Makaha High Risers
Although isolated from Honolulu's metropolitan area (an aspect which many residents prefer), the Waianae Coast is fairly self-sufficient in providing goods and services for those who dwell there.
Listed below are the businesses and enterprises we'd recommend to our friends and neighbors.
From The Soil To Your Silverware
At Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe, eating like a locavore – garden fresh – is easy, when the field where your salad fixings were raised can be seen right outside the restaurant's window.
Located away from the coast, up into Lualualei Valley, Kahumana is dining fine on organic ingredients, and the freshest of local and regional products.
More than just a gastronomic escape, the farm and cafe is a total respite for body, soul and psyche, as many meal-goers discover during an after-eating stroll through Kahumana's pastoral grounds.
For more information go to: https://www.kahumana.org/
Eating On High
A million dollar view with affordable menu pricing is what you'll find atop the hill at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's Ka'aha'aina Cafe.
Open Mon. - Fri. for breakfast and lunch only, enjoy a view of the entire length of Ma'ili Beach as you dine on local, hearty, and health-conscious items, sourced fresh from area farms and growers.
The vista is grand. The food is good. And the prices are among the best around. Check out Yelp, TripAdvisor or Bing for reviews and hours, or call 808-697-3488.
Dining Far East in Waianae
Finding Asian cuisine in an ambiance that's clean, casual and comforting is always a treat. Mix in a wide-ranging menu that encompasses Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai and Hawaiian meals, and you've got a real winner.
Such is the case at Waianae Mall, two doors down from Longs Drugs, where Saito & Pho restaurant resides.
With sandwiches, soups, noodle dishes and meal plates, there's always something for almost every range of eater.
Refer to reviews on Yelp or TripAdvisor, or call 808-696-2266, for more info.
Cuisine, Community Style
All across America, from big cities to small towns, the community diner has been a traditional gathering place for neighborly visits, family eating, hearty meals, and affordable prices.
Just two blocks Makaha bound from Waianae Mall, and on the mauka (mountain) side of Farrington Hwy., Hannara Restaurant has fulfilled that role for many years.
With a menu that encompasses foods derived from two continents and one island chain (North America, Asia and Hawaii), there's a diversity of tastes and flavor for almost any eater. An extra bonus is the serving of breakfast all day long.
Check out Yelp or TripAdvisor for more information, or call 808-696-6137.
Country Style in Ma'ili
In the community of Ma'ili, just over the Ma'ili'ili Stream bridge (as headed Nanakuli bound from Makaha), and just below the hilltop-positioned Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, is the Countryside Cafe – located in the strip mall across from Ma'ili Beach Park's Waianae-side lifeguard tower.
A restaurant that prides itself on rural-style eating, service and atmosphere, the Countryside Cafe is a favorite among MVT neighbors for breakfast and lunch.
Hearty dishes on the extensive menu run the gambit from local-style, American standard, and Asian-style favorites.
For more about the Countryside Cafe check out this link: http://www.countrysidecafe808.net/
The View's the Thing
You'd think that on an island in the mid-Pacific, waterside restaurants would be plentiful.
You'd be wrong.
Out on the Waianae Coast, however, The Beach House by 604, delivers on-the-water views in a big way; the food is well priced, the vibe, the ambiance and the social atmosphere is world class, and the sunsets are a crimson festival of evening color.
Located on the grounds of the Pililaau Army Recreation Center, but open to the public (with picture I.D.), The Beach House by 604 is a tropical
fulfillment of full-service dining.
For more information about The Beach House, here's a link
to their web site:
Decadence by the Beach
If your sweet tooth is craving something substantial, or even light and fluffy, then you need head no further toward town then just across the Ma'ili'ili Stream from the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
For there, practically right underneath the Comp Center's new emergency services building, and right across Farrington Hwy. from Ma'ili'ili Beach Park, and next to The Countryside Cafe, sits The Sugar Hut, a primary stop for cakes, cupcakes, brownies, truffles, parfaits, and other decadent delights.
It's a slice of dessert heaven right here on the Waianae Coast!
For more information about The Sugar Hut, here's a link to their web site: http://www.sugarhuthawaii.com/
Part shopping experience, part community gathering, and always fresh from the farm, Makeke Waianae (the Waianae Farmers Market) comes weekly to the Waianae Mall on Saturdays.
Located right behind Starbucks and Burger King, and open 8 a.m. to noon, Makeke Waianae makes locally-grown produce, meat and dairy foods (with a side of music, crafts, potted plants and other community products) available in a festive and communal setting.
For more information follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/makekefarmers/
Hardware, Old School Style
In years past, customer service often meant approaching a high-top counter where a knowledgeable employee would answer questions, offer advice and head to a back room to pull the very, exact product you were looking for.
At Waianae's W Hardware and Lumber Supply, located right next door to McDonalds, long-ago days are still here.
A repository of one-on-one service, and hard to find electrical and plumbing items, W Hardware is Waianae's go-to place for home repair remedies.
See their Yelp listing for more info, or contact them at: 808-696-2992.
Good Things Come In Not-so-big Boxes
Contemporary consumers have become accustom to seeking out big-box stores for much of their shopping needs. But when it comes to finding hardware, home-repair, plumbing, electrical, and even some furnishings, seek no further, nor no bigger than Waianae's medium-box-sized City Mill, located at the Waianae Mall.
Containing pretty much all the products of similar, and much larger establishments in Kapolei, City Mill saves its customers miles of aisle walking with its smaller footprint.
Additionally, its prices are competitive, if, not often, even less expensive, and the fuel savings of not having to drive outside the Waianae Coast can be substantial.
For more about City Mill go to: http://www.citymill.com/