If you only hit one classic Hawaiian plate-lunch joint, make it this one. Wrapped in rainbow-colored neon, this famous drive-in is a throwback to another era. Construction workers, surfers and gangly teens order all their down-home favorites such as burgers, mixed-plate lunches, loco moco and Portuguese sweet-bread French toast from the takeout counter. Many love the hamburger steak.
The owners’ family donates part of the profits to local schools and charities. Started by an island-born US army cook after WWII, its customers have included a teenage Barack Obama (he still drops by on his Hawaiian visits today).