A guide to local favorites in Moiliili
- By Martha Cheng
- Photos by Marie Hobro
Visitors are apt to drive through Moiliili without stopping, but those who pause will find tucked-away, everyday delights. Its proximity to the university gives it a young vibe in a long-established residential neighborhood, once home to taro fields and then a Japanese immigrant community (the Japanese Cultural Center and Moiliili Hongwanji, a Buddhist temple, still exist here). Karaoke dive bars and fine-dining restaurants share a block, and a convenience store serves shave ice the way it has for decades while beer geeks invent new brews.