The Hanalei Taro and Juice Company is a stand-alone food trailer, come as you are, order at the window, chow at picnic tables, watch the world (and chickens) go by.
They are know for lau lau, pork or chicken wrapped in taro leaves and then steamed on a stove or done traditionally and placed in an underground oven called an imu.
The Monster orders the chicken lau lau combo plate with rice, mac salad, taro, and taro mochi cake. The woman behind the counter assures this is the second most popular order.
The chicken wrapped in taro is pretty tasty once it is liberally swimming in hot sauce. Not a ton of meat however which is a bit disappointing.
The Mac salad, like all in Hawaii, scares The Monster terribly. Creamy, white, gooey, gloopy piles of filth. A lot of people dig on this, good by them. Not joining up to that cult.
The taro mochi cake is the highlight so The Monster buys a larger version for later. And then eats it all at the picnic table.
All in, this is an ultra quick and casual option for those looking to eat in Hanalei (word is the Kalua pork is the real winner here).
Why go? You eat tref.
Monster rating: 2½/5 Monsters
5-5070 Kuhio Highway B
Hanalei, HI 96714