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Aug 11, 2008 02:50 PM

Huli Huli Chicken

Does anyone know of a place that does real huli huli chicken all the time? I'll only be in Hawaii (Oahu) for 9 days this year (early Sept) and I'd love to find some while I'm there. I've heard that there's a place on the north shore (maybe?) that does, but no specifics. I've failed to luck onto a fundraiser the last couple of times I've been in Hawaii. Does anyone know of a place?

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  1. Costco has the best huli huli chicken on the Big Island...might be the same in the big city

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    1. re: holualoa farmer

      On Oahu the do not do Huli Huli just a great rotisserie bird. Foodland however has a very good Huli Huli chicken at all of their locations lots of flavor, moist
      and hasn't disappointed yet. Oddly, I haven't seen many parking lot sales with all their smoke and glory anywhere but my circle is pretty limited in terms of travel.

      1. re: manomin

        Great tip about Foodland - I'll check it out.

    2. I am there every Dec and I have huli huli in front of Marukai Store at Ward warehouse-I believe they only do it on weekends -i think Saturdays-does anyone know? they do it in parking lot of fishmarket

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      1. re: UES Mayor

        I'm pretty sure they're only there on Saturdays. You get 1/2 a chicken, 2 musubi, chips/kimchee and a drink for $6. For the OP, the good huli huli chicken I've had on the north shore was only sold on weekends (and unfortunately, I usually go during the week to avoid the crowds). Haven't been there in a while, but they were set up on the "mountain" side of the main street through Haleiwa, in a parking lot.

        1. re: UES Mayor

          We just barely caught the huli huli chicken in the parking lot across from Ward Center two Saturdays ago, and it was tasty. They were down to 4 1/2 chickens, so we just got one 1/2 chicken and ate it in the parking lot. Yum. They said that they are only there on Saturdays, first batch is done arount 10am, I think, and they stay until they are sold out (which seems to happen around 2:30ish). Thanks for the tip!

          1. re: akq

            Thanks for making me drool-just got done with my egg whites for breakfast-wish I had some huli huli chicken to go with it-or at least some "potagee" sausage!! Ahhhh-can't wait for my Christmas vacation in Hawaii!!!

            1. re: UES Mayor

              you can order portugese sausage on-line through zippy's.

              another site someone mentioned but I have no firsthand knowledge of

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                You can also order the North Shore Cattle Company portuguese sausage from them
                I really like it as it is not so fatty and has great flavor. Their andouille is good as well.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  He can go to Marukai in LA to get the Hawaii Brand Portagee sausages.
                  Sam's Club sells a mainland brand called linguiƧa. When you cook it is more red than the Hawaii brands like Gouveas, Redondo, No-ka-Oi, Purity, etc..

                  1. re: flylice2x

                    Love the North Shore Cattle Company all beef Portuguese sausage!

            2. re: UES Mayor

              Sats only IIRC. I was going to mention that smell and see the smoke from the street and it's like you have to stop.

            3. Just had this last Saturday at Ward Warehouse. For $6, you get half a chicken, 2 musubi, kim chee or chips and a soda. Saw another place on Nimitz selling chicken as well.

              1. What is huli huli chicken?? We are flying in after 11 hours plus traveling . Pick up car rental head to Costco for groceries . Since will be 7 pm plus the Costco rotisserie chicken is sounding like a great idea with some sides rather then finding a restaurant

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                1. re: palmtree38

                  Huli means to turn or maybe throw over, something like that. Huli huli chicken are half chickens cooked on a rack over charcoal. When one side is done, the whole rack is turned, or huli'd (sp?) to cook on the other side. Usually it is basted with a light teriyaki type sauce. Eaten fresh off the grill, wow!! Costco rotisserie chicken, while pretty good doesn't compare.

                  1. re: curiousgeo

                    Foodland always has whole roasted Huli Huli style chicken, it's delicious!

                  2. re: palmtree38

                    Note that Costco closes early on Sat-Sun. In addition to rotisserie chicken which is a terrific value at $4.99, they also offer BBQ ribs, and in the deli cases nearby, salads, sushi, poke, pupu platters, etc, so you can definitely make a late meal out of your expedition.

                    As to huli-huli...there is a place near Costco on Nimitz, just airport side of Hilo Hattie's that has it every day but Monday...Koala Moa...Tue-Sat 10-6.


                    1. re: macaraca

                      yes, but for the purists, koalamoa is not actually huli-huli, which is a trade name. Just like royal gelatin isn't jello. but yes, koalamoa is good chicken and your posting is valuable macaraca.

                      1. re: macaraca

                        Thanks macaraca!! ribs and chicken good call!!! Just found our flight is arriving at 7pm an hour later than expected in Honolulu. Our time in Toronto will be 1am! .so we will be very tireddddddddddddd...still need to get rental car and go shopping before it closes. will pick up the poke/sushi items as well for the following day meals. Thursday nights do they close at 8 or 9pm??

                        1. re: palmtree38

                          M-F 10am-8:30pm; S/S 9-6.

                          If your arrival is delayed, your fallback options, assuming you are headed for Waikiki, are the Foodland at Ala Moana Shopping Center, open til 10pm, with pretty good takeout options as well as standard supermarket fare, or Safeway on Kapahulu, ditto, 24 hours.

                          1. re: macaraca

                            thanks very much!! by the time we get luggage and car rental and drive to costco it could very well be closed :O(

                            1. re: palmtree38

                              and that late the selection of fish, if any will be poor at best. I'm not positive about the Ala Moana location of Foodland, but most stores the fish counter closes fairly early, The store closes at 10pm. The Kaimuki store (top of kapahulu, at kapiolani) is open 24 hours, but again the seafood counter closes closer to 8 i think. You may be better off getting your poke the next morning.

                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                I agree. Will need basics still. After a day of travelling 11 hours with crappy food. Will need cereal, milk and juice at least for Kids in morning then can head to Costco for full run. But I think spouse and I will want some wine at condo. :). Even if 20 min might make the fast shopping dash. Like supermarket sweepstakes contestants lol!!

                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                  My experience with late afternoon poke is that they stop making it in order not to have any leftovers. In fact, Don Quijote in Ala Moana sells their leftovers at half price in the evening as well as their sushi and bentos.

                        1. re: hawaiisrfn

                          looks good and great reviews on Yelp!

                          1. re: palmtree38

                            I'm not a fan of Koala Moa. Small Chickens and high prices don't cut it for me. Give me a $5- Sam's Chicken anytime. Twice as big and tastes better. IMO

                            1. re: russkar

                              is there a sam's in oahu?? I know their is a costco and we are members there..
                              Sam and costco comparable in most pricing?

                              1. re: palmtree38

                                YES, Sam's is above Walmart across from Ala Moana Mall

                                1. re: russkar

                                  ok thanks for info.. dont have a sam's club card.. costco i do so will shop there.

                                2. re: palmtree38

                                  there are two Sam's club's. One near ala moana center in Honolulu and the other on Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City across from the Home Depot. Pricing is comprable to Costco. I find costco a little lower, but that is where I shop more, so I may not be impartial (ok, I know I'm not impartial.)