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Burgers have never been my thing. I know some people that swear by them. I don’t get it. I personally prefer garden burgers to the real thing. I guess that’s why it took me so long to eat at Kua ‘Aina.

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Not very busy today. As you can see all their tables are fully equipped with all the proper tools. More businesses should copy this. I like having everything I need within arms reach, that way I can focus on eating and not on getting up to get what I need or asking and waiting for it.

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Along with the abundant amount of seating inside, there’s also ample amount outside.

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I feel like chicken today so that’s what I ordered, a grilled chicken burger, $6.90. It came with lettuce, two slices of tomato and a carrot stick. I like it when places give you veggies to munch on, carrot, celery, pickle, whatever I’ll eat it. The sandwich was tasty. No wow factor, but still nice and filling.

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Of course carrots aren’t enough to complete my meal so I ordered a side of fries to go with it, $1.95. They were similar to what some might call shoe string fries, the thin, wimpy, flaccid ones. I don’t like this kind. I like my fries stiff and meaty.

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I also ordered a small green salad, $3.40. I was impressed and quite happy with my salad. For $3.40 they certainly filled it up quite nicely with lots of variety and color, just the way I like it.

Also another bonus about this place is that you can B.Y.O.B.  Awesome!

Alright so you want to eat here? If you already have, tell me what you think. If you haven’t click below for directions.
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Kua ‘Aina
1200 Ala Moana Blvd # 665
Honolulu, HI 96814

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(808) 591-9133

15 Responses to “Kua ‘Aina”

  1. Marvo Says:

    I went to the Kua’aina in Haleiwa and the one at Ward Center. Not impressed with either of them. Teddy’s Bigger Burger is better. Booyah!

  2. DooDooLicious Says:

    @Marvo:

    I totally agree. All my friends and myself totally dig teddy’s burger

  3. Pomai Says:

    LOL! I agree about the fries. They shouldn’t be “flaccid”. Seasoned steak-cut fries (more like wedges) are my fave. The ones from Foodland and Safeway Deli are awesome. Shoestring style gotta’ go. They usually come out either too oily or overcooked and stiff.

    I tried the Haleiwa location, which was just, eh, ok, IMO. I agree with Marvo that Teddy’s got them beat. Especially their fries. They recently been expanding their menu at the Waikiki location too, with some interesting new burger toppings.

    Back to Kua Aina, the salad’s price isn’t too bad for all the goodies they got piled on there. I’ve seen places that serve just iceberg lettuce and diced tomatoes for a similar price.

    Speaking of serving veggies to munch on with sandwiches, you should try A Matter of Taste in Gentry Design Center on Nimitz, just past K-Mart. Excellent quality food, bistro style. Their French Dip Sandwich (with fantastic Au Jus) is the bomb! And they serve it with a carrot stick and pickle wedge, which compliment it perfectly. Great pasta dishes too, and quite reasonable at under $8 for most items.

    Glad to see you’re back DDL!

  4. George Says:

    I ate at the Kua Aina in Haleiwa in June. Had a mahi sandwich. Fucking delicious. The fish was so fresh I swear I saw it move. My kid had a cheeseburger that had the worst ratio of meat to bun I’ve ever seen. The patty was overcooked, too. My wife got a burger, and it was juicy, meaty and delicious. I think the little one just ordered too small of a patty (or her dad told her to remember that her eyes are often bigger than her stomach). I actually grabbed a plastic knife and made a shitty attempt at cutting off the excess bread by cutting both the top and bottom in half lengthwise, and getting rid of the extra bread (that used to be touching the insides of the sandwich). I’d already messed with it too much for her though, and she pretty much took one more bite, tossed it, and asked to eat again in an hour. I don’t beat her nearly enough. Jesus, this explanation is way too drawn out. Summation: don’t be a cheap ass like me and just get your kid the regular burger.

  5. Alfred Says:

    As a Haleiwa Boy, I have to agree that the Kau Aina Mahi Mahi sandwich is amazing. The burgers are just standard. Service is in the middle, not bad, not good.

  6. Ulla Says:

    Now I want to move to Hawaii! My BF says you have the best Ramen outside of Japan:)

  7. jinxiepoo Says:

    the ONE thing that i notice big time when i eat out is the customer service. as a person in that field, i expect only the best when i give it as well. i’d like to know how they treated you. for kua’aina burger the ONE time i went with my family to the Ward location was HORRIBLE. the hawaiians that they (only) employ give service like its their kid in trouble and they’re waiting for the lame response for why they did it – why are you taking so long to order? (or get out of my face). if they even HAD to get a rating… from me would be a negative 90238475923874293847 period. only cuz their food didnt transcend their service. its sad that people like that are supposed to be representing hawaii. just sad.

    on a lighter note, have you ever thought of taking up journalism? i would LOVE to read you every morning in the newspaper or something and know that someone who deserves their job is getting paid to do so. great writing! thank you!

  8. Highway Inn Says:

    Kua’aina Burgers seem to be very popular. However, if locals want a cheaper and ‘local’ option, our restaurant also serves burgers in addition to our Hawaiian food.

    Lately we’ve been busy with our ‘healthier alternative’ for the Ziggy Marley concert at the Waikiki Shell.

    If you’d like to see our menu, visit our site at http://www.myhighwayinn.com or follow us on twitter.com @HighwayInn!

    We look forward to seeing you stop by and try our ono grinds!

  9. ohana photographers Says:

    the way you like your fries = awesome!

  10. Aloha Tony Says:

    I love this place. Good burgers, great location. I also like Kakaako kitchen. Both great!

  11. Jack Says:

    Be sure to leave your reviews at http://tinyurl.com/26okadh and tell others about this place!

  12. Alfred-- Says:

    I grew up in Haleiwa and we own vacation rental property in Ko Olina, http://www.beachvillaresort.com

    I agree service is just so so at Kua ‘Aina but once you sit down and bite into your Mahi burger, it balances out. We send guests to Kua ‘Aina in Haleiwa. See our blog post: http://blog.beachvillaresort.com/2010/06/wifes-favorite-place-for-lunch-on-north.html

    We also send guests to Highway Inn. It’s close to the Ko Olina resort and the food is Onolicious. If there’s not a church fundraiser picnic around and I need my fix of Kalia Pig, Lau Lau, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poi & Haupia, this is where I’m at. Guests appreciate an authentic experience and the crew here has much Aloha. Haven’t posted a blog yet.

  13. mits Says:

    why is this review in the 0-5.00 range when your burger alone was almost 7.00? Was also wondering if your burger came with buns?

  14. mits Says:

    Can’t have skinny whimpy fries at a g high end burger joint. That’s just asking for a bad review.

  15. Hula Utah Says:

    Love their Mahi Mahi sandwich, don’t really remember their burgers being amazing…..I do like Teddy’s, & their fries are good IMO. Can’t wait to get back to Hawaii!

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