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The Hawaiian Plate Explained

The restaurants, the factories, the farmers, the history, the origins.


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Hawaiian Plate: A 20th Century Invention

Just how old is the Hawaiian plate, anyway?
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Hawaiian Plate Timeline

The roots of the “Hawaiian” plate: who came, what they brought and the food that eventually made it on the plate.
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Laulau: how it's made

Watch Keoki's Lau Lau Factory, which makes up to 8,000 laulau a day, in action. Plus, Highway Inn shows the step-by-step process.
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Where are the Hawaiians?

Most of our Hawaiian food institutions are not owned by Hawaiians. Also, meet an outspoken pa‘i ‘ai pounder...who's not Hawaiian. 
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Luau Leaf Dynasty

All the people who used to grow wetland taro leaf were in Thelma Wong's family—and they still are now.
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Pre-Contact Diet

What did it look like?
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Where's the kalua pig?

Does kalua pig in restaurants really come from an imu?
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Directory

Haili’s Hawaiian Food, 760 Palani Ave., 735-8019, hailishawaiianfood.com.

Helena’s Hawaiian Food, 1240 North School St., 845-8044, helenashawaiianfood.com.

Highway Inn, 94-226 Leoku Street, Waipahu, 677-4345, myhighwayinn.com.

Ono Hawaiian Foods, 726 Kapahulu Ave., 737-2275.

Waiahole Poi Factory, 49-140 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, 239-2222, waiaholepoifactory.com.

Young’s Fish Market, 1286 Kalani St., 841-4885, youngsfishmarket.com.

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