Kualapu'u Cookhouse

Kualapu'u Cookhouse, Molokai

Located in the residential area of Kualapu'u, around 9.6km (or six miles) from Kaunakakai, Kualapu'u Cookhouse is a popular eatery with residents of Molokai and visitors to the island. A traditional plantation-style building is home to this diner and the furnishings are relatively modest. Despite this, the menu is quite extensive and is comprised of a variety of savory and sweet dishes. The Cookhouse offers a choice of indoor or outdoor seating.

With a limited number of restaurants on Molokai, both locals and visitors tend to make the most of Kualapu'u Cookhouse, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is roughly comprised of a selection of breakfast items, sandwiches, burgers and main dishes. As well as some hefty breakfast options, diners can choose Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Egg or Pancakes, among other fare, to kick-start their day. Some of the dinner menu offerings include Loco Moco, Country Fried Chicken, Mushroom Swiss Burger served with fries and, usually, one or more daily specials. Although the food presentation is good, many dishes are quite calorific and possibly not for the figure-conscious or those on a diet. The ambience in Kualapu'u Cookhouse is family-orientated and informal. The interior furnishing is unfussy while the outdoor dining space is comprised of a number of picnic tables where diners can enjoy their repast in the open air.

A family-focused restaurant offering hearty fare, Kualapu'u Cookhouse can seem like something of an oasis for those travelling from Kaunakakai to Kalaupapa Peninsula or vice versa. The Cookhouse serves breakfast and lunch every day. Dinner is available five days a week, but not on Sundays or Mondays. A take-out service is available for those who require it. It is worth noting that Kualapu'u Cookhouse is a cash only establishment, but cash can be obtained from the grocery store opposite.

Hours of operations:

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (No dinner on Sundays and Mondays).

Price category:

$7 and up

No Reservations


Kualapu'u Cookhouse Overview

  • Serve a variety of burgers, plate lunches and dinner
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • Casual atmosphere

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Reviews and Comments:
I had heard many good things about this small restaurant, so on my last visit to the island I thought I'll give it a try. The first day I ordered the mahi mahi with rice, which was allright. The mahi mahi was a bit dry, but otherwise it was a good dish. A few days later I went there again (since there really aren't many food options on Molokai) and this time I ordered a garden burger. Since I ordered my food for take-out, I didn't open the box to see the food when I left the restaurant. When I arrived at a beach park to eat, it was too late to tell them I didn't order a beef burger! I don't eat beef, so I had to throw it away.
Ian, Tue Jun 19, 2012