Top ChoiceHealth Food in Waiʻanae

Kahumana Cafe

Way off the beaten track, this organic farm’s cafe inhabits a cool, tranquil hardwood-floored dining room with green-field views. Fork into fresh daily specials, bountiful salads and sandwiches or macadamia-nut...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in ʻAiea

Kehau’s Kitchen

One of several eating choices in an architecturally troubled strip mall, the plate lunches at this simple storefront are superb. Kalua pork, lomilomi salmon (minced, salted salmon, diced tomato and green onion)...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in ʻAiea

Alley Restaurant at ‘Aiea Bowl

A bowling-alley-attached restaurant seems an unlikely place to get great food, but not at this fabulous diner. Dig into a scrumptious furikake ahi (yellowfin tuna) sandwich with super-crispy fries, or Asian...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Ko Olina

Monkeypod Kitchen

A casual restaurant concept originated by locally renowned chef Peter Merriman. Upscale comfort fare (burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pizza) is sourced locally. Many dishes are pure Modern Hawaii cuisine, with...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Waipahu

Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering

It's all here and it's all good: poke bowls, plate lunches, bentō boxes, legendary garlic ahi and more. The classics of modern Hawaii cuisine are displayed in gleaming cases at this beloved Waipahu institution....

Top ChoiceAmerican in Waiʻanae

Countryside Cafe

Well-prepared diner fare with an island accent: omelet with kalua pork, Hawaii-style hash, passion-fruit biscuits and more. It's at the very south end of Waiʻanae and is also right across from the northern end of...

Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Ige's Lunchwagon

Like a food truck, only there's no truck. This family-run legend hidden deep in a commercial complex turns out memorable Hawaiian food, including pork teriyaki, beef curry, Korean fried chicken and savory laulau...

Latin American in Waiʻanae

Coquitos Latin Cuisine

Inside a small, breezy green plantation-style house surrounded by fast-food joints, this cafe looks like it belongs in the Caribbean or Key West. The Puerto Rican kitchen prepares classic dishes such as mofongo...

Asian in ʻAiea

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory

Fans of this mini-chain line up for manapua (Hawaii version of Chinese-style steamed or baked buns) stuffed with anything from char siu (Chinese barbecued park) or guava BBQ pork to purple sweet potatoes. It's...

Diner in ʻAiea

Anna Miller’s

Many fans consider the 30-minute drive to this coffee shop from Waikiki to be an essential part of their holiday. Classic diner fare is served by waitresses right out of central casting in surroundings that have...

Breakfast in Waipahu

Rocky's Coffee Shop

The banana pancakes at this old-time diner are worth getting out of bed for. Amid vintage photos and family memorabilia that make Rocky's a de facto local history museum, you can enjoy excellent egg dishes, fried...

Sushi in ʻAiea

Sushi Spot

Ignore the typical ‘Aiea strip-mall setting for what's inside this family-run storefront: great custom hand-rolls (over 40 choices) and sushi that are impeccably fresh and well prepared. Great bowls, shrimp...

Hawaii Regional in Ko Olina

Roy’s Ko Olina

Roy’s is located in the clubhouse area of the Ko Olina Golf Club. His famous Modern Hawaii food fusion is creative as always, although not for the faint of wallet ($50 for a Hawaii-style mixed plate etc). There...

Diner in ʻAiea

Forty Niner Restaurant

This little diner from 1947 has a tidy building that's on the local historical register. Its old-fashioned saimin (local-style noodle soup) is made with a secret-recipe broth, while the garlic chicken and...

American in Pearl Harbor

Restaurant 604

A fine alternative to the ho-hum cafes within the Pearl Harbor historic sites, this waterfront restaurant has outdoor tables and views over a yacht marina. The menu teems with comfort food: great burgers, steaks,...

Hawaiian in ʻAiea

Miki's

For many late-night denizens, the teri meatballs (flavored with teriyaki) at this literal hole-in-the-wall are an essential part of a night out carousing. The menu changes daily – check the whiteboard – but it...

Pizza in Ko Olina

Pizza Corner

Creates pizzas with both familiar and island flavors, such as Poke Pizza with spicy ahi (yellowfin tuna) and lomilomi (chopped tomato and red onions) on a thin-crust hand-tossed base, and the Kalua Pork pizza...

Korean in Kapolei Area

Kapolei Korean BBQ

Expect good-sized portions of Korean standards such as marinated galbi (short ribs) and beef barbecue. The barbecue chicken, pork and beef draw fans from across Leeward O‘ahu, although the busy strip mall setting...

Vietnamese in Kapolei Area

Pho & Company

Don't miss the pho (beef noodle soup) at this strip-mall storefront also serving spring rolls, rice plates, crunchy banh mi sandwiches and bubble tea. Happy diners praise the housemade broth. It's next to a...

Hawaiian in Waiʻanae

Hannara

Locals swear by the banana pancakes, hamburger steak, chicken kalbi (grilled Korean-style) and other island faves. The interior is bare-bones and fluorescent-lit, but you could take a bentō box to the beach park.