Boots & Kimo’s Located behind Pali Lanes, Boots & Kimo’s has
been serving up breakfast and lunch to locals and tourists alike
since 1994. Named after the two brothers who own the restaurant,
this small eatery, decorated with sports memorabilia, is always
busy and often boasts a wait of 20 minutes or more. “Our specialty
is definitely breakfast,” said Mary Ann Kiakona, mother of Boots
and Kimo. “The Mac Nut pancakes are the best!” Portions here
are generous, and plates moderately priced from $5.25 to $8.95.
Boots & Kimo’s is open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Buzz’s Original Steak House Although there is another Buzz’s
in Aiea, Kailua’s is the original one! On N. Kalaheo Road just
across from Kailua Beach Park, Buzz’s serves up cool cocktails
and sizzling steaks that could satisfy the hungriest beach bum!
In fact, they even served one of America’s most famous, and
perhaps infamous: former President Bill Clinton and his family
ate at Buzz’s in 1994. “The Hibachi Salmon is awesome,” said
employee and recent HPU graduate Brian Matterson. “Also the
sashimi is a great appetizer. For lunch, everything is good.
There’s always a different sandwich special, and we have six
different hamburgers all made to order.” Buzz’s is open for
lunch, $6.95 to $11.95 and dinner, $17.95 to $31.95. However,
remember to bring lots of cash or your checkbook because Buzz’s
has a strict no-credit-card policy.
Doug’s Gee…A Deli Hidden behind the Kailua McDonald’s on Kuulei
Road is a small New York style deli who’s sandwiches and salads
pack a flavorful punch. Gee…A Deli, owned by Doug Izak, has
been open for more than 20 years, and it is over those years
that Izak has perfected his one-of-a-kind menu. It consists
of original specialty sandwiches named for close friends and
long-time customers who ordered them, as in Evan Aaron Deluxe,
Jack’s Texaco Special, and the Jamming James to name a few.
With more than 50 sandwiches on the menu, plus a build-your-own
sandwich option, salads, bagels, and various side dishes, it
might be difficult to choose the perfect meal. However, Izak
recommends the Hot Reuben—it’s his favorite! Sandwiches range
from $4.50 to $5.95, but count on spending around $9 to include
a drink, chips, and maybe (if you have room) a slice of New
York Style cheesecake. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Island Snow Unlike the Ala Moana and Waikiki Trade Center stores,
the Kailua Island Snow whips up cool shave ice in addition to
the standard surf wear. Situated in the Kailua Beach Center,
about five minutes away from Kailua Beach, a trip to Island
Snow after a hot day in the surf is the perfect way to close
off the day. In fact, many visitors and residents stop off at
the shop before heading home after the beach on the weekends.
“Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest,” said Peter Cabgnol,
one of the managers. “Sometimes the line goes out the door!”
For $2 including tax, patrons can get a cone of soft shave ice
and choose up to three flavors and one scoop of vanilla ice
cream. Island Snow also offers other toppings for a small extra
charge: gumballs, azuki beans, and a snow cap (sweetened condensed
milk drizzled over the top of the shaved ice) just to name a
few. Store hours are Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jaron’s Offering a sophisticated atmosphere for lunch and dinner,
Jaron’s on Hamakua Drive is one of a few pricey restaurants
in Kailua. Specializing in seafood, steaks, and pasta Jaron’s
low-lit atmosphere, with soothing jazz music in the background,
is a perfect place to take that special someone. According to
the chefs, the Capalini crusted fish is considered the house
specialty; however, the recently added Alaskan King Crab seems
to be almost as well-liked. After hours, Jaron’s turns into
a hot spot for Hawaiian and reggae music. Every Friday and Saturday
night the 21-and-over crowd can skank the night away to popular
local bands like Natural Vibrations and Ooklah the Moc. For
the 18-20 year old crowd, the band Stone rocks out every Monday.
For lunch, appetizers range from $3.50 to $9.95, and entrées
from $6.95 to $11.95. For dinner, appetizers range from $5.95
to $10.95, and entrées from $9.95 to $18.95. Open daily for
lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. dinner hours 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kalapuwai Market Featured in a Snapple commercial, this quaint
country market, located just before Kailua Beach Park, has been
serving up sandwiches and selling sundries since 1932. As one
of the definitive historic landmarks in Kailua town, this green
building attracts its fair share of tourists. Inside the market,
customers can browse aisles stocked with anything from twinkies
to Tylenol to inflatable plastic mattresses. On the weekends,
Kalapuwai dishes up hamburgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill
in addition to standard deli faire. Kalapuwai’s deli, though
not as expansive as Gee…A Deli, still offers great tasting sandwiches
at reasonable prices, $3.79 up to $5.95. Soups, salads, and
pastas are also available at the deli with selection varying
daily. Kalapuwai is open every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
K and K Barbeque Inn If in the mood for more local style plate
lunches, and on a budget, K and K’s is the place to eat. “The
meat jun is bomb!” said Neil Sullivan, a justice administration
major at HPU. According to co-owner Wing Lee, other favorites
are the garlic chicken, chicken katsu, and fried rice. Priced
reasonably, and conveniently located in the same shopping center
as Island Snow, K and K’s makes a great stop for picking up
plate lunches before hitting the beach, or after to cure the
cravings from a day of body boarding in the surf. Plates start
at $4.95 for a mini portion and go up to $6.95 for regular plates.
Catering options are also available. Restaurant hours are 9
a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zia’s Caffe Adjacent to Jaron’s on Hamakua Drive, Zia’s is
a great place for pasta at affordable prices. The menu showcases
all the typical Italian faire from creamy Alfredo to chicken
parmesan, and everything is under $15! Zia’s also features specialty
salads such as Mandarin orange chicken salad, pear and blue
cheese, and Italian chop-chop for those not looking to load
up on carbohydrates. After dinner, be sure to try the award-winning
bread pudding, in a different flavor everyday! In addition to
dining in, Zia’s also accommodates take-out and catering orders.
It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.