Food Trucks- Hawaii Style

My first food truck experience in Hawaii was Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck on the North Shore of Oahu.  First you’ll see the sign.

Shrimp truck in the North Shore of Oahu

And then you’ll see the actual Food Truck

Shrimp Truck

How I ever got a picture with no line in front of the truck was pretty amazing.  Considering that we were there at about 3pm, the lines were long.  The picnic tables set up were packed and the garlic shrimp was as promised.

The shrimp trucks were probably among the first food trucks on Hawaii but now they’ve branched out to the other islands, you can get a lot more than just garlic shrimp.

This is great news for foodie visitors who are looking for good and reasonably priced food.  You can get everything from Asian-Mexican fusion to Chicken and Waffles— so something to peak most palates.

So where can you find Food Trucks in Hawaii?

On the last Friday of each month, Eat the Street has gained enormous popularity in Oahu.  It was so popular that it had to move locations to accommodate the crowds when 100’s of tourists and locals come to try the food from 40 or so local food trucks and to listen to some live music.  Check it out on

Also in Oahu, the Pau Hana Market offers some of the best (and affordable) dining- food truck style.  Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, they call themselves Paradise on a Plate!  Located in Waikiki right near the Beach Walk, it’s walking distance from most Waikiki hotels.

Kapaa in Kauai has several oceanside food trucks parked most days on Kuhio Highway.  You can find Al Pastor’s fish tacos (said to be the best on the island), Nom Breakfast & Burgers (known for their chicken and waffles), as well as Shave Ice TegeTege and other regulars.

Kihei Fourth Friday, Maui offers on of the biggest and best food truck collection of their Friday night town bashes.  Trucks serve up Curry, stuffed pastries, plate lunches, shrimp tacos and more combined with some live music.  Just a few minutes from Wailea-  check it out.

Of course, not to be left out, Kona Street Eatz on Hawaii Island, this mobile food zone offers a variety of trucks featuring some of the area’s top chefs.  It’s at the old Kona Airport Recreation Area You can get cooked to order local shrimp, Kona Dogs’ gourmet street food and Da Bomb’s southern BBQ.  Check their website to see which trucks will be there since they do change daily.  Open 7am-4pm.


So many of My Vacation Lady’s clients feel that Hawaii is a super expensive place to go and that food prices are really high.   Not necessarily so anymore.  With great local hole in the wall restaurants, food trucks and beach side dining options, you don’t have to spend a fortune to eat in Hawaii.

As a Hawaii destination specialist, My Vacation Lady  will also give you suggestions on some restaurants that our local friends and contact go to for lunch and dinner— some places the hotel concierge’s may not tell you about.

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About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.