Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaiian in Kahuluʻu & Waiahole

Waiahole Poi Factory

This family-owned roadside landmark sells ʻono (delicious) traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, baked laulau (bundle made of pork or chicken with salted butterfish wrapped in taro and ti leaves and steamed) and squid…
Top Choice Local in Kahuku

Tita's Grill

One of the first Kahuku eateries you'll encounter coming from the south. Real local flavor defines this roadside drive-in, where loco moco plates smothered in gravy, kalbi (Korean-style grilled marinated short ribs)…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Waimanalo

Ai Love Nalo

Vegan meets Hawaiian at this Waimanalo sensation. Savor back-to-the-earth farm goodness from this family kitchen. Dishes like the roasted-veg plate are revelations of the goodness possible from the earth's bounty. S…
Top Choice Seafood in Punaluʻu

Shrimp Shack

The shrimp are fried in garlic and dipped in butter, or you could order mussels or crab legs at this legendary sunny, yellow-painted food truck parked outside Ching’s general store. You can't miss it roadside – the …
Top Choice Cafe in Kailua

Moke’s Bread & Breakfast

Locals reading the paper or petting their dogs at the blue-checker-clothed tables are the norm at this open-air cafe. The famous lilikoʻi (passion fruit) pancakes and fresh veggie frittatas are mighty fine. It has p…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Waimanalo

Ono Steaks & Shrimp Shack

Superb plate lunches can be enjoyed at tables inside and out at this supercasual (but not shack-like) local eatery. The beach is a short walk; get your meal to go and have a picnic on the shore. The garlic shrimp is…
Top Choice Seafood in Kahuku

Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp

Shrimp is sold from its original truck and just up the road from an added building; both have shaded picnic tables. Menu options include tempura shrimp, fried fish and burgers. Locals fiercely debate whether the shr…
Top Choice Mexican in Laʻie

Guadalajara Grill

One of the Windward Coast's best food trucks, this one is set near beaches and is surrounded by lush plants. There's also a nice shady picnic area. The burritos, tacos and quesadillas are fresh and excellent. There …
Top Choice Ice Cream in Kailua

Island Snow Hawaii

Cool off with a Lanikai Lime or a Banzai Banana shave ice at Island Snow, which serves up some of the best shave ice on Oʻahu; it's creamier than most. A favorite of the Obamas during their Kailua holidays, the tidy…
Top Choice Market in Kailua

Kailua Town Farmers’ Market

An excellent addition to the local farmers markets lineup, this one lasts all morning. Wake up with local coffee and browse fresh foods, prepared foods, crafts and more. There's live music and breakfasts from vendor…