Located on Oahu, in Kaneohe, is a hidden gem called Waiahole Poi Factory. Established in 1905, Waiahole Poi Factory has been serving the community for well over a hundred years. Waiahole Poi Factory ran as a full Poi factory for 70 years, until 1971. In the 70’s it closed, but reopened in the 1980’s as an art gallery. Starting in 2009, it reopened as a place you could go to surround yourself with homemade Hawaiian food and hand pounded Poi. They provide traditional Hawaiian food like Laulau, Kalua Pig, Kulolo, hand pounded Poi, etc. Best known for their Sweet Lady of Waiahole, you won’t be disappointed.
When visiting the historic Waiahole Poi Factory, there is no seating. The location of this establishment is on one of the most beautiful sides of the island. I would highly suggest grabbing your food and finding a beach to enjoy it. You order at an open window and the establishment has a big menu on the outside. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the food and menu. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and try something new. I ordered a combo plate of Kalua Pig and Lau Lau. Both were great. The size was perfect and the price was reasonable. It came with Lomi Salmon and Poi as well. My all time favorite however was the Sweet Lady of Waiahole. That consists of warm Kulolo and Haupia ice cream. It was the perfect way to wrap up a delicious meal.
We traveled and visited this location during the pandemic. It felt safe, precautions were being made, and all staff and customers were socially distancing outside. I was happy and honored to support this local business while on Oahu. The drive to this location is a little long from Waikiki but has absolutely stunning views and you can wrap around the North Shore for the drive home. It was a perfect day with a perfect meal. Add this to your list of places to visit when on Oahu.