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Poi By The Pound, LLC The ONLY Authentic Hawaiian Restaurant on Maui 430 Kele Street, Kahului HI 96732
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Polynesian, Hawaiian
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want some really good Hawaiian style pork, this is the spot. We have done the traditional luau's with the smoked pork but this was a step above. We had the Hawaiian plate with pork wrapped in Tara leaves and the slow steamed pork...served with rice, Chicken long rice, poke and your choice of sides. I highly recommend the macaroni salad for one of the sides. It was enough to split between the two of us. We also ordered the Teriyaki chicken side just to sample. It was also very good.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed January 15, 2021 via mobile

Fresh food, friendly servers. Hearty servings—the poke bowl could easily have fed 2, as well as the plate lunch.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 27, 2020

Based on its pedigree I was expecting a lot better food experience. It has a convenient location when you're in Kahului and the restaurant interior is bright and contemporary. The service was fine. We had the Fried Chicken Plate, the Deep Fried Panko Mahi Plate,...the Pan Fried Mahi Plate and tacked on a lau lau. Unfortunately none of the dishes made anything memorable. For what you pay you won't get much and with so many places to choose from in Kahului you can certainly get a much better meal. I've wanted to try Poi by the Pound for a few years now but never had the opportunity; now I see no reason to return.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020

Located across the street from Costco. Place with friendly servers. Food was pretty good. Poke was fresh tasting. Really enjoyed the mac salad. The fried chicken drumlettes was too dry for me. The bbq chicken was good. Fried mahi mahi is a good pick as...welll.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Lots of Hawaiian meals. Has the Oriental Chicken Salad and it was very good. Nice fresh ingredients and tasty chicken.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

We went here on our way to the airport for our red eye flight and although the atmosphere is just ok like a diner, the food was incredible! The fried rice with egg on top was HUGE and sooo good! Poke bowls were wonderful too!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant never disappoints. There was 8 of us for dinner. Everyone of us enjoyed our dinner. I had the Luau plate. A combination plate of local food. My cousin across from me ordered the squid Luau. His family has a catering company in Hilo...for Hawaiian food and he thought the food was very good here. I would definitely recommend it for visitors and locals alike. Great atmosphere, good service. My only complaint is a poor dessert options. No Haupia.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

Definitely the best local food on island! Especially their poi and lau lau! Wow! Always blown away and love coming here. The staff and management always go above and beyond and know how to treat their kamaaina. I cant say enough about this local mom...and pop shop, other than.. GO TRY FOR YOURSELF!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

We wanted to like this place so much. Really really did. The staff were kind, friendly and so attentive. But the food was so bad it was an impossible task. Off-putting consistency, way too salty... How can you mess up a chicken noodle broth? Regrettably,...the worst food we've had in a long time. However, the place was very busy with locals and their reviews are stellar so it might've just been a bad day? Won't be trying again to find out :(More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

Went to this place for the third time in 6 days. Food was great. Apparently loved by locals here in KAHULUI. Service was fast and the big platter easily served my wife and I. Got to go back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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July 13, 2019|
Response from Luis M | Reviewed this property |
My family and I had a great experience when going with our grand kids. We did not experienced any problems. What we did was to order the food for the kids at first right away before any adult in our group.
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