Big Kahuna Pizza
Big Kahuna Pizza is located along a stretch of roadway that is home to warehouses, and auto body and repair shops. Since most of the surrounding area is industrial, one wouldn't expect to find a little green and yellow "shack" serving some of the Island's best pizza here.
A long time destination of both local residents and visitors, you'll have to keep your eyes open for the signs announcing da Big Kahuna's and quickly turn into the gravel parking lot. If you drive too fast, or aren't looking for it, you'll drive right past it.
Walk past the "porch" and open the screen door to enter the tiny restaurant. You'll see the menu board above the counter where the orders are placed. The menu is quite lengthy, and includes a number of pizzas and sandwiches. If you don't like waiting, take my advice and place your order over the phone -- well in advance of your anticipated pick up time. But be forewarned. If it's busy, the wait can be as long as 30 minutes or more!
After placing your order and paying for your meal, you can choose to dine-in (you food will be brought to the table), if one of the four tables inside the restaurant are available. Otherwise, you'll have to order to go.
Since I had some time to spare, I decided to eat in. It was busy, and crowded, so I ended up waiting 15 minutes for a table to open up and another 10 minutes for my food to arrive. What did I order? I had "da sumo special" (6" personal pan, US$5.95; 12" medium pan, US$16.95).
This perfectly sized pizza contains an extraordinary variety of tasty toppings. Here's the short list of what's on here: pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, kalua pig (!), Portuguese sausage, bacon, onions, fresh mushrooms, chopped tomatoes and black olives! Is that artery clogging goodness or what? Even with all those toppings, the thick, fluffy and slightly sweet crust remains crisp and crunchy until the last bite.
I also ordered the garlic cheese balls (one dozen, US$3.35).
Fluffy and slightly chewy, these garlic cheese balls are brought to the table straight out of the over. Rich and buttery, and made flavorful with all of that garlic and cheese, the bottoms of these are crispy, making these so fun to eat. I do have to tell you that these garlic cheese balls are addictive -- you can't eat just one. In fact, before you know it, you've eaten them all.
Sometimes when I'm in the area, and don't feel like having a pizza, I'll go for one of Big Kahuna's amazing sub sandwiches. Here is the surfer sub combo/grinder (with turkey and roast beef, US$6.35).
The paper plate-sized homemade bun was slightly sweet, yet dense and fluffy. Nicely stuffed with more than a few slices of roast beef and turkey before being topped by some shredded lettuce and tomatoes, this is one heck of a sandwich.
Big Kahuna Pizza
833 Puuloa Road