Hawaii Mom Blog: Pounders Restaurant Welcomes New Executive Chef Graham Elliot




July 19, 2021

Pounders Restaurant Welcomes New Executive Chef Graham Elliot

World-renowned Chef Graham Elliot is the new Executive Chef at Pounders Restaurant at Hukilau Marketplace at Polynesian Cultural Center.

Chef Graham, who grew up in Ewa Beach, returns to his roots to put his spin on local favorites at this very family-friendly eatery.

Housemade Taro Roll
The Taro Roll with Lilikoi Butter is such a treat to start with, and the Roasted Beet Poke was light and refreshing. I remember Chef Graham had made a Beet Poke at a Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival event a few years ago, and I'm happy that it made the Pounders menu.  The whipped avocado and mac nuts added nice textural contrast, and the acidity of the pineapples rounded out the dish.

Roasted Beet Poke

Woodfire Grilled He`e

The He`e was a fave of the table. The octopus was grilled perfectly and was so tender and flavorful.  People raved about the red pepper puree, and the fennel salad was delightful.

"Char Siu" Double-Cut Porkchop

The Porkchop was enormous! I never saw one that huge before. I enjoyed the subtle char siu flavor, and the mango salsa was a nice complement.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

The Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee was very good. It was a nice way to end a meal, especially if you're not into rich, heavy desserts.

If you're in the area, check out Pounders and see what they have to offer, as the menu will change often.

Welcome, Chef Graham!

Hukilau Marketplace
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy
Laie, HI 96762
(808) 293-3287


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