Bite into juicy burgers, savory sandwiches

A La Carte

February 2, 2020

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Da Aina Kauai Taro Burger ($14)

Offering up gourmet comfort food in a casual fine-dining atmosphere, Kalapawai Cafe & Deli’s vibe and menu is a nod to pastimes that Hawaii loves the most — home-cooked meals, backyard barbecues and beachside picnics. Here, customers can find a range of simple favorites like coffee and sandwiches to things a little more elaborate such as sirloin and wine.

“We want our guests to be able to come in for a burger and beer in board shorts, or for a romantic lunch or dinner with that special someone,” says operations manager Kat Moon on the diversity of Kalapawai.

That is just what diners can look forward to at this welcoming spot. In fact, Moon explains that there are a few sandwiches customers will certainly fancy for lunch or dinner.

A surefire go to is found in the Blackened Fresh Catch “Po’ Boy” ($13). Boasting a crisp coating and tender insides, the fish fillets are grilled to perfection and served with coleslaw, tomato and remoulade sauce in between a warm and soft baguette.

Those looking for a meatless option will find joy in Da Aina Kauai Taro Burger ($14). The hearty stacker piles up arugula and avocado with a housemade spiced tomato jam, all squeezed between brioche and served along golden fries.

Blackened Fresh Catch “Po’ Boy” ($13)

In addition to rolling out a mouthwatering menu, Kalapawai supports the community in more ways than one.

“Throughout the month of March, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from our auction fish dishes, which feature locally sourced, sustainably caught fish, sold at both Kalapawai Kailua and Kapolei (locations),” Moon shares. As part of this Localicious Hawaii 2020 public awareness campaign, donations will support agriculture education for kindergarten to 12th grade students.

Kalapawai will also be a part of a couple culinary events diners might want to check out. The first is the annual Under the Koolau Stars Benefit for Windward Clubhouse at Mid Pacific Country Club on March 7; and the other is Mililani Town Association’s fifth annual AllStar Chef Showcase also on March 7.


Kalapawaiian with Tossed Salad ($15)

For something to really fill up on, the Kalapawaiian ($15) is a real winner among Kalapawai fans. The savory dish comprises fresh corned beef and caramelized onion beneath an alluring blanket of Maui Brewing Co.’s Coconut Hiwa Porter Mustard and Vermont Cheddar sauce. Accompanying the sandwich is a refreshing tossed salad.

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