Food Finds: Downtown

Highway Inn

When the Hawaiian-food hunger pangs strike, zip on over to Highway Inn. With a new, more convenient location in Kaka‘ako the more-than-60-year-old West-side institution is making it even easier to poi-k out on ohana-sized plates of naau stew.

At Highway Inn, buckle up and prepare to enjoy a meal that perfectly captures Hawai‘i's love for food and aloha. We always gas it over to Highway Inn for helpings of lau lau, pipikaula, butterfish collar, fried akule and their combo plates. But if you can hit the road earlier for breakfast or lunch, we go loco for their smokin' moco with a side order of poi pancakes and haupia sauce.

And even though Highway Inn puts the wow in their luau, try to save room for dessert. Their pastry chef - a celebrity in his own right - whips up some mean baked goods.

The original Highway Inn established by Seiichi and Sachiko Toguchi is still parked along Farrington Highway and now run by their great grandchildren.


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Kid-friendly while still being adult-friendly, means your keiki can let loose and you can grab a beer.


While they put the wow in lau lau, save room for dessert. Their pasty chef is a local social media celebrity known for whipping up decadent treats. #yum


They're also open for breakfast, rolling out traditional local favorites like fried rice and a smokin' moco so good you'll steam up just thinking about it.

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