The Search for Signs of Hawaiian Life: Portland, Oregon
July 26, 2015
ALVINA SHINSEKI / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Diana Seppelfrick of Makakilo required photographic evidence of a popular new restaurant in Portland, Ore., with a name that would inspire giggles from island residents. The Kukai Ramen & Izakaya chain has restaurants in Japan and Taiwan. There are also multiple outlets in Washington and Oregon, but, Seppelfrick says, “This wouldn’t work in Hawaii.” The sound-alike word kukae means excrement in Hawaiian.
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