Monday, August 06, 2018

highway inn kaka'ako

I haven't been meeting up with too many friends this trip back because I really didn't know what kinds of things I would need to get done regarding my Dad's estate.

Boy, was there a lot to learn this time around...

If you've been following us on Instagram or Facebook though, you know I have been eating.

Thankful that BFF Wen, lives pretty much down the hill from me, so we would often go out to eat, talk story or just go holo holo (galavant).

I did get a chance to meet up with Rex, my Flickr friend.

Last year Rex and I met up at Ono Hawaiian Foods because it was closing.

Almost every summer, we've planned to meet at W & M, but something or other has us eating elsewhere.

This year was no different.

We were all set to meet at W & M and Rex messaged me on Monday that he had mistaken the day so if I could meet up on Tuesday instead of Thursday.

I messaged him back and told him W & M is closed on Tuesdays.

He then explained that he needs to be in downtown after lunch for a photo shoot, so if I could pick somewhere near there.

I thought about the parking downtown and SALT at Kaka'ako came to mind.

Then as I was looking at the different eateries online, Highway Inn popped out at me.

I had remembered him saying that he liked the food there, so I asked if we could meet there.

Actually, I'd never eaten there because like my Ono Hawaiian Foods post, our family usually made our own lau lau and other Hawaiian foods, rarely did we go out to eat it.

The chicken lau lau was HUGE and filled with tender chicken, a piece of salted fish and lots of luau leaves (the leaves of the taro plant).

The other mains to choose from were beef or tripe stew, kalua pig or pork lau lau.

The plate also came with choice of lomi lomi salmon, mac salad or tossed salad.

Choice of rice or poi.

Sweet potato and haupia (coconut pudding).

And if you were even hungrier, you could add on more items...eep!

I loved the school lunch trays!

I couldn't finish everything, so I'm glad they had take out boxes.

It was nice meeting up.

Before meeting up with Rex, I went to Punchbowl, to visit my grandpa's brother, a non-related "uncle" and I also went to see my Dad.

The plaque for his niche was up (they had mentioned before the interment that it may take up to 60 days), I'm glad I got to see it.

It's been a long yet short 8 weeks.

My brother intends to move back to the mainland and sell my parents house sometime next year.

Which is why there were so many danshari posts, though we have so much more stuff to go through.

I do hope he will change his mind and stay in Hawaii a little longer though.

Thankful for all the love from family and friends (both virtual and those in real-life).

By the time this posts, I should be back in Japan.

Be well everyone.

Highway Inn Kaka'ako (SALT at Kaka'ako)
680 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.954.4955
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 8:30-20:30, Fridays-Saturdays 8:30-21:00, Sundays 9:00-14:30


jalna said...

Highway Inn was a good choice! Those 2 months you were here flew by so fast. Heard about the record heat wave in Japan right now. Stay hydrated!

Anonymous said...

I ate recently at Highway Inn and found the food way too salty and portions rather small to my liking considering their prices. I prefer LaVerne's food truck at Waikele but nothing will ever beat Ono's. I was sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and also understand about cleaning out a house that was well lived in. I don't know how much hundreds and hundreds I spent to clean out my mom's and bro's house. They kept everything so it was impossible to even sort to donate. It was one of those close eyes and heart and dump everything. I do hope your brother follows his heart after taking care of your parents though considering the cost of home ownership he should rent out the house to make $$$ and that way he can always return home as most islanders do later in life.-N

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna! I will.

Thanks for sharing your story about your mom & brother's houses. I will try LaVerne's next time I am home N.

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

glad to know that you got to see your Dad's plaque, and I hope that your brother will change his mind! it just makes me sad to read the word 'sell', and I'm not even related to you.

K and S said...

I hope he will change his mind too Rowena.

Take care.