A burger made with a Krispy Kreme donut? Oh, yeah!
Only on Kauai for two days — and working most of our waking hours — we wanted to see and do and eat as much as we could in a 48-hour span.
It’s amazing how much this island has to offer, from white-sand beaches to lush hikes to historic towns bustling with art galleries, walking tours and trendy eateries.
We spent our last day traveling from magical Hanalei on Kauai’s north shore to the historic plantation town of Hanapepe on the west side, visiting everything in between.
Here’s what our last 24 hours looked like:
On the one hand, I love experiencing new places, eating at new restaurants and meeting new people.
But on the other hand, I like my own bed, my own bathroom — and control over my own schedule.
You don’t get those three on business trips — which is the reason I’m on Kauai this week.
Of course, that’s only true depending on the people you travel with — and I scored on this trip.
The folks I’m with love to eat, love to laugh and — did I mention? — love to eat. So we were all on the same page.
And honestly, there’s no better place to do those things than on Kauai, where you can eat locally sourced food and see the most stunning sights in the world — all within a one-mile radius.
Here’s what our first day on the Garden Isle looked like:
Yes, 22. It was painful.
But with a plate of succulent Okinawan-style shoyu pork and crispy chocolate-dipped bacon, Simply Ono (@simplyonowagons) stood out from the rest — and was crowned the Pig Out champs.
The veteran lunch wagon — serving gourmet plate lunches for 16 years — proved it could compete with the newest and trendiest trucks.
How? By offering lunch-wagon staples like garlic chicken, kalua pig and shoyu pork with more gourmet fare like seared ahi, furikake tofu steaks, veal patties with gravy and onions, and Monte Cristo sandwiches. The wagon has even served rack of lamb and beef Wellington.
It’s always about being better than the next guy, Harris said.
So we stopped by one of its three lunch wagons — this one on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa — to chat with co-owner Harris Sukita about how Hawaii’s food truck scene has changed, what he’ll be serving at tomorrow’s Eat The Street Garlic, and why harassing his customers has helped business.
Here’s what he had to say:
Simply Ono (food truck), Green lunchwagon, Krauss Hall at the University of Hawaii-Manoa; white lunchwagons, Punchbowl Street between the State Capitol and Hawaii State Library, and 2337 N. King St. Phone: (808) 728-0441, @simplyonowagons
About Catherine Toth
Born and raised on Oahu, Catherine E. Toth has worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawaii for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf, hiking with her two dogs and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.
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