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KEEPINʻ IT KAKAʻAKO: CHUBBIES BURGERS

Address: 960 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours of operation:
Tuesday – Sunday lunch: 11am-3pm dinner: 5pm-9pm

Occupying the corner stall the Ward and Auahi shopping strip mall, Chubbies has slowly become the go-to burger joint of the Kaka’ako area. Last week, I set out see what the hype is all about.

The small line in front of the truck looked promising. Nestled between a couple of coconut trees and some outdoor dining tables, Chubbies gives off that comforting Hawaii vibe. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay.

I order the Classic 50s burger, a side of fries, and the loaded bacon fries. The wait times were manageable. The service staff were quick and responsive. When I picked up my food, I finally understood the hype. The burgers are luxurious, the fries are a must-try, and the loaded fries is an exercise in gluttony. The buns are a light-crisp-on-the-outside-and-fluffy-on-the-inside brioche. The homemade patty was seared to an surface crunch and retained a moist, savory flavor. Fresh tomatoes and butter lettuce balance the grease from the meat. Chubbies signature 50s sauce, which is shares a similar flavor to light mayo, added a bit more body to the burger and rounded out the flavor.

For my sides, I ordered a regular fries and bacon fries. The regular fries, coming in a mini-brown bag with enough to share, were cooked to a golden yellow and perfectly salted. They were the crispy-edges-with-a-fluffy-inside type of fries that one does not stumble upon often. Moving on, the loaded bacon fries is…next-level. Definitely, not a side for the faint of heart. This dish is a healthy serving of standard fries drizzled with the 50s sauce, decked with chunks of bacon, topped with chopped green onions. In fact, the serving of fries were so large that I we shared with everyone back at the Box. One takeaway from this experience is that if there is one way to raise moral around the workplace, itʻs walking around with a mound of fries, and sharing with those around you. I was met with many gracious smiles.

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Donʻt Worry, Eat Happy: Hakuna Banana

Photo by Frolic Hawaii

Photo by Yelp user H Q.

 


Hakuna Banana located on the second floor of the Ward Center Whole Foods Market

Hours of operation: 11:00am-7:00pm

TLDR: A delicious non-dairy, plant-based, banana soft serve made with real fruit and no refined sugars.

Current flavors: Banilla, Matcha

Toppings: banana chips, sprinkles, li hing mui, candy sugar, and shredded coconut

Ever since Whole Foods Market opened in Kakaʻako, the store has become a focal point for shopping and leisure in the Ward Village area. While exploring what the new store had to offer, I discovered Hakuna Banana and was immediately attracted to the bright pink sign with bananas patterned all over it. One of my favorite things to do with bananas that are a little too ripe is to mash them up in a bowl and stick them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Intrigued by their fun graphics and reminded of my favorite homemade dessert, I decided to buy a cup. I opted for the original Banilla flavor and added banana chips and coconut on top. Each bite was a dream; not too sweet and none of that artificial banana flavor. The coconut milk offered creaminess without making it too heavy.

Hakuna Banana offers a healthier alternative to ice cream without compromising deliciousness. Aptly,  their name is inspired by the Swahili phrase “hakuna matata,” which roughly translates into “no worries”. Located on the second floor of the Ward Center Whole Foods Market, this small soft serve stand will leave a big impression on your tastebuds. They currently offer two flavors – Banilla, their original vanilla banana combination, and matcha, a flavor unique to Hawaii.. Made with all natural ingredients (bananas, dates, and coconuts make the base of the two flavors), even the most health conscious person can feel good about enjoying a cup. All of Hakuna Bananaʻs products are vegan, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free, and corn-free, so people with dietary restrictions can savor the sweet, creamy treats worry-free. If you find yourself craving something sweet that will leave you feeling surprisingly refreshed, head over to Hakuna Banana and you will not be disappointed.

388 Kamakee St. (second floor of Whole Foods Market Ward), Open Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri-Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

 

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New to the Neighborhood

“To get something you never had, you need to do something you never did.” Simple but true, trying new things will only expand your opportunities for success. With Kaka’ako’s current growth trends, it is becoming easier than ever to try something new everyday. SALT our Kaka’ako has done a five star job of bringing together community over our favorite indulgences: coffee, food, and drink. We’ve put together a little something on each of these new hot spots to give you a better idea. READ MORE

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Behind the Apron: How One Man is Encouraging Hawaii’s Sustainable Future

There is an immediate ease to meeting Alex. The warmth in his smile, the mellow timbre of his voice, the strong eye contact as he introduces himself and asks for your name. He has an air of simple grace around him, and a genuine spirit of aloha. Seen every Tuesday at the BoxJelly creating meals for Fresh Taste Tuesdays, a locally sourced community meal for coworkers, Alex helps to bring our community together through food. READ MORE

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Kaka’ako Kaffine

Finding the right cafe or guilty pleasure, sweet spot not only takes a bit of trial and error but it really comes down to personal taste. In most cities you can find the ubiquitous Starbucks at every corner. While Starbucks is a great fall back, it’s nice to find a cafe that suits you. Here’s a list of Kaka’ako’s best cafes, for taste, and of course, ambiance.READ MORE

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Meet our neighbors: fishcake

Whether strolling through fishcake for the first, or the 10th time, it always manages to evoke a  sense of awe and curiosity. What exactly is this store? It’s quite obvious that fishcake is a home goods and accessory shop but there’s something else going on here. From the organization of the space to the wide distribution of products and designers, it embodies much more than your traditional furniture store.READ MORE

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Homestyle Eats

It is no surprise that Hawaiian cuisine is such a hit across diverse cultures with influences coming together from all across the Pacific. If you’ve visited Honolulu or grew up on the island, locals and tourists alike have all tasted and enjoyed Hawaiian eateries like Zippy’s and Rainbow Inn for their traditional homestyle cooking. Among these popular staples are a few less known, mom and pop spots, tucked away in the heart of Kaka’ako. If you find yourself strolling through Ala Moana Park or aweing over the Kaka’ako’s Pow Wow mural collection, be sure to check out these old school eateries keeping the Hawaiian food true to it’s roots and the art of homestyle cooking alive.READ MORE

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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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