Best Hawaiian food spot is 62 years old, @HighwayInn and is still a 'best-kept secret'

Lisa and I had a great dinner at Highway Inn in Waipahu!  We also got to see sisters Monica and Regina, two of the family members. Monica and Regina were hosting a dinner for five of the Highway Inn Scholarship recipients and their parents. If you are in the area, you have to stop! If you are out of the area....make the trip!

After 62 years, 'Highway' is still a 'best-kept secret'

By Khalida DuBose

 
Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Following Bobby Toguchi's stroke in 2003, daughters Monica, at left, and Regina assumed responsibility of daily operations at Waipahu's Highway Inn. Today, the widely popular Hawaiian food restaurant continues to attract patrons from all over the island — and beyond.

 

Justin R. Dotson photo

 

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Bobby Toguchi recently accepted a proclamation award from Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

 

Justin R. Dotson photo

 

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This is the first of a three-part series celebrating area businesses that have been in operation since Hawaii's territorial days.

WAIPAHU — For those who crave authentic Hawaiian food, Highway Inn in Waipahu continues to be the go-to place for "a taste of old Hawaii."

"I came all this way to eat at this place because the food is so good. It's ono-licious," said Kalua Dung on a recent day while enjoying lunch at the small eatery. "A lot of people from the Leeward side come here, not just people from Waipahu. I usually tell people, 'Here (Highway Inn) is where you can get some real Hawaiian food,' when they ask me where the best places are."

Dung is not alone in her assessment of the eatery, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in business. The restaurant — which originally opened in September 1947 and was founded by the late Seiichi and Sachiko Toguchi — is regularly bustling with customers from all over the Hawaiian Islands.

"We have customers from all over the state, but we're still one of the best-kept secrets," claimed Regina Toguchi, vice president and general manager. "My dad always relied on word-of-mouth for business because he comes from a time when people didn't always advertise, which is something I've changed since I came into the company. Now people come in, and they say, 'You guys have been around 60 years, but I never heard of this place.'"

Though some may not know of the restaurant, Regina, Seiichi's granddaughter, believes that fact gives the restaurant appeal.

"We're a local restaurant, where local families for generations have come to eat," she said. "We're not a touristy place that you're going to find in a pamphlet in Waikiki, or a place people are going to know about just from visiting the island."

For its service to the Waipahu community, the moderately priced restaurant was recently recognized by the city, and was presented with a certificate of appreciation for the contributions it has made to the town in the last six decades.

The restaurant's history dates back to Seiichi, who was born in Hawaii in 1914 but raised for a short time in Ginoza-son, Okinawa. At age 14, Seiichi moved back to Hawaii and took a job as a dishwasher in a cafe. With no formal education but a strong desire to improve his economic situation, Seiichi quickly learned how to cook Hawaiian and American foods, and was soon promoted to assistant cook.

In 1945, during World War II, the Toguchis and their three children were interned in a Japanese Internment Camp on the mainland. A year later, the family returned to Hawaii, and Seiichi once again began working hard to regain financial stability. After many attempts to earn enough income to support his growing family, Seiichi decided to open a restaurant.

The original location of Highway Inn was on Farrington Highway. But in 1960, the restaurant was moved to the heart of Waipahu on Depot Road before finally finding a permanent home on Leoku Street in 1984, under the ownership of Seiichi's son, Bobby Toguchi.

In an effort to expand services to its many customers, Bobby added a seafood market — conveniently located adjacent to the restaurant — and catering service to its operation in 2000.

Now in its third generation of ownership, Highway Inn currently relies upon the talents of Regina and her sister, Monica Toguchi, to handle the business' day-to-day operations.

Regina, 28, took on the huge responsibility in 2003 after her father, Bobby, suffered a massive stroke. Monica, 34, desiring to lend a helping hand, recently returned from Portland, Ore., where she was studying for her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

The local eatery was originally a four-table space with three or four employees on staff. Today, the restaurant has not grown as much as one might expect, in terms of size, but has 14 tables that seat about 54 people and boasts 35 employees.

"This is one of those businesses where our customers know us, and we know them," Monica said. "It's very ohana here, and we're proud of that."

"That was one of my grandfather's wishes — that all people would be able to come together and enjoy real Hawaiian food," Regina added.


Highway Inn -  www.myhighwayinn.com

94-226 Leoku St # B1, Waipahu, HI 96797-1919
(808) 677-4345  Get directions

Today is the last day of Adult Shave Ice Party 3-6pm! @Tikisgrill

Come down and try the fun way to have a drink, shaved ice with you favorite liqueurs! 
Today is the last day to have your Snow Cone.

The Original Sno-Cone byMidori   One ball of ice 1.5 oz. of Midori Melon Liqueur

Modern Midori Melon Ball -1 oz. of Midori Melon Liqueur and  1/2 oz. of Skyy Infusions Pineapple with  Splash of OJ

MidoriMargarita Sno-Ball - 1 oz. of Midori Melon Liqueur and 1/2 oz. of Tequila Splash of sweet and sour

Rainbow - SKYY Raspberry Infusion Vodka, + Midori + SKYY Pineapple Infusion Vodka


Hurricane Felicia Update #1 - Via HVCB Hurricane Felicia Update #1 - Via HVCB

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Hurricane Felicia Update #1
Friday, August 7, 2009, 3:30 pm

Aloha,

As you know, Hurricane Felicia is weakening as it heads toward the Hawaiian Islands.  We have been asked to provide periodic updates to our members:

Current Situation:
  • Hurricane Felicia has weakened to a category 2 hurricane. The National Weather Service (NWS) believes that the storm will continue to weaken as it travels over cooler water today and tomorrow morning.
  • NWS also believes that Felicia will likely weaken to a tropical storm or tropical depression by the time it reaches the islands. All islands should therefore be prepared for:
    • High surf along eastern shores beginning Sunday.
    • Heavy showers and possible flooding on all islands Monday through Tuesday.
  • The State Civil Defense and the National Weather Service continue to monitor this storm closely and update the public on a regular basis.
  • Official NWS updates are available at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2009/FELICIA.shtml
Mahalo,

HVCB Membership


NOAA Weather Radio
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Phone Recordings
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From Maui
  • Toll Free Maui Community, Marine, and Haleakala Forecasts, and Coastal Wind and Buoy observations (866) 944-5025
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From the Big Island
  • Hilo and vicinity Forecast (808) 935-8555
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If you hear something that was not from that famous weekend playing from 10:30am till 5:00pm, I will get you a drink.

Created at play list at Tiki's Grill & Bar to celebrate the 40th year of Woodstock.  If you hear something that was not from that famous weekend playing from 10:30am till 5:00pm, I will get you a drink. Why 5pm? Because that when the live bands start playing here. This is for today and next Friday August 14, 2009 the ONLY.

The Set List of Bands that Played at Woodstock 1969:

THIS is not the playlist but should get you in the mood!


Virtual Tours of two of party spaces @tikisgrill. Let me plan your holiday party

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The Ocean Room over looks Waikiki beach across the street and located in the restaurant along the railing.  It has an outdoor lanai and inside setting.  The Ocean Room has a beautiful appeal and great for all type of events. Depending on the amount of guests, we may be able to accommodate your party in this area.  If the party is after 5:00pm  there is a $250 room rental fee. (But if you are a friend let me know and I will see what I can do)
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The Coconut Club is located on the 21st floor high above Waikiki Beach; it is completely private and offers the most sensational view of Waikiki. There is beautiful back drop of Diamond Head and the feeling of having the ocean right in your backyard.

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Room rental fee is $770. The room is available until10:00pm. Bar Set-up is $100.00.  An $800.00 minimum of food and beverage charges is required to use the room. Find more photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/alohanow/TikiSGrillBarCoconutClub


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The sun begins to set around 6:00pm, and the experience is amazing. If you would like the exact time of the sunset for the day of your event, please let me know.

We can provide many selections for your menu, from simple appetizers to extravagant dinner buffets, set menus and desserts. The bar can include a full well, Tiki’s specialty drinks, a large selection of import and domestic beers, and a variety of wines.

We look forward to speaking with you soon and making your event a memorable one.

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Michael C. Miller
Director of Sales & Marketing   
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What do Gnomedex and Tweetups Taste Like @tikisgrill? - Tweet up by @tracitoguchi for @chrispirillo

Traci Toguchi put together a great Tweet-up at Tiki's Grill & Bar for visiting Chris Pirillo a media-friendly geek who produces content and catalyzes communities. He is also Tech Expert for CNN.com and has 73,169 Twitter followers.

Here is a his blog and video posts from Tiki's.:

What do Gnomedex and Tweetups Taste Like?

If you had to describe what Gnomedex tastes like, could you do it? What ingredients do you think are thrown together? The official Gnomedex drink at Tiki’s Grill in Hawaii consists of Skyy Vodka, Orange Curacao, Amaretto and fresh lime juice!

They’ve also concocted a Tweetup drink, as well! That drink includes Malibu Pineapple Rum, Banana Liquor, Cranberry and Pineapple juice, and limes.

Both drinks are amazingly delicious, and refreshing. Oh… did I say refreshing? We’ll stick with that, yeah.

I love Hawaii.

Here is another clip shot at Tiki's - Chirs get's Lei'd by TRACI TOGUCHI.

Traci is a Renaissance Chick. She is a singer, songwriter, actor, marketing strategist consultant, holistic entertainment/e-coach, evolving web developer (CIW certified), and former Miss Hawaii interested in all things tech, art, food, green/organic, and entrepreneur-focused. And a very good person too!~  Mahalo Traci

Here is a his blog and video posts from Tiki's.:

I got Leid!

One tradition in Hawaii is to present someone with a Lei - and a kiss on the cheek! Lei giving is a regular part of any special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. It is not uncommon for a graduating senior to have so many leis around their neck that they can no longer see!

There are, however, a couple of “unspoken rules” one should know when receiving a lei for the first time. A lei should be a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection to another. Therefore, always accept a lei, never refuse. The proper way to wear a lei is gently draped over the shoulders, hanging down both in front and in back. It is considered rude to remove a lei from your neck in the presence of the person who gave it to you, so if you must, be discreet.

Lei giving is a regular part of any special occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and graduations. It is not uncommon for a graduating senior to have so many leis around their neck that they can no longer see!

I was leid not once, but twice! Have I mentioned yet that I love Hawaii?