Southeastern O‘ahu is home to several stand-out eateries. Here you’ll find local specialties, casual dining in a few different styles, and exemplary fine dining.
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Aina Haina Shopping Center has two delicious options. Cake Couture (808/373-9750, 10:30am-6:30pm Mon.-Fri., 10:30am-5:30pm Sat., $3-4) has ridiculously delicious cupcakes in nearly 40 distinctive flavors that rotate throughout the week. Check their website for the flavor schedule.
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha (808/373-5111, 11am-6pm Mon.-Thurs., 10:30am-8pm Fri.-Sun., $4-9) indulges in the local favorite shave ice. Rising above the competition with handmade syrups actually produced from locally sourced ingredients and friendly, family-style service, Uncle Clay’s takes shave ice to a new culinary level. The small shop also has healthy grab-bag snacks for sale.
At the water’s edge in the Koko Marina Center in Hawai‘i Kai is the Kona Brewing Co. (7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/396-5662, 11am-10pm daily, $12-26), a local brewpub serving fresh steak and seafood, all with a twist—their signature brew is incorporated in some way into most of the recipes. They have a huge signature pizza menu, specialty beers on tap you can’t find in the stores, and brews to go. They also have a great weekday happy hour 3pm-6pm: half off draft beers and select appetizer specials.
For fine dining in Hawai‘i Kai, Roy’s (6600 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/396-7697, 5:30pm-9pm Mon.-Thurs., 5:30pm-9:30pm Fri., 5pm-9:30pm Sat., 5pm-9pm Sun., $15-45) is a must. They serve signature Hawaiian fusion cuisine with exemplary service and attention to detail, and their sushi creations pair wonderfully with the entrées. They also have indoor and lanai bar seating that is first-come, first-served, accompanied by soft, live music, a much more casual option than the main, second floor dining room with beautiful views of Maunalua Bay.
Makapu‘u to Waimanalo
Waimanalo has a couple of places to stop and grab a quick bite as you make your way along the Kalanianaole Highway. Keneke’s Plate Lunch & BBQ (41-857 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/259-9811, 9:30am-5:30pm daily, $2-7) serves up the typical Hawaiian plate lunch and is very popular. Serg’s (41-865 Kalanianaole Hwy., 808/259-7374, 11am-8pm Mon.-Sat., opens at 8am Sun., $3-12) brings Mexican food to Waimanalo with carnitas, carne asada, carne al pastor, and their famous flauta.