The gist: Landing in the spot formerly occupied by Spada Bar & Restaurant at the Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach is the latest opening from restaurateur Chai Chaowasaree and a celebration of regional Hawaiian food.
The food: When owner and chef Chai Chaowasaree opened Kalo, he brought on two employees from the classic Helena’s Hawaiian Food in Kalihi. The recipes are Chaowasaree’s, but he needed local finesse in cooking authentic Hawaiian food. The Hawaiian Signature Sampler is your best bet, with kalua pork, ‘ahi poke, chicken long rice, lomi salmon, poi (when available), rice, and pipikaula short ribs. Other local favorites include the classic laulau, beef stew, and garlic noodles; if you prefer more contemporary fare, Kalo also offers lobster curry, miso sea bass, and Hawaiian-style barbecue chicken.
The cost: Most small plates and a la carte items are $8 to $15; the signature poke is $18 and the pipikaula is $22. Entrees range from $35 to $52. Desserts are $7 to $12. Signature cocktails are $14, beers range from $6 for domestic labels, $7-8 for imports, and up to $16 for Hawaiian labels, sake is $9, and wine is available by the glass for $10-14.
How to book: Walk-ins are accepted, but you can also make reservations by calling 808-931-6222 or through their website. Takeout can also be ordered via the website.