PCC’s Pounders restaurant redefines dining in Laie

pounders1Pounders, our Hukilau Marketplace restaurant named after a nearby bodysurfing beach, brings a whole new level of dining to Laie, one that’s totally different from our more traditional luau and buffet meals. Pounder’s serves familiar foods with a Pacific twist for lunch and dinner, including:

• Fresh fish, chicken, beef, delicious salads and even hand-made fresh pasta. • Daily farm-to-table fresh specials. • Hawaiian pizzas baked in a wood-fired brick oven imported from Napoli.

Consider ordering from among these fun and flavorful menu items:

  • Roasted Garlic Rib-eye Steak
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  • Mahimahi
  • Shrimp
  • Poke (Hawaiian-style seasoned raw fish)
  • Kalua Pork Quesadillas
  • House-made Taro Chips
  • Crab Cakes
  • Great sandwiches
  • Kicked-up Fried Rice

Also available:

  • A beverage selection of coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, herbal tea and Pepsi® soft drinks.
  • Sumptuous desserts from the menu, or order from our neighbor, Aunty Emily’s Polynesian Bakery.

There’s also a kids menu.

Reservations are accepted. Enjoy air-conditioned dining inside, or relax on the covered, open-air lanai.

Come on in, and let the wave take you.

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.