Originally Posted by The4Fifteen
Eats:Side street inn overpriced and overrated. the pork chops and fried rice get raves but imo they suck.
Alan Wong's - for a fancy, expensive dinner (if in the budget)
Marukame Udon (Not a huge fan, but my friends all swear by this spot)Boots & Kimo overrated. go super early or get take out if you must.
Rainbow Drive In - classic hawaiian, extremely cheap
Giovanni's - skrimp truck
Macky's - skrimp truckMatsumoto's shaved ice go to shimazu insteadWaioloa shaved ice see above
Ono seafood - pokeMusubi Cafe Iyasume
- can't go wrong with musubi's as a small snack on a hike or "long" drive, or even on the plane ride back home - it's ok and close to kicks hawaii but manabu is the best place for musubi.
Dole Plantation - dole whip
Bubbies - mochi ice cream
Much more that I'm missing but just a quick list that most end up going to for a reason. Check out yelp for sure, as most people will rave about the good places.
hawaiian food: helenas
mom and pop food spot: your kitchen (eat the pork bowl)
popular spot with the local NT fam: pioneer saloon. monsarrat shave ice is next door and is pretty good.
best shave ice in kailua: the local. organic and naturally-flavored shave ice. the chili pepper guava is good.
i'll give you a tip if you want a nice, safe and uncrowded beach spot on the north shore. if you snorkel, you'll probably see some turtles here too. if you go to 68 hau street in wailua, park near this beach access pictured. don't leave anything valuable in the car. go through that small path near the sign and take a left and pick a spot. this is where i take my family to hang out on the weekends.