Laverne’s

Reid, 5. August 2004, 11:20

(Hawaiian food; located in the Waipahu strip mall where Jack in a Box is located; near Waipahu library)

The comment about Highway Inn on the “Best Foods” thread reminded me of another place Larri have been going to often: Laverne’s in Waipahu. It’s a Hawaiian food place where the food is OK, but the prices are great. For like $7 you can get a plate with lau lau, kalua pig, lomi salmon, haupia and rice. It’s not rinky-dink portions either.

The food can be a little salty at times (the chicken long rice is usually on the salty side versus the bland side, which, I guess, is better), and the luau leaf is not as good as Yama’s or Young’s, but it’s OK.

They’re service is pretty fast and the food is affordable with good portions, so we go there a lot. I’m still disappointed that the Waipahu Yama’s closed down though.

3 Responses to “Laverne’s”


  1. Reid

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    Here’s the combo plate with kalua pig, chicken long rice and squid luau. I think Larri ordered one of the items a la carte, but I can’t remember which one (I think the squid luau). Anyway, the food was just OK, but I still don’t want to take the chance and go back. The prices have increased a little, too, but it’s still a bargain for Hawaiian food.

  2. Mitchell

    I’m curious about your thoughts on People’s Cafe on Bishop Street / Pali Highway. I like the food there but have always thought it was a little pricey.

  3. Reid

    Don and I went there in the early 90s. The food was OK, but it was expensive. Actually, most Hawaiian food places are expensive, especially given the portions. Ono Hawaiian is an exception, as their portions are significant, probably the biggest lau lau you can get. The quality is good, too.

    The one thing I remember about People’s Cafe was that I think it was the first place I ate raw onion with Hawaiian salt.

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