Fresh, Hawaiian Style Cafe serving our childhood culinary memories of growing up in Hawaii. If you think of a melting pot, Hawaii is at the top of the list. Think Plate Lunch, Brah. Fresh, Filling foods from many cultures. Nothing from a can, except Spam.
Established in 2010 as Sunrise Cafe by all our Ohana, to provide you and yours with Ono food and Aloha inspired Service at a fair price. Though our name or branding may have changed we are continuing with all the things you have grown to know and love. If you have a favorite from the Islands we don’t offer, please let Auntie know and we’ll see what we can do, yah.
Stop on by, join our Ohana and say Aloha!
We provide Dine In, Take Out (Individual Or Family Style) and Catering (Island buffet Style)
You can also purchase most all our Meats, Mac Salad and coleslaw by the pound or portion for take home.
Please call with any questions, we’re pretty flexible.
What comprises a Hawaiian plate lunch?
Hawaii is a cultural melting pot, and that’s reflected in the diverse array of dishes diners might find on their plate lunch. Many of the aforementioned plantation workers were immigrants from other countries such as Japan, China, the Philippines, Korea, and Portugal, and they all brought with them various dishes from their homelands, such as chicken or pork katsu, a Japanese dish of a thin, crispy breaded cutlet served with a sweet-and-sour red sauce; Chinese char siu-style roast pork; pork adobo, a Filipino braised dish; Portuguese sausage; and even salmon teriyaki.
Some of the most commonly seen dishes on a plate lunch are native Hawaiian dishes: loco moco (hamburger patties topped with brown gravy and a fried egg), kalua pork (a traditional luau dish of slow-cooked pork shoulder), or Spam musubi (slices of Spam on top of rice wrapped in nori), a highly portable snack that’s said to have been invented in Japanese internment camps during World War II. Rice has been a staple of the plate lunch from the beginning, and macaroni salad was added sometime later as something that would appeal to many different palates (what’s not to like about mayo-drenched pasta?).