All photos in this post are personal unless otherwise stated.
If you’re like me, trying different food while travelling is one of the best things in the world. Mr. Horseshoe and I were pretty excited to sample regional Hawaiian delights. Here are some of my food-related highlights of our trip in no particular order.
While not pictured, we really enjoyed our visit to Costco. We were super tempted by the large, fresh, and inexpensive bowls of poke…but there’s no way the two of us could have finished a serving size that large on our own. We did end up buying a big tray of Hawaiian sweet rolls, cheese, fruit, crackers, and some other small bites I can’t quite remember. I mentioned in previous posts that having breakfast/lunches from Costco saved us quite a bit of money. I highly recommend taking a trip to Costco if you have a membership—it is well worth it!
Eagerly awaiting our scampi
Mr. & Mrs. Eel took us to Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck for lunch on the way to the North Shore. We had no idea what we were in for…and what a treat it was. Mr. Horseshoe and I shared a large order of shrimp scampi and rice. Definitely visit a shrimp truck if you’re in Oahu. While the trucks can have a bit of a line and wait for your food, it’s well worth it.
Fair warning that you will smell of garlic after eating scampi.
Li hing powder, also not pictured, is definitely worth trying. It’s a sweet, salty, tangy plum powder that you can put on fruit/candy/etc. Mrs. Eel introduced us to it and we were hooked. We brought a big bag home and sparingly put it on fresh fruit—we don’t want to run out any time soon!
Sorry for the slightly blurry photo. Mr. H and I were both vibrating with excitement.
I tell anyone who will listen that they must try Leonard’s Malasadas if they are visiting Oahu. We stopped by the Malasadamobile™ at the Waikele Shopping Center on our way up to the North Shore for the second time. Malasadas are essentially unfilled or filled doughnut-like confections. We got custard, dobash (chocolate), and haupia (coconut) filled malasadas and one li hing unfilled malasada.
Look at that texture. The outside was, if I recall correctly, actually a bit crisp. So good.
Our favourite, hands down, was the haupia malasada. They were made fresh to order and were oh-so-good. Don’t miss out on trying a malasada (or two). Seriously.
There’s a reason why these floats are so popular. They really are that good.
As cliché as it is, I have to give Dole Whip its proper accolades. We really enjoyed our delicious, refreshing Dole Whip float (Dole Whip & pineapple juice) at the Dole Plantation.
The Beirut burger with added feta. Super good.
Mr. H found The Beet Box Cafe on a whim while looking up restaurants/cafés in the North Shore—what a great find it was. We stopped by for lunch on our second North Shore day. I had the Beirut burger (a falafel burger), and Mr. H had the Burrito Babe. Both were delicious and wholesome. Even that side of steamed kale was good! Whether you’re vegan/vegetarian or not, I highly recommend this café.
“Ack, just let me grab a quick photo for the blog before we dig in!” Hamakua mushroom pizza, pumpkin patch ravioli, and lobster deviled eggs from Monkeypod.
We had quite a few happy hour meals at Monkeypod Ko Olina. You really can’t beat the happy hour menu! We loved the pizza and appetizers—the lobster deviled eggs, pumpkin patch ravioli, and Hamakua wild mushroom & truffle pizza were our favorites.
A macadamia nut pie, on special one evening. Really good stuff.
We also had dessert a couple of times. Monkeypod’s pies are quite good—I definitely recommend saving room for dessert if you visit.
Truly the best. I got pineapple, lilikoi (passion fruit), and banana flavoured shave ice.
Last but not least is shave ice from Matsumoto in Haleiwa. There really isn’t anything quite like shave ice. Please do try it if you’re visiting Oahu. I got mine with condensed milk and mochi; both were excellent additions.
A pineapple macadamia cupcake from Aulani that Mr. H. and I split. We were, suffice it to say, pretty sugar high after eating this.
Other things you need to try that aren’t pictured: poke, poi (Mr. H loved poi!), fresh fish, and any and everything macadamia nut you can get your hands on. Mrs. Eel has some great recommendations for anyone travelling to Oahu for their wedding or honeymoon.
I know this goes without saying, but this is truly is the Coles Notes version of all of the things you can try while visiting Hawaii. The amazing food we got to have made our honeymoon that much more special. Don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path or try something new while you’re in Oahu. It’s all part of the adventure, right?
The very last photo I took in Oahu. Sniff. Thank you for the good times, Aulani.
Hive, our honeymoon was truly amazing. It was so nice to spend time with my new husband (!) in such an amazing place. There are two places in the world that I felt intensely sad about leaving: New Zealand and Oahu. The people in Oahu are amazing, the island is incredible, and the food is awesome. I must say thank you again to Mr. and Mrs. Eel for their recommendations and hospitality. I’d recommend Oahu to anyone thinking about a Hawaiian honeymoon. We’ll definitely be back some day.
You can see my other honeymoon recaps here: