A luau in your living roomA La Carte
September 20, 2020
Story By: Ginger Keller | Photos by: Kuhio Grille
The concept behind Kuhio Grille can be traced back two generations, when Grandma Sueno Araki would use the extra taro leaves from her Waipio Valley farm to make and sell laulau as a side hustle. Now, her granddaughters Erin, Shannon and Lauren Araki run the eatery’s two locations in Kaimuki and Hilo.
Those interested in tasting this family tradition are in luck. For a limited time, Kuhio Grille is offering an Ohana Meal Deal starting today (Sept. 20) through Sept. 24.
Included in the bundle are plentiful helpings of the restaurant’s famous 1-pound laulau, kalua pig and cabbage, rice, potato macaroni salad and dessert. Valued at $70, this meal for four costs only $50.
“We cook and you eat. No need to slave away at a stove for hours making your own laulaus,” says Lauren.
Individuals who may not have an appetite quite as big can indulge in the Kanak Atak ($22.99), which entails the 1-pound laulau, kalua pig, two scoops of rice, lomi lomi salmon, pickled onions and haupia.
“This is one of our most popular dishes,” she adds. “It’s like a mini luau.”
Lauren also notes that the Original Kuhio Grille Fried Rice Loco ($11.99) is another hot ticket item. It’s the perfect mix of two of your favorite local plates — fried rice and loco moco — all in one. It includes a half order of fried rice, a homemade hamburger patty, an egg and homemade brown gravy to top it off.
To view the full menu, visit kuhiogrille.com.