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Hawaii's First Coworking Space

Five Fave Asian Eats

Never settle on food. Life’s too short.

 

The exponential growth of Kaka’ako’s urban development is no secret. With a lively buzz focused on the ingenuity of the Kaka’ako community, there’s bound to be new shops and restaurants popping up left and right. But there are also a handful of oldies but goodies that can’t be overshadowed by the new spotlights. To bridge the gap between our curious members and great, untapped restaurants, we’ve put together a Kaka’ako grub guide, provided for and chosen by, your coworkers. To kick it off, we’ve chosen our 5 favorite asian restaurants in the Kaka’ako area.


Ngon

 

Ngon literally translates to “delicious”. This whole-in-the-wall restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes from fried mochi and eggs to chicken bahn mi sandwich to my personal favorite, the green papaya salad. Ngon cuisine surprises even those who grew up eating these dishes. Only a quick 6 minute minute walk from BoxJelly, Ngon ensures that you will leave your lunch break stuffed, satisfied, and on time to that 1pm conference call.

Looking for a new go-to brunch spot? Try the banh cuon, only available on Saturday’s, these steamed rice crepes stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, freshly chopped mint, and basil topped with a side of sweet Vietnamese fish sauce is a must try.

 

Photo by Yelp User Yoko Y.


 


Club Pattaya

“The best darn Thai food on the island.” “Clean, Simple, Fresh.” “Truly authentic Thai food.” This is commonly heard Pattaya chatter, not just on the top Yelp reviews! Consistent quality is just the half of it. Their laid back atmosphere coupled with some of the tastiest Thai cuisine for the price and proximity is the perfect spot for a quick lunch break or dinner out with friends. Need a little direction? Rechung, owner and CEO of BoxJelly, swears by the coconut soup. The evil beef curry and crispy rice lettuce wraps are also a few of Pattaya’s favorites. Make your way over to Pattaya from 3pm – 6pm and enjoy happy hour specials before the mic sparks karaoke at 8pm.

 

Photo by Foursquare User Marc G.


 

 

Agu Ramen

 

If you haven’t jumped on the ramen train yet, hop on board. Nominated best ramen in 2015, Agu Ramen features the heartiest, most decadent bowl of ramen in Honolulu to date. What makes Agu Ramen special? Their unbeatable black garlic oil broth. Whether you’re a chicken, pork or veggie lover, Agu’s got it and they’ve got it good. For first timers, I suggest Agu’s Savory Parmesan bowl, can’t go wrong with the most popular dish on the menu! Come hungry, portions are generous.

 

Photo by Yelp User Jam Y.


 

 

 

Little Sheep Mongolian

 

This traditional Mongolian dining experience is truly a 2 for 1, providing meal and entertainment. Set up for family style dining, each table is prepped with a hot pot to make your own personal creations. Basic guidelines: you choose your broth, your meat, your veggies, and your toppings. Noteworthy freshness is reason enough for Little Sheep to live up their reputation of surpassing their competitors. This casual environment makes for a fun opportunity to come to. Did someone say lunch special? $12.99 for an array of vegetables, your choice of meat and sauces to complete a filling, affordable lunch outing.

 

Photo by Instagram User Jenny M.


 

 

 

 

 

 

JunPuu

Jun Puu Yelp User Beth I. 1010 S King St #108, Honolulu, HI 96814

JunPuu, original Honolulu noodle company, definitely takes the win with the most adventurous ramen recipes. If you’re a big ramen fan but are looking to switch things up, look no further. Loaded with hearty toppings including soft boiled eggs, sliced pork, green onions and arugula, JunPuu takes the cake with their unique and delicious tomato based ramen broth. Rumor has it, their broth cooks for 16 hours.

 

Photo by Yelp User Beth I.


 

 

 

 

 

// Check in next week for 5 best breakfast eats and our Kaka’ako guidemap featuring a detailed outline of the best of the Kaka’ako best.

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Larry On the Loose!

One of our most cherished features here at BoxJelly is our pet friendly environment. People love seeing coworker’s furry friends running around the office. Contrary to typical pet friendly spaces, we don’t just limit our appreciation to dogs. In fact, BoxJelly’s pet is fuzzy rather than furry.

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Foreign and Familiar – Honolulu Museum of Art School

“An annual contemporary art exhibition exploring the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences.”

Explore Hawai’i’s history and the people that made it at the 2016 Foreign and Familiar Art Exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. The exhibition will be open March 25 – April 17, 9am – 7pm.

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TEDxHonolulu

“The more we learn about it the more we understand that everything is deeply interconnected with agriculture in Hawaii: sustainability, development, community, health, culture…and so much more.”

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Mind Lab @ BoxJelly

Mind Lab is coming to the BoxJelly and you don’t want to miss it. Geared towards activating conscious entrepreneurs and changing the way to world does business, the Mind Lab workshop uses progressive techniques to help individuals like yourself set goals and and take action to achieve them. What’s the final product? By the end of the Mind Lab Workshop you will have an organized mind map and a timeline that plots a 3-month trajectory of success in life and in business.

 

Want to learn more? MindLab Eventbrite

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indigo indigo

fishcake presents indigo indigo, featuring the works of Ann Asakura, Akemi Cohn, and Donna Miyashiro. Following the success of fishcake’s indigo show last year, they’ve asked artists to take their creative impulse a step further: to play, challenge themselves, and surprise us with their indigo experiments. Curator Keiko Hatano muses, “Usually indigo is more utilitarian – for cushions, towels and sometimes clothing. What will happen if we use indigo on different materials and mediums? How can the artists add their own twist to this tradition?”

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September 18th PARK(ing) Day

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where people collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into mini-parks.

This Friday September 18th, several temporary parklets will be created across Honolulu, including ones coordinated by HHF Planners, Paiko, Blue Planet Foundation, BEvolve and The Trust for Public Land (in partnership with KUPU, KUA, Mana Ai, Hui Ku Maoli Ola, Better Block Hawaii, 88 Block Walks, GreenerReader, and Interisland Terminal). Stay tuned for details!

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Morning Glass

808.673.0065
www.morningglasscoffee.com

Morning Glass approaches their coffee as well as their food with the same basic philosophy – seek out the best ingredients possible, and prepare them simply and properly. All coffees are fresh roasted and ground and brewed to order. All baked goods and sandwiches are made fresh every day at their Mānoa location. Catering items available for your meetings and events.

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Kleverdog

Juicy Journals 
LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday 4/29/14

There’s public transport, but then, there’s the sharing economy. Juicy gave us access to a promo code for Lyft, so of course I was going to try it despite my Uber allegiances. Since the app wasn’t connecting me with my driver, I couldn’t tell him I pinned the wrong address (sorry, Paul!); so instead, I went with uberX. Seriously, I think I found my part-time job once it hits Honolulu.

“Cabbing” still didn’t save me nearly enough time between then and my 6:15pm Amtrak departure, but I HAD to meet David; he’s the founder, AND from Hawai’i! Sam (the driver) said he’d pause the meter and wait 10minutes. I gave myself 5.

Malcolm Gladwell talks about the reliability of first impressions, and a first impression is pretty much all that I got of Kleverdog (and that Kleverdog got of me). Comfortable, active, and creative are the first words that come to mind. And as much of a rush as I was in, David just smiled, laughed, and said he’d be looking forward to next time we could talk story. Looks like I’ll just have to make another trip to LA!

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