Robert Cazimero is one of those musicians that you might just as
easily see on line at the bank as on stage at a pricey venue.
In the 1970s he was instrumental in helping revive Hawaiian
music and helped bring the songs of the islands to the Mainland and
beyond. Whenever he and his brother Roland (the other half of The
Brothers Cazimero) perform at places like the Waikiki Shell, one
sure crowd pleaser is an anthem to Hawaiian food called “Fish and
But recently the crooner’s mind ran toward hamburger steak.
Smothered in brown gravy and always served with “two scoops rice,”
the big beef patties keep surfers and hearty island appetites
going. Robert wanted to let visitors in on his favorite places to
The first place Robert goes when he’s got the jones is
Honolulu’s Boulevard Saimin.
“It’s a hole in the wall that you have to be local to know, and
the taste is beyond comfort,” he said. The patties are thick to
boot: The women who shape them measure them out in big rice scoops,
said part-owner Lynn Yagi.
Open 24 hours, Like Like Drive Inn is one of those places where
Honolulu locals especially entertainers meet before, during and
after hours, and there’s almost always a hamburger steak going on
one table or another.
This one’s got a mass of grilled onions mingling with the gravy,
Robert said, and a side order of potato-macaroni salad completes
“As most businessmen consider the golf course as a place to do
‘real’ business, those of us in the entertainment world have Like
Like,” he said.
But as an entertainer, Robert is well traveled and so are his
taste buds leading him to another favorite Duane’s Ono Charburgers
“The burgers are so huge and so packed you have trouble getting
your mouth around them,” he said.
Eventually Robert always returns to fish and poi, and he wants
to make sure visitors do too.
“There was a time when I didn’t like poke,” he says, referring
to the cubed ahi tossed with raw onions and seaweed that is a
staple of Hawaiian tables. “But now, I eat ’em up like steak!”
After a long show, Robert’s first poke stop is Shinsho-tei, a
karaoke bar with a wide variety of pupus (appetizers or
“The mixture of the green onions and shoyu and the perfect
amount of Hawaiian salt takes me home,” he said.
His other poke favorite and a favorite of many locals is Fort
Ruger Market near Waikiki, where they slap a giant fish on the
table and cut your poke right there in front of diners. In a way,
guests make their own poke: you want extra onion, just tell
More shoyu? No problem.
Robert’s favorite place for poke may be the home of Kawika
Trask, a fellow musician and Hawaiian cultural specialist.
“But you have to know Kawika pretty well before he cuts fish for
you and you have to take him with a grain of salt,” he said.
It just isn’t poke without a little Hawaiian salt.
1425 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu
Like Like Drive Inn
745 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Duane’s Ono Charburgers
On Kuhio Highway in Anahola, Kauai
1613 Nuuanu Ave. (in Nuuanu Shopping Plaza)
Fort Ruger Market
3585 Alohea Ave., Honolulu
Clients can hear Robert Cazimero at Chai’s Island Bistro, in
Honolulu’s Aloha Tower Marketplace, Tuesday nights from 7