Fodor's Expert Review Ono Hawaiian Foods
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
The adventurous in search of traditional Hawaiian food (teriyaki chicken with two scoops of rice is not traditional Hawaiian food) should head to this no-frills hangout, where residents patiently wait in line on the sidewalk. You can sample poi (a paste made from pounded taro root), lomilomi salmon (salmon massaged until tender and served with minced onions and tomatoes), laulau, smoky kalua pork (roasted in an underground oven), and haupia (like coconut Jell-O). The Hawaiian word ono means "delicious"—and the locals standing in line obviously agree. (Unsure what to order? Ask someone in line. Chances are they'll be happy to share their favorite suggestions.) Just be sure to go early—it closes at 8 pm.
726 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, USA