I stopped by Island Manapua in the Manoa Marketplace today to pick up some chow funn for lunch. My grandpa used to take me to the Kalihi location as a child, but since moving to Manoa, this has proved much more convenient. Plus with a farmer’s market and Long within a few walking steps, you can get all your shopping done at the same time!

I came in right around lunch hour and the place was starting to fill up with local business people and many, many Punahou students. Some ordered a pair of manapuas and dim sum, while others did the two-item combo (chow funn/chow mein and two choices).

A half order of chow funn sets you back only $3, and proved to be quite filling paired with leftover pork spareribs from last night’s dinner. The chow funn is on the bland side with only a few veggies and a smattering of char siu, but it was not nearly as greasy as I expected. I’ve heard from many that the best chow funn on the island is to be found at Fukuya – but I wouldn’t know cause they’re always sold out by the time I get there!

Island Manapua Factory
Manoa Marketplace
2752 Woodlawn Dr. #5-113
(808) 988-5441

  • Kat
    May 25, 2007

    Yay! Kathy’s back in Hawaii! I probably could have bumped into you today since I met with my boss at Coffee Bean Tea Leaf from around 9:30 to 10:30. Love your local posts! BTW, have you tried Coffee Beans Iced teas? If not I’d pass. I’ve had two (and was very hesitant in ordering the second) and found that they were disappointing at best. Very weak, watery tea which is barely flavored. I had their Ceylon Vanilla and it tasted more like vanilla water than vanilla tea or just tea! I rather spend the money on a Starbuck’s Passion iced tea which is pretty flavorful.anyway, I digress. Hope you are enjoying your vacation!

  • Anuhea
    May 25, 2007

    KATHY! This is the third place you are stealing from my list! LOL I want to go here too (its been a while) and my usual for manapuas is kwong ahn in kaimuki. I cant wait to try all the different manapua fillings here

  • Kathy YL Chan
    May 27, 2007

    Hey Kat!we were there at the exact same time! the only drink i’ve had there was the mint chocolate tea latte…it was alright, but i also would prefer starbucks! nothing like a mocha or caramel frappuccino, hehe :) Hey Anuhea!hehe, i love the manapuas from kaimuki! my mom used to work just a couple streets down and i’d always get one after school. they have some pretty different flavors here like ham and cheese manapuas! :)

  • Chris
    July 31, 2007

    Best grindz…They dont have a web page huh..

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