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International Kitchen started it all

  • COURTESY PEARLRIDGE

    The International Kitchen at Pearlridge opened in the early 1970s.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1987

    The Poi Bowl was an early vendor at Makai Market at Ala Moana Center.

The concept of centralized food vendors is certainly nothing new to the American eater, thanks to the mall food court. It’s a place where fast-food chains — and in the isles, plate-lunch outfits — have traditionally reigned supreme. Read more

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