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Kaiwa’s hidden menu

We checked out Kaiwa in Waikiki to see what special off-menu items they offer

Posted October 19, 2012 by Melissa Chang

You may know that almost every restaurant has secret, off-menu items that only insiders know about. They’re special little items — sometimes they’re things that the employees have concocted for themselves that go mainstream, or they don’t match the overall restaurant theme, or maybe they’re exquisite items that are too humbug to make for the masses. Heck, even Starbucks and Jamba Juice have secret items. Whatever the case, I hope this is the first in a series of blogs about secret menus around town. If you have any leads, let me know!

Here’s our recent adventure at Kaiwa in Waikiki Beach Walk; some items are on the regular menu, some are seasonal, and a few at the end are secret. Well, they were secret.

Dinner at Kaiwa (1 of 16)

Dinner at Kaiwa

One of my favorite dining partners is Sean Morris (the hapa guy on the left side of the table) because he's always game for stuff and has more knowledge about restaurants in Hawaii than anyone else I know. He gathered a group of us to go to Kaiwa in Waikiki to try their ura menu, or secret/hidden menu.

Kaiwa Waikiki
226 Lewers St., 2nd Level

Disclosure: This meal was comped for our group.


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  1. jlieu
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Wow! Aburi maguro looks ono! PS – love the pics! You make me want to go into Waikiki! :D

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @jlieu You know if you come with me you get free parking!

  3. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Delicate Blossom:  Whew! that really looks like a high priced meal…if I mention your name do you think I can get “comped” too?

  4. Melissa808
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    @Annoddah_Dave haha good try. It was actually not comped for me, but for Sean!

  5. DebBruce21
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Awesome article. I am coming back to Waikiki in February – 4th year in a row (I am so spoiled). 
    I am so impressed with the creative and fresh Hawaiian cuisine on Maui and Oahu – but I am not confident about what to order. After your pictures and description – I feel I could visit Kaiwa and order with confidence.  Thank you for this.

  6. Melissa808
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

    @DebBruce21 thank you. and have a wonderful  trip!!!!

  7. KevinSOshiro
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    i have never been into the place yet. Passed by it a couple of times on (Waikiki) Beachwalk, to Starbucks by the hotel that has Kanikapila Grill. It looks good !

  8. Melissa808
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    @KevinSOshiro I’ve gone for lunch teishoku before. good stuff!


About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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