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In this photo Yoshiko Kobayashi gives the shaka sign in front of the Ono Kai Hawaiian BBQ restaurant in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand.

First of all, they spelled ono incorrectly.

Secondly, plate lunches are not Hawaiian food. Note the tag line, "Hawaiian BBQ." Hawaiians have never served plate lunches nor have they had rice in their diet.

Thirdly, it's annoying yet it also shows how people buy into the lie that plate lunches are Hawaiian.

I have news for you: Whenever you go to L & L "Hawaiian" BBQ... and others places like it... remember they are lying to you.

In the end all you are buying is into a lie and the plate lunches make you FAT.

Just say "No."

Want Hawaiian food? Try some poi, aku palu, ake, and/or wana.

That is all... for now.

Cross-posted to abouthawaii


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Dec. 19th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
I admire your commitment to educate people about what is and isn't Hawaiian.

I know those plate lunches make you fat, but I like'um... And, I know rice was brought over to the islands, but you gottah admit... da buggah taste good, eh? Oh, and that also goes fo SPAM... :-)
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
LOL Thanks for making me laugh. I really don't mind plate lunches though as long as it's in moderation plus they should delete the "Hawaiian BBQ" part. That's the "beef" that I have with plate lunch establishments but yes... they taste good.
Dec. 19th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
How about "L&L Eat What the Local Eat"

I like'um all, but I wish they'd put two laulaus instead of just one. One is only a snack.
Dec. 19th, 2004 01:38 pm (UTC)
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a 'plate lunch'?
Dec. 19th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a 'plate lunch'?

Simply put, it's lunch on a paper plate. Just as some will eat lunch "out of a back", a "plate lunch" is a meal on a plate, generally purchased from lunch wagons throughout the islands, or places which specialize in plate lunches.

You get a wide variety of things on a plate lunch, depending on what you order. Examples:

1) Hamburger steak with gravy, two scoops rice, salad (macaroni or cole slaw)
2) Mixed plate, which can be pork, roast beef, and/or chicken, two scoops rice, salad
3) Hash patty (or two), roast beef, rice, salad

It's not unlike going to a party or luau, seeing a wide assortment of food, and picking and choosing what you want. I have read that one of the origins of the "Plate lunch" as we know it today comes from the plantation days, when it was time to eat, and everyone would gather and bring their own food. Everyone was curious, so everybody wanted to pick and choose, to try out the foods of other ethnicities. That is what we now know as the "plate lunch".
Dec. 19th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
L&L's is over here in San Francisco and though it's not Hawaiian food, it's YUM! everyone buys into it here cause we don't know any better. if i can find some real Hawaiian food, i'd be estatic. btw, does Huki Lau serve real Hawaiian food cause there's a couple of those here too...

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