It's been a long time since I've had dinner at Hale Vietnam. I used to eat here quite frequently, but in the past decade or so many Vietnamese and other restaurants have come into the scene fighting for a piece of your appetite. When this happens some of the well established and great places get overlooked.
I had the Lemon Grass Chicken with rice. It was about $9 as a meal. It can also be ordered as ala carte if you want to eat family style and it was about $13. The meal came with a bowl of soup. It seemed to be a similar broth to the one used in the pho. Everything was very delicious.
Kelli had the Summer Rolls with Rice Noodles. This was also ordered like a meal and was about $10. The summer rolls were deep fried and contained vegetables, pork and a little crab meat in them. They also had it in a vegetarian preparation. The summer rolls were chopped into bite sized pieces which made it easy to dip into the sauce and enjoy. It was warm and crisp when served. Kelli really liked it, but there the portion of rice noodles was a bit too much. It was very filling.
After dinner at Hale Vietnam, we went to the Kahala Theatre to watch Memories of Tomorrow / Ashita no Kiyouku (明日の記憶)<-click. It is a Japanese movie that is part of the Louis Vuitton International Film Festival of Hawaii. It's about a man who ends up with Alzheimer's Disease. The movie is in Japanese with English sub-titles. If you understand Japanese, it's a very interesting movie. If you don't, you need to read the subtitles and I don't know how you will enjoy it. I personally thought the movie was good, but I could understand most of it without having to pay attention to the sub-titles so I was watching the movie. If you have a chance to see it, I think you will like it. Some parts are very sad... but overall it's a very dramatic story.