Opal Thai is home to some of the best Thai cuisine to be found on the Hawaiian islands. The way of ordering is unique and unusual, as the chef asks questions about the customer’s preferences, including if they are vegetarian and their tolerance for spices. Once the questions have been answered, the chef prepares a meal suited to each customer. That’s right, no standardized menu! Some of the creations the chef of Opal Thai prepares include the crab fried rice, tofu lettuce wrap, chicken larb, and even pineapple fried rice!
Address: Opal Thai, 197 96712, 66-197 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, United States, +1 (808) 381-8091
Pupukea Grill is one of Haleiwa’s favorite food trucks. It has that surfer type of vibe that attracts visitors from all around the globe. This food truck uses ingredients that are incredibly fresh and are sourced from local farmers. Some of the more popular dishes are the spicy tuna poke bowl and the ahi loco moco, which consists of a lemon, caper and butter sauce, local greens and fresh quality ahi. There are also tasty flatbreads that come with a spread of hummus alongside rice and seaweed.
Address: Pupukea Grill, 59-680 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, United States, +1 (808) 779-7943
Located amidst a clutch of souvenir shops, Kono’s Restaurant is unpretentious and serves exquisite food. Kono’s is famous for its breakfast and its slow-cooked pork that roasts for 12 whole hours before serving. The result is a flavorful and juicy pork plate that can be ordered alongside the triple crown sandwich, which also comes with ham, bacon, coleslaw and potato chips.
Address: Kono’s Restaurant, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy g110, Haleiwa, HI, United States, +1 (808) 637-9211
Banzai Sushi Bar
Banzai Sushi Bar has an atmosphere unlike any other, with its laid-back vibe enhanced by the projector playing classic surf films in the background. Banzai takes pride in serving the finest and freshest sushi on the island. They partner up with local fishermen and farmers from the North Shore’s organic farms in order to create tropical Japanese fusion sushi that combines the island’s seasonal seafood along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Address: Banzai Sushi Bar, 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, United States, +1 (808) 637-4404
Luibueno’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine
Luibueno’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine is one of the only Mexican-style restaurants on Oahu serving authentic Latin cuisine. The menu features Baja-Style Mexican recipes with freshly made-from-scratch sauces and ingredients. These ingredients are later infused with a slight touch of Europe.
Address: Luibueno’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine, 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, United States, +1 (808) 637-7717