Good eats at Holoholo Bar & Grill

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I had been meaning to blog about this neighborhood bar for a while, but I wanted to go a few times before I did. The hard thing with Holoholo Bar & Grill is, their portions are pretty big, so you need to get a big group and/or big eaters together to do an extensive review. This is a good thing!

One of the best things about Holoholo is its location: right in town, across Moiliili Longs and next to the Japanese Cultural Center. Another advantage they have over other similar bars: They have ample free parking. As you approach Holoholo, slow down, turn in to the driveway after the restaurant, and you’ll see the big lot.

The staff is a group of family and friends, so when you walk in you feel like you’re coming to someone’s house. They’re super friendly and make solid recommendations on the menu as if they were telling their own friends what to order. And the menu! As mentioned, the portions are big, so be ready to eat family style. The dishes are all full of local flavors, from fried rice to smoked meat, with a few wild cards thrown in: The poached apple salad was totally unexpected, and the Monte Cristo benedict seems like something my cousin Patrick would have invented when he was still playing football.

Here’s what we liked at Holoholo. (Prices that have two options indicate half portion and whole portions.) Next time, I gotta go back with a bigger group!

Holoholo Bar & Grill

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One thing you must order if you're there on a Saturday: the spicy poke tower (normally you'd order the hot sushi tower for $8.95/12.95). You can opt to make your own mini temaki with rice and avocado, or just dig in. It's perfect for unwinding with a cold one.

 

Holoholo Bar & Grill
2494 S. Beretania St.
808-369-7297

10 comments
turkfontaine
turkfontaine

that looked like an INEZ Martini; half a tree of olives.

trdtaco
trdtaco

I sent a friend and her family here, sisters, kids and grandma. They enjoyed it because of the large portions, really nice pictures Melissa!

dkMOMUS
dkMOMUS

Darn! And to think just last week, we opted for (boring) ramen because we didn't know what to expect when we drove past this place.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Went there shortly after they opened.  Fuud was guud but very few peeps for lunch.  They don't advertise much and rely on word of mouth.  It's kind of a hidden gem but for that neighborhood, prices may be a bit high.  Not too many students can afford some of their stuff as it is near the UH.  You're right, parking is pretty generous until your followers "slam" the place after reading this post!  LOL

Chuggy_Bear
Chuggy_Bear

That was a great picture of the sandwich. I'd definitely eat it! 

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@dkMOMUS oh shucks! Well, now you know! Even a salad that you MIGHT like. heh.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Annoddah_Dave I kind of thought the prices were a little high, but the portions are big so it almost evens out.