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“Lunch Stop”

Honey’s Restaurant
Ranked #70 of 128 Restaurants in Kaneohe
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Honey's Restaurant in Kaneohe, Hawaii is named after legendary Don Ho's mother Emily "Honey" Ho. Once called Honey's Bar and Honey's Café, it was a local favorite and landmark on the windward side of the island of Oahu in the 1940s until the 1970s. Incepted by Don Ho's parents Jimmy and Honey Ho in 1939, this nostalgic, intimate, casual, elegant restaurant continues to be a favorite eatery for locals and visitors alike with local, home-grown Hawaiian music like the ol' times. As Honey did, we too are excited to share the passion and love of Hawaiian music and Pacific Asian-Fusion, local-style foods with the local community and our visitors abroad! We welcome everyone!
Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lunch Stop”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

As part of the tour, we stopped here for lunch. With the long morning we had, we were glad for it! After circling around the venue, our driver stopped the shuttle at the pathway leading to the restaurant.

We couldn't find the entrance because the sliding doors were closed but luckily another customer saw and opened the doors for us.

Depending on how large our entire party was, tables were reserved.

Since most tables were four to a table I sat with a couple (from Italy). Yes a bit awkward but lunch went smoothly.

On the walls are framed pictures of celebrities.

Lighting wasn't so good. Maybe for the atmosphere?

It being at a fancy looking place I thought the items on the menu and price would be a lot. Reasonable I'd say. I got a burger with fries. Cost $1 for some Swiss cheese but that's what I prefer. It filled me up the rest of the tour.

Bathroom was outside of the restaurant and down a hallway. Yes it looks creepy if you're by yourself.

When the check came, the tip was already included. For this, I ain't complaining. It filled me up for the rest of the day! (I was ready for a nap.)

Other things:
Outdoor seating -- limited
A television screen but it's on the sports channel :P
Take-out

  • Visited June 2013
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Tustin, California
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73 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Old world Hawaii”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

You have seen the Honey's location and didn't know it. This restaurant is in the clubhouse of Koolau Golf Club on at the bottom of Pali Lookout. You are at the base of the Koolau mountains. Very serene. The vegetation here is very green of course as it rains a lot. If you go before it gets dark you can take some nice pictures.

To get there you exit Kam Highway on the left one street north of H3. Go left on Kahiko Street and follow the road through the magnificent tree tunnel. The drive is a treat all by itself.

We went on a Friday night for the live Hawaiian music (6 to 9). I thing they are the Koolau Crooners. There is some audience participation, if you want to do that.
Everyone was friendly with their old time Aloha. It felt like going back in time.

Our drink and food order was taken in a timely manner, and the drinks came right away. The hat lady table was filled. Some of them are pretty good musicians too, as we found out.

Had the Honey's Pupu Platter ($20.99) and onion rings (about $6). The platter had some nice steak pieces, some really nice sautéed mushrooms and some shrimp tempura.

The restrooms in the golf clubhouse are granite and immaculate - a nice change from the back alley trip to hell that you get at many restaurants. No parking nightmare either. Forgot to ask them about their Sunday brunch. There is a different band on Sundays. The Koi pond is right outside.

  • Visited September 2012
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Dallas, Oregon
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77 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Oahu's secret garden of true Aloha”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

Yes, the views are magnificent, the food is excellent, the wait-staff is always friendly & courteous and the ambiance intimate. You can even arrange a game of golf if you like at the co-situated Koolau Golf course, but NONE of those reveal the real hidden secret of Honey's. Every Friday evening, and from 4 to 7 PM on Sundays, knowledgeable locals gather for cocktails, pupus and really good, old-fashioned kanakapila-style Hawaiian music. Besides the scheduled top-flight local talent, often members of the crowd will render up their own musical or hula talents for the enjoyment of all. You never know who may be lurking about and it's all free. The parking is free, there's no admission charge and no drink-minimum. On these occasions Honey's has some of the very best entertainment, by and for locals, that you just will not, can not, see anywhere else for any price. Do it once and you be back again and again and again. It is the perfect way to start or end a perfect weekend in Windward Oahu ... and dress is always Aloha-informal.

  • Visited February 2013
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Nice location, good food”
Reviewed 14 June 2012

This was a good little restaurant in an excellent location -- mid golf course -- complete with huge koi carp swimming about. The wait staff were keen to please and the food was high quality. The price was reasonable for what you got (slightly on the high side, but compensated for by the good quality and pleasant location).

Visited June 2012
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The Villages, Florida
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1,236 reviews
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“Well worth going out of your way”
Reviewed 1 December 2011

In every visit, they have never missed. Every time Mainland visitors are with us, we go to the windward side for lunch at Honey's. Located at the base of Koolau mountains with a commanding view to the ocean. The food selection is not vast, but every meal has been prepared with care and is served generously. Who would expect a satisfying Ruben here? It is one of the best I've found.

  • Visited October 2011
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