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Our 75th Anniversary Celebration Lūʻau


Our 75th Anniversary Video


Blue Planet Foundation – Highway Inn Waipahu Solar Installation

Living 808. Hawaii’s Kitchen. Highway Inn

Be Vocal Hawaii. Highway Inn featured in video series on re-opening Hawaii’s small businesses.

Google Small Business – responding to the Pandemic

International Small Business Day Anthem June 27th 2020 – Highway Inn is proud to be part of a select group of small businesses featured in this worldwide release

Bishop Museum Re-opens June 26th, 2020

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii – even during the COVID-19 Lockdown

From Leoku to Moloalo – our move in 2019

Highway Inn Relocates in Waipahu – December 2019

Google’s #MoreThanABusiness short feature on Highway Inn May 2019

Tūtū’s Kitchen: Highway Inn Preserves Family Food Traditions

Highway Inn Tutu’s Kitchen 3Q 2019

Highway Inn Tutu’s Kitchen 2Q 2019

Highway Inn Inaugural Tutu’s Kitchen 1Q 2019

Highway Inn’s Generations TV Commercial.

Highway Inn’s Combo Plate TV Commercial.

Highway Inn’s Lau Lau TV Commercial.

Highway Inn’s Ingredients TV Commercial.

Highway Inn’s 60th Anniversary TV Commercial.

Highway Inn on the Food Network.
Triple D goes Hawaiian April 2010

Highway Inn’s Traditions TV Commercial.

Monica Toguchi Long Story Short

Highway Inn’s Lu’au Leaf TV Commercial.

Real Jobs Hawaii

Compilation of two mini-documentaries


June 2024

HAWAIʻI Magazine – The 5 Best Traditional Hawaiian Restaurants on Oʻahu (Reader’s Choice Awards 2024)

May 2024

ANA Japan – ハワイ・オアフ島:ワイキキを拠点にお気に入りのローカルエリアを見つける旅 (Oahu, Hawaii: Discover your favorite local areas with Waikiki as your base)

November 2023

Rurubu & more – 「ハイウェイ・イン」ハワイアンフードの伝統を75年守り続ける名店で本格的なローカルの味を堪能!

October 2023


Honolulu Star-Advertiser 2023 Ilima Awards “Best Hawaiian”


Where Hawaii Eats – October 26, 2023, episode

September 2023

Tasting Table – 20 Goldbelly Foods That Are Worth The Splurge

August 2023

Hawaiʻi Public Radio – Local chefs give new life to Native Hawaiian crops with modern recipes

Oli Oli Hawaii – 1947年創業!ローカルにも美味しいと評判のハワイアン料理を食べるなら「ハイウェイ・イン」へ!

June 2023

Not Quite Nigella -Life Is A Highway, Oʻahu’s Highway Eats

Honolulu Star-Advertiser -Skyline: Waipahu station stands out amid automobile businesses (PDF version here)

May 2023

Escape -11 best restaurants in Hawaii to eat like a local

March 2023

Maui Now – SBA announces Hawaiʻi’s 2023 Top Small Business Winners

February 2023

My Hawaii – Highway Inn, where you can eat Hawaiian food in Kaka`ako (Japanese/English)

January 2023

Via Travelers – 26 Best Restaurants in Oahu

September 2022

Local Getaways – Where to Find the Best Hawaiian Food on Oahu

KITV Coverage of 75th Anniversary

August 2022

Imbibe Magazine – The Sweet & Juicy history of POG. Featuring Highway Inn’s POG Mimosa

HI Luxury – Taro! Taro! Taro!

May 2022

Food & Wine – Highway Inn named best diner in Hawaii.

Hawaii News Now – Local favorite Highway Inn is looking to add new members to their family.

April 2022

Dining Out – Restaurant Insider with Anne Lee: Highway Inn.

Thrillist – Island-Hop to These Hawaiian Hotspots for an Extraordinary Adventure.

December 2021

Hawaii Business Magazine – How Covid Changed Restaurants in Hawai‘i.

Hawaii Magazine – Highway Inn Serves Generations of Tradition and Hawaiian Fare.

November 2021

Hawaii News Now – With capacity rules lifted, Oahu restaurants celebrate the return of full dining rooms

October 2021

AP Newswire – Enforcement of indoor vaccine mandates proves uneven in US

Honolulu Magazine – Highway Inn. A family Legacy that’s still going strong

September 2021

Star Advertiser – Hawaii – Oahu restaurants adapt to new COVID-19 rules

August 2021

Travel + Leisure Magazine – 6 Tips – How to be a responsible traveller in Hawaii

July 2021

KHON Empowered – Solar Energy – Highway Inn Waipahu featured in Blue Planet Org video series

Frolic Honolulu Magazine – Where to Eat on Your First Visit to O‘ahu

May 2021

Xpedition Media Blog – 11 of Xpedition’s Favorite Asian-Owned Small Businesses

Honolulu Magazine – New Program Will Help Women Entrepreneurs Rise

Honolulu Magazine – My Midnight Lū‘au from 7-Eleven (when Highway Inn is closed)

Maui Now – Ryan Morita and Monica Toguchi Ryan Reelected to Hawaiʻi State FCU Board of Directors

December 2020

Honolulu Magazine – Highway Inn Serves ‘Ono Hawaiian Fare Locals and Visitors Love

Hemispheres In-Flight Magazine. United Airlines – Three Perfect days in Oahu

October 2020

Pacific Business News – Hawaii Restaurant Card program aims to help residents and businesses

KHON2 – State says $500 restaurant debit cards are coming in the mailStar Advertiser – Hawaii restaurant card also accepted at bakeries, catering services

Hawaii News Now – State starts mailing out $500 cards for unemployed workers to spend at eateries

Star Advertiser – State to issue restaurant debit cards with $500 prepaid to qualified recipients starting Friday

September 2020

Pacific Business News – Highway Inn relaunches Vacuum Sealed meal packs

Pacific Business News (Subscription Required) – The new reality for restaurants

June 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine – Re-Opening after Covid-19: Russell Ryan, CFO, Highway Inn

Pacific Business News – Who’s hiring as Hawaii re-opens. Interviews with Hawaii’s business leaders

April 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine – Small Business/Big Challenges: Russell Ryan, CFO, Highway Inn

March 2020

Pacific Business News – New regulations equal new challenges for Hawaii restaurants (Subsrciption required)

Star Advertiser – Restaurants face heart-rending decisions

Star Advertiser – Hawaii’s Restaurants & Bars face up to new restrictions

February 2020

Wiki EZVid Video – 5 Restaurants To Visit On Your Next Hawaiian Vacation

Honolulu Magazine – 8 Restaurant Openings in January 2020

January 2020

New York Times – 36 Hours in Honolulu (Subscription Required)

Star Advertiser – Highway Inn keeps it moving in Waipahu (Subscription Required)

December 2019

Smithsonian Magazine – A Hawaii Museum Has Eliminated the Sale of All Single-Use Plastics – Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn

KHON – Waipahu Highway Inn restaurant moves to new Waipahu location

Star Advertiser– Cravings: Highway Inn, Dean & Deluca, Whole Foods (Subscription Required)

October 2019

East Bay Times 3 Oahu restaurants with truly authentic Hawaiian food

Pacific Business News – Here are the top 50 Restaurants on Oahu, by Trip Advisor. Highway Inn is #31 of almost 3,000 restaurants

September 2019

Wasabi Magazine – article about Highway Inn, it’s history and Japanese Immigrant heritage. Pages 24-25

Savor Podcast – Welcome to Oahu – an informative hour-long podcast about the history of Hawaiian Food by Atlanta based @SavorPod crew

Beyond Kaka’ako :: Urban Core Living Hawaii Business Magazine (Highway Inn about 80% of the way down)

August 2019

Preserving Traditions One Plate at a Time Wasabi Magazine (.pdf)

June 2019

The Best Traditional Hawaiian Restaurants on Oahu. Hawaii Magazine.

Highway Inn has been dishing up all types of Hawaiian Foods for decades. Hawaii News Now. Opens 1:30 video.

2019 Hale `Aina Awards Honolulu Magazine. Highway Inn earns Silver in the Hawaiian Food Category

The 50 Best Sandwich Spots in America The 50 Best Sandwich Spots in America – Big Seven Travel

May 2019

A Hip (and non-touristy) guide to Honolulu from Salvage Public – Forbes Magazine A Hip (and non-touristy) guide to Honolulu from Salvage Public

7 must-do experiences in Hawaii – Stuff, Travel, New Zealand 5/28/2019

Hale ‘Aina Happenings: Here’s What’s New with Hawai‘i Restaurants in May 2019 – Honolulu Magazine

February 2019
Back in the Day: Highway Inn gives home cooks place on menu – Star Advertiser, Crave Section

Highway Inn plans new larger Waipahu location – Pacific Business News (Subscription Required)

January 2019
Tutus bring heirloom recipes to the menu at Highway Inn – Hawaii News Now

Highway Inn Hits the Road – Star Advertiser (Subscription Required)

December 2018
Jason Momoa sighted at Highway Inn – KITV

November 2018
Restaurant Leaders Describe Industry Trends, Jobs and Growth – Hawaii Business Magazine

October 2018
35th Annual Hale ‘Aina Award Winners: The Best Restaurants in Hawai‘i – Honolulu Magazine – Best Hawaiian Restaurant

September 2018
3 Oahu Restaurants with truly authentic Hawaiian food – San Jose Mercury News
25 Best things to do in Honolulu, Oahu – Vacationidea – Dream Vacation Magazine – “Best of the Web” for 9 years – Forbes Magazine

August 2018
Go aloha-licious on Oahu – Toronto Sun

July 2018
No Beds at the Highway Inn, but Plenty of Ono Grinds – Hawaii Business Magazine
My Honolulu Restaurant Recommendations – Stripes Okinawa
Hawaii restaurants to take part in Joy of Sake event at the convention center – Pacific Business News

June 2018
Highway Inn wins Star Advertiser’s Hawaii’s Best for Hawaiian Food – People’s Choice
Hawaii’s Best Awards Picture & Mahalo
Eat Poi like a Pro at Highway Inn – Thrillist:: 28 Actually Cool things to do in Honolulu

February 2018
7 Brunch Dishes to stuff in your face right now – Honolulu Magazine

January 2018
Auli`i Cravalho’s (Disney’s Princess Moana) Island Favorites: Part 2 – Hana Hou, Hawaiian Air’s Inflight Magazine

December 2017
Come try our Poi Pancakes: 12 Local Dishes That Showcase the Versatility of Kalo – Honolulu Magazine

October 2017
Our Kaka’ako Connecting People and Place – Hawaii Business Magazine
6 places that are making Kaka’ako the new foodie destination for locals
Tabi Salad in Hawaii 2017:Oahu
Tabi Eats – Highway Inn Awesome Hawaiian Food – Video Review

September 2017
For Honolulu Neighborhood. A return to residential roots – Travel Weekly – Sept 14, 2017
‘Moana’ star’s move from Hawaii to NYC a ‘whirlwind’ – but worth it – Hawaii News Now Sept 15, 2017 (Auli’i Cravalho – Highway Inn Customer)

August 2017
Hello Hawaii – The Philippine Star

July 2017
Come to Honolulu for its beaches, stay for the shopping (& our Hawaiian food ;)) Philippine Daily Inquirer

May 2017
Highway Inn featured on popular Taiwanese TV show (1:57-9:57)
Highway Inn wins the State of Hawaii’s Best Kalua Pig Sandwich Competition, sponsored by USA Today’s ’10Best

March 2017
USA Today’s Top Ten Luau and Hawaiian Restaurants Across Oahu

January 2017
Readers Digest – The Other Honolulu

September 2016
12 Must Have Cheap Eats in Honolulu, Hawaii – Eater Magazine
R Magazine Executive Spotlight: Highway Inn COO, on Tackling Tough Employee Scheduling Issues

August 2016
A Tip on Tipping – Honolulu Star Advertiser August 7th, 2016
Hawaii’s Tipping Point – Hawaii Hospitality July – August 2016

July 2016
Honolulu Magazine – 50 Gourmet Comfort Food Dishes in Hawai’i That’ll Warm Your Heart and Soul

June 2016
Family has kept Hawaiian restaurants going strong for 70 years

May 2016
Authentic Hawaiian Cuisine – Alaska Airlines Inflight Magazine

April 2016
Where to go in Honolulu, according to a local

March 2016
Japan Airlines In-flight Magazine Article – Hawaiian Food – Page 32-34

February 2016
Highway Inn Kaka’ako – Downtown Oasis – Star Advertiser Pau Hana Patrol

January 2016
Highway Inn part of Bishop Museum’s new operating model

December 2015
Highway Inn part of Bishop Museum’s Transformation
Highway Inn in the Hawaiist Web Magazine

November 2015
Real Jobs Hawaii Promotional Video: Highway Inn
Forget the Tasteless Poi – Head to Ala Moana Blvd to Highway Inn for Hawaiian Food

October 2015
Hawaiian Food For Your Soul
You’d be crazy to miss Oahu’s Best Loco Mocos
Take a Bite: Moco Monday at Highway Inn
Rave Reviews: Morimoto’s Waikiki, My Cafe, Highway Inn
Highway Inn: A family run restaurant serving Hawaiian Food

September 2015
Highway Inn and Real Jobs Hawaii – the Hidden Moco Menu on Frolic
Highway Inn integral to refresh at Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Highway Inn opens third location at Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Highway Inn participates at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s Urban Lu’au
Highway Inn wins Hale ‘Aina Award for best Hawaiian Food Restaurant & Best Place to take Visitors

August 2015
Highway Inn in British Airways Highlife Inflight Magazine
Highway Inn in New Zealand Herald – Eat like a Hawaiian

January 2015
Highway Inn on KITV Morning News launching Aloha Friday Pau Hana Music – see video here
Highway Inn Waipahu featured on HGTV’s House Hunters – Waikele Episode January 26th at 10:00pm

November 2014
Highway Inn prepares special local Menu for Restaurant Week – Star Advertiser
Highway Inn takes Gold in Hawaiian Food Category at 2015 Hale `Aina Awards – Honolulu Magazine

October 2014
Bon Appétit Magazine: All the Crazy Fish You Can Catch in Hawaii—and How to Cook Them
KSBE’s Meet Our Makers Series about the businesses and people leading the transformation of Kaka’ako

September 2014
Star Advertiser Honolulu Pulse’s Coverage of the Brother Noland’s Book Launch at Highway Inn
Hawaii News Now coverage of Brother Noland’s SurvivALOHA Pa`ina, Book Launch, Concert & ‘From the Wild Food’
KITV Coverage of Bother Noland’s SurvivALOHA Pa`ina. Book Launch, Concert, CD & Pupus
Honolulu Magazine’s coverage of Brother Noland’s Pa’ina @ Highway Inn Kaka’ako

August 2014
Kaka’ako known for Street Art and good food, not its beaches – Newsday

July 2014
Highway Inn’s leading edge use of POS technology gets a call out in ZDNet @

June 2014
Feedback Letter to Honolulu Magazine – Honolulu Magazine

May 2014
The Old Way, The New Way and the Highway Inn Way – Honolulu Magazine
Highway Inn Wins Family Owned Business of the Year – 2014 – Honolulu County
Honolulu’s hot new culinary destination: Kaka’ako – USA Today Travel

April 2014
Lessons of Aloha Vol 3. Hawaiian Food – Lea Lea Magazine (in Japanese) -p 88

March 2014
The Tasty Island – Hawaii Food Blog – Great Article gives Highway Inn Kaka’ako a 5 Musubi rating

February 2014
Monica Toguchi & Highway Inn @Kaka’ako in Pacific Edge Quarterly Magazine

Tuesday December 24th, 2013
Highway Inn on Hawaii Public Radio

Friday November 29, 2013
Aloha Street – Highway Inn (In Japanese)

Monday November 18, 2013
Non-Stop Honolulu – New Kaka’ako Location

Wednesday November 6, 2013
Star Advertiser – Waipahu’s Highway Inn opens new branch in Kakaako

Monday October 21, 2013
Did This – Highway Inn Kaka’ako Preview

Friday February 15, 2013
StarAdvertiser – Highway Inn History

November 2012
Honolulu Magazine – A Step by Step Guide to Lau Lau Making
Honolulu Magazine – Hawaiian Food’s Origins

November 21, 2011:
Oiwi TV – interviews with Mural Artists
Waipahu mural unveiled next to Highway Inn restaurant
Island Images Honolulu Star Advertiser

November 2011:
Honolulu Magazine’s 2012 Hale Aina Awards

October 9, 2011:
Ilima Awards – Top Restaurants (G-L)

September 14 2011:
Kaleo: The Voice, University of Hawaii Student Magazine

June/July 2011 Vol. 14, no. 3:
Hana Hou Magazine, Bundle of Joy

November 2010:
Honolulu Magazine’s 2011 Hale Aina Awards

June 10, 2010:
Hawaii Business Magazine, Parting Shot

April 5, 2010:
KITV Food TV Show Spotlights Oahu Restaurants

April 2, 2010:
KGMB: Highway Inn to be featured on Food Network

Honolulu Magazine: Hale Aina Happenings

March 31, 2010:
KGMB: Cheap Eats

March 30, 2010:
Honolulu Magazine: Guilty Pleasures Blog

March 8, 2010:
KGMB Hawaii News Now, Job Links

November, 2009:
Honolulu Magazine’s 2010 Hale Aina Awards

October 24, 2009:

January 7, 2009:
Honolulu Star Bulletin, Beyond Lau Lau

November 14, 2008:
Pacific Business News: Hands on Family Sets Highway Inn Apart

March 2008:
Honolulu Magazine: Best Kalua Pig, Best Lau Lau and Best Family Style Caterer

December 30, 2007:
Star Bulletin: Sigall’s Books Bring Hawaii Companies to Life

December 23, 2007:
Star Bulletin

Hawaii Diner: It’s Been a Long and Windy Road for the Highway Inn