It has been more than a year since President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, dedicated and blessed the Hukilau Marketplace for showcasing the unique heritage and traditions of the area.
Now, on March 11, the Marketplace celebrated its second year anniversary with the opening of new venues for guests to enjoy, including the opening of renowned chef Sam Choy’s new food truck, Sam Choy & Tita’s Seafood & Poke Truck.
Owned by chef, restaurateur, and television personality Sam Choy, one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, this new truck will offer fresh seafood and ono poke.
Chef Loren Holly (Kino) of Sam Choy’s food truck said the food is unique among the other food trucks. “The flavor is on point! We have Sam behind the concepts of the food.
“Our main purpose today was to introduce our menu to the crowds of people. And we have created it in a way that it is very open for people to choose their options, but our poke is the distinguishing item on the menu.”
Holly said Choy has been featured on several food television programs and has won several awards for the quality of his dishes.
Also celebrating their opening days were businesses like So’Da Bomb, Fia Fia Farms, and My Island Spa.
So’Da Bomb owner Kalin Uluave served a variety of fountain drinks while giving customers the option to add different pumps of flavors to their favorite soft drinks. Uluave said before the start of the event he was unsure on how much soda his truck should have carried.
“We were starting to run out of everything! I had to make a trip to Foodland to purchase more ginger ale during the event to keep up with it all. I was also in the back putting more stickers on cups and handing them to my business partner as he filled them up. We had a good first day,” said Uluave.
The line for So’Da Bomb stayed consistent throughout the day with some guests making several orders. Area resident Keena Manumaleuna said the truck has become famous for one flavor of soda. “The Butah Beer is the best so far. I keep getting it,” she said. Butah Beer consists of root beer, vanilla, and butterscotch flavoring.
Fia Fia Farms showcased a patented specialty of Mango Otai and allowed guests to enjoy a variety of fresh fruits. Guests can even pick a banana right off of the bunch.
My Island Spa opened its doors introducing a massage spa station where guests can get custom massages and only pay per minute of massage, the first of its kind at the Hukilau Marketplace.
“Since Hukilau Marketplace opened its doors, our team has been working to find a unique blend of food and retail offerings for our guests,” said Delsa Moe, vice president of Cultural Presentations of the PCC. “We are pleased to introduce these new additions to our Roulotte Court.”
Holly said, “We chose this location for our food truck because we love the community. We are all local. We get a lot of tourists here at the PCC, and we want to give people around here something to talk about.” He said Choy has plans to expand to other locations throughout Hawaii after the opening at the PCC.
Additionally, guests enjoyed live performance by Vaihi and Roots Rochaz, along with fun keiki activities including inflatable slides and face painting. A balloon art station was also set up where guests could request balloon animals and other creations.
Also offered at Hukilau Marketplace are Pounders Restaurant, Hapa Home Store, Na Hoku, Jaseboards and Polynesian Wood Carving. Admission and parking to Hukilau Marketplace is free.