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Poi By The Pound

430 Kele St, Kahului, HI 96732, USA
| +1 808-283-9381
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Sun 10am - 9pm
Mon, Thur 10am - 10pm
Fri, Sat 10am - 11pm

Poi by the Pound

Set near the Kahului airport, this strip-mall gem celebrates all things poi. The Polynesian staple arrived with the first voyaging canoes and has sustained Native Hawaiians since. It’s made by steaming and mashing the cooked stem of a kalo (taro) plant. Plan for take-out or a bit of a wait: this rib-sticking local fare is in high demand! Dishes include poke salad, ramen with green onions and laulau plates (slow-steamed, taro-leaf-wrapped pork served with rice, poi, lomi-lomi salmon, and mac salad). Poi by the Pound also serves island classics like loco moco and kimchi fried rice. The setting may be modest and diner-like, but nothing beats it for authenticity!