After the Kualoa Park shoots, we were starving ! On our drive back home (Kahalu’u, a few miles south of Kualoa Park on Kamehameha Hwy.), we passed by some interesting signs on the roadside.
Apparently there was a farmer’s market happening. And there was food! Oh yeah!
We quickly parked our car and assessed this very tiny farmer’s market.
There was a van selling roadside snacks under a huge banyon tree.
There are a few rules that I follow to increase the probability of getting good quality street food. First, observe the customers.
There were a line of local customers and they knew what they wanted to order (except the two tourists in the photo, can you spot them?) .
Second step, chat with the stall owner.
“What does Holo Holo mean?” I asked
“It means cruising, going places. We say I holoholo to the shopping mall. I holoholo here, I holoholo there. When you holoholo, stop here!” Keoki replied
“How long have you been in business?”
“Oh… long time. 15 years. 3 years at this location. I only open during weekend. Other days, I prepare food.” Keoki said
Wow. 15 years and still in business with line of customers to order his food, that’s a REALLY good sign.
First of, cooling coconut juice!
All three dishes were very flavorful. My favorite dish was the laulau pork. The luau leaf had very soft texture and went well with the laulau pork.
So far on Oahu, I found more pork dishes on the menu than beef and chicken dishes.
We enjoyed the food at Holo Holo Stop so much that we stopped by there twice during our Hawaii trip. Thumbs up.