Islands is a burger joint located in Hookipa Terrace at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. After my eyes settled down from all the colorful tiki Hawaiian interior (think fake parrots and grass huts) typical of a “Hawaiian” themed restaurant that was conceived anywhere but in Hawaii, I finally had a chance to focus on the menu. They serve “serious” burgers (as opposed to fast food burgers), salads, soft tacos, appetizers and all around sinfully greasy foods. Although I should mention they dedicate a section of their menu to directing you to some of the less guilty items like chicken sandwiches and low-cal salads, but who’s looking there anyway.
Here’s a Hula Burger ($11.65) with sauteed mushrooms and Swiss cheese:
My husband had the Kilauea Burger ($11.65), a jalapeno & black pepper crusted burger with pepper jack cheese, fried onion strings and chipotle aioli:
Sister-in-law #4 is cutting carbs right now so she had a bun-less Rincon Burger ($11.99) with guacamole, Swiss cheese and bacon:
Here’s a cross-section of the Kilauea Burger – this is one messy burger!
… and I had a Bleunami Burger ($11.35) with crumbled bleu cheese which I totally forgot to take a picture of.
All burgers come with delicious fries, and they’re all you can eat! You can substitute your fries for a small salad, onion rings, mac salad, or steamed veggies. As for my burger, the beef patty wasn’t as large as the bun, so there was a bit of square footage around the bun’s edge that was unoccupied by beef. But my burger was nice and juicy. A burger is a burger, it’s not that complicated (although they may try) and I’ve hardly come across a burger I didn’t like.
PRICE RANGE: $9.99-$11.89 for burgers, $12.99 for entree salads. Click here to view the menu.
MY BILL: Not sure.
RETURNING?: I wouldn’t mind.
(Located in Hookipa Terrace at Ala Moana Shopping Center)
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814