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Mashed Potato Tacos and 3pm Happy Hours

Whoa. Seriously. The last time I walked by SALT (granted this was at the peak of the Pokemon Go craze, at 11pm. Lol.) it was just Hank’s Haute Dogs and Highway Inn. Now there are so. many. places!

Lunch time explorations! The lunch crew decided it was time to visit Moku Kitchen. We’ve been hearing all the rave reviews, so we went to confirm. 😀

First off – seriously. The last time I walked by SALT (granted this was at the peak of the Pokemon Go craze, at 11pm. Lol.) it was just Hank’s Haute Dogs and Highway Inn! Where did these little shops come from? I’m so out of the loop.

In terms of location, Moku doesn’t get high marks since it’s a bit far from our Downtown office to be considered convenient for lunch, and their happy hour ends at 5:30pm. I mean – who in the world goes to a weekday happy hour from 3pm?! No seriously, who? Because I need to apply at their office.

We had a reso for 12:15p (Extra points for using Open Table so I don’t have to deal with people) and man this place was bustling. Could’ve been the “this place kinda just opened” hype, though, so we’ll have to come back to verify. 😉

Check out how big this place is in the pics below. Two large seating areas (plus outdoor seating) and a bar area. I love the interior. Maybe it’s the ceilings, or the art, or the wood paneling but it kind of reminded me of Williamsburg. Or maybe I’m just missing NYC these days. Hahaha.

Drinks were pretty standard in pricing, but the food was a bit on the pricey side. I was going to get the fish tacos, but $21? (I lied, not missing NYC after all. LOL) A bit steep for lunch. Totally happy with the tacos I got, though – I was nervous (MASHED potatoes?! What?) but it turns out they’re pretty great! The crunchy taco shell went well with garlic mash and they were actually pretty filling – I only ate 2. Granted I ate a bunch of those fries back there.

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Potato Tacos

 

Sorry. I was starving and didn’t get any close ups of everyone’s burgers, just this one hilarious pic:

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They thought she was on a diet I guess? Looool. Everyone loved their burgers, and of course, their drinks too. 😀

After checking out the SALT website, there are still a bunch of shops and restaurants that are “Coming Soon”, so I’m sure we’ll be back. That Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room looked pretty neat.

Moku Kitchen
691 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96813
808-591-6658

Parking: They have a bunch of parking at SALT and with validation the first hour is free. After that it’s a $1/hour, then jumps to $6/hour at the 4th hour.

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ʻIolani Palace at Night

Once a year, on Queen Kapiolani’s birthday, the Palace is opened up for two nights of tours. Of course, it being a once a year type of deal, you can imagine the LINES.

Once a year, on Queen Kapiolani’s birthday, the Palace is opened up for two nights of tours. Of course, it being a once a year type of deal, you can imagine the LINES.

I mean, heyyyyyy 2 hour lines – thought I’d only see you in NYC, but nice of you to make your appearance in Hawaii, too. Haha. Seriously though, the staff at the ticket booth said folks started lining up at 3pm (tours started at 5pm) and the average wait time for general admission ($20) was 2+ hours.

#Protip: pre-sale tickets are sold online leading up to the event. At $30 (+2.70 per ticket in fees) each, it’s definitely worth it. Pre-sale tickets = no line. You select a date and time and you show up and get in. They literally roll out the red carpet for this line!

The tour itself was unique – the Palace was setup to reflect the 19th century holiday parties of King Kalakaua. There were Opera singers (Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawaii Opera Theatre), some amazing Hula dancers from Hula Halau Ka No’eau (see video below), and music by the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame Serenaders.

They walked us through several rooms – The Blue Room, Dining Room, Throne Room, Bedrooms of the King and Queen, Library, Music Room and Basement. In each room, they spent a few minutes talking about the history of that room before we were directed to move along to the next room. The final stop was the basement, which was setup more like a museum with original palace furniture and other artifacts as well as historical timelines and family trees.

Overall, it felt rushed and we were moved through each room pretty quickly. For me, it wasn’t a huge deal since the part of this I enjoyed the most was the entertainment and getting a quick peek at how people lived back then (their showers were WAY fancier than I thought they’d be). The guided portion (up until the basement) was just over an hour.

If you’re planning to attend next year, mark your calendars and check online at iolanipalace.org for tickets. We bought ours on 12/21 (the tours were on 12/28 and 12/29, and appear to be held on those two days every year), but they did sell out, so you might want to check early on.

The Palace offers day tours year-round, both guided and unguided, and we’re planning to check them out on an upcoming Kama’aina Sunday (free for locals).

ʻIolani Palace
http://www.iolanipalace.org/
364 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
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From Pineapples

At some point in the last 5 years, I decided that I wanted to start blogging again. I missed it! If only because it helped me remember things that we did. Places we’ve been, conversations we’ve had and all the amazing people that we’ve met in this crazy life.

At some point in the last 5 years, I decided that I wanted to start blogging again. I missed it! If only because it helped me remember things that we did. Places we’ve been, conversations we’ve had and all the amazing people that we’ve met in this crazy life.

Of course, it has also taken me all five of those years to actually setup this blog, which I did this morning (hence the totally standard wordpress theme), mostly because I promised myself I’d get something up by the first of the new year after paying $130 to get this domain back after forgetting to setup auto-renew (a story for another day).

Then after setting it up I played around all day until 9pm and realized – I still have to actually write the first post. O_O

Procrastination at its finest I tell you.

All that aside. I’m Sara. Born and raised in Hawaii, I have an outward love of food and a not-so-secret addiction to kdramas (don’t judge). I work in marketing and design, but am planning to treat this blog like a diary: run on sentences, poor grammar and emojis. 😀

I’m starting this up because the husband (Ryan) and I love to travel, but also love to forget things. Ha. I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast, so when someone asks me where they should go in NYC or Japan, I literally have to look things up via photos and old foursquare (yes, foursquare) check ins. The struggle.

We have a crazy month of travel planned in March (China, Japan and Korea), but in the meantime, I’m throwing up weekly posts of some of the places we got to visit in 2016. Some in Japan, some in Hawaii and a few in NYC.

TL;DR: This is a pretty much a travel blog and I swear the next post will actually be about travel. Hahahhaa.

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