From sweet to savory, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Food Truck Row is brimming with four new food trucks: Slice by HB Baking, HI Cravings, Big Belly Eatery and Ahi & Vegetable.
Slice by HB Baking
The newest addition to the university's line of food trucks is a locally owned mom and pop shop called Slice by HB Baking owned and operated by David and Heather Lukeli.
Serving up eight dollar “cutie pies'' which are miniature versions of their signature ice cream pies in cups for students on the go. These cutiepies come in six different flavors: strawberry shortcake, snuggy bear, rocky road cookie dough, matcha cookies & cream, mint chocolate brownie and caramel banana butterfinger.
David Lukeli is excited to serve the campus community as a former KCC culinary graduate who wants to show students what they are capable of accomplishing.
“I wanted to come back to school and connect with the students again and show them the possibilities,” David Lukeli said. “You guys are going to school, you can create your own business and thrive out there.”
Slice by HB Baking also has a retail location in Jolene’s Market Beretania in the Chinatown Cultural Plaza, where it has been operational for a little over a year. For more information visit their website at hbbaking.com.
Another addition to Food Truck Row is HI Cravings—a customizable acai bowl eatery. Acai bowls often consist of various fruits, granola and toppings placed atop a bed of frozen and crushed acai berries.
“Our most popular bowl would be our original fresh acai blend with all our standard fruits (Strawberries, bananas, watermelon, pineapple and grapes), honey and granola with the added toppings of our famous edible cookie dough,” said HI Cravings Operations Manager Ku’ulei Cleghorn. “For a more dessert-like bowl, our Bliss bowl hits the spot with all bananas, honey, granola, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, cookie butter drizzle and topped with an order of our cookie dough.”
HI cravings is available on campus from Tuesdays through Fridays from 10a.m. - 2p.m.. The acai bowls food truck can be tracked via their instagram account @hicravingsmobile where the truck can be seen around the island. HI Cravings also has a kiosk located in the Pearlridge Shopping Mall on the Wai Makai side. The kiosk's location is open from Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Happy Belly Eatery
Adding to the line of recent additions to Food Truck Row is Happy Belly Eatery—a savory stop for students looking to try some local Asian-fusion plate lunches. Happy Belly Eatery is open to the public from: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
“Our top plate is our mixed plate. It comes with one jumbo shrimp katsu and your choice of either are chicken katsu explosion,” said Happy Belly Eatery’s cashier Travis Asaeli. “So its chicken katsu topped with our spicy aioli sauce and unagi sauce. And the chicken sriracha is our in-house honey sriracha based.”
For more information check out their instagram @happybellyeatery.
Ahi & Vegetable
ʻAhi and Vegetable is the newest spot to get some fresh fish right on campus, allowing University of Hawaiʻi students to conveniently get a taste of some authentic fish.
ʻAhi & Vegetable’s goal is to serve food all around the island, that’s how they came up with the concept of ʻAhi & Vegetable on wheels.
The ʻonolicious food truck prides itself on its fresh and locally sourced fish. All of ʻAhi & Vegetable’s fish is locally sourced from Fresh Island Fish.
Jason Taiempo, who is the chef at the ʻAhi and Vegetable food truck, said the quality of fish is the best he’s ever worked with.
ʻAhi & Vegetable has two store locations, one on Dillingham Boulevard and another inside the Ala Moana Center.
“This is my first time at the food truck in Mānoa, but I've been to their in store location at Ala Moana,” Malulani Paiste, a sophomore bioengineering major, said. “I’ve been ordering from them for about three years.”
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Eric Wolfe said he was surprised and excited when he found out ʻAhi and Vegetable was on campus.
The truck sells salads, sashimi, sushi, bento and poke, which make it simple for customers to take their food on the go.
“My favorite thing about ʻAhi & Vegetable is how fresh and easy it is to pick up,” Wolfe said.
ʻAhi and Vegetable is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you love fresh seafood, stop by Food Truck Row to try this new addition to the UH campus.
Food Truck Row is located near the entrance of Legacy Pathway across the street from the Zone 20 parking structure.