About Hawaii Nei Cafe
The word “Nei” in Hawaiian means “here”. So Hawai’i Nei means to bring you here and that is our goal, to bring Hawaii’s cuisine to the mainland. The mixture of Polynesian and asian cuisine has roots dating back to the first plantations workers that came to Hawaii and brought their own traditional styles of food.
My family and I moved to the Austin from Hawaii with a vision of sharing the food that we grew up enjoying. POKÉ is a special style of food that is unadulterated. When Captain Cook first found the Hawaiian islands, what he found was a lean, healthy and happy people who cared (Malama Ka' Aina) for the beautiful land they lived on.
The core diet of the Hawaiian people was taro, reef fish, fresh fruits and nuts. You will not find GMO’s, preservatives or any other form of unnatural manipulation in our POKÉ. It is meant to be simple, healthy and hopefully put’s a smile on your face while enjoying it.
From the Austin Community
Recently vacationed in Hawaii and was really missing the amazing food & flavors... During this last weekend's trip to Austin, I was lucky to find this gem - a modest food trailer in the Zilker Food Truck Park (near Barton Springs/Zilker Park) that serves authentic Hawaiian classics! We decided on the Bulgogi Beef & Kalua Pork plates, each served on a bed of white rice, along with two additional sides (we chose macaroni salad and greens). They also provided complimentary Hawaiian canned juices with each plate.
The generous piles of food were hand-delivered to our picnic bench, hot & with a gracious smile. The owner/cook (Lauren) & her family are so sweet & delightful... They bring the Ohana straight from the islands to the heart of Texas!!!
Everything was so yummy!!! We will certainly be back... It's now a new Austin street food favorite of mine!!!
We got Loco Moco and Ahi Poke, and they were genuinely delicious and authentic! We ended up talking to the owner (the couple is from Hawaii) for a couple of hours about Hawaii and food and everything about her journey to open the food truck.