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An early taste: MW Restaurant

In preparation for its official opening, MW Restaurant invited friends and family for a taste

Posted October 24, 2013 by Ed Morita

In preparation for its official opening, MW Restaurant — with married chefs Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka at the helm — invited friends and family for a look and taste of what’s on the menu at the Kapiolani Boulevard eatery, which opens today for lunch and dinner. (A happy hour menu is planned for the near future.)

Ueoka and Karr-Ueoka are two of Hawaii’s most heralded younger chefs. Both were named 2012 Hawaii Rising Stars by, and both have a long history working at Alan Wong’s, Wade as chef de cuisine and Michelle as pastry chef. Recently, Wade was a featured chef at Kaka‘ako’s pop-up space, Taste.

MW, derived from their first names, will forge ahead on the Hawaii Regional Cuisine front, offering dishes that utilize lots of locally grown or produced ingredients. Wade conceptualized the main menus, while Michelle will reign over the desserts. Here’s a look at dishes we tasted at the preview:

MW preview (1 of 24)

MW preview

MW is located near Kapiolani and Keeaumoku, across from Ala Moana Center (by Nordstrom). It's a newly constructed space, with modern decor.

MW Restaurant
1538 Kapiolani Blvd.


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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