Greek Marina at Koko Marina

We were in the mood for Greek food the other day so we decided to go to the place with the easiest access. The Greek Marina in Hawaii Kai is easy to find, easy to park, easy to get into and comfortably unpretentious.

Restaurant

I have a passion for moussaka and my mind focuses on it as soon as Greek food is the topic of conversation.  So, since I was focused there, that’s what was for lunch!
Moussaka

Moussaka is a dish of eggplant and hamburger that is to-die-for delicious. This one was not the best they’ve ever made but it was still good. It was… missing something but we couldn’t quite figure out what. Oh well. The salad as good as always but it can always have more feta cheese!

I do love those Kalamata olives! They are an acquired taste but they’re almost a necessary condiment when eating Mediterranean foods. I don’t know, they’re just a culinary must-have!

Cheese, or the lack thereof, is always the problem with spanakopita (spinach with feta cheese baked in dough), which is another thing that I should have ordered. I’ll just have to order some next time. There’s a good reason to go back!

The Kitchen

There’s a little window into the kitchen where the waiters and waitresses pick up the plates of food to be served to their patrons. I couldn’t resist that photo opportunity!

Grape Leaves

These are grape leaves that the chef has separated with slices of tomato and cucumber. I like grape leaves very much but I haven’t tried theirs yet. There’s reason number two to go back!

Hummus

Hummus is also something I like but I’m not too worried about not having tried any. What I am irritated with myself about is my failure to try their baba ghanouj — a roasted eggplant dip that I absolutely love! There’s a restaurant in downtown Honolulu that makes some really awesome baba ghanouj and I really wanted to compare the Greek Marina’s to theirs. There’s reason number three to go back!

Since we’re talking about Greek food, I guess I should mention that they also have souvlaki. I have very little interest in souvlaki because it’s not exotic enough, or not definitively Greek enough, for me! What is it? Well, to me, it’s nothing more than your choice of meat (usually lamb or chicken) on a shish kabob. It is well marinated, but I always look for things that I cannot get elsewhere!

Baklava

Now for dessert! Most people are familiar with baklava and this one looks like it was loaded with pistachios! I didn’t try it, but Mom, who is the biggest critic of bad baklava, says it was delicious.

Greek Isle Wall

This mural covers most of one of the walls in the restaurant. It is a very representative mural of the Greek Isle of Santorini. What a beautiful place — so fresh looking in its blue and white buildings and surrounded by the beautiful blue ocean! Picture perfect for sure.

Ring

The service was great and our waitress was very sweet and patient. The staff were all very good about humoring me with my picture taking.

Greek Marina
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy. E-126
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
Phone: (808) 396-8441

You can find out more about Koko Marina here and, after you eat, you can walk around a bit and look at some of the other shops and businesses. Koko Marina calls itself, “The last stop on the way to Hanauma Bay.” I had to think about that statement for a bit and, you know, I think they’re right. I’ll talk about Hanauma Bay in the not-too-distant future, I promise! 🙂

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kuanyin // Jan 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I recently wrote about a Greek restaurant on Maui, and here you are writing about one too! Hey, this one looks great! Mahalo for the recommendation. Great photos too! I should have posted some photos too, but at the time, we were hungry and dived into our food. 🙂

  • 2 Evelyn // Jan 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Kuanyin! That’s exactly it! I have had to postpone some writings for just that reason — I forgot the pictures! 🙂 Food always takes the front seat!

  • 3 David // Jan 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Evelyn,
    What a great review. Greek food really brings back memories good memories for us.
    We were in a Greek restaurant in Prague, the waiter did not speak English, but spoke French as did someone in our party. So we ordered Greek food in English, which was translated to French and then to Czech. The food was great.
    Hmmm, we still have a bottle of port we bought there, I think I’ll go have a sip.

    David

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Hey David! Thanks for the visit and the comment! I love the language to language to language thing you guys managed to pull off to get your food — too funny! Port sounds good right about now… have a sip for me! 🙂

  • 5 Reward Rebel // Jan 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    It’s unusual to see a review of a Greek restaurant located in Hawaii, which itself sounds pretty alluring to me sitting here in wintry London. It’s my goal to move to the Greek island of Crete within the next year, which is why I’ve become involved in internet marketing in the first place;-D

    (BTW Santarini is the most photographed of all the Greek islands.)

  • 6 Evelyn // Jan 18, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Rebel! Wishing you all the luck and success with your goal! It’s funny you should mention that about Santarini… I looked it up on the Internet and the first picture I found looked exactly like the mural! You’ll have to drop us a note from Greece when you get there!

  • 7 Sheila // Jan 19, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Hi Evelyn – when I eventually get out your way, please clear your calendar because we’re going to eat our way around Honolulu. 🙂

  • 8 Evelyn // Jan 19, 2008 at 9:08 am

    You are so cute, Sheila! 😀 You got it! Would you guys hurry up — I’m hungry!

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