My familys highlight of our vacation! Hukilau Cafe is truly the best place to eat in Hawaii! The service was great (the mam running the place was so friendly and funny), and the food was delicious. The Hawaiian French Toast is the best!! I wish there was a Hukilau Cafe in Maryland I would eat there everyday. Great Cafe!
Today I called the Hukilau Café at 10:20 AM to make sure they were still open, the lady who answered the phone told me they would be open for another 15 minutes. I arrived at the packed Café at 10:30 to place a to-go order and I was rudely told by the same lady that they were closed. This is the second time this has happened to me in two weeks. The same thing happened when I showed up at 1:40 PM (after calling) as they were putting up chairs in preparation for the 2 PM closing time. If I wasn’t vacationing in Laie I would not have made the same mistake twice. These events shocked me as the previous reviews made the staff sound very friendly, I found the local staff to be somewhat rude and unfriendly to white tourists. Hopefully you will have a better experience.
It's a small place with a local feel and they treat everyone like you're from there. We came from the mainland, and the waitress was awesome. She was great for recommending what we should try and was great to talk to. The french toast is awesome! It was made from sweet bread and they serve you 3 thick slices. Yes, you do eat off of foam plates and plastic utensils, but it is well worth the food and experience. We are DEFINATELY going back, when we are on Oahu again.
The Hukilau Cafe is wonderful...If you are looking for locale dining, where everyone knows each other this is the place. Our family goes there regularly when we are in town. The girls that work there work their tails off and the food portions are hugh and tasty. We have always been treated like family when we are there. We love it !!!!!!!!!!