Next time you’re in Kaimukī or Kakaʻako, try the plant-based Muki Dog. (Photo by Cameron Enomoto)

By Cameron Enomoto | Staff Writer

If you’re looking for a spin on a traditional hot dog stand, look no further. Muki Dogs is a total game-changer with its classic and local flavors. Opening with the Kaimukī location first, the business has expanded to Kakaʻako as well. No matter what location you visit, you’ll be in for a treat with their entirely plant-based menu.

“The Works” is almost like an actual hotdog in terms of look and taste, though this is much healthier for you. (Photo by Cameron Enomoto)

After serving 21 years in the United States Air Force, the founder, Gene Marques, came up with the idea to reinvent the hot dog stand in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. His parents had run their own hot dog stand in Guam, which is where he was able to pick up his skills.

With the creation of Muki Dogs, Gene was finally able to make use of the hot dog stand that had been sitting in his garage for years. Muki Dog staff keep it simple and fun by providing a healthy choice for those in the community.

Muki Dogs come in two different styles, “The Works” and “Miso Kake.” “The Works” tastes exactly like an original dog and is topped with relish, sriracha mayo, ketchup, mustard, and Spanish crumble. Despite using sriracha mayo, the flavor is relatively mild and savory. Since the dog is loaded with condiments, every bite has a kick to it.

The “Miso Kake” dog has a saltier taste and is topped with pickled scallions, sriracha mayo, miso paste, and furikake. It has more of a local vibe since it comes with condiments you’d normally find on poke or musubis.

Regardless of which dog you choose, you can feel confident in your decision because they’re vegan and equally delicious. 

Each of the dogs is $7.50 plus tax, and both cash and card are accepted. However, cash is preferred. In addition to producing tasty food, Muki Dogs also treats its patrons to a fact of the day (FOTD) on the Instagram page, so be sure to check it out. To learn more about Muki Dogs and purchase Muki Gear, visit the website here.

You can visit their Kaimukī location at 3631 Wai‘alae Ave. and their Kakaʻako location at 500 Cooke St.