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My family and I found yourself dining in at Poi By The Pound restaurant the other day.  It had been almost a year since we last ate there, having eaten at this restaurant for the first time the night of my father’s funeral services.  It turns out we were back there again because we had scattered my dad’s ashes a day before and my cousin who was visiting for that event was craving some ‘ono (means delicious in Hawaiian) grinds.  I’ve eaten a few select things from Poi By The Pound before, but there was little on the menu I have tried, so I was eager to taste some of their popular menu items.  Most of the reviews on Yelp and Google were very positive so I decided I would order a few things I saw mentioned in those reviews and test them out for myself.

Poi By The Pound is just 5 short minutes away from the Kahului Airport so it’s perfect for stopping off when you land on Maui or on while on your way to your next destination.  They are open 7 days a week and they take walk-ins which is great.  If you have a party of 6 or more, I definitely suggest calling ahead to make a reservation.  Whether it is dine-in, take-out or catering, they have a variety of selections for you to choose from so that’s a great option for that party you’re planning or to grab a speedy bite to eat.

Poi By The Pound started as a small little restaurant in the industrial area of Kahului and now reside in the old Denny’s Restaurant location.  I haven’t eaten or dined in at their Kahului Industrial location, but I think the old Denny’s location is perfect for them.  During our two visits (last year and the other day), the restaurant was packed, so you know it’s a local favorite here on Maui.  Through their love of Hawaiian food, Poi By The Pound is now a popular eatery here on the island.

So, I know you’re waiting to find out about the dishes we tried out, right?  Let’s dive into those, shall we?

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I wanted to start off with the Deep Fried Lau Lau.  Yes, I said deep fried.  I didn’t see this on the menu, but since reading the reviews on Yelp, I knew about it.  I was so interested in trying it out so I had to order it (even if I didn’t eat it all).

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The deep friend lau lau is basically a lau lau (pork wrapped in taro leaves and lightly flavored with Hawaiian salt.  It is slowly steamed to absolute perfection) that is breaded/battered with panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.  Considering it was deep fried, it was not as heavy as you would have thought it would be.  Honestly, lau lau is really heavy on its own and I felt that the breading didn’t make it too overwhelming.  If you like lau lau, you definitely have to check it out and see for yourself.

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A definite favorite for any local here is a Hawaii staple known as the Loco Moco.  Poi By The Pound’s Loco Moco includes three homemade patties grilled with onions and served with rice and macaroni salad (you can choose green salad if you prefer that instead).  The patties are topped with 2 eggs cooked in the style of your choosing (we always get over easy – because a runny egg mixed with all of it, is well… the best) and a generous pour of brown gravy.  If you’ve never had a Loco Moco before, you must try it, it’s definitely a go-to here.  The patties were filled with flavor, the gravy was great and the egg, well – as soon as you brook the yolk, it spread all over the dish which is what we liked.  Served hot and delicious.

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A mix on the Loco Moco is their Chicken Katsu Moco.  I LOVE a great Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco (one of my favorite food choices anywhere) and I was so excited to try this one from Poi By The Pound.  I requested Pork Gravy instead of their standard brown gravy and of course got my eggs over-easy.  The chicken was cooked well and I loved the flavor of everything.  Of course, since I don’t eat rice anymore, I opted for green salad as my side.  I definitely was happy with this meal, even if I didn’t eat all of it.  Did I mention their portion sizes were huge?  The Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco is not on the menu, so be sure to ask for it personally if you want to give it a try.

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I did mention that Poi By The Pound is known as the “Authentic Hawaiian Food Restaurant” and while some may think the other foods I mentioned were “authentic”, they are really just local favorites that you can get here in Hawaii.  So, I just had to share the beautiful display of Hawaiian food you can get with the Hawaiian Plate combo.  My gosh, it includes so much food, you will surely be full before you leave.  And, if you have never tried any Hawaiian food before, this would be a great way to check it out.  Included in this combo is:  Kalua pork, pork lau lau, chicken long rice (which is like a soup with chicken and rice noodles), lomi salmon (which is salmon, tomatoes and onion mixed together.  Lomi in Hawaiian basically means to massage.  Therefore, it is the salmon and other ingredients massaged together so the flavors mesh), poi, rice and mac salad.  On the bottom, you see a green baby food like consistency which is the squid luau.  That is one of my favorite dishes here.  It’s basically squid and taro leaf simmered in coconut milk and brown sugar.

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The Poke Bowl is a popular choice here in Hawaii and many locals will grab it and go.  Poi By The Pound has their own version of a Poke Bowl which includes your choice of shoyu or spicy poke (or combination of both) and served over steaming white rice with a sprinkle of furikake (seaweed and sesame seasoning).  Fresh ahi poke is definitely something that you must try and this one was delish.

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You didn’t think we left out dessert, did you?  Well, considering the portion sizes you get from this eatery, you could easily skip dessert and be extremely full.  But we packed up our leftovers and ordered some popular yummies.  The boys shared the Mud Pie (it was so big all three of them ate it together).  The mud pie consists of a Kona Mud pie ice cream bedded on an oreo cookie crust and topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel drizzle.  It was so good that the boys said they were gonna order it the next time we came to eat here.

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I went with the Taro Sundae.  Come on, taro, poi, and coconut in one dish… anyone that knows me knows that I would jump to that opportunity in a heartbeat.  The Taro Sundae originally comes with haupia (coconut) ice cream, taro chunks, poi, drizzled with chocolate, caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream and almonds.  I opted to be a purist and go the haupia ice cream with taro chunks and poi only (which is what is pictured above).

I seriously fell in love with this dish after the first bite.  This dessert seriously satisfied exactly what I would expect from a Taro Sundae and I definitely suggest checking it out… seriously!

The cost of the plates and desserts at Poi By The Pound are reasonably priced and you surely get your monies worth in every possible way.  You will not leave this restaurant hungry, that’s for sure.  Our server was a delight and very sweet and the last time we dined here (last year) we experienced the same kind and sweet service from that server as well.  Food comes to the table hot and you will definitely enjoy a great meal here.    If you are looking to satisfy your hunger with some local grinds or want a Hawaiian food mix, I definitely suggest checking them out.  You’ll enjoy their food and be sure to share because you’ll have enough to share with a friend.

Poi By The Pound is located at:

430 Kele Street, Kahului, HI. 96732

808-283-9381.

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When it comes to food, I consider myself to have an eclectic soul.  Food not only satisfies my taste buds but absolutely feeds my soul.  Whether it is the naughty type or something home cooked and comforting or some great healthy selections, I love them all and enjoy each and every bite.  About 8 months ago, my sister Katt introduced me to a new food establishment that I had not been to before.  “They have the best Acai bowl, ever!”  As a foodie, I thought it was worth checking out and I found myself at their location in Wailuku just a few days after having this conversation with her.  Their Wailuku location is a small hole in the wall, large enough to fit a few bar stools with seating against the wall.  At any given time, you can have about 6 customers sitting in there comfortably and the lines can be out the door.  For my first experience at the Wailuku location of the Farmacy Health Bar, I tried the Waiside Bowl.  It literally was an experience I not only enjoyed, but became instantly addicted to.  

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I love making things from scratch and have ventured into the health food scene many times with my own personal cooking so I absolutely loved the fact that so much care was put into a little bowl of sweet and tart goodness.  The bowls come in three different sizes and a selection of different varieties that will not only fill you up with energy and greatness, but they taste absolutely delicious.  Each ingredient used in any of their creations is organic and many if not most of what they offer are grown right here in Hawaii.  The first time I went to their Wailuku location, the owner talked about looking into expanding and I was so excited to find out that they would be expanding to the Up Country Maui area.  I awaited their opening and arrival eagerly.

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After the new year 2016, Farmacy Health Bar Pukalani opened in the Pukalani Terrace Center.  This location is literally a mile away from my house and I have been dropping in several times in the last week to pick up some of my favorite goodies.

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My favorite treat from Farmacy Health Bar is the Wai side Poi Bowl.  It’s made with Farmacy made organic poi at the bottom, vanilla macaroon granola (which is yum) or gluten free rustic granola, Farmacy acai mix with a bit more granola, any three fresh fruits available, toasted coconut, hemp seeds and local honey.  It’s delicious and my children absolutely love it.  A Papa bowl ($15) includes two pounds of the bowls products and is a treat for myself and all three of my sons to share.  A few of the fruits they have on selection are banana, strawberries, blueberries, papaya and pineapple.  Sometimes you can find awesome delights like dragon fruit or mango when it is in season or they have it in stock.

Besides the Waiside bowl, I also tried the Honolua Bowl which includes: Vanilla macaroon granola or gluten free rustic granola topped with Farmacy acai mix, more granola and any three fresh fruits, toasted mac nuts, goji berries and local Hawaiian honey.

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The Country Cacao Acai Bowl is a new one I recently got to try.  It includes the Vanilla macaroon granola or gluten free rustic granola topped with Farmacy Acai mix and any three fresh fruits you can select (if you are at the Pukalani location).  It is topped with hemp seeds, cacao powder, cacao nibs and toasted coconut with a drizzle of local honey.  I like chocolate, but for a while I have passed on this bowl and finally decided I would try it.  the cacao nibs have a light crunch which not only add to the flavor of the bowl but work perfectly with the fruits.  It’s absolutely delicious and while it has as sweetness we would expect from chocolate, it is not too chocolate in flavor and works well with the fruits.  I chose mine with Liliko’i (passion fruit), banana and papaya and it was yummy.  If you like chocolate, I think you’ll enjoy this bowl.

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If you are looking for something hearty for a great lunch, but not too heavy for those days you need to accomplish a lot – the Pono Bowl is wonderful.  The Pono bowl comes layered with quinoa, your choice of soup and kale salad with a garlic cashew dressing (which is oh so delicious) and topped with a spiced popcorn tofu.  It retails for $10 and is a hearty meal perfect for lunch.  So far I have had the Pono bowl with the Split Pea Soup and Vegetable Curry and each soup had a little spice so it made a perfect compliment to the rest of the bowl.  It is absolutely delicious and filling and one of my favorites.

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The Young Prince Salad has been one of my favorites since first being introduced to Farmacy.  I love Garbanzo beans and this salad really puts some of my favorite salad mix-ins into one spot.  It’s delicious and hearty and really helps to keep me energized to complete the rest of my busy day.  It’s usually served after 10am so this would make a great brunch or lunch for anyone.  The Young Prince Salad includes kale, baby romain, mixed greens, quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, avocado, chickpeas, croutons and french feta with the garlic cashew dressing.

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I also tried the Tahitian Lime aid – which includes fresh lime-lemon juice blended with mint, organic cane juice and ice.  It’s $7 for a 20 oz. cup and $12 for a 32 oz. cup with refill.  This limeade has a great tart and sweet flavor with a refreshing mint taste.  It’s delicious and I love that it’s perfect for those warm days but can be a staple any time of the year.

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The Lahaina Gold Smoothie ($8 20 oz. cup) comes with papaya, banana, strawberries and fresh aloe vera and organic alkaline sugarcane juice with fresh local citrus and coconut milk is another favorite drink of mine and absolutely delicious.  It’s perfect for breakfast and refreshing.

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Supporting local business is not only great for our economy and community but it’s always awesome to see that Farmacy Health Bar uses ingredients that are locally grown.  I love that Farmacy is now open in Pukalani, just 2 minutes from my home and they are now open at 7am which allows me to get a smoothie or something delicious to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  While they are still working on staffing their Pukalani location you can find them currently there from 7am to about 5:30pm and in February they are looking to expand to dinner which means they’ll be open to at least 8pm.  The location has a lot of room for dining in – which is an improvement in comparison to their Wailuku location which is a little hole in the wall.  There is also seating available outside the establishment and it makes for a great little area to sit down and chow down on some healthy food while enjoying the cool Up Country air.

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While at the locations, be sure to check out their “Pay It Forward” or “Pono Board”.  You can purchase a meal for $3.00 to be given to someone less fortunate.  The meal is an organic mini pono bowl that includes:  guinoa, kale salad, soup and feta.  This program that Farmacy offers is a great addition to any locally owned business (or any business for that matter) and I love it.  I have purchased several bowls and have donated and I love that it goes to those that are less fortunate.  Living in Hawaii, while a paradise to many, still has it’s share of people down on their luck and they have the opportunity to get a warm meal in their opu (tummy in hawaiian).

Each item you order from Farmacy is made to order,  so please make sure you are aware of this prior to coming in to dine.  While the staff does their best to get your orders out quickly, since everything is made to order and they are popular, there could be some waiting time.  I walked into the restaurant last week and the line was out the door, but the food is definitely worth it and is definitely worth not only the wait, but the cost.  If you are looking to eat a little healthier this year or just add some great local grinds to your day, this place is a must go.  If you are visiting and looking for an establishment with great aloha spirit and delicious food, stop by and check them out.  We all know I love to cook and create dishes that are not only pretty but delicious and hearty and while I can create many of these dishes on my own, it’s so great that I have an option that I can turn to for delicious food that’s healthy and made of great ingredients.

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Check out their Facebook Page here and stop on in the Pukalani Terrace Center location – let Malik and the team know that Honeygirl sent you.  Try some of these delicious selections and I promise, you will love them as much as I do.  Oh – they also started a cool frequent buyer program, so make sure to ask about that when you stop in.  Everything served here is basically vegetarian, so it’s a great choice for anyone and remember… the food is worth the wait, so be patient, grab a seat and enjoy!

Happy Aloha Friday and Good Eating to you!

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Disclaimer:  All items featured were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature this business or their products.