Eat Where the Locals Eat in Hawaii

Hukilau Cafe in Laie, Oahu

Hukilau Cafe in Laie

Whenever I go into a restaurant and I can tell that local folks are there, I know I’ve found a great place. Travelocity has just released their list of “Local Secrets, Big Finds: Hawaii“. Though it is not a big list, it is worth taking note of as you make your list of restaurants to try in Hawaii.

On Travelocity’s list of local eateries are:

  • Oahu’s Cafe Haleiwa
  • Oahu’s Wailoa Shave Ice
  • Big Islands’ Waimea Music Exchange
  • Big Island’s Makuu Farmers Market (open Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Kauai’s Puka Dog Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs

I’d like to add a few of my own local gems:

What local favorite Hawaii restaurants have you found and liked?

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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Instagram.


  1. I’m sure it’s not really a secret, but I was absolutely smitten with Keo’s Thai Cuisine (2028 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu) for fantastic Thai food, great atmosphere, wonderful service. We were told the owner has his own organic farm on Oahu, where he grows a lot of the ingredients.

  2. Thanks, Jeanne, for adding your input. I love restaurants that seem to incorporate locally grown organic foods. Sounds fantastic!

  3. I recently ate at a place called Maui Mike’s in Wahiawa on Oahu and it was pretty good. Seemed to be a popular local spot.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation, Sheri!

  5. Kula Lodge is always great – love the views. You can eat breakfast lunch or dinner there, and take a walk in their wonderful herb gardens if it’s still light out when you’re there.

    We found a great Thai restaurant in Wailuku last time we were on Maui. I hope it’s still there when we go back in March. If so I’ll post on your blog – I forget the name of it!

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