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Plate lunches a pot of gold for Rainbow Drive-In

  • Video: Bruce Asato, basato@staradvertiser.com

  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The Rainbow Drive-In sign is an icon for former Hawaii resident Alan Hanaoka, pictured here taking a photo of his wife, Debra, and mother, Akiko, while visiting from Tennessee in June.

  • COURTESY RAINBOW DRIVE-IN

    Rainbow Drive-in opened in 1961 in Kapahulu.

  • 2018 June 18 CRV- HSA photo by Jamm Aquino/jaquino@staradvertiser.com The boneless chicken with gravy plate at Rainbow Drive-In Kalihi on Monday, June 18, 2018 in Kalihi.
  • KAT WADE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Jim Gusukuma, right, senior vice president at Rainbow Drive-In, has lunch with Ronald Resu­ello, a regular customer.

  • COURTESY RAINBOW DRIVE-IN

    Jim Gusukuma is on the right with Seiju Ifuku, left, Harvey Iwamura and Ayako Ifuku in a photo from the 1990s. The Ifukus founded the drive-in; Iwamura is the current company president.

The plate lunch originated as a midday meal for laborers who could sweat off the calories in the afternoon heat. It’s legacy continues at the new Rainbow Drive-In in Kalihi. Read more

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