If you love fish tacos, then you have to try North Shore Tacos, located in Pupukea. There are a number of different taco plates, including fish, chicken, and shrimp, and every day features a different fish that was locally caught here in the islands. These fish tacos are truly onolicious! Make sure you call in your order or go during non-peak hours so that you’re not waiting in line for a long time.
North Shore Tacos, 59-712 A Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA, +1 808 200 4800
Probably one of the most popular shrimp trucks located along Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku is Giovanni’s, and for good reason. There are at least 10 different shrimp plates that you can choose from, including spicy shrimp, lemon pepper shrimp, garlic shrimp, coconut shrimp, and the list goes on! This place is one of the most famous food trucks on the North Shore, and most tourists seem to know about it. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time if you’re going to stop here.
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, 66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA, +1 808 293 1839
Kahuku is famous for its many shrimp trucks, but none seem to have better spicy garlic shrimp than Fumi’s, a definite must-try whenever visiting a shrimp truck. All of their shrimp are grown in aquaculture ponds and are always fresh! Each plate comes with many shrimp, two scoops of rice, pineapple and a salad. Everything on their menu is great, but again, the spicy garlic shrimp is sure to impress.
Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck, 56-777 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI, USA, +1 808 232 8881
The Elephant Truck is a local favorite serving some of the most delicious Thai food on the island. It has many delicious options, but its most famous dish seems to be the vegan pad Thai with tofu. There are not too many food trucks with a vegan option, but Elephant is serving up delicious food with a huge selection.
The Elephant Truck, 59-720 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA, +1 808 638 1854
Impossibles Pizza is the only pizza food truck in Haleiwa, and it is serving up many non-traditional pizzas that you wouldn’t normally see at a pizza shop, which is part of the fun. The food truck moves along Kamehameha Highway in Haleiwa, so don’t be surprised if you see it in multiple spots in one week!
One famous dessert in Hawaii is malasadas, and no one does them better than Leonard’s. Traditionally, it is a small little bakery in Kaimuki on the South Shore, but the truck travels all over the island, moving from South Shore to the middle of the island to the North Shore. Malasadas are always the favorite here, but every month, they have different island-inspired fillings that you must try. Haupia, or coconut filling, is the most popular choice.
Mayjah Grinds sits near the circle in Waialua. It is serving up many of the most popular local plate lunches, including traditional comfort foods such as loco moco, laulau, hamburger steak, fish tacos, etc. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try local food—it is quite delicious!
Mayjah Grinds, 67-016 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI, USA, +1 808 780 1639
Huli-huli means “to turn” in the Hawaiian language, and Mike’s is serving up some of the best Hawaiian-style BBQ chicken on the island. There are many plates to choose from, but of course, the half chicken plate with rice and mac salad is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Don’t forget to try their spicy sauce—it is sweet, tangy, and spicy, complementing the smokey chicken perfectly.
Mike’s Huli-Huli Chicken, 47-525 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI, USA, +1 808 277 6720
Haleiwa Bowls is one of the most popular acai bowl restaurants on the islands. It uses freshly made organic acai sorbet topped with delicious tropical fruits, honey, coconut flakes, and an array of different toppings, such as spirulina, almonds, and bee pollen. It’s a perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert option.