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We had a very special guest passing through this weekend. A first time visitor to our beautiful Hawaiian islands, from LA to going to Manilla. A family member who happens to really love steak.

And so, without hesitation, we made the easy choice to come to “DK Steakhouse”. IMHO one of  the best steakhouse’s (if not the best) in Hawaii. Why” because they are known not just for fabulous 22 oz Bone-in Dry-Aged Rib Eye Steak (30 day is the bomb) but also for their wonderfully excellent service as well. Managing Partner, Ivy Nagayama, and her great staff never fails and always succeeds to give us the royal treatment. Two very good reasons for returning. Plus, not only do they do steak well, we love their appetizers and other delights.  Oh and not to forget sister restaurant “Sansei” which has excellent quality sushi and serves outstanding Japanese cuisine right next door.

However, aside from their mouth watering onolicious food and outstanding service, we look forward to going back simply because they always make us feel so special and treat us like family!

Often said, a picture is worth more than what mere words only can begin to describe. So without anymore words, here are the pictures….

Panko Crusted Ahi

Panko Crusted Ahi

 

Hamachi - Ponzu Sauce

Hamachi – Ponzu Sauce

 

Bacon & Shiitake Mushrooms

Bacon & Shiitake Mushrooms

Escargots Smothered in Garlic Butter n Cheese

Escargots Smothered in Garlic Butter n Cheese

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged with Ranch Butter

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged with Ranch Butter

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Salt Rubbed

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Salt Rubbed

 

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Paniolo Style (YUMS!!!)

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Paniolo Style (YUMS!!!)

 

 

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While waiting for another beautiful Hawaiian sunset during my evening walk along the shore of Ala Moana beach on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, I happen to glance in the swallows as the endless tide began to recede. In the midst of constant ripples and barely beneath the surface were these tiny hermit crabs. Busy in their world and perhaps unaware of mine. Almost instantaneously a thought came to mind. A thought of how these once alive unique sea shells where again moving to and fro. Almost as if they had never left us. A second chance if you will. Just like my second chance. Gifted freely to me when I accepted Christ, became a believer and then now a sharer/messenger of His Good News. In that moment I almost completely forgot about the sunset. The reason for being there.

Anyway, I hope you also enjoy these unique creatures that made my walk and day a little bit more special.

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Orange glow at Sunset Oahu HI

In doing my evening walk yesterday, I was blessed to catch another beautiful evening sunset off Ala Moana Beach Oahu, Hawaii.

Pinkish Blue Sky at Sunset Oahu, HI

While it is almost commonplace here it was nevertheless awe-inspiring and fully appreciated still.

I was further blessed to witness a flock of heron’s feeding in the Ala Moana canal which is situated within the park. It was truly a remarkable sight to see. Here is a short clip of it:

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On another trip, I was again blessed by good friend Hari Kojima who took me along on a skin diving adventure for elusive 20-25 pound spiny lobsters. This time to the South Pacific island place called “Isle of Pines” in “New Caledonia”. Which is a hidden gem, known for sweeping untouched white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and colorful lagoons. Please enjoy this sequence of very fond memories, with more to come later…

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Wow it’s hard to believe one year has flown by so quickly and it’s now the time of year where we get to celebrate three October birthdays again. Yup, son Matt, daughter-in-law Hiromi and yours truly. Actually, I celebrated my birthday twice (hehehe). Both times at fabulous and one of our all-time favorites, DK Steakhouse. And as with last year, we were yet again “blessed” by an exceptional dinner celebration made wonderfully memorable by GM-Ivy Nagayama, along with her warm, friendly, customer service oriented and remarkable staff. Two of  their treats to us were the Fire Cracker Shrimp Dynamite and Panko-Crusted Seared Freshi Ahi Sashimi from sister restaurant, Sansei. Both awesome and winners in our book! To honest, beside their mouth watering onolicious food and outstanding service, we also look forward to going back because they always make us feel so special and treat us like family!

Some our favorites include their 22 oz Paniolo Rib Eye, 22 oz Bone-in Dry-Aged Rib Eye, Paniolo Filet Mignon, Sansei Filet Mignon and now their Wednesday nite special, a four-course live Main Lobster night delight.

Here are few pictures (click on picture to enlarge) along with a slide show to share:

 

Sansei Filet Mignon

 

 

Shrimp Dynamite

 

 

22 oz Paniolo Rib Eye

 

 

Live Main Lobster

 

 

Paniolo Filet Mignon

 

 

Panko-Crusted Fresh Ahi Sashimi

 

 

Delmonico Mudd Pie

 

 

Classic Escargot n Sweet Maui Onion Soup

 

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In earlier blog posts entitled “Hawaii’s Hidden Treasures” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-cP ), “An Ant’s Perspective” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-aj ) and “Out of Sight Out of Mind” ( http://wp.me/pCRBM-6A ), I talked about many beautiful wonders here in Hawaii that usually go unnoticed. In keeping with this theme, on a hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse overlooking the Ka Iwi coastline and cliffs recently, I yet again encountered more unnoticed Gems of Hawaii along the way. Except for moss on the boulder sized rock, these beautiful blossoms were diminutive in size, maybe 1/2 inch at most, however, radiant in color and incredibly unique in beauty. More amazing, these gems actually bloom on weed-like plants which are commonplace among ordinary vegetation along the hiking trail. Although the view (waves crashing against the Ka Iwi coastline, Makapu’u Lighthouse precariously situated on cliffs at the easternmost tip of Oahu, an expansive ocean which appeared almost without end, humpback whales frolicking carefree in the deep blue pacific, etc.) was awe-inspiring as well as breathtaking, I must say I had as much thrill and excitement in taking pictures of what I consider nature’s best secrets and God’s beautiful wonders which are shown below. In reflection, I did get some curious glances from folks wondering what was so interesting among the weeds. And further, why I had my camera pointed along the footpath snapping picture after picture instead of down at the cliffs or toward the ocean.

Delicate Hibiscus Like Yellow Flower

Delicate Hibiscus Like Yellow Flower

Fragile Violet Flower

Fragile Violet Flower

Bouquet of Tiny Yellow Flowers

Violet Lily Like Flowers Strung on a Vine

Violet Lily Like Flowers Strung on a Vine

Ancient Moss Rock

Ancient Moss Rock

Tiny White Flower

Tiny White Flower

Deep Purple Flower


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Last night was like Ground Hog Day for Lisa B and me. Craving for D. K Steak House’s fabulously onolicious 22 oz. aged dried bone in rib eye steak we had in October (see post entitled “October Babies Rule at DK Steakhouse” ~ http://bit.ly/22Jm8m for our previous dining experience), we decided to head off from Kakaako and return to Waikiki to get some more of their good grinds. Once again we came away stuffed and totally satisfied.

This time, however, was a little different, but in a good way. Their ribeye was even better. GM – Ivy Nagayama told us that they upgraded their steaks to the Meyer Natural Angus product. And boy was it was thumbs up tender, juicy and oh so flavorful. We will be back for more soon, promise!

22oz Aged Dried Bone in Ribeye Steak

22oz Aged Dried Bone in Ribeye Steak

Before feasting, our evening began with a most stunningly beautiful sunset off of Waikiki (viewed from the restaurant’s balcony), which by the way made it on KITV4 at 10 pm and featured by Moani Nabarro.

Stunning Sunset off Waikiki from D. K Steak House

Server Cheng Ma and Manager Michelle Sasaki provided outstanding service all the while their chefs cooked up some awesome dishes to fill our tummies with delight. In fact, like our previous visit, we were generously taken care of once again. Complimenting their famous aged rib eye steak, we dined on escargots smothered with cheese and garlic butter, crisp on the outside and moist on the inside crab cakes, macaroni & cheese with truffles and lychee sorbert. Even coffee was 100% kona and parking free for up three hours!

Here are pictures of those dishes we enjoyed:

Escargots Covered with Cheese & Garlic Butter

Macaroni & Cheese with Truffles

Macaroni & Cheese with Truffles

Crab Cakes with Sauce Dizzled on the Side

Crab Cakes with Sauce Dizzled on the Side

For anyone considering D. K Steak House, please make time to say hello to Manager Michelle Sasaki. We promise you’ll come away with a sense of an ohana like feeling which will make your experience even better. Our one and only regret thus far….not meeting Office Manager – Teri in person or in twitter talk IRL (in real life). She too is another reason for us wanting to return again and again!

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