Waikiki: What's new!

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Congrats to chef Hiroshi Inoue at the Kahala Resort’s fine dining restaurant, Hoku’s. First of all for landing at Hoku's as chef de cuisine at this award-wining eatery. Inoue has been in kitchens around the world including Ritz-Carlton’s in Atlanta and Tokyo, worked in China –and somewhere along the way he got the idea to suspend his veggies on copper wire planted in salt. This brings me to the second reason to congratulate him, Hoku's new tasting menu. This multi-coursed culinary adventure offers aforementioned suspended salad as an amuse bouche and continues on to a meal for the sure to appear on instagram accounts around the  world (Kahala_Resort). Courses include a lobster and artichoke salad, foie gras and mushroom risotto and black sesame crusted rare ahi steak. Oh, and then dessert... Speaking of suspended, the talk of the town is the new Sky Waikiki, situated just below the Top of Waikiki, (revolving restaurant at the Waikiki Business Plaza). Sky Waikiki is an indoor/ outdoor, 7,000 square foot bar and dance club. Besides the most amazing view of the entire coast, expect to see 30-foot video wall, three full service bars and a large fire pit, skywaikiki.com

Sometimes Waikiki can feel a bit… hedonistic; hi end shopping, all you can eat buffets and bars galore, hence my discovery of the new Shaka Pressed Juice on Monsarrat (near the zoo) was a welcome surprise. Started by a local yoga teacher and her husband, they offer root, greens, fruity and nut juices as well as organic salads. Perfect for grab and go, Open 7a.m.–6:30, shakapressedjuice.com