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Highway Inn

94-226 Leoku St. (Farrington Hwy.) Send to Phone
808-677-4345 | Menu
Traditional Hawaiian restaurant out in the old sugar mill town of Waipahu. Photo by Kyle Nishioka / CC BY 2.0

Lunch daily, Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Parking lot
  • Dress code: Casual
  • No Credit Cards

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Highway Inn, Waipahu, HI

Highway Inn Restaurant Review

: The walls of this homey spot are lined with photos from the days when pineapple and sugar cane ruled and feature the mills, trains and workers who called Waipahu home. More than 60 years ago, the founders, Seiichi and Sachiko "Nancy" Toguchi, started the restaurant as a way to support their family after returning from a WWII Japanese internment camp in California. The third generation runs the restaurant now and faithfully produces its dishes with the same recipes and care. They make their own lau lau, traditional Hawaiian pouches of pork and butterfish wrapped in ti leaves. Try a combination plate with kalua pig and lau lau accompanied by lomi salmon, pipikaula (dried beef), poi and haupia for a well-rounded meal. Also available are items like corned beef and cabbage, beef stew and breaded shrimp with gravy, which are served in huge portions. If you are eating in and want the true local experience, skip the bottomless soda options and go for Harders’ Green River to wash down your meal. Desserts include the haupia-Okinawan sweet potato pie or (if you are lucky enough to be there on a Thursday at 11 a.m.) fresh kulolo flown in from Kauai. The seating area is small, and the service is friendly and accommodating.


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