One of the perks of attending HPU is the diversity of food
and cultures in the downtown area. The Fort Street restaurants
are familiar to most of us so these are a couple of places that
are closely unique, affordable, and, of course, unbelievably
The weather has become cooler and Hawai‘i’s winter is the perfect
time to warm your soul with a bowl of hot noodle soup from To
Chau. This hole in wall Vietnamese restaurant serves the best
Pho, a clear beef broth served
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On days when the body craves something heartier, such as a
steak, mash potatoes, or even pot roast, try People’s Café.
This lovely Hawaiian restaurant serves the tastiest kalua pig
plate (smoked pig served with rice), pipikaula (smoked pork),
lomi salmon (salmon marinated with tomatoes, salt, and onions),
opihi (limpets rubbed with Hawaiian rock salt), beef stew, lau
lau (steamed pork or butter fish wrapped in ti leaf), chicken/
squid luau (chicken or squid cooked with spinach and coconut),
and haupia (creamy soft coconut dessert).
People’s Café at 1300 Pali Highway is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For takeout: 536-5789
If you crave Chinese, particularly noodles, try Hong Kong Noodle
House. The signature dish is dry noodle that is slightly seasoned
with oyster sauce and sesame oil, served either with roast duck,
pig’s feet, char siu (sweet pork) and choy sum (Chinese steamed
vegetables). They also serve wonton, duck or vegetables mein
(noodle) in soup. Hong Kong Noodle House, at: The Cultural Plaza,
on the corner facing River Street. 100 North Beretania St. It’s
open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For takeout, call: 536-5409
If you are in the mood for Greek food, walk through 1132 Bishop
Street building to Union mall where Leo’s Taverna is located.
It’s heavenly dishes will satisfy both your taste buds and your
wallet. Try the grilled Greek chicken plate served with rice,
garlic sauce, pita, hummus (a dip made with chick peas), and
Greek salad. The chicken and beef shish-kabobs (grilled meat),
spanakopita (spinach pie), and Leo’s signature dish gyro’s (Greek
sandwich served with grilled lamb, tomatoes, and lettuce) are
all excellent. The Greek music adds to the experience and HPU
students and faculty get a 10 percent discount: 1116 Bishop
St. For takeout, call: 550-8443
These are just a few of the many good restaurants available
in downtown. If you have a favorite restaurant, let us know.