Best Kalua Pig Sandwich in Hawaii (2017)


The Hawaiian word "kalua" refers to a method of cooking using an underground oven, called an imu. When pig is slow-roasted in this manner – an iconic luau dish – it's referred to as kalua pig. Since islanders love a good sandwich as much as anyone, this succulent pulled pork has found its way between slices of bread at restaurants throughout the islands.

  • Highway Inn

    Highway Inn

    Kalua pig from the Highway Inn comes in the form of sliders – hand-shredded pork prepared using a 70-year-old family recipe and served with bell peppers, onions and a spicy Hawaiian chili aioli on a taro roll with a side of taro chips and salsa.
    Photo courtesy of Highway Inn

  • Kono's


    Diners at Kono's can choose between a couple of pig sandwiches. The Old School comes with guava BBQ sauce, Hawaiian slaw and caramelized onions on a toasted french roll, while the Triple Crown features Kalua pork, bacon, ham and slaw with a papaya seed and guava BBQ sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Kono's

  • Porky's


    Can't decide between pulled pork and a hot dog? Get both at Porky's in Waimea. This popular food truck tops its signature menu item, the Porky Dog, with Kalua pork, pineapple relish, Maui sweet onions and Porky Sweet Sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Porky's

  • Anuenue Cafe

    Anuenue Cafe

    Kalua pork at Anuenue Cafe in Koloa comes in the form of the Riptide, a take on eggs Benedict served with pork, poached eggs and a Meyer lemon hollandaise.

    Photo courtesy of Kendall Leue / Anuenue Cafe

  • Da Kitchen

    Da Kitchen

    The Kalua pork sandwich from Da Kitchen in Kahului is made with traditional slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone pork served with a sweet and sour sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Da Kitchen

  • Island Ono Loa Grill

    Island Ono Loa Grill

    Island Ono Loa Grill on the Big Island serves two different Kalua pig sandwiches, both served on Hawaiian sweetbread hamburger buns from the nearby Punalu'u Bake Shop. The BBQ Kalua Pork sandwich features onions, BBQ sauce and a house-made pineapple coleslaw, while the Hot Bess Kalua Pork sandwich comes with swiss cheese, a fried egg and a Hawaiian chili water aioli.
    Photo courtesy of Island Ono Loa Grill

  • CJ's New York Style Deli

    CJ's New York Style Deli

    At CJ's New York Style Deli in Honolulu, sandwich lovers will find Kalua pig inside a double decker club with bacon, BBQ sauce, avocado, lettuce, tomato and mayo on sourdough or as a reuben on rye with swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing. 
    Photo courtesy of CJ's New York Style Deli

  • Maui Brewing Co.

    Maui Brewing Co.

    Maui Brewing Co. serves their Kalua pork slider-style with a Coconut Hiwa Porter BBQ sauce on freshly baked slider buns.  
    Photo courtesy of Maui Brewing Co.

  • 808 Grindz Cafe

    808 Grindz Cafe

    808 Grindz Cafe in Lahaina proves that Kalua pork need not be reserved for lunch and dinner. The restaurant's hearty Kalua Pork Hash is an open-faced breakfast sandwich featuring crispy Kalua pork patties on a grilled English muffin with poached eggs and hollandaise.
    Photo courtesy of 808 Grindz Cafe / Facebook

  • Aloha Mixed Plate

    Aloha Mixed Plate

    A favorite local eatery is West Maui, Aloha Mixed Plate serves a Kalua pig sandwich using pork slow-cooked in a traditional underground oven. It's served with guava BBQ sauce and caramelized sweet Maui onions.
    Photo courtesy of appthing / Flickr

10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best kalua pork sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with local Hawaii food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. Our readers have been voting daily for the past four weeks, and the results are in!

The top 10 winners in the category Best Kalua Pig Sandwich in Hawaii are as follows:

  1. Highway Inn - Honolulu
  2. Kono's - Haleiwa
  3. Porky's - Waimea
  4. Anuenue Cafe - Koloa
  5. Da Kitchen - Kahului
  6. Island Ono Loa Grill - Kailua-Kona
  7. CJ's New York Style Deli - Honolulu
  8. Maui Brewing Co. - Lahaina
  9. 808 Grindz Cafe - Lahaina
  10. Aloha Mixed Plate - Lahaina

Congratulations to all these award-winning restaurants!

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