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September 13, 2005



Green river... what's that? It looks like the melon soda I used to get in Japan.


Hey Reid - Thanks for the wonderful walk down memory lane! I used to love the Curry at PeeWee, used to eat there quite often when my office was on Young St. And Green River to boot! You don't know how long it's been since I've even heard of Green River!!!

MBS river! That was my favorite drink, small kid time! I can't believe they still serve it.

But don't they have funky business hours? They always seemed closed whenever I tried to go there.

Cinerama--Star Wars. 'nuff said. =)


All right, what the heck is "Green River"?


Jo - Green river is lime soda - it's an old Island favorite along with Fruit (not Hawaiian) Punch - A classic!

clare eats

jo just got my question answered :) right on girl!

Nice looking burger Reid!


I can't believe some papole didn't know what kind of beverage "green river" was. I simply refuse to believe it. Ginger-ale is not a type of beer using turmeric either. Furthermore, saloons make their own ginger-ale by mixing equal parts of 7-up and coke.

Big BoK

I had wanted to ask about green river too..heheh!! i used to love those colored drinks..! so exciting..! not a huge burger fan.. but always love a good burger.. :)


ono can beat one teri burgah!


Thank you Clare! Hey, you can't believe I don't know what "Green River" is, and I can't believe you wouldn't want to try grits & ketchup along side your southern fried catfish! ::laughing:: Thanks for the info Kirk. What's this about tumeric in ginger ale Ron? Ginger ale is made with ginger! Coke/7-up would be a really crappy substitute. I love ginger ale and looked into homemade once. Along with homemade rootbeer...


Remember everyone use to walk around with green or red lips and tongues from the green river and fruit punch. Such good memories. BTW Reid, I used to frequency Pee Wee Drive Inn at least twice a week for the past two years, until you did your post on Karen's Kitchen. Haven't seen Pee Wee's since. For the first two weeks I went to Karen's everyday except Sundays of course. Talk about the eyes getting too big. Always walked away with two or three different plate lunches. Too many good entries, couldn't just buy one. Finally got control of myself this week and started purchasing one item and not everyday.


Those fries look scrumptious! And I haven't had a Green River since I was a kid. Ah, they were really awful/wonderful.

clare eats

Grits and Ketchup with fried catfish sounds great... but where can I get it? *sigh*

Here you can buy a tin that lets you bre your own ginger beer in a fermenter! I so have to do it soon...

fish fish

Reid... the burger does look temptating... ^_^ Man~ I don't know for how long I didn't eat any burger already.


never heard of green river over this part of the world.

btw the patty is black in colour bcos of the sauce??



The best teri burger in my opinion was from the old W&M back in uptown Kaimuki. Used to be 24 cents and was made plain and simple. The bun was buttered and grill toasted (kind of crispy) with a teriyaki patty which was a little sweet. It went well with the ketchup soaked fries and tropical fruit punch on a very hot day walking home from school.


Aaah Clinton - You absolutely right - on the corner of 9th and Waialae. I used to live on Harding Ave - and we used to shop at Zane's Market all the time. I never cared for the "crab" salad at W&M though - our neighbor used to work at W&M - and she'd bring home burgers on a regular basis and share with us!


The very best burger I ever had as a kid was on the way home from Neptune beach with my dad on summer weekends. There was a drive-in style place on the corner of whatever street it was that went down to the beach and Beach Blvd. The flavor was out of this world. The only thing my childs mind can recall as being different from other burgers is that the lettuce was finely shredded.

My lips would have been red more often than green!

Clare, I have no clue where you could get grits & corn meal like we get here. Have you ever heard of them? The proper kind of corn meal really isn't available on this coast. Once I get to the other side and settled, we'll have to see about sending you a box. As a kid, all fish was fried the same and since we caught it all ourselves, there was no real distinction between variety. The meal would be seasoned with salt and pepper, the fish would be rolled in the seasoned meal then dropped into hot bacon fat. In the south, everyone saved the grease from the "streaky" bacon for the sole purpose of adding flavor and frying other things. Fish, chicken, chicken fried steak, etc. The grits are easy to prepare, just a basic style mush but savory. Salt, pepper, maybe a bit of butter or bacon grease.


Green river sounds great. I love those drinks that stain your tongue as they remind me of my childhood days.


i wonda if dey use one house teriaki sauce...or da kine dat already made....aloha shoyu make one ono teiraki sauce brah!


Hi Norio,

Welcome to my blog.

Green river is like a very sweet lime drink (it actually tastes nothing like lime).

Hi Kirk,

I used to like the beef curry at Pee Wee's too. And green river? This was the first time I'd seen it in years! I just had to have it.


It used to be one of my favorites along with slush floats. Ahhh!

Cinerama = Star Wars? Definitely. I was there on opening day. =)

Hi Jo,

What you've never heard of green river? It's a really super sweet lime drink. It's been around for ages. According to this link, it's been around for almost a hundred years.

Hi Kirk,


Hi Clare,

The burger was great. Not the best, but it was it always has been.


It surprises me to know that people don't know what it is either. Especially since it has been around for a while.

Hi Big BoK,

I love these drinks but can't drink them all the time. They are so sweet that they give you a headache.

What? You're not a burger fan? Awwww...I love burgers!

Hi Kelly,

Yep. No can.

Hi Lance,

Well, I didn't walk around with the pink or green lips too often as my mother wouldn't allow me to drink these things...too sweet she said. Sheesh!

Glad you like Karen's. Maybe I'll see you there one day. The food is addicting isn't it?

Hi Shauna,

I wished that the fries were a little crispier. I love it when they're really crunchy.

As for the green river, I think you have the right idea. Awful/wonderful is right.

Hi fish fish,

Long time no hear! That burger was good, it looked even better in person! =)

Hi babe_kl,

You're not missing anything if you haven't had a green river. It's supposed to taste like lime, but it tastes a lot like sugar. A kalamansi drink is better anytime.

The burger is dark because of the soy sauce used to marinate it.

Hi Clinton,

W&M is still the best IMO. I haven't been there in a while because there's always no parking when I'm hungry! ARGH!

Hi boo_licious,

When I was much younger, I wanted that drink so much. I would beg my mom for it, but she wouldn't let me have it. Too sweet she said. Now I know better. But this time I just couldn't refuse.

Hi Kelly,

Maybe they use Yoshida's, but they probably make their own.


hi reid! =) do they still sell guri guri @ pee wee??? they used to bring over the tasaka guri guri from maui & sell it a long time ago... i didn't think green river was all that --- they sell it at diamond head market & grill too (got pretty good burgers there as well...) oh, & i was going to send you a sample of the matcha latte mix, but i couldn't find your mailing addy anywhere on this site --- email me at =) hope you had a great time on the big island - my grandparents used to live in ka'u --- interesting how new places have popped up na'alehu/punalu'u side... my 8th grade science class stayed @ manago hotel---natsukashii!!!


Hi Renee,

I'm not certain if they sell the guri-guri at Pee Wee. I have to ask the next time I'm there. I went to Diamond Head Grill and had no idea that they had green river. I'll have to order it the next time! =)

Thanks for the offer of the matcha latte mix. I'll send you an e-mail shortly. =)

Mark Bendix

Yeh, Pee Wee Drive-In was alright. Sometimes you had to wait a long time but the food was good. I remember there was a place right by Cinerama that had the best manapua in town. We also bought comics there. We called it Manapua Time.

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