Hawaiians love their ‘Kau Kau’ and there is an abundance of choice throughout Oahu and the islands. Fresh, local and creative is the order of the day, every day, regardless of whether you are seeking out classy fine dining or authentic aloha street food.
Best places to eat in Hawaii...
Eat The Street
Celebrate Hawaii's food trucks with over 40 food trucks and vendors on the last Friday of every month from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The event attracts over 7,000 people eager to sample the best street food Hawaii has to offer.
Top of Waikiki
Welcome to Hawaii's only revolving restaurant and has just been renovated including new chef Lance Kosaka, bringing with him the best in contemporary Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Try their left-of-centre duck pizza, Over the Top Surf and Turf for Two or Chocolate Cremeux Semifreddo. They even have a Happy Hour Menu as well daily from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Also in Waikiki, where the legend Duke Kahanamoku grew up swimming, surfing, canoeing and bodysurfing, you’ll find Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, right on the beach. More for its fun, little bit cheesy menu, Duke’s is a Waikiki institution more than a pure culinary institution. It’s a comfort food extravaganza with grilled meats, burgers, fresh fish and outrageous desserts.
Inspired by his Japanese mother and Maui-born father, founding chef Roy Yamaguchi now presides over a chain of 31 restaurants around the globe and his Euro-Asian feature establishment in Honolulu draws heavily on local ingredients, European sauces, bold Asian spices with a focus on fresh seafood. Roys Waikiki opened in 2007 and there is the original Hawaii Kai where it all began 25 years ago.
In Honolulu’s Ward Center, you’ll find Chef Russell Siu’s Kaka’ako Kitchen where his Gourmet Plate Lunch is home-style cooking served in chock-a-block full environmentally friendly recyclable clamshell containers. Sure, it has a ‘down market’ feel, yet this fresh ‘n’ clean eatery serves a wicked fried rice breakfast, or if lunching, end with the 5-star bread pudding.
You can’t leave Hawaii without seeking out some of the famous sushi created by the island’s long-established Japanese community. Experts and regular foodies alike rate the American Iron Chef’s restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, as one of the best Japanese fusion eateries in Hawaii, with the outstanding sushi selection high in quality and presentation. For those after stunning sashimi with a good dose of glamour, this is the place.
Shirokaya Food Hall
If you’re out and about, the Shirokaya Food Hall in the Ala Moana Center is worth a flying visit if purely for its breadth of selection and the overall visitor experience. The Shirokiya Department store located in the big shopping centre offers two levels of food halls, each with an abundance of sushi, bento boxes and the full gamut of delectable Japanese treats at affordable prices. This is one serious Japanese food emporium.
KCC Farmers' Market
Tip: Don’t miss Honolulu’s premiere farmers’ market each Saturday at Kapiolani Community College, the only market featuring all Hawaii grown and produced foods. Be early for breakfast when a different restaurant prepares hot breakfast plates each week. You’ll also find delicious fresh scones and other baked items to have with a cup of Hawaii grown coffee.