If you’re looking for truly authentic Hawaiian cuisine, look no further than this unassuming spot up in the country of the Windward Coast. You won’t find the latest trendy fusion cuisine here, Waiahole offers a menu of traditionally made Kalua Pig, Laulau, Squid Lu’au, Haupia, Hand-Pounded Poi, and other Hawaiian foods.
The building that houses the restaurant doesn’t betray the historical nature of its offerings either, as its located in an old unassuming building off of Kamehameha Hwy along the Windward Coast.
As you might assume this place has a lot of history to it. That old building its located in was built in 1905 and ran as a Poi factory for decades until 1971. In the decades to follow it served as an art gallery and then an incubator kitchen for local families to experiment with food processing techniques. Finally in 2009 it returned to its roots as a Poi factory and a kitchen serving up traditional Hawaiian foods.
Along with preserving cultural roots in cuisine, it also offers traditional Hawaiian art and instruments, as well as workshops in ‘ohe hano ihu (bamboo nose flutes) and ipu.
There’s a parking lot in the back of the establishment