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Ono Hawaiian Foods, on Kapahulu Avenue


Ono Hawaiian Foods, on Kapahulu Avenue
photo by Andrew Collins
Not to be confused with the mainland fast-food chain Ono Hawaiian BBQ, the quirky, homespun restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue known as Ono Hawaiian Foods (726 Kapahulu Ave., 808-737-2275) has been doling out fantastic, completely authentic, traditional Hawaiian favorites since it opened nearly 40 years ago. In this modest dining room that fits in well with the other low-keyed, no-frills eateries along Kapahulu you can sample such regional delicacies as Kalua pig, butterfish or squid luau, salt meat watercress, lomi salmon, poi, beef stew, tripe stew, and more. For value and the chance to try a few different things, order one of the four combo plates, which include a nice mix of specialties. There's nothing touristy about the menu here, although plenty of food-loving visitors in-the-know have been coming to this hole-in-the-wall eatery for years.
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