Hawaii Kapahulu Avenue Food Trail

Kapahulu Avenue Food Trail

Besides its sunny beaches with warm golden sand and sapphire blue water, Hawaii is also famous for its local cuisine that has a distinct character and taste to it. If you happened to be around Waikiki, do remember to take a walk to the eastern end of Waikiki to a small local neighbourhood called Kapahulu – a home to some of Honolulu’s best and delicious local food.

Here is a list of restaurants and bakeries to try for you to spend an afternoon down the flavourful Kapahulu Avenue.

Rainbow Drive-In

With over 50 years of experience, Rainbow Drive-In is the place to go for the best and cheapest local Hawaiian food like plate lunches and Loco Moco. Loco Moco is a dish that has beef patty served on top of rice, topped with fried egg and poured with a local brown sauce. The dish may be simple but it certainly is a sumptuous and satisfying meal.

3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 737 0177
Mon to Sun: 7am – 9pm

Ono Hawaiian

“Ono” means delicious in Hawaiian. This famous Ono Hawaiian restaurant along Kapahulu Avenue is a small dining place that is always crowded, especially during lunchtime. The owners are islanders who originated from Japan and they cook very authentic local food like the Kulua Pork, Lomi Salmon and Buttermilk Fish. They would be happy to introduce their food to you, give recommendations and even teach you how to eat, like what to eat the Pupu (Hawaiian version of rice) with.

726 Kaphulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737 2275
Mon to Sat: 11am – 8pm

Ono Seafood

This little blue and white painted house serves the freshest Japanese sashimi in Hawaiian style. Their menu is really simple and it is easy to order. They are well known for their Tuna Poke that comes in Shoyu sauce, Kimchi or Wasabi and all of them are so appetizing and tasty. You have the option to buy the Poke by weight or with the rice bowl set in which you can choose either white or brown rice. The portions are generous and most importantly, the price is really cheap.

747 Kapahulu Ave Apt 4
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 732 4806
Mon, Wed t0 Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun 10am – 3pm

Waiola Shave Ice

The best way to cool yourself down after wandering about the sunny island under the cheerful sunshine is by getting yourself a cold, refreshing and tasty shaved ice. The shaved ice from Waiola is so soft and fluffy, and all of them are topped with condensed milk. There are a variety of Hawaiian flavors to choose from, like Haupiah and Guava, but they are known for their Azuki Bowl, which is shaved ice with Azuki beans and Mochi bits.

2135 Waiola St,
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 949 2269
Mon to Sat: 7.30am – 6.30pm
Sun 10am – 6.30pm

Leonard’s Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery is most famous for its old fashioned, traditional and an amalgam of Hawaiian and Portuguese style donuts that are called Malasadas. Their Malasadas comes in two different forms – holes and without holes – which come in five different flavors – original, chocolate, coconut, caramel and haupiah.

The bakery bakes Malasadas all day long so the donuts are warm and fresh. You will notice right away that the bakery has been here for a really long time from the appearance of the shop that gives you a “grandmother’s bakery” feel. This place is perfect for some sweet bites after a savory meal around the area.

933 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737 5591
Mon to Thu, Sun: 5.30am – 9pm
Fri to Sat: 5.30am – 10pm


About the writer
Anlin Melina is a Business Administration and Economics student at the University of California, Berkeley. She was born in Indonesia, educated in Singapore and is currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She speaks and writes in English, Chinese, Indonesian and French, and likes travelling and writing during her free time. Melina has recently completed writing her first book, titled “Once Upon A Blue Sky”, which is a travel guide book on cities in the United States.