Making Laulau and Pipikaula at The Highway Inn

Highway Inn Plate

Laulau is a Hawaiian dish. Traditionally, it consisted of pork wrapped in Luau, or taro leaf. In old Hawaii, laulau was assembled by taking a few luau leaves and placing a few pieces of fish and pork in the center. The ends of the luau leaf are folded and wrapped again in ti leaf. When ready, all the laulau is placed in an underground oven, called an imu. Hot rocks are placed on the dish and covered in banana leaves and buried again. A few hours later the laulau is ready to eat.

In modern times, the dish uses taro leaves, salted butterfish, and either pork, beef, or chicken and is usually steamed on the stove. Laulau is a typical plate lunch dish and is usually served with a side of rice and macaroni salad.

Similar Polynesian dishes include Tongan “lupulu” (containing corned beef) and Samoan “palusami” and “fai’ai” (which can contain fish, eel, shrimp, etc. alone or in combination).

Lau Lau Recipe


1/2 pound salt butterfish, rinsed several times to remove excess salt
1/2 pound pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes
4 boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon Hawaiian sea salt
8 leaves ti leaves
1 pound taro leaves

Cooking Instructions

Season fish, pork and chicken with Hawaiian sea salt. Place 2 ti leaves in an X on a flat surface for each of the 4 servings.
Place 1/4 of each of the fish, pork and chicken onto the center of 3 or 4 taro leaves. Wrap securely with the taro leaves, then place each wrap on a set of ti leaves. Tie the ends of the ti leaves together with a piece of string.
Place the bundles in a large steamer, and steam for 3 to 4 hours.


Pipi Kaula, did you know that “Pipi” means cow, and “Kaula” means dry in Hawaiian? Dried Beef, that’s what Pipikaula means. Pipikaula is Hawaiian smoked beef. Even though the beef is semi-dry, it’s juicy and full of flavorful spices. Pipikaula was made popular by the founder of Redondo’s LLC., Mr. Frank Redondo. Up until this day, we are still able to produce the same great taste as he did.

Pipi Kaula Recipe


Pipi Kaula 3
4 lbs flank steak or brisket
1/3 cup red Hawaiian salt or rock salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cloves minced
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions

Slice meat across the grain 1/4 inch thick and 6-8 inches long. Sprinkle with salt. Drizzle with water and let stand for 1 hr. Mix soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and oil. Marinate meat overnight. Lay meat slices on a rack over a baking pan. Dry the meat in hot sun for one day, turning occasionally. Brown meat over charcoal or fry in a pan to serve it hot. Also good cold.

Additional Comments

If you don’t want to do the sun-dry method, you can leave it in your oven at about 125 degrees, which will take about 8 hours.

Highway Inn & Ho’okipa Catering‎

‎94-226 Leoku Street, Waipahu, HI 96797(808) 677-4345       ‎

63 years of family tradition serving freshly made, high quality Hawaiian foods. Ho’okipa Catering provides the same quality Hawaiian menu alongside local kama’aina favorites for that special occasion. – From the owner
“The decor isn’t fancy but Highway Inn has the “best” Hawaiian food!” – … “Have an aching for Hawaiian food, then check out Highway Inn” – … “The staff makes you feel at home, and the service is good” – … “The price is old school cheap” – … “It all definitely hit the spot” –

Hawaiian Combo Plates

Stew Combo
(Choice of Beef Stew, Tripe Stew or Na’au Pua’a) Rice or Poi (add 30¢), Lomi Salmon or Mac Salad, Pipikaula, Haupia $8.95

Kalua Pig Combo
Kalua Pig, Rice or Poi (add 30¢), Lomi Salmon or Mac Salad, Pipikaula, Haupia $9.25

Lau Lau Combo
Lau Lau, Rice or Poi (add 30¢), Lomi Salmon or Mac Salad, Pipikaula, Haupia $9.65

Super Combo
Add Kalua Pig to any of the combos listed above: $2.00


Chicken Lau Lau

  • 11oz

Chicken Lau Lau (3 pieces)

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Hawaiian Poke Mix – Three Bags

  • Hawaiian Poke Mix Packets
  • You will receive three .4 ounce packets (Enough for 3 lbs. of fish)
  • Ships directly from Hawaii!

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Smoked Linguica Sausage 3 – 1 lb. Pkgs.

  • Our Linguica is a traditional Portuguese sausage made with lean pork, garlic, pepper and vinegar. It is a favorite among our friends who enjoy spicy sausages, and it is ideal for soups and stews.

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Portuguese Linguica Sausage, 1 link / pk, 1 LB avg.

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8 Responses to “Making Laulau and Pipikaula at The Highway Inn”

  1. Noodle says:

    Cook the noodles just short of them being done. The only way to tell is when you taste them. Also, what could be happening, cause this has happened to me, if you’re putting the noodles in before the water is boiling enough that can do it too. They won’t cook right but they’ll get mushy. Make sure you’re putting enough water for the amount of noodles you’re boiling.

  2. kim says:

    the pipikaula recipe tastes nothing like highway inn’s pipikaula

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