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Kau Kau Reviews

From Kau Kau to Cuisine

From fine dining to food trucks, Hawai'i's contemporary cuisine is indelibly influenced by its small-town plantation past. From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now is a unique culinary guide to that connection between old and new.


Hawaii Book Blog—Arnold Hiura’s “Kau Kau” is onolicious reading

Nikkei West—"Kau Kau: Hawaii’s Food Story Beyond the Mixed Plate"

Nichi Bei Weekly—"Author of ‘Kau Kau’ book on cuisine of Hawai‘i speaks in SF’s Japantown"; article reposted in PDF format by permission of Nichi Bei Weekly. Visit their website at

San Francisco Chronicle—"Arnold Hiura's 'Kau Kau' covers Hawaiian chow"

San Francisco Chronicle "Hawaii Insider"—"Many cultures create readers' favorite 'kau kau'"

Oyster Food and Culture blog—"Hawaiian Chow Time"

Share Your Table blog—"Hawai‘i’s State Dish: Two Scoops of Rice, Mac Salad and a Hot Entrée: Conversation with a Hawaii food historian"

MidWeek—"Foods That Make Hawaii Unique"

Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup blog—SOUP'S ON: Arnold Hiura in the Kitchen Interview!

The Honolulu Advertiser—"Getting to the heart of local food"

The Honolulu Star Bulletin—"‘Kau Kau’ tells tale of Hawaii’s mixed plate"

Metromix: Urban Mix Plate—"Kau Kau time!"


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HAWAI'I Magazine—"How to make Hawaii plate-lunch-style macaroni salad. Two recipes."

HAWAI'I Magazine—"How to make Hawaii-style barbecue (teriyaki) sauce. A recipe."

HONOLULU Magazine—"Vintage Hawaii Food Quiz"

HONOLULU Magazine—"The First Plate Lunch?"

HONOLULU Magazine—"Missionary Memories"

HONOLULU Magazine—"Hawaii's Most Famous Cracker"

The Honolulu Advertiser—"Sweets from Hawaii's history"

Author Arnold Hiura reads an excerpt, "Burnt Rice"

Other Media

Video interview with Arnold Hiura:

Biting Commentary host John Heckathorn interviews Arnold Hiura:

Hawaii News Now—'Kau Kau' features Hawaiian cuisine and culture

Watch the book trailer:

Press Releases

The Book of Kau Kau: Good Food, Classic Recipes and the Remarkable Story of Hawaii’s Mixed Plate