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Bon Appétit: Good Eats in Kapolei

Monkeypod Kitchen

Source & Image: Kapolei FYI newsletter PDF

Dining just got a little more exciting in Kapolei. There’s a lot to tempt the tastebuds at the new Merriman’s Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina, or if you’re hankering for some gastronomic I’ve-never-tried-that adventure, head out to Foodland’s R. Field Wine Company.

Merrimaking at Merriman’s Monkeypod Kitchen

They bill their Monkeypod Kitchen experience as a celebration of “the craft of food, drink and merrimaking.” It’s a place where using local organic and sustainable produce are not just good for the environment, but great for a regional cuisine menu that features such items as kiawe-roasted chicken wings, Hamakua wild mushroom pizza, bulgogi pork tacos, and organic macadamia nut crusted fish of the day. You can compliment your dishes with a wine from their extensive list. Or wash it all down with a choice of 36 microbrews from Hawai‘i and around the world, all served at a nippy 29 degrees. You can also chill out during the daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and nosh on their appetizers and pizzas.

Since opening in January, the response from both locals and visitors has been beyond expectations. Chef-owner Peter Merriman said, “We are very pleased with how well Monkeypod has been received, especially by our local supporters. It’s very important to us that both residents and visitors enjoy our restaurant. And I must mention the fantastic staff we were able to hire from the west side. We’ve exceeded expectations in community support at all levels.”

For more on Monkeypod Kitchens, go to http://www. monkeypodkitchen.com/ko-olina/. You can even make a reservation online.

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