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President Bill Clinton dines at Nobu in Waiea, visits Hokulea

Photo property of @angelurena, Press Secretary

Photo property of @angelurena, Press Secretary

Buzz has surrounded former President Bill Clinton's visit to Oahu. He served as the keynote speaker at the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. He also made time to visit with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and meet with five of its staffers, including Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson. He toured the Hokulea, which returned to Hawaii last month after completing a three-year journey around the globe.

He even time to make a stop in the Ward Village neighborhood, dining at world-famous Nobu on the bottom floor of Waiea luxury condo tower. On Saturday night, local resident and reporter Duane Shimogawa reported spotting President Clinton dining with Governor John Waihee and his wife. 

Hawaii News Now reports on Shimogawa's account, below:

The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was seen on Oahu this weekend giving a speech, dining at a presidential favorite spot, and touring the Hokulea.
The former commander-in-chief first addressed a crowd of about 3,000 people at UH Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center Saturday. Clinton was the keynote speaker of the Global Ball Conference, a gathering of worldwide employees of Flight Centre Travel Group. Clinton's speech reportedly lasted nearly two and a half hours long. 

Later in the evening, Clinton was spotted dining at Nobu in the Ward area with former governor John Waihee and his wife. 

"I heard his unmistakable voice when he walked in and then when I turned to see him, whatta you know, it's President Clinton," restaurant customer Duane Shimogawa told Hawaii News Now via text. 

Nobu is a favorite eatery of another former president, Barack Obama, who has dined at the restaurant both in and out of office during his trips to Hawaii.

Clinton was at the restaurant for a few hours with a light presence of Secret Service agents. Wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea were not in attendance. 

Restaurant employees tell Hawaii News Now Clinton ordered an array of food that includes menu items yellow tail jalapeno, sashimi salad, black cod, beef tobenyaki and shrimp tempura. 

As far as attire goes, former President Clinton reportedly wore an aloha shirt under his coat.

Shimogawa said he seemed "very happy" as he talked with several people, and paused for a photo with at least one man.

On Sunday, the Polynesian Voyaging Society confirmed Clinton toured the Hokulea with five of his staffers, and Waihee. PVS said it was Waihee's suggestion for Clinton to tour the respected wa'a.

It's unclear how long the former president will be in the islands.   

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Nobu Honolulu in Waiea at Ward Village Opens Its Doors

Nobu Honolulu Open-Air Bar & Lounge.  Photo credit: Nobu Honolulu

Nobu Honolulu Open-Air Bar & Lounge.  Photo credit: Nobu Honolulu

One year ago, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa had announced that after 10 years in at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, he would be moving his Nobu Honolulu restaurant to the ground floor of Waiea at Ward Village in Kakaako.  This big announcement signaled a slow movement of the center of Honolulu from Waikiki to Kakaako. 

Nobu, which is co-owned by Chef Nobu and legendary actor Robert DeNiro, is known for its award-winning, innovative "New Style" Japanese cuisine.  Nobu Honolulu features the Chef's popular dishes, such as Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño. 

On December 23, 2016 - just a few weeks after the first residents of Waiea moved in and just in time for the holiday season - Nobu opened its doors!  This brand-new 11,000-square-foot locatione features an outdoor bar lounge, open format kitchen, and a private Teppan Room.

The restaurant is located at 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.  Reservations are available at (808) 237-6999.

What are your favorite dishes from the restaurant?  Comment on my blog below!

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Famous Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to Move Nobu Restaurant to Ward Village

Photo courtesy of Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes today announced that world-famous, international Nobu Restaurant will be moving its Waikiki location to Ward Village late next year. The new location will be located on the ground level of Waiea, one of Ward Village's most exciting projects. It will cover 8,000 square feet of indoor dining space, as well as 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining space. When it is completed in 2016, Waiea will be the most luxurious condo tower in Honolulu.

Who wouldn't want to have world-class fine dining right below where you live? 89% of units in Waiea are already sold, so please contact me if you are interested in securing your Waiea (or Anaha!) unit! This year, I was the Ward Village Top Producing Agent by Units for the second year in a row, so I am happy to use my expertise to assist you in this exciting new project!

Read the entire PBN article below:

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will move his Waikiki restaurant Nobu late next year to the ground floor of The Howard Hughes Corp.’s new Waiea condominium at Ward Village in Honolulu's rapidly growing Kakaako neighborhood.

Nobu Waikiki is currently located in the Waikiki Parc Hotel, which will close next fall for extensive renovations.

Waiea is the first residential tower under construction in The Howard Hughes Corp.’s (NYSE: HHC) 60-acre Ward Village master plan.

“At Ward Village, we are curating an unmatched mix of design, retail and food experiences with Nobu serving as a culinary anchor for our community,” David R. Weinreb, CEO of The Howard Hughes Corp., said in a statement. “Nobu’s decision to move from Waikiki to Ward Village is significant as it moves us closer to our long term goal of becoming the new center of Honolulu.


The Nobu Honolulu restaurant will have 8,000 square feet indoors, and another 2,000 square feet of outdoor dining space.


Ward Village is creating a new community in the heart of Honolulu that is unlike anything that exists in Hawaii,” said Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. “The combination of world class architecture, a walkable neighborhood and an authentic district of high quality shops, restaurants and entertainment offerings makes Ward Village a unique destination and the place to be in Honolulu.”


Matsuhisa is the second chef to announce a fine-dining restaurant for Ward Village. Peter Merriman plans to open his first Merriman's restaurant on Oahu at Anaha, the condo tower under construction diagonally across the street from Waiea, in 2017.

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