E Komo Mai — Welcome to Pounders!
With a named inspired by Pounders Beach, the renowned bodysurfing beach just down the road, Pounders Restaurant celebrates the unique and rich heritage of beautiful Lä‘ie, a rustic community that has attracted millions from around the world wanting to learn and enjoy the culture of Hawai‘i and Polynesia.
Pounders offers a new and delicious presentation of island-style dining, infusing homegrown Hawai‘i recipes with the flavors popularized in modern cuisine. Local menu favorites are familiar, but skillfully refined.
We proudly serve farm-to-table style produce that is grown fresh in local farms, organic beef raised in Hawai‘i and seafood caught in nearby waters. Our Hawaiian-style pizzas are baked in a kiawe wood-fired brick oven and the sweet treats are crafted from Auntie Emily’s Bakery next door.
Salads from our ‘Àina (Land)
Enjoy your choice of our specialty dressings with any salad:
Oil and Balsamic Vinaigrette Strawberry Yogurt *Gluten-free
Mango Vinaigrette *Gluten-free Cilantro Liliko‘i Aioli
Buttermilk Ranch Caesar Dressing
Ahi Tataki Salad
Raw ahi coated with sesame seeds and roasted garlic, pan seared and served on a bed of local Pūpūkea greens, with Ho Farms tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives.
Bacon Ranch Salad
A bed of locally grown greens topped with house-made candied bacon. Complimented by juicy, roasted grapes, walnuts and a creamy ranch dressing.
Our classic caesar salad comes complete with fresh focaccia bread baked to perfection in our kiawe wood-fired oven with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
Avocado and papaya served on a bed of Pūpūkea Gardens mixed greens from Oahu’s north shore, mixed with Ho Farms tomatoes & parmesan cheese.
mahi-mahi nuggets $5, crab cakes $6, chicken $5
Da Kine Pupus
Snow Crab Cakes
Pan seared until crispy and then baked into golden brown deliciousness and topped with our famous cilantro liliko‘i aioli and arugula.
Kälua Pork Quesadilla
Juicy local kālua pork, served with locally made spinach-flour tortillas, shredded white and yellow cheddar cheeses, and a side of mango-papaya salad.
Taro Chips with Smoked A‘u (Marlin) Dip
A local Lā‘ie favorite. Freshly hand cut taro chips paired perfectly with a creamy smoked marlin dip.
Pounders Fresh Poke
Ancient Hawaiians enjoyed raw ‘ahi tuna mixed with natural ingredients to enhance its delicate flavor. Tossed with sea asparagus, pickled ginger, spring onions and sea salt.
Pounders Shrimp Tacos
Perfect for any surfer or surfer at heart. Fresh corn tortillas, crispy shrimp, red cabbage slaw, and mango papaya salsa, topped with liliko‘i cilantro aioli and served with fresh cut limes.
Mahi’mahi bite-sized, hand battered, fried nuggets crusted with buttery macadamia nuts and served with our cilantro liliko’I aioli dressing.
Pounders Fish Tacos
Hand battered, crusted with butter macadamia nuts, served on corn tortillas with red cabbage slaw and mango papaya salsa, topped with lilikoi cilantro dressing and fresh cut limes.
Island-Style Sandwiches and Burgers
All sandwiches and burgers are served with fries or a Püpükea green salad with your choice of Honey Dijon Vinaigrette, Naked Cow Dairy Buttermilk dressing, or Maui Onion dressing.
Kàlua Pork Sandwich
Local Hawaiian kālua pork is always the star entrée of the lū‘au. Local kālua pork served on a freshly baked baguette, topped with red cabbage slaw and cilantro.
Locally caught mahi-mahi battered and fried until golden brown served on a brioche bun with arugula, mango papaya salsa, and cilantro lili’koi aioli.
Candied Bacon Burger
Juicy grass fed island beef patty, topped with candied bacon, and Vermont white cheddar cheese on a brioche bun.
Mushroom Swiss Burger
Grass fed Big Island beef patty, with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, jalapeños, melted swiss cheese, and katsu sauce.
A local favorite! This island-style burger is stacked with a grilled sweet pineapple slice and Pūpukea Garden greens, fresh onions, and topped with an egg. Served on our brioche bun.
Lä‘ie Loco Burger
Our spin on a local favorite. Grass fed beef patty, Portuguese sausage, kālua pork, rice, provolone cheese, egg, and homemade gravy on a brioche bun.
Two 1/2 pound patties with three melted cheeses - American, cheddar & provolone, all on a brioche bun.
Hawaiian Style Artisan Pizza
Our authentic hand tossed Neapolitan style pizza with a Hawaiian twist right from our Kiawe wood fired oven. 10”pies
Pele’s Volcano Pizza
Named after the Hawaiian goddess Pele. This pepperoni pizza is sure to light up your taste buds with its fiery flow of flavors. Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, red peppers, crushed pepper flakes and sriracha mayo.
Punalu‘u Valley Veggie Pizza
Enjoy our light and tasty veggie pizza. Homemade pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, zucchini and yellow squash, mushrooms, Ho Farms tomato, red and green bell peppers, and Maui red onions.
Hawaiian Pizza With a Twist
Fresh local Island flavors. Marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, pineapple, green bell peppers, black olives, and ham. A delicious island-style pizza.
Kahuku Shrimp Pizza
Fresh shrimp flavored with our homemade pesto and zesty lemon slices, basil, and mozzarella cheese.
Mālaekahana Mango Mascarpone
A fruit-and-cheese combination that’s too good to pass up! Mascarpone and parmesan cheese, mango, prosciutto, and arugula, all drizzled with honey.
BBQ Kalua Pork Pizza
Local Kalua pork served with our homemade red cabbage slaw. Mozzarella cheese, sweet baby Rays BBQ sauce. Topped with cilantro.
Holy Cow Pizza
When you see this pizza you will say “Holy Cow!”. BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, pan seared chicken, a load of our world famous french fries, more mozzarella cheese topped with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. Oh yeah, and candied bacon to top it off!
All entrées are served with your choice of rice or ‘ulu mash and vegetables.
Beef & Pork
Boneless Short Rib w/ Kalbi Sauce
Our Kalbi is braised for tenderness, barbequed for a light searing, then glaze on our cast iron pan to sizzle in the tasty goodness.
Surf & Turf
Grilled 5 oz. rib eye steak and pineapple shrimp served surf and turf Pounders beach style!
Sweet Baby Back Ribs
Half rack of baby back ribs, marinated then braised for a full-flavor effect, then finished on the grill with a pineapple and honey glaze.
Pounders aged 10 oz. rib-eye steak is grilled and paired with marinated fresh Hāmākua mushrooms. Topped with soy balsamic sauce.
Surf & Turf Bowl
5oz ribeye USDA prime-choice grade, grilled and glazed with soy balsamic reduction with 4oz Hawaiian fresh ahi poke & sriracha mayo and togarashi, on a bed of rice and garnished with Kahuku sea asparagus and avocado, Hawaiian sea salt and pickled ginger.
Our Jidori-style, raised organic, free-range chicken is pan seared then baked with our own mirin-ginger beurre blanc and gremolata.
Fish & Seafood
Fresh Kauai shrimp with chopped garlic, Hawaiian sea salt, and coconut milk, topped with mango papaya salsa.
Fresh Kauai shrimp cooked in garlic, Southeast Asian spiced chili, Hawaiian sea salt, coconut milk, and topped with mango papaya salsa.
Try a fresh local-style favorite with our ‘Ahi Katsu! A tuna cutlet deep fried in Japanese panko bread crumbs topped with our own katsu sauce.
Kahana Bay Catch of the Day
Our fresh catch of the day is topped with crab spread and Chinese sausage, baked to lock in the delicious flavor.
Island Style Mac Nut Mahi-Mahi
Mahimahi crusted with basil and macadamia nuts then baked until crispy. Served with our papaya salsa.
Full of southeast Asian spices and herbs, this slow simmered coconut broth curry is topped with a sweet and sour citrus sauce. Shrimp $16 or Mahi-mahi $17
Lāʻie Catch of the Night
Fried with our special Thai sweet chili sauce, steamed with ginger-garlic shoyu. Ask your server about our fresh catch of the night.
Fish and Chips
Flaky, hand battered fresh mahi-mahi. Served wit hour homemade tartar sacue and fries.
Zucchini Stir Fry Noodles
All the vegetables you want stir-fried deliciously together with sweet spicy tamarind sauce, Ho Farms tomatoes, cilantro, peanuts, tofu, Maui sweet onions, and zucchini squash. Does not include sides
Just for the Keiki
For guests 12 and under.
All keiki meals include an entrée, drink and side of rice, fries or salad
A child-sized burger served with a side of fries, rice or salad.
Mahimahi Nuggets served with our delicious liliko‘i aioli and a side of fries.
Build your own Pizza
Picky eater? Let your little chef build the pizza the way they like it!
Taro Roll (2)
Ulu Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Buttered Vegetables
Pounders are pleased to serve a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
MOG (mango orange guava)
POG (passion orange guava)
2% Milk, Chocolate Milk
Espresso – single shot
Espresso – double shot
Ginger Lime Cooler
Fresh Brewed Ice Tea
Handmade pastries and dessert with a distinctive island flavor includes pies, cheesecakes, cookies, rolls and other delights
**Please advise your server of any food allergies. Consuming of raw meats, seafood, shellfish, or egg products may be hazardous to your health.