Ono means “delicious”.
And in the case of Ono Hawaiian Foods restaurant in Oahu, Hawaii, they have rightfully earned their name.
This cozy eatery is popular with locals and known for its fresh, traditional Hawaiian foods.
Left to right, top to bottom:
Onions, white rice, chicken long rice, chili paste
Haupia, lomi salmon, pipikalua
To briefly summarize the foods most uncommon:
Haupia: Gelatinous dessert made with coconut milk.
Lomi salmon: A mixture of fresh tomatoes with bits of cubed salmon.
Pipikalua: Salted, dried beef.
Chicken laulau: Traditionally made with pork, the chicken is prepared and cooked the same way. It’s encased in taro leaves.
I LOVED the laulau. Both white and dark meat were used, and the white meat was still soft, juicy, and tender. The taro leaves are reminiscent of spinach but with an earthier taste. One cup of steamed taro leaves gives you over your recommended daily Vitamin A, as well as Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, niacin, and potassium. Eat up!