cleaning agents.

Visit the center’s website at towncenterofmililani.com for up-to-date information. Individual store policies and hours may vary, so customers are highly encouraged to check the website in advance.

Located in the heart of Central Oahu and Mililani Town, the center has a long history of connecting its community together. Follow and tag photos of #TownCenterOfMililani on Facebook @TownCtrMililani and Instagram @TownCenterofMililani. See towncenterofmililani.com.


Town Center of Mililani is a 449,000 square-foot shopping center with over 90 stores including Longs Drugs, Times Supermarket, PetSmart, local specialty shops, restaurants like CPK, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Zippy’s, a newly-renovated Consolidated Theatres, and medical, financial and professional services offices. It is the largest shopping center in Central Oahu and one of the largest in the state. For more information, please visit www.towncenterofmililani.com#TownCenterOfMililani

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