Holey moley, what a year.
When Hanalei-based Holey Grail opened a doughnut truck in Ward Village in August, they brought their cult-like following with them. It wasn't unusual to see socially distanced lines down the sidewalk for these plant-based taro doughnuts. Now Holey Grail is starting the new year on a new note: Sometime in the next two weeks, they're opening a pop-up doughnut shop in the former Paina Cafe space.
Since Holey Grail already uses this space for its commercial kitchen, siblings Nile and Hana Dreiling figured it was the perfect spot for a pop-up. This storefront spot is temporary; Holey Grail will eventually move to a permanent brick-and-mortar across the street in Ae'o, the same building that houses Whole Foods Market and Rinka.
"We do a have a lease signed in Ae'o, and we're building that space from the ground up with custom everything," says Hana Dreiling. "We want to show everybody what we're doing. It's hard to do that from inside a food truck sometimes."
The pop-up's open-air kitchen will let customers see dough prep and all the behind-the-scenes steps that go into making the plant-based doughnuts. Poi pounders may be at the grand opening, Dreiling says, since Holey Grail's proprietary dough mix starts in a similar way to poi. The menu, which usually features five rotating doughnut flavors and the 'Hot Single' with honey and sea salt, will expand to include more flavors. And Dreiling promises a "revolutionary doughnut hole."
There will also be drinks on tap with beverages beyond lattes and coffee on draft, and limited indoor seating.
And Goldie, Holey Grail's doughnut truck, will be roaming around Waikiki. Stay tuned for more updates.
Ward Village Shops
1240 Ala Moana Blvd.
Sun, Tues-Thurs 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 7 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Monday