Laverne’s Hawaiian and Local Style Food

Digest Step Up to the Plate

January 1, 2017

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |


You may have seen Laverne’s Hawaiian and Local Style Food truck cruising around Waipio or Mililani, or you may even be a regular at its Waikele food trailer, which has a permanent spot next to Leonard’s Bakery (behind Petco). In any case, the beloved eatery will have you instantly hooked, as it serves up an abundance of homemade Hawaiian and local recipes.

Founder Renee Paulo is the mastermind behind the food, and his son, Travis, is there to help expand the business’ culinary dreams, which have been in the works for 20-plus years. Opening its long-awaited sit-down location at Newtown Driving Range Dec. 28, Laverne’s — which was named after Renee’s wife — is still offering its favorites-packed menu, but reaching a different town with a more permanent feel.


Golfers and non-golfers alike can order top picks such as La-verne’s famous Squid Luau, Beef Stew, Roast Pork with Gravy and Mahi Mahi with Garlic Butter Caper Sauce, or opt for a little bit of everything in the stacked Kanaka Plate. Since the word “kanaka” refers to native Hawaiians, it’s the perfect name for this lunch plate because it includes all of your Hawaiian-food favorites in one heaping order.

The establishment will officially host its grand opening Jan. 7. As it continues to settle into its new home, not only does Laverne’s plan on opening for breakfast (starting at 8 a.m. daily), but it’s also hoping to quench your thirst with an alcoholic-beverage selection — so be on the lookout.

Laverne’s Hawaiian And Local Style Food

Newtown Driving Range,
98-330 Kaahele St., Aiea
Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Aiea, HI 96701

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