Hawaii is best known for its creative use of natural materials; flowers are transformed into necklaces, coconuts are transformed into bikinis, and seashells are transformed into bars of hotel soap. Study natural conversion with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of island fare and drinks at Ohana Hawaiian Cafe's locations in Portland and Milwaukie. Menus vary by location, so be sure to check the website for a full list of available fare.
Ohana Hawaiian Cafe's cadre of island influenced chefs plate up a menu of traditional Polynesian-inspired fare inside their two locations. Transport palates to a tropical paradise with Hawaiian barbecue charbroiled chicken, slathered in a top-secret homemade sauce ($7 for regular; $10 for large), or oink in Hawaiian for plates of kalua pig, a traditionally slow-roasted pig, pulled, and cooked with fresh cabbage ($8 for regular; $11 for large). On weekends, diners can prod the ahi poke, cubes of ahi tuna seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt, shoya, sesame oil, and green onion ($9). Vegetarians slurp on soba noodles stir-fried with vegetables ($7), while youngsters can turn to the kids’ menu for selections such as teriyaki chicken ($5) served with rice and creamy macaroni salad and topped with a miniature propeller beanie. Sate sugar cravings with slabs of sweet potato haupia pie composed of Okinawan purple sweet potatoes, topped with coconut custard and cradled by a macadamia nut shortbread crust ($5).