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Local Eats in Honolulu, Hawaii

Updated: May 24, 2022

We're guilty! We eat everything on the island and can't keep up with our long list of "places to try".

Hawaii is a food heaven. It gives us a variety of cuisines from its own native Hawaiian foods to Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Primarily, our food belly enjoys eating at any local business on the island.

Let's take a look at our favorite five local eats in Honolulu:

  • Spam Musubi

  • Poi Donut

  • Poke

  • Oxtail Soup

  • Meat Jun/Jeon

Spam Musubi

Spam is a staple on the islands, you can find it in many local dishes.

But Spam Musubi is the snack you need to revive your energy for the day. Think a protein bar but the island version.

There's a variety of ways to eat Spam Musubi, but the classic version is spam and rice wrapped with nori.

We love the egg and spam combo, it saves our appetite after a long day at the beach.


Musubi Cafe Iyasume (various locations)

638 Ke’eaumoku St #101, Honolulu, HI 96814

Poi Donuts

The line queues bright and early at this bakery, so make sure you have a coffee in hand as you wait for a box to go.

Don't be surprised when you witness customers walk out with 4 boxes of baked goods.

You'll enjoy these donuts made from poi. Poi is made from the taro root. The taro is steamed and pounded into a starchy food paste and added into a dough to create the soft, pillowy donut.

Of course the donut gets a sweet glaze on top and has a purple hue on the inside as you pull it apart to munch on.


Kamehameha Bakery

1284 Kalani St Unit D106, Honolulu, HI 96817


Poke is a Hawaiian dish you can find all over the islands. It is raw fish, diced and tossed in a dressing.

It can be served with rice to make a poke bowl.

At Ono Seafood, the poke bowls are made to order and the quality of seafood served is fantastic.

They serve up three different seafood (tako, ahi and salmon) and everything is made to order.

Our favorite is the half bowl, Salmon and Ahi, one side spicy the other Hawaiian style. Otherwise an entire spicy tako bowl is never a bad decision.


Ono Seafood

747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Oxtail Soup

A concoction all its own, oxtail soup is a broth-based clear soup.

The soup is a broth that is slow cooked with ginger, onion, star anise and oxtail that gives you a pot of liquid gold. It. Is. So. Good!

Oxtail soup is great on its own, but you can add carbs as well. Either with two scoops of rice or saimin noodles.

We love adding saimin noodles to fill our tummies.


Liliha Bakery (various locations)

580 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817

Meat Jun/Jeon

You have to try Meat Jun/Jeon to understand this dish.

In Korean food, jun/jeon are crispy savory pancakes that are made from all sorts of ingredients, such as seafood, veggies and meat.

The ingredient is covered in flour, dipped in an egg batter and lightly pan-fried for a crunchy snack/meal.

Meat Jun originates from Korean food but has the sweet and savory Hawaiian style flavor that make this dish a match made in heaven.


Palama Supermarket (various locations)

1670 Makaloa St, Honolulu, HI 96814

These local dishes are our main recommendations for any of our guests visiting the islands.

Have you tried any of the local eats?

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