Ono Yo, For a Treat With Extra ‘Kick’

PCC’S new Hukilau Marketplace offers a wide variety of shopping and eating experiences. So, from time to time, we’ll review some of your options . . . starting with the Ono Yo Naturally Simple Frozen Yogurt stand in this issue.

Ono Yo had already started to build a tourist following at their location in nearby Kahuku when they opened their stand in the Marketplace in March. Ono Yo features a Greek yogurt base, which has a little extra kick over other yogurts, in plain and pineapple, or a mix of the two, served in four different sizes.

Kylee with the popular S'more

Kylee with the popular S’more

Each of these three bases can be ordered off the menu in nine basic configurations, such as a bliss bowl, rocky road, and all nuts, to name several. Then you get a choice of sweet n’ crunchy toppings, fresh fruit, and sauces . . . so the number of possible varieties equals “a lot,” said Kylee Bowker, a BYU-Hawaii exercise science major from Anacortes, Washington, who serves behind the counter.

Kylee said the most popular combination among tourists is definitely the Ono Yo fruit bowl — featuring strawberry, pineapple and kiwi fruit drizzled with honey, or the ono island — with coconut, pineapple, macadamia nuts and condensed milk. “They like the tropical mix. Some of them even make this a meal,” she added.

“For locals, I would have to say it’s the S’more,” Kylee  continued, listing its ingredients of graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and condensed milk.

“Really, they’re all delicious. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.”

So, the next time you’re in our new Hukilau Marketplace and you’re ono for a treat on a hot day, or a refreshing dessert, think Ono Yo.



Story and pictures by Mike Foley


Mike Foley, who has worked off-and-on

at the Polynesian Cultural Center since

1968,  has been a full-time freelance

writer and digital media specialist since

2002, and had a long career in marketing

communications and PR before that. He

learned to speak fluent Samoan as a

Mormon missionary before moving to Laie

in 1967 — still does, and he has traveled

extensively over the years throughout

Polynesia and other Pacific islands. Foley

is mostly retired now, but continues to

contribute to various PCC and other media.