So a funny thing happened to our cousins, P&B, on their flight over here. B gets into a conversation with her row mate, N, and they end up talking with each other for the whole flight about dis, dat, and da oddah stuff (lots ’bout wea fo grindz).
Turns out, N helps her friends out at a lounge once a week. She invited them to visit and lucky us we get to go too.
I didn’t know what “Imua” meant. The word is part of Kamehameha School’s logo. A quick search on the school’s website turns up this information:
In the Hawaiian language, the word I Mua means “to move forward” or “to move ahead” toward a goal. I Mua is also used to signify loyalty to all things Kamehameha or to express a deep commitment to support a feeling, an idea, a person or a cause.
I Mua is additionally used as the “team yell” for Kamehameha athletic teams. I Mua is Kamehameha’s way of saying “go for it,” or “go for broke!”
An illustrious name for any business. Actually, the lounge embodies Imua on several levels. When we first entered there is a general vibe of hospitality (even more so since P&B knew N). But I felt it was like walking into the backyard of an auntie and uncle where everyone is treated like family (related or not). Very inviting, check your egos at the door.
Now for the important part (for me anyway), the food. Imua’s is known for their porkchop (as verified by Yelp reviewers). So we had to try (it’s the rule, one I’m happy to comply with).
The porkchop is grilled and sliced into bite sized pieces then smothered (in a good way), in a sauce of shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach. This was GOOD (not only did the socks come off, they just plain disappeared). One of the best porkchop … EVER. The smokiness from the grilling along with the sauce, winnahz! I only wish I had a bowl of white rice to finish the gravy.
Tuna and vegetables, wrapped in nori, dipped in panko batter, and deep-fried. We couldn’t grind this fast enough. Perfectly cooked, hot outside and still cool on the inside. Awesome sauce. Even the salad dressing was really good. Another signature dish (in my opinion). Even The Cat, who tries to stay away from fried foods approved (four paws and tail).
The Cat and B needed vegetables, Raspberry walnut salad.
Fresh raspberries, praline walnuts, feta cheese, balsamic dressing (I think). Wow.
Last but not least.
Portuguese sausage, bacon, and another meat (sorry, I wasn’t taking notes, too busy grinding), fried eggs, kamaboko, and green onions. What could go wrong? Absolutely nothing. Another winnahz.
Add to that the hospitality of the owner G and the musical styling of Ka Momi, an excellent night indeed.
I think the owner G aptly named his lounge a commitment to excellence in all aspects of the business. Congratulations and mahalo! I Mua!
Good to meet you too N! Mahalo.
Definitely will be back.