Found a gem of a place in Waipahu HI. called Highway Inn. A co-worker of mine suggested the place because of it's incredible reputation. Highway Inn was actually featured on the Food Network for Diners, drive-in's and dives, or something like that with the crazy blonde guy.
94-226 Leoku St
Waipahu HI 96797
Right across from the post office. It's in a little plaza and just looks like a hole-in-the-wall kind of place but as soon as you walk in you realize it's really open and most importantly really clean. And they have been in business since 1947.
I ordered the Lau Lau and my date ordered the pork plate.
The only difference with my Lau Lau plate was that I ordered rice instead of Poi (the purple liquid looking stuff) because of previous experiences with Poi, I am not really a fan. I think I may have even written about Poi in my previous post at Paradise Bay. I had my doubts about Hawaiian food after Paradise cove but I am really glad I ate Hawaiian food from some other place. My experiences have proven time and time again that touristy places never have good food and is crazy expensive whereas a place with real authentic food is WAY more delicious and cheaper. Isn't that the way it always is?
Everything was SOOOO good. So good. The Lau Lau was cooked perfectly the salmon was really fresh and even the Haupia was good and moist. What is also great about this place is if you don't know a lot about Hawaiian food the waitress will give you a little "cheat sheet" that explains what is each dish and even a cute little way you're properly supposed to say it. For instance I ordered the Lau Lau. On the "Cheat sheet" menu it says (Pronounced like "wow wow" with an L). Thank you Highway Inn for not making sound completely ignorant and stupid. A definite thumbs up for that.
Overall, a great experience and definitely going back to Highway Inn again. Soon!