The gist: Chef Keaka Lee’s contemporary cuisine using local and global ingredients.
The food: Although Kahala is an upscale neighborhood, this is one of the few, if any, “casual smart” restaurants available. Keaka Lee takes local products and uses them in dishes of a variety of ethnic influences. The garlic naan bread with Sumida watercress namul is a favorite starter to share. Two of the more impressive artful items are the Kapa-ccio, using raw fresh catch with a design made of nori paste; and the grilled Spanish octopus prepared with black garlic char siu marinade. The housemade tagliatelle with bulgogi Bolognese is a staple for entrees. Kapa Hale is also known for having a wide variety of vegetable dishes to introduce diners to new ways of enjoying them. They recently got their liquor license and now offer a full wine list, sake, Broken Boundary Brewery beer, and handcrafted cocktails.
The cost: Appetizers are $7 to $8; vegetable and casual dishes are $10 to $17; lunch entrees are under $20 and dinner entrees are $27 to $52.
How to book: Reservations can be made by calling 808-888-2060 or online.