If you haven’t heard…my all-time favorite food, the thing that I could eat every single day is PIZZA. Believe me, I have tried to eat pizza every day and I haven’t gotten sick of it. My favorites include JJ Dolans, Big Kahuna, Bostons, Prima, CPK and many others...
You must realize my excitement to hear of a new pizza joint in Honolulu. "Hapas" pizza in Waikiki recently opened, located in the Sheraton Waikiki, adjacent to the infinity pool…the price range for the pizzas, pasta bakes, salads and more ranges from $5-$24.
The setting is very casual, after all it’s just within feet of a pool and a few yards from the beach. The dining room is open air with wooden tables and comfy bar seating along the wall. The restaurant prides itself with serving up delicious/fresh local ingredients on their house made pizzas and pastas. The toppings support local farmers and ranchers which is a big plus in my book because we need to support or local businesses.
The hand tossed pizza crust is cooked delicately in the oven. It’s not too thick and not too thin, with the cornmeal sprinkled bottom it’s really just right! They use simple tomato sauce as the foundation for the pizza pies. Topping flavors include meat-lovers, mushroom with truffle oil, prosciutto and arugula and a dessert-like pizza topped with apples and brie cheese. The pasta bakes are also tasty with a choice of red or white sauce and ingredients like artichoke, sausage and sun dried tomato.
The options are to buy a whole pie at 12” or 14”- or you can buy by the slice. Other pizza flavors include garlic chicken, Reuben, margherita and of course the Hawaiian. They even offer a keiki menu with keiki mini-complete meals which include spaghetti and meatballs, veggies or small baked ziti.
Hapas utilizes the local influences and origin of Executive Chef Darren Demaya who is originally from Hawaii Island, we used to work together at Alan Wongs for ten years. I am sensing an unavoidable trend with these food revHeus now. LOL
For a lot of locals heading into Waikiki can be a pain, but its less painful when the food is good and the parking is free. They do validate if you self park and offering some validation for valet as well. This setting is perfect for the grab-and-go style of food, but you can always take a pizza and go to the beach for a little sun, sand and fun. This truly is your one-stop-shop for all your food needs. They also serve cold beverages, a F'real maker, fruits and salads too.
My husband liked the Hamakua mushroom tartufo the best, its topped with fresh Hamakua Alii mushrooms and drizzled with truffle oil. I was infatuated with the Prosciutto de Parma pizza which was topped with mozzarella cheese, farm fresh eggs, prosciutto and halo farms baby arugula. The creaminess from the egg paired with the salty prosciutto and spice from the arugula was divine. This is kind of a sloppy dish because of the wetness caused from the egg yolk so be prepared to grabbed some napkins.
All-in-all I enjoyed our visit to Waikiki to check out the new pizza eatery. It was a pleasant surprise to find something so unique, yummy and fun in the heart of the south shore. It didn't boast much of the glitz and glam of other places, or crazy overly heavy and loaded toppings. It was more simple with delicious fresh ingredients that make your mouth water. Hapas takes the best from both worlds Italy and Hawaii and marries the two to create sumptuous and delicious food that is of the best quality and freshness.
Hapas - Sheraton Waikiki
7am - 10pm Sun-Thurs
7am- 11pm Fri-Sat
Breakfast (simple breakfast plates, pizza, pastry and beverages) daily from 7am-11am
931-8392 - inquire about delivery options