Hawaii: In Real In Life ~ Hank’s Haute Dogs

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Kakaako is one of the hippest neighborhoods on Oahu, but it wasn’t always that way. It was always described as an industrial area, and many of the streets don’t have sidewalks. In recent years, it’s become a destination — especially for young people — with many great places to eat, work and live.

Hank’s Haute Dogs (@HanksHauteDogs) was one of the first places in the area to make a mark as a cool Kakaako spot, almost five years ago. Can you believe it’s been that long? Restaurateur Henry “Hank” Adaniya hit the scene with a crazy little hot dog stand offering both classic and unique sausages, with creative toppings and sides. There’s no denying that a foie gras dog with duck fat fries and truffled mac & cheese is an amazingly elevated meal for stuff that’s supposed to be snack food.

Now that the surrounding neighborhood has caught up to his place’s hip appeal, I visited Hank to see what’s going on at the shop, what’s new on the menu, and the thought process behind his creative dogs.

We also talked story with Hank about his life, his history with hot dogs, the best way to eat a hot dog, some new hot dog ideas, and more. Visit HawaiiIRL.com to see it!

20 comments
randi808
randi808

Mmmmm, hungry. We're headed to Hank's right now! Yay!

Soos808
Soos808

The husband will want to try that ramen dog. ANYTHING with noodles! @Melissa808 

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

Delicate Blossom:  Hank's dogs are pretty guud.  I was disappointed in his treatment of sauerkraut though.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

when the world becomes too much to bear; and all my efforts have come to naught; the only thing that gives me hope is a Kobe Dog from Haute

Cat
Cat

You are always stuffing your face! I love it!

HnlPedicab
HnlPedicab

Great interview and video Melissa! Hank's Haute Dogs is one of our favorite stops in Kaka'ako. 

ParkRat
ParkRat

Did your tongues touch the hot dog together? Hmmm....

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave hmmm I guess I'm not big on sauerkraut so I don't know that! I like the toppings, actually.

randi808
randi808

 @ParkRat  @Melissa808 Was tempted but didn't have a wiener yesterday. Stuck with fries and pineapple ice. Was so delish and refreshing! Will be back soon to try noodley wiener. :D

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