18 Feb '10


Posted by admin in Burgers, Kiawe Grill, Support Local
Words By: Kaboe Kavapalu
I have been living in Hawaii for a couple years now, and one thing that I miss most about LA is the food, no disrespect to the plethora of culinary offerings that are available here in Hawai'i, it's just what I grew up eating isn't present at the moment. So before I get attacked for this statement, let me explain...
Imagine if you, growing up in Hawai'i, moved to the mainland and you realize that finding a good Hawaiian meal, such as Helena's, is like finding a diamond in the rough; for the most part, the closest thing you are going to get is L&L. This isn't a bad thing, but it sure isn't a large serving of pipikaula, some lomi lomi salmon and a large bowl of poi, feel me? Trust me, I love the food in Hawai'i, just missing a couple of things, like a good taco stand, a pupuseria, traditional Jamaican food, and so on. Which brings me to why I am writing this.

One of the things that I truly miss is a good cheeseburger. I know there are a couple of spots that are good, but the one that stands out for me is Kiawe Grill. Cuzzo took me to this spot when I first moved here, and it has been one of my favorites since. If you haven't guessed by the name alone, this restaurant cooks with Kiawe Wood. Besides the ostrich burgers we had on this visit, they offer several other choices of burger such as their famous kobe burger, a venison burger, an angus burger and even a salmon burger. Besides the wide variety of burgers, they also have kalbi plates, seafood plates, fried mandoo to meat jun. I also can not forget to mention the french fries. BEST ON THE ISLAND, HANDS DOWN!
So if you haven't eaten here before, don't just take our word, head on down to the closest one to you and try for yourselves.
Kiawe Grill BBQ & Burgers - www.kiawegrill.com
2334 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 955-5500

Kiawe Grill BBQ & Burgers
1311 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 841-5577

Kiawe Grill BBQ & Burgers
98-080 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-6006