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Just opened: Corner Kitchen in Kapahulu

A new fusion restaurant opens in difficult spot

Posted November 16, 2011 by Catherine E. Toth

There’s always been a restaurant on the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Kanaina Street, right across the street from Rainbow Drive-In.

For a long time, it was Harpo’s. Then it was ZenShu. And for months, it stood empty, waiting for the next tenant to take advantage of ZenShu’s major renovations to the kitchen and dining area.

But it’s a tough location.

First, there’s no parking, save for about four stalls located directly behind the restaurant. Then you’re competing with dozens of restaurants dotted along Kapahulu Avenue.

It’s no easy task.

But last week, as we were wandering around Kapahulu, we noticed the lights were on and people were sitting at tables. (We’re niele, what can I say.)

So we peeked in and asked if the restaurant was open. The general manager, Patti Sato, quickly waved us in and got us a table. Turns out, it was the soft opening of Corner Kitchen, a fusion-style restaurant that blends local favorites with an Asian twist. (The sushi bar is opening soon, too.) And there was live music!

So we checked it out. Here’s a look inside:

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Welcome, Corner Kitchen!

Last week Corner Kitchen held a soft opening — and we just happened to be walking by. So we stopped in to check it out.

Corner Kitchen, 477 Kapahulu Ave. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday through Friday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Phone:(808) 732-3217


  1. nonstopmari
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    cat, sounds like it was overall ok? wd u go back in a few weeks?

  2. townieUHfan
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Dunno, picked up lunch at ‘Bows today and she was there… hard to argue with the plates there.

  3. ScamperShigenaga
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    before Harpo’s, it was the original Hee Hing


About Catherine E. Toth

Born and raised on O'ahu, Catherine E. Toth has been chronicling her adventures in her blog, The Daily Dish (, for four years. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawai'i for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism full time at Kapi'olani Community College, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.

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