Where loco mocos, burgers become one
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Oahu residents and visitors alike have come to see Pounders Restaurant as being synonymous with hearty, island-inspired fare and an abundance of aloha spirit. As newly appointed manager at the Polynesian Cultural Center eatery, Losa Moors is anything but a novice when it comes to knowing her way around the Laie destination, having been a part of its employee ohana for decades.
According to Moors, the magic that draws customers to Pounders is “the environment and the ambiance — it’s the spirit of this place that is so special.” And while the friendly waiters and smiling staff are sure to please, the food served up is no second fiddle!
Pounders chef Felix Tai has an extensive background in the food industry, and his experience shines in Avocado Papaya-Strawberry Tomato Herb Salad ($12). The colorful, gluten-free concoction of fresh greens is topped with avocado, feta, Kalamata olives, pecorino and locally sourced Naked Cow Dairy Greek yogurt dressing. Refreshing and light yet satisfying, the salad also may be ordered with Jidori chicken breast ($16) or crab cake ($20).
For those seeking a twist on familiar island comfort food, look no further than Laie’s Own “Loco Moco Burger” ($17). A mega mouthful of meat and more, this epic burger features a brioche bun packed with a whopping half-pound Kuahiwi Big Island beef patty, pulled pork, provo-lone, island eggs, ramen gravy, white rice and hot links. Served with choice of green salad or french fries, you most certainly won’t go home hungry.
Moors also shares that “beginning this Friday, we’ll be offering a Hawaiian plate.” She invites one and all to “come feel the trade winds, meet people and see what’s so special about being here.”
Polynesian Cultural Center Hukilau Marketplace
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., Laie
Monday-Saturday, lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner: 4-9:30 p.m.