Embrace The Kanak Attack

A La Carte Columns

July 16, 2017

Story By: Elima Pangorang |

Barbecue Baby Back Ribs plate ($10). Elima Pangorang photo

Nothing quite compares to that feeling of satisfaction that comes from finishing off a plate of comfort food, full tummy and all. Those meals also tend to come along with, as the local saying goes, a full-on “kanak attack!”

This is exactly what diners can expect after “grinding” on a packed plate lunch from Kau Kau Grill. The menu at the popular island eatery presents familiar local dishes that include simple recipes, yet are packed with mouth-watering flavors.

Outside Kau Kau Grill’s Mapunapuna location. L. Tabudlo photo

Patrons can take their pick of “ono grinds” such as garlic chicken, fried saimin, garlic ahi or shrimp, smoked meat, pulehu short ribs, poke bowls and more. If taste buds are looking for more than one flavor, then two-choice combination plates are a great option.

And if you still want more, add extra zest to your meal with Krazy Rice — “kickin'” spicy barbecue fried rice.

Conveniently located on Mapunapuna Street, Kau Kau Grill is the perfect spot for a hearty mid-day lunch break. You also can check out its food truck at Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone (521 Ala Moana Blvd., Pier No. 2).


Eat nothing but the best with Kau Kau Grill’s Barbecue Baby Back Ribs plate ($10). The ribs are slow-cooked and grilled to give it a nice crisp on the outside and tender juiciness on the inside, allowing the meat to slide effortlessly off the bone. It’s then slathered in Kau Kau Grill’s very own homemade barbecue sauce that is just the right amount of sweet and tang, and provides just enough flavor without overpowering the natural taste of the ribs. All plate lunches come with rice and a choice of either tossed greens or mac salad-style spaghetti-noodle salad.

Kau Kau Grill

852 Mapunapuna St., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96819

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