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Dean’s Drive Inn – Kaneohe’s Treasure

April 1, 2014

 

An Interview with Dean Mishima from Dean’s Drive Inn

 

Whenever I travel anywhere new, I always make sure that grinding at the local hot spot is on the agenda. And although Kaneohe is not exactly “traveling” necessarily, buggah is far for me so getting to the Windward side these days is almost like going on a trip.

But like the chicken from KJ’s, poke from JJ’s, and okazu from Masa & Joyce, Dean’s Drive Inn in the Adon Plaza building off Kamehameha Highway has built a cult-like following for its fresher than fresh seafood and ono kine grindz, so making that “trek” is well worth it.

Behind it all is local boy and shoreline fisherman Dean Mishima. A graduate of Castle High, Mishima started cooking back in 1975 and caught the culinary bug ever since. Between cooking and fishing, he also ended up, ironically enough, becoming a fishing game warden at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base. Mishima’s last job before opening up Dean’s Drive Inn back in 2006, was as Executive Chef for 19 years at the old Liberty House in Ala Moana Center.

Dean Mishima in 1998
Dean Mishima in 1998

One weekday afternoon, Lawai`a’s Marc Inouye, Sterling Kaya, “Aunty Kwong” and I made our way through the Koolaus to try Dean’s dishes first hand. Here’s a peek at what and we pounded.

Surf & Turf: Ahi Cakes & Teri Beef Combo ($12.95) - Their most popular dish.
Surf & Turf: Ahi Cakes & Teri Beef Combo ($12.95) – Their most popular dish.

Island Fresh Ahi Belly ($12.95)
Island Fresh Ahi Belly ($12.95)

Island Fresh Shutome with Ginger, Butter & Capers ($12.95)
Island Fresh Shutome with Ginger, Butter & Capers ($12.95)

Rack of Lamb (3 pc - $14.95)
Rack of Lamb (3 pc – $14.95)

Kualoa Ranch Homemade 7 oz. Hamburger Steak ($9.50)
Kualoa Ranch Homemade 7 oz. Hamburger Steak ($9.50)

Pork with Watercress Soup
Pork with Watercress Soup

A bite of his wife Doreen's Baked Butter Mochi Cup Topped with Chocolate Ganache and Haupia Pudding ($2.15)
A bite of his wife Doreen’s Baked Butter Mochi Cup Topped with Chocolate Ganache and Haupia Pudding ($2.15)

The parking and accommodations at the Adon Plaza is not the greatest (small parking lot with no bathrooms on premise), but one bite of Dean’s mean eats will no doubt bring you back on this “trek” time and time again.

Dean Mishima
Dean Mishima

Dean’s Drive Inn
45-773 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 247-1300

[Prevously published in Lawai`a Magazine]

 

 

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

I hope you guys finished your taxes! Yowzas! Due date is coming up fast!

I get one feeling dat dis week’s comment count goin’ be shmall kine low cause the photos stay hahd. Prove me wrong y’all! Show me your skillz! 😛

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

Photo 2) Wea Dis Stay? ________________________

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - April 10, 2013
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – April 10, 2013

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SCOOPS!

$25 Gift Card Winner!
Congratulations to carokun who correctly guessed our quiz/location last week: the new Ross Dress for Less store at 2220 South King Street (old Long’s). She won herself a juicy $25 Ross gift card thanks to the good folks at Ross Dress for Less.

carokun - Winner of the $25 Ross Dress for Less Gift Card Giveaway!
carokun – Winner of the $25 Ross Dress for Less Gift Card Giveaway!

VH07V at SPAM Jam next month!
VH07V has been selected as one of only 10 crafters to get into this year’s SPAM Jam festival in Waikiki taking place THIS month (Saturday, April 27 @ 4pm-10pm). Come on down and visit us at da booth k?

VH07V will be at this year's 11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam! (Photo courtesy: SPAM Jam)
VH07V will be at this year’s 11th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam! (Photo courtesy: SPAM Jam)

New AroundHawaii article!
My April article for AroundHawaii features the semi new Gastropub on McCully where all the cool kids like to hang out: DASH Gastropub – Gastrolicious!! (Previously published in Lawai`a Magazine).

DASH Gastropub - Gastrolicious!
DASH Gastropub – Gastrolicious!


Weekly VH07V Updates!

VH07V Spotted!
This week’s “SPOTTED!” shot features my high school classmate Bobby and his youth baseball team in Washington State. Bobby was one of my earliest customers back when we first started this thang early last year! Buy the Blue/White VH07V colorway he’s wearing here: shop.vh07v.com.

SPOTTED: Coach Bobby and his baseball team in Washington State showing some VH07V
SPOTTED: Coach Bobby and his baseball team in Washington State showing some VH07V

New VH07V Designs!
Thanks for posting your input on our latest poll for the next ladies racerback design. Based on the votes, we’ll probably start with these three first. Which do you like da bes? 🙂

New VH07V Racerback Designs
New VH07V Racerback Designs

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VH07V Online Store - shop.vh07v.com
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As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

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Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage Kaimuki!

Check out Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki next Thursday, April 18th for another exciting live storage auction! For more information, visit www.hawaiiselfstorage.com!

Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki!
Storage Auction at Hawaii Self Storage in Kaimuki!