Slow-roasted kalua pig rules

A La Carte Columns

November 13, 2016

Story By: Kelli Shiroma | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Kailua Sliders ($8.95)

Kailua Sliders ($8.95)

Kono’s, with locations on Kapahulu Avenue and the North Shore, is famous for its 12-hour slow-roasted kalua pig. Customers who live on the east side, however, can soon get their meaty fix at a closer store — Kono’s will introduce its newest location in Kailua during the holidays.

“We’ll be opening between Dec. 1 and 15,” confirms owner Stan Glander.

To celebrate the upcoming opening, Kono’s Kapahulu recently launched a new menu item called Kailua Sliders ($8.95).

“It’s three sliders that feature Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls, our 12-hour slow-roasted kalua pig, slaw and our guava barbecue sauce,” says Zach Glander, director of franchise operations. “It’s also served with Maui onion chips.

“Our slaw (is unique) because it has our homemade papaya-seed dressing,” he adds.

Triple Crown ($14.99)

Triple Crown ($14.99)

While the menu is the same at the two existing Kono’s locations, each store will have one item that’s unique to that particular eatery, according to Stan.

“We wanted to do something original and unique for the Kailua store,” he says. “Although we may add 1-2 items (to our menu), it pretty much stays the same … it’s all based on the 12-hour slow-roasted pork.”

Among the most popular bites at Kono’s is the Triple Crown ($14.99) sandwich, which consists of a toasted French roll, kalua pig, guava barbecue sauce, cheese, ham, bacon and slaw. Customers often order milkshakes to go with their savory meals — one of the most popular choices is Lava Flow ($6.50), which contains strawberry and piña colada.

Want to fit Kono’s into your busy schedule? To make ordering even more convenient, Kono’s works with two delivery services — Aloha 2 Go and Room Service in Paradise.


945 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu
Daily, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

66-250 Kamehameha Hwy.
Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Haleiwa, HI 96712

Honolulu, HI 96816

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