Kalua pig with macaroni salad is the perfect ending to an afternoon drive across Oahu. The place to get this powerful combo? An off-the-road little diner, Keneke's, on the windward side of the island. Don't let its 'hole-in-the-wall' appearance fool you - this is the spot locals choose for their comfort food fix, Hawaiian style.
Kalua pig is the iconic Hawaiian dish offered at many a luau. In my year on the island, I found that the tastiest bits of this heavenly meal are often served on the cheap plastic plates, just like the ones at Keneke's. The juicy meat falls apart on your fork from the hours of smoldering six feet under in a tight ti or banana leaf. Bizarre writings on Keneke's walls and the flip flop attire add a funky twist to the surreal bliss of the moment.
For desert, grab a cup of shave ice and walk fifty yards to the back - where a whole other level of bliss awaits.