Hula Mama's: Paradise in a Double Wide

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Brittanie Shey
Keep your eyes on the hands.
The writer at Eater who declared last week that tiki is dead might want to get out of New York for a while. This weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, tikiphiles will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Hukilau at the historic Mai Kai (also celebrating it's 55th anniversary this year, the Polynesian restaurant with the longest-running and most impressive floor show in the continental US). Tiki Tuesdays at Anvil are still going strong, with a new menu each week, and now, Humble has its own little piece of paradise, an odd little restaurant called Hula Mama's.

Nestled in the strip mall wasteland of FM 1960, just north of Bush Intercontinental, Hula Mama's is kind of hard to find. That is, unless you're looking for a restaurant in a double-wide trailer that also goes by the name of Alisi's Hawaii.

Several months ago a friend sent me the link to their website, knowing how into tiki I am. It took a while for me to finally check the place out, in part because it's only on Fridays and Saturdays that they offer the full luau-style floor show. And what's the point of going to such a place if not for the performance, I thought. Little did I know how right I was. But more on that in a minute.

Hula Mama's website neglects to mention that the restaurant is in a trailer. Instead, it describes itself as :

an indoor/outdoor climate controlled tropical theme that has been vastly decorated with island decor throughout that creates the ultimate luau experience

Sounds charming, right? The restaurant also advertises itself as a Southern food/Polynesian cuisine hybrid. And if Houston can do anything right it's fusion.

I made my reservations for the Friday night show and buffet ($39.99 a person), packed a flask (they're BYOB but they also advertise fresh juice drinks) and headed north.

To describe Hula Mama's luau meal as a buffet is stretching it. Five or so chafing dishes does not a buffet make, from nondescript stir-fry to meatballs to overly sweet pulled pork. I was willing to forgive that transgression, though, knowing how much Polynesians love their spam and poi. What I am not willing to forgive are the "fresh juice" drinks I was given to pour my rum into. We're talking mango straight out of a can. We're talking Hawaiian punch. In fact, the best part of the meal was the quartered and sliced fresh pineapple served as an appetizer.

But the best part of the evening had nothing to do with the meal at all.


Location Info

Hula Mamas - CLOSED

8550 FM 1960 Bypass Road W., Humble, TX

Category: Restaurant

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DB
DB

This Shey chick should stick to what she is good at although not sure what that is but one thing is for sure; it is not accurate reporting!  I frequent Hula Mama's because the food is anything but bland and FYI; that is not a double wide missy! Being a General Contractor for over 20 years, it was obvious that the original portion was smaller but was added on to.     The entire dining and stage floor are constructed as an exterior deck with the soil only inches from the bottom of the framing.  I ate at this location before Hula Mama's took it over and when it was a BBQ joint and it was NEVER  a double wide ANYTHING. Forgive me for going into detail on the construction but it really bothers me when some self proclaimed critic starts popping off at the mouth spurting out information as it is "fact" when it is nothing more than their own pathetic perspective.  This Shey lady is as inaccurate in her description of the food as she is on the type of construction of the building. I always trusted The Houston Press in the past for responsible reporting but this article is in left field except for her comments on the show.  The show is as good as anything you will see in Hawaii.  However, FYI, Andrew Analu the M/C does not double as the Elvis impersonator. That is done by the talented Billy Wade.Anyone reading this owes it to themselves to check this place out for themselves.  In all the times I have attended (at least 2 times per month) I have never heard anyone say anything negative about the food or show.  I even rented the facility on a Sunday afternoon to have a private luau for my wife's 50th birthday party and everything was so impressive that I keep coming back! Throw Shey out with the hay because Hula Mama's is a happening place!

J Vernon

Ali
Ali

Oh, Humble. I don't miss you. This sounds fun, but... no. I grew up in Kingwood and what that area needs is actual good restaurants. Those are few and far between.

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