Who’s coming: Eat the Street Japan

This month’s Eat the Street food truck rally will serve as a fundraiser for Japan, with 32 trucks and street food vendors not only creating unique, Japanese-themed dishes, but in some cases, donating a portion of their sales to the American Red Cross Japan relief fund.

When: Thursday, March 31 from 5-9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St. in Kaka’ako (at Halekauwila, kitty-corner from Restaurant Row)
Admission: Free
Parking: On-site and street parking
Organizer: StreetGrindz.com (Poni Askew), partnering with Kamehameha Schools, Kamehameha Schools Malama Card and Nonstop Honolulu

All food trucks and vendors will offer Malama Card discounts. To get a free card, visit the Malama Card booth at Eat the Street; download a free Malama Card app on your iPhone; visit the mobile website at m.malamacard.com; print a temporary card at home; or get one from a participating merchant.

Now for the lineup:

Aloha Ice Cream Tricycle

Contact: 808-286-4699; @Cafeteaparlor (Twitter); An Oasis at Mission Houses Museum Cafe & Tea Parlor on Facebook

On the menu: RB’s ice cream ($4)

Malama Card special: 10 percent off watermelon ice cream


Baja Style Mexican Food

Contact: 808-291-2096; @bajastylehi (Twitter)

On the menu: Crispy shrimp quesadilla, chimichanga, chile relleno, jalapeno tacos, crispy beef tacos, nachos

Japan-inspired dish/item: Pescaditos (baby smelt) with a nori salad

Malama Card special: Buy four tacos, get one free


Camille’s on Wheels

Contact: 808-282-1740; @Camillesonwheel (Twitter); Camille’s on Wheels on Facebook

On the menu: Mexican paella, tacos and coconut tres leches cupcakes

Japan-inspired dish/item: Paella with shichimi

Malama Card special: Coupon for free taco and drink on future visit


Cholos Homestyle Mexican

Contact: Cholos Homestyle Mexican on Facebook

On the menu: Burritos, quesadillas, tacos, taquitos, tamales, and rice and bean bowls

Japan-inspired dish/item: Ahi furikake taquitos (three taquitos on a bed of cabbage with wasabi aioli)

Malama Card special: Buy four tacos, get one free


Dixie Grill

Contact: 808-485-2722; www.dixiegrill.com

On the menu: Pulled pork sandwich, Philly and beef brisket sandwiches, peel-and-eat shrimp, gumbo, red velvet cupcakes

Malama Card special: Free house sweet tea with purchase of an entree


Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods

Contact: Elena’s Restaurant in Waipahu 808-676-8005; www.ElenasRestaurant.com; @ElenasFilipino (Twitter), www.facebook.com/ElenasRestaurant

On the menu: Pork adobo fried rice omelet, beef vegetable lumpia, banana lumpia, pork adobo, chicken adobo, gisantes, lechon, pansit

Japan-inspired dish/item: All proceeds of banana lumpia go to Japan fundraiser

Malama Card special: Coupon for $5 off at Elena’s restaurant



Contact: www.fairycakeshawaii.com; @fairycakes808 (Twitter)

On the menu: Cupcakes, whoopee pies, brownies and more

Japan-inspired dish/item: Furikake Rice Krispie treats. All proceeds from this dessert go to Japan.

Malama Card special: Buy six cupcakes, get one free


Gogi Korean Tacos

Contact: www.eatgogi.com; @eatgogi (Twitter); Eatgogi on Facebook

On the menu: Gourmet, Asian-Mexican fusion comfort food

Japan-inspired dish/item: Japan Dog, a garlic-shoyu hot dog topped with street-style yakisoba on a sweet roll. Donating 20 percent of sales, plus we’ll have a “tip the truck for Japan” bowl at Eat the Street

Malama Card special: Buy six tacos, get one free


Hank’s Haute Dogs

Contact: 808-532-4265 (Kaka’ako) or 808-532-4265 (Waikiki); hankshautedogs.com; @hankshautedogs (Twitter); Hank’s Haute Dogs on Facebook

On the menu: Grilled Kukui Portuguese Sausage with brown mustard and grilled onions

Japan-inspired dish/item: All proceeds from Eat the Street will be donated for Japan relief. Plus at Waikiki and Kaka’ako locations, from April 1-14, all sales of Hot ‘O Doggu, (topped with miso mayo, hoisen-ginger mustard and takuan) will be donated to Japanese relief

Malama Card special: “We’re giving a “Malama” discount to everyone,” Hank’s owner Henry Adaniya says. Normally, the Portuguese sausage dog goes for $5.50, but it’ll be sold for $5 at Eat the Street


Hawaii Hotdogs

Contact: 808-780-5995; @hawaiihotdogs (Twitter); Hawaii Hotdogs on Facebook

On the menu: Various hot dogs and Polish sausages

Japan-inspired dish/item: Japanese-flavored topping for our hot dogs

Malama Card special: Free bag of chips with purchase


Hula Shrimp Co.

Contact: Hulashrimp@yahoo.com

On the menu: Guava chicken and ribs, pulehu beef, seared ahi, Kahuku shrimp

Japan-inspired dish/item: Honshu Sukiyaki, thin-sliced beef sauteed with sesame oil and served with Onoyaki ponzu sauce, bean sprouts and shiitake mushrooms

Malama Card special: Buy a combo plate and receive a free bottle of water


Jawaiian Irie Jerk

Contact: 808-388-2916

On the menu: Jerk chicken, jerk pork and ital

Japan-inspired dish/item: Donating proceeds from Jamaican Sorrel (a hibiscus and ginger drink). Ten percent of food sales going to Japan

Malama Card special: $1 off every purchase $10 or more


Jus’ Right Kettle Corn Popcorn

Contact: 808-351-8024; @Jusrightpopcorn (Twitter)

On the menu: Kettle corn (cooked live), li hing-infused kettle corn

Malama Card special: Buy five 4-quart bags, get another free


Le Crepe Cafe

Contact: 808-988-8400; www.lecrepecafe.com; @lecrepecafe (Twitter); Le Crepe Cafe Hawaii on Facebook

On the menu: Crepes that can be filled with any of the following: fresh strawberries, bananas, chocolate, whipped cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, cheese, turkey, spinach, basil, green onions, tomatoes and eggs

Japan-inspired dish/item: TBD

Malama Card special: One free drink with a minimum purchase of $5


Lickety Split

Contact: 808-227-6499; Lickety Split Oahu on Facebook

On the menu: Old-fashioned, soft-serve ice cream.

Japan-inspired dish/item: No special dish, but will give 5 percent of sales to American Red Cross for Japan relief

Malama Card special: 50 cents off brownie sundae


Local STOP

Contact: @localstop (Twitter) Local Stop on Facebook

On the menu: Fusion cuisine, Puerto Rican with Korean and Japanese with Filipino

Japan-inspired dish/item: Teri beef bowl on a mound of chicken gandule rice

Malama Card special: 10 percent off total purchase


Malia’s Pasteles and Poke

Contact: 808-497-6941; www.maliaspastelesandpoke.yolasite.com; Malias Pasteles and Poke on Facebook

On the menu: Pasteles, pastele stew, bacalau

Malama Card special: $1 off every $10 purchase



Contact: melthonolulu.com; @melthnl (Twitter)

On the menu: Kabocha and bacon melt: Kiawe-roasted kabocha and bacon with gouda; beef curry; and tomato soup

Japan-inspired dish/item: Kabocha and bacon melt and beef curry. Plus, all sales of tomato soup will be donated for Japan relief

Malama Card special: Free water with $15 purchase



Contact: 808-354-2949; www.onopops.com; @OnoPops (Twitter); OnoPops on Facebook

On the menu: Various flavors of Onopops

Japan-inspired dish/item: Ume Thai basil Onopop

Malama Card special: 50 cents off each Onopop


Ronnie’s Express

Contact: 808-384-2295

On the menu: Local food, fresh fish

Japan-inspired dish/item: Five different sliders (crab, ahi, beef, pork and chicken accompanied with a selection of Japanese sauces and flavored aiolis)

Malama Card special: Buy four sliders, get one free


Shogunai Tacos

Contact: shogunaitacos.com; @Shogunai_Tacos (Twitter); Shogunai Tacos on Facebook

On the menu: Kampai Chicken and Moroccan Pomme Frites

Japan-inspired dish/item: Osaka Jo, a Japanese taco (pork marinated with ginger, shoyu and lemon, and topped with furikake and sprouts). A dollar from every Osaka Jo sold goes to the relief effort

Malama Card special: Free drink with a purchase of a combo


Simply Ono

Contact: 808-728-0441

On the menu: Somen salad, spicy tuna donburi, shoyu pork, wild mushroom macaroni and cheese, seared island ahi with spicy sesame wasabi sauce, teri miso fresh island shuutome, seared ahi nigiri with creamy wasabi sauce

Japan-inspired dish/item: All of the above. Plus, will donate $5 from every shuutome dish to the Japan fundraiser

Malama Card special: $1 off surf and turf combo plate


Soul Patrol

Contact: 808-735-7685; pacificsoulhawaii.com; @pacificsoul (Twitter); Soul Patrol on Facebook

On the menu: Buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ spare ribs, Carolina pulled pork adobo sandwich, cornbread, black-eyed peas

Japan-inspired dish/item: Togarashi-spiced catfish po’boy with spicy homemade pickled Japanese cucumber relish

Malama Card special: $5 gift certificate for Soul Restaurant with any purchase


Stacy’s Laulau and Grinds

Contact: 808-354-5346; stacyslaulau.blogspot.com

On the menu: Lau lau and other Hawaiian and local stews and plates

Japan-inspired dish/item: Spicy ahi poke bowl

Malama Card special: Free drink with a purchase of $10 or more


Summer’s LavaDogs

Contact: 808-699-0008, Summer’s LavaDogs on Facebook

On the menu: Nathan’s hot dogs

Japan-inspired dish/item: A Japanese vinegar-shoyu sauce on an all-beef hot dog with onions and possibly tofu and furikake. A portion of sales will be donated to the Japan cause

Malama Card special: 10 percent off entire purchase


Sweet Lealani Treats

Contact: 808-482-0493; sweetlealanitreats.com; @lealanitreats (Twitter) Sweet Lealani Treats on Facebook

On the menu: Novelty Ice cream and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream from a push cart.

Japan-inspired dish/item: Mikiwaya mochi ice cream for $4, with $1 going to Japan relief

Malama Card special: Free glow bracelet with any purchase


T.A.S.T.E. Tasty Asian Style Taco Eatery

Contact: 808-429-0818; T.A.S.T.E. on Facebook

On the menu: Asian-style tacos

Japan-inspired dish/item: Ribeye with a homemade teriyaki marinade, served with a homemade wasabi dressing

Malama Card special: Buy three tacos and get one free. Can be redeemed before May 31 at Beretania location only. Offer limited to one per person


Tacos Vicente

Contact: 808-356-9111; www.tacosvicente.com; @TacosVicente (Twitter); Tacos Vicente on Facebook. Visit www.wheresvicente.com to see where truck is located.

On the menu: Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos and quesadillas

Japan-inspired dish/item: Tokyo Bowl with rice, choice of meat and a special teriyaki, jalapeno, shoyu glaze

Malama Card special: Buy four tacos, get one free. One per customer per visit



Contact: 808-454-7954

On the menu: Local favorites and fresh island fish

Japan-inspired dish/item: Fresh seared ahi salad bowl

Malama Card special: $1 off of any fish item


Xtreme Tacos

Contact: 808-954-5477; www.xtremetacos.com; @xtremetacos (Twitter); Xtremetacos on Facebook

On the menu: Five tacos (spicy beef, smoked chicken, BBQ pork, shrimp ceviche and Falaco), and a new crispy chicken burrito. We’ll have a sampler plate for $7.50, which includes mini versions of our five tacos

Japan-inspired dish/item: All sales of Mexican edamame go to Japan

Malama Card special: 5 percent off food bill


Zarie’s Mediterranean Cuisine

Contact:@zariesfood (Twitter); Zaries on Facebook

On the menu: Chicken, beef or veggie kebabs with homemade pita and choice of five Mediterranean salads

Japan-inspired dish/item: Iced Moroccan mint green tea

Malama Card special: Buy all five dips and get $6 off total


Zsoli’s Chimney Cake Hawaii

Contact: 808-631-8070 (Neighbor Island); www.chimneycakehawaii.com; @chimneycakes (Twitter)

On the menu: Fresh-baked Hungarian chimney cakes topped with cinnamon, pecans, coconut macaroons or chocolate and rainbow sprinkles

Malama Card special: $1 off a chimney cake (one per card)