Mike’s Huli Huli Chicken on Oahu’s Windward Side

There are few places as beautiful as Windward Oahu (East side of Oahu in Hawai’i). The Windward side offers sweeping mountain vistas, lush tropical rainforest, both rugged and serene coastline with fifty different shades of blue water, and much more. It also offers some amazing food choices…and if you have a taste of BBQ rotissarie chicken…you are in luck.

Mike’s Huli Chicken in Kahalu’u started out as a shrimp truck but has grown into much more. From Garlic Shrimp and Kiawe smoked huli-huli (turn-turn) chicken it has grown to one of the most sought after meals on Oahu. Mike Fuse is a locally grown North Shore chef who took two local ingredients – kiawe wood and Hawaiian sea salt and turned it into something that locals and visitors can’t get enough of. Trust me – make the trip to Kahalu’u on the windward side – just north of Kaneohe on the Kamehameha Hwy. It’s been featured on Diners, Dives, and Drive ins and most importantly for me – my tastebuds are always pleased with a visit there. This is a plate lunch place with the usual scoop of rice and scoop of mac salad…do not forget to get the sauce…it makes the chicken taste even better.


Huli means turn and Huli-huli means rotissarie. Plenty of celebrities, tourists, and locals have gushed about the delicious taste of Mike’s chicken and one thing they all agree on. The sauce is da best! Sometimes, Chef Mike Fuse is there handing out samples or trying out new sauce recipes which these lucky guests got to try!

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