My cab driver from the airport recommended Wailana Coffee House. His recommendation turned out to be outstanding. It is in a low-key setting across from the Hilton on Waikiki. Inside, it is classic mid-century coffee shop. The food is excellent and the service everything you expect from a coffee shop experience---warm and generous.
My cab driver also pointed out an organic papaya tree growing next to the highway so I decided to try some here. I don't eat papaya often and I really enjoyed it. Like all great fruits, it combines sweetness and acidity in the right mix to give a bright, clean taste. The texture was soft and inviting.
My omelet was perfectly cooked. The green peppers were the standout filling---clearly very fresh with a nice snap and vibrant taste. The potatoes were excellent as well.
I enjoyed my experience so much that I went back for dinner the next day. My Portugese soup was hearty with a nice taste of beans.
My pork tenderloin was just right, crunch on the outside and porky on the inside. The option of brown rice was a very nice surprise.