Pounders and the rest of the Polynesian Cultural Center’s new Hukilau Marketplace celebrate a unique heritage that has attracted millions of people to our small community of Laie over the past 150 years. Our restaurant’s name reflects Pounders Beach, a popular bodysurfing spot located about a half-mile down Kamehameha Highway. Everybody calls it that because waves there can break fiercely on the shore.
Over 100 years ago, however, ships docked on the calmer side of the bay to offload passengers — King Kalakaua and his royal entourage were among many. It was the only dock for miles around, and the old pilings can still be seen. It was also Laie’s port for shipping local sugar and other products, even cattle.
Today, Pounders represents a new perspective on hosting guests and offering local specialties that are both rustic but refined, and familiar with a twist cuisine. We serve produce fresh from island farms, Hawaii-raised beef, locally caught seafood, savory delights from the Pacific Rim, and we bake distinctive Hawaiian-style pizzas in our kiawe-fired brick oven imported from Napoli.
Mai ‘ai — welcome to Pounders. Enjoy a delicious meal in the newest traditions of old Laie.
For reservations, call 808 293-3287 or click here to reserve a table now!
Our bakery’s name honors two Hawaiian women — Aunties Emily Enos and Emily Kaopua— who shared their culinary talents and aloha with the PCC and Laie for many years.
Before the PCC even opened in 1963, Emily Enos prepared meals for Church College of Hawaii (now BYU-Hawaii) students as well as the labor missionaries who built both CCH and PCC, with such sweet aloha that everybody began calling her “Mom” or “Ma” Enos. After the Center opened, she ran the “American” buffet for our guests. She then hired Emily Kaopua, who ran PCC Food Services and oversaw the preparation and serving of literally millions of meals.
Delicious food served with warm aloha are still hallmarks of our two special Emily’s. And for a quick bite of heaven, visit the Auntie Emily’s kiosk for grab-and-go goodies fresh from their bakery.
Call 293-3287 for more information.
Hawaiian King Candies brings its superior made-in-Hawaii confections to the PCC Hukilau Marketplace. Guests can purchase freshly dipped chocolate macadamia nuts, fruits and cookies. In addition, we offer other fine sweets and snacks, including roasted macadamias and praline nuts, caramels, honey, a variety of popcorns, cotton candy and fresh coffee.
Call 754-8002 for more information.
Ah You hungry? Former Arizona State and Kahuku High School standout football player Junior Ah You formed this one of a kind eatery in 2010, since then he has been making some of the best plate lunches and sandwiches on the North Shore. Their famous garlic shrimp dishes have led them to become the #1 rated food truck on Yelp and Tripadvisor. Join them for breakfast Mon-Sat 7am-9am and lunch/dinner from 11am-9:30pm.
Call 293-2225 for more information.
Ice Cream Shack
This kiosk offers a refreshing fix for a hot Hawaiian day. Featuring hand scooped ice cream in local flavors such as macadamia nut and haupia and more traditional options such as rocky road and cookies and cream. Add toppings to your liking.
Call 293-3108 for more information.
Crêpes, you wonder? These delightful, savory treats come to us by way of French Polynesia. The S’More — marshmallow, chocolate, and Graham crackers on a crêpe — is the most popular so far, but our Tahiti crêpe with coconut and the Butter Cup with peanut butter, chocolate and banana is also especially délicieux. Pick from the menu, or create your own from a choice of 14 crêpes or waffles and 20 toppings.
Call 238-7206 for more information.
Savor shaved ice, a North Shore specialty, in a traditional flower cup. Concoct your own flavor combinations at our self-serve flavor station. Choose from pina colada, strawberry, mango and banana. Then add condensed milk or a scoop of ice cream to create a truly delectable and refreshing treat.
This smoothie shop — named for the late father of a nearby Hauula family who drove tour buses to the PCC — mixes up a mean Açaí Bowl containing blended fruit smoothie, apple juice, French vanilla/almond granola, sliced ripe banana and strawberries, and drizzled with honey. You can also order other smoothies and tropical fruit juices, or create your own. Try “koko” Samoa in season, and more. Military and kama’aina discounts available.
Call 725-1830 for more information.
Ray’s Kiawe Broiled Chicken
Ray’s Kiawe’s Broiled Chicken made a name for itself serving fire roasted chicken up in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu. Now they bring their famous rotisserie chicken and pineapple coleslaw to the Hukilau Marketplace. Enjoy a quarter, half or even whole chicken plate or order it to go. You know you’re in for a treat as you smell that delicious smoky flavor of the kiawe (mesquite) grill operating right there in our parking lot.
New Zealand Fish n Chips
Welcome to Aotearoa’s little taste of home, right here in Hawaii. Fish n Chips, a hot dish of English origin and especially popular in New Zealand, consists of deep fried battered fish and, as you Americans prefer to call it, French Fries. Chef Julie Ann Aspinall Boon, who was born and raised in Hamilton, New Zealand, cooks up a plate as authentic as her Kiwi accent. Her fish is hand prepared, cooked fresh, and wrapped in paper. Her chips have a delicious island flavor. One bite, and you’ll see why it’s a local favorite.