Where to Find the Best Hawaiian Food on Oahu

Looking for traditional Hawaiian food on your island getaway? Here are some of the best Hawaiian food places near Honolulu, Waipahu and on the North Shore.

Hawaiian Food near Honolulu

Alicia’s Market

Offering mini plate and regular plate lunches, Alicia’s offers endless combinations for your plate. Their menu mix has gradually grown and includes their famous poke bar. It has up to 30 varieties of seafood and salads. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm. Closed Sunday. aliciasmarket.com

Hawaiian Food Honolulu
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Da Ono Hawaiian Food

A new incarnation of an old-school favorite, Da Ono (“the delicious”) Hawaiian Food lives up to its name with oversized chicken or pork lau lau, tender pipikaula (dried and salted) short ribs, and creamy squid luau. As with all the family-run joints on Kapahulu Ave, parking can be tough; all the better to walk off the calories (or rideshare) when coming from Waikiki. Open Monday to Saturday 10:30am to 8pm. Closed on Sunday. daonohawaiianfood.com

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Haili’s Hawaiian Foods

Haili’s is one of many popular, long-running restaurants on or just off busy Kapahulu Avenue, a short drive from Waikiki. It serves all the classics, but also spices things up a bit with tortilla-wrapped ahi, pulehu (grilled) steak or kalua pig, served with a side of tortilla chips and mango salsa. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 2pm. Closed on Monday. hailishawaiianfood.com

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Helena’s Hawaiian Food

In business since 1946, it’s fair to say Helena’s Hawaiian Food has earned the right to only be open Tuesday through Friday. Founder Helen Chock’s grandson now runs the humble (but James Beard Award-winning eatery) that dishes up classics like kalua pig (cooked in an underground oven), lomi salmon and creamy haupia (thick coconut pudding). Open Tuesday through Friday 10am to 7:30pm. Closed Saturday to Monday. helenashawaiianfood.com

Hawaiian Food Honolulu
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Rainbow Drive In

Since 1961 these guys have been a local fav! They have four different locations, so no matter where you are on the island, you can get your plate lunch fix! Serving up different mixed plates, portuguese sausage, loco moco, spam and mahi mahi to name just a few. All plates come with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad, although you can substitute for french fries and coleslaw if you want to change it up a bit! Open daily from 7am to 9pm. rainbowdrivein.com

Hawaiian Food in Waipahu

Hawaiian Food Honolulu
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Highway Inn

Highway Inn also has locations in Honolulu’s trendy Kakaako neighborhood and the Bishop Museum, but its original location—only a year younger than Helena’s—remains a landmark. Start the calorie count at breakfast with Portuguese or Vienna sausage and eggs, and keep going at lunch and dinner with hand-wrapped chicken or pork lau lau, kalua pig and a side of silken poi. Open Monday through Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 2:30pm. myhighwayinn.com

Hawaiian Food in Waialua

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The Smoking Boar & The Coconut

One of the newest spots to open up North, this old gas station has converted into a delicious new restaurant serving local style plates and there’s lotsa fish on the menu. There’s 8 different styles of poke to choose from and save room for desert. They have a great selection of that as well! Open Monday and Tuesday 6:30 am to 5pm, Wednesday 6:30am to 11am, and Thursdays through Sundays 6:30 am to 8pm.  thesmokingboarthecoconut.com

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