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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.

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Plate Lunch, not Lunch Plate!

No—it’s not a typo. Stemming from the plantation era, the plate lunches 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.

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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)— representative of Tim’s ethnic background.