The Waikikie Story
OUR NAME - Waikikie
People often ask why we chose to spell Waikikie with the 'e' on the end. It's simple... we needed a way to differentiate our name, while still paying tribute to one of the favorite Hawaiian Islands.
OUR FOOD - Hawaiian Grilling
Welcome to barbecuing and grilling in Hawaii.
When the first Polynesians arrived in the Hawaii Islands,
they found nothing to eat. The Islands themselves, being very new geologically and very isolated, had little in the way
of indigenous life. The Polynesians brought pigs, dogs,
chickens, taro and sweet potatoes with them. After James
Cook arrived in Hawaii, a steady stream of newcomers
started arriving, bringing with them plants and animals from
their native lands. Chief among these were Missionaries
from New England who brought cows, horses, sheep, and
goats as well as a wide variety of new plants. This introduction
of new foods and traditions changed the Hawaiian diet
greatly. As American business began to move in and develop
large plantations, new cash crops, like sugar cane and pineapples
were introduced. To man the plantations, immigrants
were brought to Hawaii as laborers from places like China,
Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
Each new wave of immigrants brought a new cooking tradition
What developed from all this is known as "Local Food".
Local Food is an East-West Pacific mix created in the 1920s and '30s by lunch wagon cooks and small stores and restaurants.
Typical Local Food meals are lunch plates which
consist of rice and meat covered in gravy, served with either
salt seaweed or chili peppers, sesame oil or soy sauce. Also
popular is Teriyaki, a sauce used to prepare all
kinds of meat. As you can see, Hawaiian food is a unique
cuisine created from a very diversified background.
and enjoy our barbecue. Mahalo!