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Ah, Hawaii. An island paradise perhaps not as well-known to Singaporeans as nearby haunts like Bali, but one that deserves the attention of beachgoers nonetheless. Also of note, the island’s ethnically-diverse eats, introduced by immigrants over the years. While 30-year-old Momoko Koshimizu from Tokyo isn’t one of Hawaii’s immigrant-descended inhabitants — roughly 14 percent of the island’s population has Japanese ancestry — she sorely misses time spent holidaying on the island after relocating to the United States for seven years at the age of five. She now lives in Singapore because of her job in the oil and gas industry.

Her Hawaiian-themed café Aloha Avenue in Haji Lane, a side project which opened in June, is designed as an escape from city life. Expect Hawaiian staples like poke and loco moco, as well as standard café grub such as pancakes. She’s also serving smoothies and other beverages sourced from Hawaii, including beers and Kona coffee (a type of Arabica bean cultivated on the island’s slopes in the Kona region).

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