Traditional preparation of pork in Hawai‘i involves wrapping the meat in banana or ti leaves and steaming it in an imu or underground oven pulled with hot rocks. Today, the juicy delicacy that was once reserved for ali‘i (royalty) is primarily prepared by slow-roasting the pig in an oven and seasoning it with salt and liquid smoke to obtain the same tenderness and taste.
CINNAMON’S AT THE ILIKAI
This premiere spot for local grinds offers an epic plate lunch served with all the traditional flavors. A heap of kalua pork, fried mahi-mahi and a choice of rice, potato mac salad or lomi tomato relish, are the edible stars. Add steamed chicken laulau wrapped in greens that falls apart to the touch for more melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
KALUA PIG CLUB
This dynamo deli sandwich is layered with a robust serving of kalua pig and dressed to the nines with gourmet bacon, barbeque sauce and mayo on toasted sourdough bread. Sliced avocado and tomato provide an extra freshness to a meal that, overall, is a flawless blend of sweet and salty.
KALUA PIG SLIDERS
Pulled pork stacked between toasted taro buns is exactly what the doctor ordered for happy hour at the end of a long day spent basking in the sun. Pineapple barbeque sauce adds a sweet dimension to this savory pupu that’s divinely seasoned with fresh cilantro to add a sensational pop of zest.
KALUA PIG SUPREME
ROUND TABLE PIZZA
This specialty pizza is crafted with superb red sauce and topped with bits of kalua pig, chunky pepperoni, and Italian and Portuguese sausages. Tomatoes, white and green onions, and chopped garlic lend even more flavor to each slice. The combo of seasonings provides just the right amount of spice to leave a pleasant tingle on your tongue.
LOCAL EGGS BENEDICT WITH KALUA PIG
HEAVENLY ISLAND LIFESTYLE
This famed breakfast dish consists of two wheat English muffins topped with luscious kalua pork, locally sourced poached eggs and a hearty homemade hollandaise sauce with exquisite liliko‘i (passion fruit) butter. A side of crispy Okinawan sweet potato chunks and fresh, local greens make a well-rounded meal that’ll perk you up any time of day.