Kilohana in Emeryville now open
The second location of Kilohana is now open in Emeryville, next to the IHOP on San Pablo across from the Oaks Card Club. Their sister location is in San Ramon. They have daily specials and all the usual Hawaiian specialties.
I've only had the Loco Moco, but the food tastes good, there is pleny of seating, and the it only being open for a few days, the food was prepared quickly. The patties were a little over cooked, but the gravy had good flavor and the eggs were prepared how I wanted them. Things look optimistic with this new Hawaiian place. My only gripe is that instead of the traditional mac salad, they have potato salad.
I have noticed a string of Hawaiian food places popping up all over the place. Seems like L&L is creeping up in a bunch of places. I have yet to try the Alameda location, but the downtown one is pretty good. There is also a new place opening up in Berkeley on San Pablo and Gilman.
I found the San Ramon Kilohana to be the best, quality-wise, of the local Hawaiian restaurants (but I haven't tried Da Kitchen yet), so I've been waiting impatiently for Emeryville to open. I'm hoping to try the kahlua pork/lau lau combo plate this weekend to see if it's as good as I remember.
I also seem to remember their potato salad, which I liked, having broken-up spaghetti or vermicelli in it.
re: Melanie Wong
The portions are not HUGE, but also not small. Each dish seems to fill a styrofoam take out box. The loco moco had two patties and two large scoops of rice with two eggs. However, the other factor for Hawaiian food is that it is affordable. I find Kilohana, just a little overpriced, but I'd gladly pay a litle more for quality over quantity.