Throughout the Hawaiian Islands you'll find lots of food trucks and roadside stands. While most of them are on the island of Oahu, there are also a number of options on the neighbor islands. Here are some of our favorites on each of the four major islands.
Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp Truck, North Shore, Oahu
Located at 56-777 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku, Fumi's has an extensive menu offering 9 varieties of shrimp, deep fried cod, chicken katsu and a pork chop. All plates are served with a small side of salad, 2 slices of pineapple and 2 scoops of rice. Shrimp plates are $13 - cash only. Freshly grown local Kahuku corn is available for $3 each or 2 for $5.
They have a big outdoor seating area with lots of picnic tables under a big tent as well as a wash area with a sink for after you eat. They also have a second window where you can order soft serve pineapple ice-cream and shave ice.
They're open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In 1993 Giovanni's started operating out of a converted 1953 bread truck without much more than a few recipes for great shrimp and an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1996, they decided to park the truck at 56-505 Kamehameha highway in historic Kahuku town where they remain today.
A new truck was purchased in 2001 and in 2010, they built a pavilion, so patrons and visitors could enjoy the shrimp regardless of the weather.
They are known for their $14 plates of shrimp scampi, hot and spicy shrimp or lemon butter shrimp. All plates are served with a dozen jumbo shrimp and 2 scoops or rice. They also offer a garlic hot dog. Iced coconut drinks are a house specialty.
They are generally open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. but they are known to stay open later.
Not as well known as many of the shrimp trucks along Oahu's North Shore, the Shrimp Shack at 53-360 Kamehameha Highway in Hauula across from Punalu'u Beach Park is often rated as the best of all of them.
Shrimp Shack has been featured on the Cooking Channel's Unique Eats and the Food Network's Beach Eats.
Unlike most of the shrimp trucks that offer just shrimp, the Shrimp Shack also offers a steak and shrimp platter, grilled mahimahi, snow crabs, mussles and calamari, all for much more reasonable prices than you'll find in a sit-down restaurant. Don't forget to try the Kona Iceberg for dessert. It's hot Kona coffee over vanilla ice cream.
They're open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eat The Street food truck rally happens on the last Friday of each month from 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Each month this event regularly attracts more than 7,000 people eager to sample the best street food Hawaii has to offer.
Eat the Street has been running for over 5 years and features over 40 food truck and food vendors. Eat the Street also offers portable restrooms, portable handwashing stations and even an ATM on site.
Duane's Ono-Char Burger, Anahola, Kauai
Rated by TripAdvisor as the top place to eat in Anahola, Kauai, Duane's Ono-Char Burger is located at 4-4350 Kuhio Highway on the right hand side of the road.
While other things are available on the menu, burgers are what people come to Duane's to eat. The lines can be long, but Duane's is considered to have the best burgers on the island offering 13 types of burgers, all for under $10 each.
They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. sharp.
The number two rated place to eat in Anahola by TripAdvisor is a change of pace from the ordinary food truck or roadside stand.
Kalalea Juice Hale, located at 4390 Pu'u hale Loop in Anahola, Kauai on the left hand side of Kuhio Highway in a tangerine bungalow, serves locally sourced and organic ingredients to create cold press juices, smoothies, aca'i bowls, shave ice, coffee and popsicles.
The Hale is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Located at 5-5080 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Kauai on your right as you drive into Hanalei, just past the Hanalei Dolphin, Hanalei Wishing Well is a locally owned organic shave ice, aca'i bowl, and coffee store front in beautiful Hanalei.
If you are looking for Aca'i bowls or a cup of coffee to start your day, or a healthy and great tasting shave ice this is a must stop when visiting Hanalei town. All products are made fresh and locally sourced.
They are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Located on Makena Road just before the parking entrance to Big and Little Beach, Big Beach BBQ serves Fresh Grilled Fish Tacos (2 for $10), slow-roasted Smoked Kalua Pork Sliders on a soft taro bread (2 for $14), Pulled Pork Tacos (2 for $10), Pineapple Sausages, Ice Cold Pineapple homemade lemonade and much more.
Everything is from locally grown produce and family recipes.
Their hours are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. Unfortunately they are closed Wednesday and Saturday.
Rated by TripAdvisor as the top place to eat in Kahului, Maui, Geste Shrimp is located on Kahului Beach Road, next to Kahului Harbor.
They offer 4 types of shrimp plates: Hawaiian Scampi, Hot & Spicy,
Spicy Pineapple and Lemon Pepper. You can even place your order in advance by calling (808) 298-7109.
They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (of until they run out of shrimp), so get there early.