Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Aloha! Greetings from Hawaii! I went on an epic food tour adventure and it’s all below to share with you! We ate lots of poke, ramen, tonkatsu, sushi + more. Oh and can’t forget shaved ice which is unlike any kind I’ve ever had, same goes for poke!

At the end you’ll see the full list (some on the list not shown through pics) and some explanations of the best places below! You can always keep up on my instagram hashtag #llindseytravels and at @lindseyeatsla + @llindseyl for more from the trip!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Spam Musubi From Musubi Cafe: They have a bunch all over town so be sure to stop by!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Sunsets + Surfers over Waikiki

Let’s talk: accommodations!

We stayed at the newly renovated ‘Alohilani Resort right on Waikiki, we got a beautiful ocean view that was breathtaking (especially at Sunset!)

For airlines, we took Alaska Airlines! straight from LA to Honolulu Airport, Hawaii!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Pineapple Dole Whip from the Dole Plantation: They have tours where they show you the grounds but there is also a big gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and get food. It’s in a really remote area surrounded by beautiful greenz everywhere!

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: There are 2 locations and normally super busy, I went on the earlier side on a weekday and there wasn’t as big of a line as usual. Serving up traditional Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp with rice!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Shaved iced from Matsumoto! A popular shaved ice place in North Shore. Another great spot for shaved ice in Waikiki is Walia Shaved Ice.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide
Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Shaka! Stuffed sweet bean with acai and vanilla soft serve at Kokoro Cafe (inside a shopping center right off the beach of Waikiki)

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Definitely head to the Japanese Villages! There is such a large amount of Japanese food in Hawaii that is NOT to be missed. There are two different kinds that both have great offerings (from the likes of dumplings, tempura, sweets, ramen and more!!). One is in the huge mall in Waikiki called Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The other one is called Waikiki Yokocho Japanese food hall - where the above picture was taken at ramen stall in the walk called Baikohken (which was definitely one of the best ramens I’ve ever had!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Tokatsu Ginza Bairin had some of the best pork tonkotsu I’ve ever had as well and it was a really special experience. It’s such a classic in Hawaii and it’s been around for so many years, it’s so authentic and done right.

We started off with a cucumber salad (I just love to always order cucumber salads from freshness and crunch! It’s a great palette cleanser as well) + we ordered their most popular tonkotsu. It came with dipping sauces, rice and a cabbage salad.

What else was really fun about this experience is that you ground up your own sesame seeds to make your tonkotsu sauce. Everything was delicious!

For a quick + easy hike to a gorgeous waterfall (and an amazing view on the way) head to Manoa Falls! It’s green and gorgeous + not a hard hike.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Hawaii wouldn’t be the same without Leonard’s! Lines, ALWAYS, these Malasadas are a Hawaii staple.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide
Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Sushi Izakaya Imanas is a super local sushi spot that won’t break the bank (granted it’s not super cheap either!). There are a lot of higher end sushi spots in the area, but this is a mid-level place that I can get behind with an adorable and quaint ambience and fresh sushi.

Piggy Smalls has DELICIOUS Vietnamese food. A standout is definitely the pho french dip - with a dip in a really rich pho broth. They have a sister restaurant called Pig and the Lady that is similar.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

All the food places we visited

Plate Lunch

  • Joes Express Grill - super quick on the go plate lunch right next to the Honolulu freeway!

  • Helena’s - ask to get all their staples (ribs, kalua pork, etc.)

Japanese Food

  • Murukame Udon

  • Shirokiya Japanese Walk

  • Tokatsu Ginza Bairin

  • Yokocho Japanese Walk

Hawaiian Food

  • Musubi Cafe

  • Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Ahi Poke

  • Ono Seafood

  • Fort Rugers Market

  • Kahuku Superette - my top and favorite poke we tried!

  • Yama’s Fish Market


  • Walia Shaved Ice 

  • Matsumoto Shaved Ice

  • Leonard’s Malasada’s

  • Kokoro Cafe

  • Kai Coffee

Fancier/Sit Down/Other

  • Alan Wong’s  - more of the pricier side, asian influenced food, delicious for a special occasion

  • Opal Thai - some of the BEST thai food I’ve ever had (and I’m a thai food FIEND, definitely put this on your radar and make a resy beforehand). food has so much flavor, good quality ingredients and the people that run it are so sweet and welcoming.

  • Pig & The Lady

  • Piggy Smalls

  • Sushi Izakaya Imanas


  • Kalbi on Fire - yumz korean truck right where Giovanni’s is on in North Shore.

  • Itchy Butt - korean fried chicken

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