I grew up on Kaua’i, so this post was inevitable.
Hamura Saimin is a household name for the locals and a must for visitors. Itʻs a humble saimin stand located in Līhuʻe thatʻs been passed down through the generations. Thanks to this famous “hole in the wall”, saimin continues to be my long-standing comfort food.
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, you won’t get it at Hamura’s. The ambiance is no-nonsense, the prices are extremely affordable, and the food is unforgettable. Standing in a queue before getting to a stool at the counter is normal, but it’s well worth the wait. If your party includes more than 2 people, be prepared to sit separately. Also, it may get warm for some people and there’s no A/C. My advice is, don’t get caught up in what Hamura’s isn’t. You’re there for the food and the experience, so suspend judgement, pay attention, and just go with it.
Everything is delicious, but here’s my dream order:
- A small saimin (half-cooked)
- 1 chicken stick
- A can of Diamond Head strawberry soda
- A slice of liliko’i chiffon pie to go.