Hawaiian Pizza History and Pizza Restaurant in Kailua Kona

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The real history of pizza and Hawaiian pizza starts in Italy. Or Greece. Perhaps Egypt? There are good arguments for each, depending on how we define pizza. Starting with the loose yet scientific definition of “some kind of flat bread with stuff on it,” we know that pizza dates back to at least the 1st Century B.C., when the Roman poet Virgil wrote,

Their homely fare dispatch’d, the hungry band

Invade their trenchers next, and soon devour,

To mend the scanty meal, their cakes of flour.

Ascanius this observ’d, and smiling said:

“See, we devour the plates on which we fed.”

Even earlier (circa 500 B.C.), Persian soldiers baked a flatbread on their shields which they then covered with cheese and dates. I think, however, that if I went with this theory and walked around saying “pizza was invented in Iran,” I’d be starting arguments that I’d rather not have.

But does it count as a kind of pizza if it’s cooked out in the field and not in an oven? Let’s call it flatbread and move on…

So, you want to know the real pizza origin? Let’s see: the Egyptians made a flatbread, the Indians baked naan in hot Tandoori ovens… but neither of these had toppings. The Persians had toppings, but was it pizza?

The ancient Greeks had a flat bread called plakountos, on which they placed various toppings, and we know also that Naples was founded (as Neopolis) by the Greeks. And Naples is the home of the modern pizza and Longboard Legends Pizza restaurant is the home of the taro flour crust Hawaiian pizza.

Of course, in the ancient world, Naples was part of Rome — as was its neighbor, Pompeii. And pizza ovens were all over Italy, even back then.


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I think we can agree now that ancient pizza is a toss-up, ‘middle’ pizza was Greek, and modern pizza (pre-American) was definitely Italian — Neapolitan, even! And American pizza –or rather Hawaiian Pizza made from taro flour crust made by Longboard Legends Pizza restaurant is in Kona Hawaii! Call our Kailua Kona Pizza restaurant at 1-808-327-2211

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Pizza is a dish of Neapolitan origin and cuisine, made with an oven-baked, flat, generally round bread that is often covered with tomatoes or a tomato-based sauce and mozzarella cheese. Other toppings are added according to region, culture, or personal preference.


I started wondering, is my taste in pizza completely skewed especially after trying Longboard Legends Pizza restaurant in Kailua Kona, Hawaii?? My preference is probably closest to a NY-style pizza from the pizza restaurants, a crispy charred but softly pliable crust, not too much sauce, more emphasis on cheese, cheese that drips off the sides of the slice, where it makes a stretchy mess as you pull your slice away from the pie, so much that you have to ravel it up. An outer crust that is crispy but still bread-like and bubbly, that I don’t mind finishing off with them. (I hate being left with hard crackers at the end).

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It’s the kind of pizza that I would get late night at college, or at the cool teenage hang out after school, usually a pizza restaurant that doesn’t have much decor, but the charm of fluorescent lights, a TV with the game on, and Italian guys loudly busting on each other behind the counter. I’ve usually been able to get this type of pizza at any nearby pizza restaurant.

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A lot of the pizza restaurant recommendations I’ve gotten were places with super thin crusts, a restrained scattering of cheese, and skinny slices. Is this what’s considered “good”? I saw a lot of reviews that complained about overly oily, overly cheesy pizza, which to me, is part of the nostalgia of eating pizza. So out of curiosity, what is it that makes a good pizza to you? A clean simple sauce or super garlicky sauce? More sauce than cheese, or more cheese than sauce? Cracker-thin crusts or crusts with some air bubbles? Floppy fold-able slices or perky and straight? Share “What makes a good pizza, to YOU? Just leave a comment, or tweet @LLPizza, or leave a post on our FB Fan Page. longboardlegendspizza.com 1-808-329-2211

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Welcome to Longboard Legends Pizza, our goal is to serve food using the freshest ingredients from the islands. The home of the only 28″ Taro Pizza Pie. Our dough has Hawaiian milled taro flour, and our salads and pizza toppings include fresh locally grown vegetables and house smoked meats. Our desserts are made in house as well as our signature beverages.

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Longboard Legends Pizza serves spaghetti with garlic bread, chicken wings barbeque and hot wings, super fresh salads, awesome Kona mud pie and fudge sundaes, and the biggest and best selections of Pizza Pie in the state of Hawaii at a huge 28″ pie that requires a custom made pizza carry home container!  


Having been in the restaurant business for three generations, the Liebelt family has always been in the hospitality business. From a young age Owner Rob Liebelt knew he wanted to have his own restaurant, following in the footsteps of this father and grandfather. Longboard Legends Pizza was opened as a result. Owners Robby, Zack, Stephanie, Vern and Karen Liebelt have opened Longboard Legends Pizza offering creative selections of pizza, salads, sliders and desserts.

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All sausages and pepperoni are homemade. The Liebelt family has owned restaurants in Oregon and Dad Vern is the Chef at the University of the Nations. Longboard Legends Pizza is located in Alii Plaza (next to Lemongrass) and is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please call to pick up or dine in at 1-808-329-2211