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Ono Friday at Highway Inn

November 22, 2013

One of our favorite local hangouts opened a new restaurant in Our Kakaako. Highway Inn, a small family run business in Waipahu, has always been known for its Hawaiian food and more authentic items like naau puaa (pork chitterlings and taro leaf stew), squid luau (squid and taro leaves cooked in coconut milk) and uala (sweet potato) chips. Second generation owner Monica Toguchi has managed to merge the plantation-style charm of the original restaurant (which is still going strong) with a fresh look and feel that fits well in the trendy urban setting just outside downtown Honolulu.

Not everything on the menu requires a bold palate. There are the usual local favorites like beef stew and poi, varieties of fresh fish poke, poi pancakes with haupia (coconut) sauce, kiawe bean Belgian waffles with lilikoi (passion fruit) syrup and their classic fried rice served with locally-grown Peterson Farm eggs. Getting hungry? Visit their website at

If you have questions about  those strange names on the menu, they also have a handy “Malahini Guide” for newcomers to the Islands.





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