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A Rainbow of Local Faves

Chew On This Digest

March 3, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Nothing is more unique to Hawaii than spectacular local grinds, and Rainbow Drive-In in Kapahulu is the mecca for all your local favorites. This iconic landmark was founded by Sejiu and Ayako Ifuku in October 1961. Today, you’ll see the Ifuku’s son-in-law Jim Gusukuma overseeing everyday responsibilities as vice president of the operation.

  • Rainbow Royal ($3.75)
  • BBQ Pork Sandwich ($3.95)
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“We like to stick with the original recipes from decades ago — simple local favorites that everyone loves,” Gusukuma says. “Although we’re primarily known as a plate lunch place, our sandwiches, burgers and fries also are very popular!”

Yes, this bustling eatery offers a full line of sandwiches that take you back to small-kid days, including Rainbow Royal ($3.75) and BBQ Pork Sandwich ($3.95).

According to Gusukuma, Rainbow Royal is comparable to a cheeseburger deluxe, and features two homemade hamburger patties on a soft hamburger bun topped with cheese, tomato, onion and lettuce.

“This is one of the most requested burgers, and what really makes this burger so good is our special sauce that’s mixed and seasoned by us in-house.

“Customers also go for our BBQ Pork Sandwich, which is a simple but tasty option as well,” he adds.

This finger-licking good sandwich presents hungry diners with succulent pieces of sliced pork marinated overnight in a special teriyaki sauce, accompanied by a hint of mayonnaise and lettuce atop a fluffy bun.

“You can never tire of these originals,” Gusukuma says, adding that a side of fries is sold separately.

Rainbow Drive-In

  • Where
    • 3308 Kanaina Avenue
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 737-0177
  • Hours
    • Open daily
    • 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Free parking available.
  • Website