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aloha spirit

Aloha—literally "breath of life"— goes beyond a simple greeting. As the Hawaiian word for love, compassion, and mercy, it provides a culturally deeper spiritual meaning. Aloha spirit is about spreading love and good feelings onto others, always.

 
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Eat Like a Local

When the pineapple and sugarcane plantation industries first boomed in Hawai’i in the 1800s, the demand for labor prompted the influx of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and Portuguese immigrants. Each group shared their home-cooked meals and culture with each other through their humble lunches. Over time, the local cuisine of Hawai’i became a melting pot of cultures and history.

CULTURAL CUSTOMS

The term “local" is typically used to describe those who are from Hawai’i but are not necessarily native Hawaiian. Not everyone from Hawai’i is Hawaiian. Unlike the mainland where people are accustomed to referring to themselves geographically (like Californians or New Yorkers), locals typically refer to themselves ethnically. Though all share a very deep love and respect for the islands, the culture, and each other.

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Plate Lunch, not Lunch Plate!

No—it’s not a typo. Stemming from the plantation era, the Plate Lunch of Hawai’i have made their way through time into local restaurants. On the Islands, they are distinctly recognizable, with scoops of macaroni salad and rice along with savory comfort foods.

Talk Pidgin

u like fo talk pidgin u faka

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Hawaii’s meat jun

Meat jun is a popular and distinctively beloved Korean-Hawaiian fusion dish usually found solely on the Islands of Hawai’i, but we’ve brought it here to Los Angeles! Experience Chef Tim’s beloved childhood memories of food and family through our meat jun.

pURPLE RICE?

A blend of white and black rice creates our simplified take on traditional Korean mixed multigrain rice “japgokbap”(잡곡밥)— reminiscent of Tim’s Korean-American upbringing.