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New eats: Hiking Hawaii Cafe

A Waikiki cafe with a small menu, hidden from view and oddly named? Yes, worth it


Posted November 7, 2012 by Mari Taketa

I found a sandwich I liked so much, I’ve had it three times in three weeks. The only reason I didn’t get it the fourth time I went to Hiking Hawaii Cafe was because the remnants of the third were still in my fridge. And I don’t even like sandwiches.

Hiking Hawaii? It’s unlikely, a tiny Wi-Fi cafe downstairs from Todai Restaurant at the edge of Waikiki, below ground level and hidden from view. Two friends called and told me I had to check it out, or I’d never have found it. Not to mention the small menu of sandwiches, pizzas and smoothies is geared toward easy and grab-and-go, which you’d expect from a cafe attached to a guided hiking tour outfit with a tour desk in the corner and light hiking gear for sale.

But the sandwich! A happy panini of prosciutto, brie and the surprise of fig jam, crisp and ungreasy and balanced in its flavors. And there’s a pizza I found, light, with fresh ingredients and an un-obnoxious dusting of cheese, and an acai bowl I still think about, even though the rest of the time I never think about acai bowls because I don’t understand them.

So even though the menu is small, and of itself not remarkable, and even though the cafe is oddly named and hard to remember, this place is worth a stop if you’re passing by. And major bonus for Waikiki: free parking in the building (with a caveat — click to the last photo).

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Hiking Hawaii Cafe

Open since September, Hiking Hawaii is not atypical of Waikiki cafes. Smoothies, paninis and bagel sandwiches, quick-cooked pizzas on premade crusts, cappuccinos and espressos.

Hiking Hawaii Cafe
1910 Ala Moana Blvd.
855-808-4453
www.hikinghawaii808.com

Comments


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

    EO:  You are too much!  I think I will try the place just to experience the “ripe human smells”!  LOL

  2. Melissa808
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Schmall kine expensive? Or is it good value?

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    @Melissa808 for waikiki, good, esp w/ free parking. if u compare w/ another lunch, like the tonkatsu at menchanko-tei (no free pkg at lunch), abt equal. we shd do a waikiki values w/ parking gallery

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave i dare u!

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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