The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in Kakaako is always offering fresh, healthy choices for their students and faculty, and chef Ron Simon has just stepped up to add to their selection of meals.
You may know Simon from his booth at the Wednesday Blaisdell farmer’s market, where he serves up different twists on salads and drinks that are healthful and light, but full of flavor. (Or, you may know him from his previous gig at the Pacific Club.) That’s probably how JABSOM found him — he’s not sure — and got him to open his own spot in their cafeteria. The new venture is called Ōlena, which is the Hawaiian word for turmeric, a plant known for its medicinal properties.
I got to try some of his offerings when he opened recently, and I’m happy to know that we have more healthy places to eat that aren’t just boring salads. Here’s a peek at items from his first week, but he’s already made additions and improvements to the menu, so by the time you get there you’ll be even more impressed than I was!
Ōlena at JABSOM
651 Ilalo St.
Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Parking: on street