Rainbow Drive-In, Kapahulu

HONOLULU | Rainbow Drive-In a favourite amongst locals for simple Hawaiian comfort food. It’s been going strong since Okinawan born, former US Army chef Seiju Ifuku, decided to open his own diner in 1961. The focus then, as it is now, was to offer tasty, simple lunch and dinner plates that the everyday person could afford and enjoy.

There are four locations of Rainbow Drive-In across Honolulu. The original in Kapahulu, which I visited, has been in the same spot since it opened, and looks much the same as it did then. It’s worth a visit for the classic diner architecture and vibe alone.

Dishes include popular diner and Hawaiian favourites. There’s cheeseburgers, hot dogs and chilli fries, and the signature lunch plates. The plates get you a main of your choice, with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad on the side. Mains include things like loco moco, corned beef, and pork katsu.

Keep an eye out for the daily specials. Things like shoyu chicken, BBQ ahi, and kalua pig. These dishes are generally only available two days a week, and are always popular. Wash it all down with a strawberry slush float – an iced strawberry drink topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Rainbow Drive-In

3308 Kanaina Avenue
Hawaii 96815
United States

Telephone: 808 737 0177
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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