Hawaiian food truck brings island flavors to Wisconsin

Published: May. 15, 2019 at 4:45 PM CDT
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Tony Romualdo is bringing food and flavors from more than 1,000 miles away.

"I used to do this back in Hawaii a long time ago, and just wanted to bring some of that flavor here so that's where we started," said Hula Hut Owner Tony Romualdo.

Tony has lived in Wisconsin for 28 years, but he still enjoyed cooking the food that he grew up with.

"When I used to miss home, I would cook the food we would make in Hawaii," Romualdo explained.

After 15 years of working in the labor field, Tony was let go from his job. So, he decided to share the food that he enjoys with his community.

"He's putting the right flavors together, I like when I see a food truck I want to give it a try," said Hula Hut customer Chris Conner.

"I love the fact that they are from Hawaii and doing something different in Wisconsin," added Rothschild Village Administrator Gary Olsen.

Over the past three years, Tony makes sure that each sandwich is up to the Hawaiian standard.

"When we make our sandwiches they're pretty big, and I tell them that's how they like it in Hawaii. I'm just happy they enjoyed that," Romualdo explained.

Rothschild Administrator Gary Olsen says that they want to encourage even more food trucks in the area.

"We would love more food trucks to come, if you would like to come it's $40 for the year," Olsen mentioned.

But, for right now the Hula Hut is not just serving delicious flavors, it's giving the loving and welcoming aloha spirit that Tony puts into every order.

"A lot of people enjoy it, so that's what I did I put a little aloha in there," Romualdo said.