Eat Like a Local in Hawaii

A plate lunch at Street Grindz: Kewalo
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When you’re a visitor to Hawaii, it can be difficult to choose which local restaurant to visit, and even harder to rule-out the ones that don’t make the cut. But, now, you can sample nearly a dozen local eateries all in once place, courtesy of Street Grindz (grindz=”food”).

Starting this week, Street Grindz is hosting a daily event called Street Grindz: Kewalo. It’s a “soft opening” for an even larger street-fare venue that will open later this summer. Called “Makers and Tasters,” the new venue will feature a food park and marketplace along Kewalo Harbor, in the heart of Honolulu.

Featuring “MakerStations,” which are more permanent structures insead of tents, the new venue is still a work-in-progress, but promises to be a gathering place for foodies, locals who want to see what’s new, and visitors who want to restaurant-hop without the cab fare.

Until “Makers and Tasters” is ready to open, hungry visitors can spend the next few weeks at Street Grindz: Kewalo, a daily pop-up that offers local food from ten different local eateries for lunch and dinner. The day-to-day operation is a departure for the well-known street-food organizer as it further expands from monthly “Eat the Street” events to daily service.

This is what the company imagines a “MakerStation” will look like.

This week’s vendors include: Kau Kau Grill, Ku’uipo Lunch Wagon, Waimanalo Country Farms, Inferno’s Wood Fired Pizza, Big and Beast Steak Sandwiches, and Aloha Plate.

Street Grindz: Kewalo is located at 1011 Ala Moana Blvd. where the former Fisherman’s Wharf once stood. Earlier this year, the company was granted a lease for the space and hopes to transform the location into the next restaurant hot-spot.

Street Grindz is located at Fisherman’s Wharf in Honolulu.

The daily food pop-up will “soft-open” this week and be open from 10 am to 10 pm with a variety of food trucks and mobile food vendors rotating during operating hours. And, good news for the parking-fee-averse: Lots of free parking is available. The entrance to the venue is off Ala Moana Blvd.

The daily pop-up is the first of it’s kind on Oahu and Street Grindz hopes to attract both tourists and locals to eat at the new location. “We are excited to pop up in Kewalo and stay close to our Kaka’ako roots,” said Poni Askew, CEO of Street Grindz. “Doing so will allow us to continue to give back to our community and provide a place for them to operate everyday and sell their tasty goods.”

Finding a permanent home for those tasty goods—while still maintaining the street-food vibe—is the goal for Street Grindz. And, since the goal of most visitors is to experience the most cuisine in the least amount of time, the development may be a win-win for both the company and visitors alike.

When planning a trip to eat at Street Grindz: Kewalo, make sure you check out which vendors will set-up that day. You can follow Street Grindz on Instagram: @streetgrindz. Or, visit

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