Ok so sure I can't mess with the location. That is what I'm paying for and I know it. That is why it gets 4 stars. Food was on par, but not blowing my mind. We showed up for a late lunch and checked in with the hostess. She said she would let us know when our table would be ready. I've got about this <> much patience when I show up at a restaurant and the wait started to drag. So I returned to the hostess stand and asked her how long she thought it might be.... 15 minutes, she said. Oh really? So, you just want me to stand here? Note to Manager reading this: me standing their = time I could be spending, well spending CASH. I asked her if the bar was available. Oh yeah sure no prob, she says. The job of a hostess is to be a communicator but this is a low paid position with high turnover and it is an entry level position in the service industry, so won't let it bother me to much. Long story short, she should have said, "and you are welcome to sit at our beautiful bar and have a drink while your table is prepared". So when I realized that this pawn was out of my way I headed right to the bar. Nice view with Wailua Wheat, Stella Artois, and Longboard on tap. All seats were vacant with two attentive tenders ready to assist. Excellent service. Ordered their Calamari with Manchego cheese and Calamansi lime and a Wailua Wheat and my friend had a virgin Bloody Mary. Quick and easy and pretty straight forward presentation of Calamari. Just what I was looking for. Views are outstanding. This place is popular with Japanese and their was some sort of wedding party going on and a whole table of monks. No joke. Fun people watching here. It was busy and popular with a scattering of business lunchers and holiday travelers. You can go Japanese and order Maguro Natto Donburi, or Wakana Zaru Soba or stick to the more americanized pacific rim fare. Kahala Burger, Hot Roast Beef Sandwhich, Ceasar salad. The usual suspects are here mixed in nicely with others. They also have "hand crafted" ( < tired of this descriptor btw) pizzas. I opted to try two appetizers as my entree and went with the house made Blue Crab Pot Stickers with Orange Ponzu sauce. They were excellent. For $8, nice bang for my buck. Moved onto the Spicy Ahi Summer Roll next with avocado, green papaya salad and chili dipping sauce. Just $9 and it made it into a nice meal for me with the calamari. My friend had the Maui Onion Soup (you sure those are Maui Onions, would never know the difference unless I lived in Makawao.) Anyways it was excellent. I ended with a Chip Shot and we finished with their trio of Mango/Lilikoi/Guava sorbet. Justin was our server and he was professional and knowledgable about the menu. Good job. Also, I will note they smoothly transferred us from the bar to our table with a view. They've got a notable bird problem here. This isn't Saint Marks square, don't feed them. I would come back and give it another try, maybe for dinner. But the afternoon breeze was great and I enjoyed this. We went next door and checked out their captive dolphins afterwords and this was a little tough as I had just watched Blackfish a couple weeks before. If they don't add a few twists here it will sort of fall by the wayside. It feels a little locked in the 90's. But overall I was satisfied.
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