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Where to Eat in Hawaii, From Mai Tais To Pupus

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During my 30 Days in Hawaii adventures, I stayed on 4 different islands, Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii,  and experienced a plethora of local Hawaiian and American delicacies to eat and drink. Below you can find a recap of the different restaurants and food and beverage adventures I had during my 30 Days in Hawaii.

The Island of Kauai

The Merriman’s Fish House features the warm hospitality of Hawaiian nature in an elegant plantation style setting.

Merriman's Fish House on Kauai

Next was Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill, where there is something for everyone to share from their unique Pacific-rim menu.

Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill

If you are craving a burger, I definitely recommend Bubba’s Burgers, with three locations on Kauai there will be one near you!

Bubba Burger

Next I enjoyed a delicious Longboard Lager from Kona Brewing. This is definitely a must try while in Hawaii.

Chicken Burrito and Kona Brewers Longboard Lager

The last casual dining experience I discovered was from Joe’s on the Green where I enjoyed a delicious eggs benedict.

outdoor seating at Joes On The Green

The Island of Oahu

First up on Oahu was the Monthly Food Truck Festival called Eat the Street Hawaii, options to suit your every craving.

Eat The Street Hawaii

The most important meal of the day was enjoyed at Wailana Coffee House, a staple on Oahu for over 30 years!

Sitting at the bar at Wailana Coffee House

My go to spot during my stay in Waiikiki, the Hula Grill located in the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel.

New friend Greg from Melbourne

The iconic Duke’s Waikiki is definitely a must, right on the sand of Waikiki Beach.


Japengo was my last spot on Oahu, where I feasted on the delicacies of the pacific rim.

eating some macadamia crusted shrimp

The Island of Maui

The first stop on my culinary tour of Maui was at Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, with more than thirty years of history it did not disappoint.

Polli's Mexican Restaurant

Adventuring a bit away from my hotel, Paia Fish Market Restaurant is a must try when in Paia.

Counter service and daily caught fish at Paia Fish Market

On the western side of Maui, Star Noodle is a MUST VISIT location, definitely a tourist foodie attraction.

Star Noodle Lahaina Maui


Sea House Restaurant will not disappoint you for their delicious cuisine and portion sizes.

Poke Tacos


Also available on this island are Hula Grill and Dukes featuring the same great atmosphere but different selection of delicacies.

Marc and Shelley from Kaanapali Beach Resort

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.


  1. Thanks, Marc! We are heading to Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in a few weeks, so these suggestions are great! Mahalo!

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