A brightly-lit stream seen through moss-covered trees.

Where to Eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls

Where to eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls is very limited, so definitely plan accordingly. Both options are small and simple—a smoothie stand and a farmer’s market—but never disappointing for freshness or flavor, and there’s even a bit of shopping to be had.

A gourmet burger with a thick slice of melting cheese from Village Burger in Waimea.

Waimea Restaurants

Waimea is home to a great variety of foods from Hawaiian-style Mexican to burgers, local fare, and great comfort food, and one upscale restaurant worth the visit. Our authors give you all the info on the best, whether you’re looking for quick and easy, a few dollars saved, or a truly local experience.

Enjoy a sweet breakfast at the Ohana Cafe in Kalaheo.

Restaurants in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i

Restaurants in Kalaheo have a satisfying range of dining styles, price points, and cuisines, making it fairly easy to find something to fit your tastes and mood. There’s a good selection of American, Italian, and local foods, and don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids—most places are kid-friendly.

A vegan pizza from Merriman's in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i.

Where to Eat in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

The best places to eat in Po‘ipu span many cuisines, price ranges, and most have draws such as a great view, a romantic atmosphere, nightly specials, or make for an excellent place to stop for a quick bite on the go. The food is also consistently good to great, depending on where you go.

Red Hot Mama's serves up hefty portions of Mexican style food.

Unique Restaurants in Kaua‘i

For a truly unique dining experience in Kaua‘i try either of these two restaurants; the first is an extremely casual affair excellent for huge, delicious portions to fuel your day, and the second features amazing cross-cultural dishes with music and entertainment offered every night.

A cone of shave ice in rainbow colors from Matsumoto's in Haleiwa.

Where to Eat in Hale‘iwa, O‘ahu

Finding something to tempt your tastebuds is no trouble in Hale‘iwa. There’s a good mix of easy standbys such as burgers, pizza, and sushi—expect those to come with a touch of local flavor—plus options for sit-down or to-go meals and quick treats.

Thinly sliced seared meats in sauce at Izakaya Nonbei in Honolulu.

Japanese & Indian Restaurants in Honolulu

Expect most of the Asian restaurants in Honolulu to be busy at mealtimes, so make reservations if you can or arrive before the crowds. Most are also fairly budget-friendly, offer delicious and unique menu items, and are not really tourist-focused, which helps contribute to their popularity with the locals.

The curving two-lane Road to Hana flanked by lush vegetation.

Places to Eat in Hana, Maui

In the last few years, Hana has seen a huge proliferation of food options. However, too many visitors continue to drive to Hana Bay thinking it’s the end of the road, and don’t take the time to look around. Spend the day in Hana and you’ll be rewarded with a tasty cornucopia.

Interior of the Kauai Grill at St. Regis resort in Princeville.

Where to Eat in Princeville, Kaua‘i

Princeville has a nice selection of restaurants to suit a range of budgets. Types of food available are classic American fare and other usual suspects with a unique island twist; even the supermarket deli offerings are a tasty option perfect for a day at the beach.

Traditional dishes can be found at Odoriko. Photo © David Recordon, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Waikiki’s Asian restaurants feature a variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines for a range of budgets and dining styles from casual to elegant. You’ll also find a nice selection of truly traditional dishes.