My favorite Hawaiian plate lunch place is Lani’s Luau, 2532 S. Harrison (NE corner of Harrison and Golf Links) out east. Lani (from Kona, Hawaii) and her husband Zane Dowling run the restaurant.
Starting on Black Friday, they will be hosting Aloha Fridays at 6:30 p.m., with some Hawaiian music and “intermittent” hula, throughout the holiday season. Intermittent is a standard English word, but in Pidgin English as spoken in Hawaii we would say the hula will be “when can”.
Usual restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, till 8 p.m. on weekdays and closed on Sundays. Call ahead to check the times of operation, 520-886-LUAU (5828). They will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Coming up December 6th for Aloha Friday will be Celtic guitarist/composer/singer Jamie O’Brien, who also plays Hawaiian slack key and ukulele. Jamie’s website: www.launies.com. I previously posted on Jamie’s 2011 soulful CD “Chasing Ghosts” (click here), which won the Big Island Music Award in the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year category.
I just ate at Lani’s last week and my mahi mahi plate (breaded or garlic) is always super ono (delicious), with 2 scoops white rice (can substitute fried rice) and mac salad, just like they serve it back home at the lunch wagons or local diners. They also serve Hawaiian fruit drinks and haupia (coconut pudding) dessert. Check out their tasty, authentic menu online at their website.
Why do we Hawaiians call it “Aloha Fridays”? Because in Pidgin: “no need to work till Monday, which is some good”. Wear your aloha shirts and muumuus to these Aloha Fridays, and enjoy the food, music and hula.