Get These Fresh Hawaiian Sweets at the Farmers Markets
Local business sells kūlolo, poi, haupia and other Hawaiian treats at farmers markets throughout O‘ahu.
Photo: David Croxford
The best dishes often get passed down from generation to generation. And that is true with Pomai Kūlolo, which is owned and operated by Keanuenue Kekaula. After great success selling kūlolo made with a traditional family recipe, Kekaula decided to grow his roadside sales business with additional offerings, including haupia and his own original creation, haulolo—a combination of haupia layered on top of kūlolo.
Pomai Kūlolo’s treats are probably some of the freshest—if not the freshest—Hawaiian desserts we’ve ever had. We were told that everything is made either the morning of or the day before it’s sold, and we don’t doubt it. The kūlolo, which holds for two to three days, slides right out of the wrapper with its smooth texture and tastes like it came straight from the kitchen. Coconut milk, sugar and 100-percent fresh local taro come together with just a hint of sweetness.
Haulolo, Kekaula’s creation, was inspired by the fact that haupia and kūlolo are often served side by side at Hawaiian events. Roughly three-fourths haupia and one-fourth kūlolo, it’s kind of like haupia pie with a kūlolo crust. Though it’s tasty and interesting, we’re mostly excited about the haupia, which is hands-down our absolute favorite treat from Pomai Kūlolo.
After tasting just about every kind of haupia around (too dry, too runny, too coconutty), we have found our favorite. Pomai Kūlolo’s haupia keeps for about a week and is a far cry from the homemade versions we’ve tried (and failed!) to make. Kekaula has clearly perfected the process of baking the arrowroot, coconut milk and sugar-cane juice mix. His smooth, soft, silky white creation has just the right amount of firmness and isn’t over-the-top sweet.
Though Pomai Kūlolo’s website indicates that it’s in the process of selling in supermarkets, the desserts are currently available only at farmers markets. It’s OK, though—we’re fine with having to get our fix during our weekly market trips. Absence only makes the heart grow fonder.
Pomai Kūlolo’s farmers market schedule is online at pomaikulolo.com.