The Best Poke in Honolulu & Waikiki: 5 Authentic Eateries

Are you looking for the best poke in Honolulu and Waikiki? This guide from a Hawaii local has all of the tastiest recommendations.

hand holding Hawaiian poke bowl with ahi, limu, pickled onion, green onion, and inamona best poke in Honolulu and Waikiki
Photo Courtesy of Off the Hook Poke Market

The poke bowl craze has boomed in recent years with poke shops popping up all over the U.S. But, if I’m being honest, the vast majority of mainland poke places are far from authentic. I’ve seen mainland poke bowls with chicken instead of fish, greens instead of rice, and even a dusting of Cheeto crumbs on top!

So if you have the chance to try more authentic poke during your trip to Hawaii, you should absolutely do so! Here are 5 places to get the most poke in Honolulu and Waikiki.

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24 Best Hawaii Snacks You Have to Try

Are you looking for the best Hawaii snacks? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know!

three espresso bar flavors and two bags of coffee beans from Big Island Coffee Roasters Hawaii snacks
Photo Courtesy of Big Island Coffee Roasters

One of the coolest parts of Hawaii is the food. There are so many fun flavor combinations, thanks to the influence of the many different immigrant cultures in Hawaii. Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese, and American cuisines all play a role in Hawaii’s local flavors. In other words, you won’t be able to try these foods anywhere else in the world!

While you can certainly taste these local flavors in full-on meals, you can also experience bite-sized versions of them through Hawaii snacks! With everything from espresso bites to li hing mui gummy candy to dried fish jerky, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering snacks from Hawaii.

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9 Best Hawaiian Restaurants in Hawaii

Are you looking for the best Hawaiian restaurants in Hawaii? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything that you need to know!

plate of laulau, poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig at one of the best Hawaiian restaurants in Hawaii
Photo Courtesy of Waiahole Poi Factory

One of the most amazing parts of Hawaiian culture is the food. From kalua pig to laulau to haupia, there are so many fantastic dishes to devour!

But one of the biggest mistakes that visitors to Hawaii make is visiting non-authentic Hawaiian restaurants. But that’s not their fault! Honestly, it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a Hawaiian restaurant that’s authentic and one that isn’t. Luckily, I’m here to help! Keep on reading for the most authentic Hawaiian restaurants in Hawaii.

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The Best Oahu Restaurants

Are you looking for the best Oahu restaurants? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know!

Best of Oahu Restaurants: Koko Head Cafe

Whenever people come to Hawaii, they are always looking for local recommendations.  Secret beaches, blood-pumping hikes, stunning views, and, most commonly, delicious restaurants.  To help with the foodie questions, I’ve created a list of ten categories of the best Oahu restaurants!

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Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii – UPDATED 2022

Are you looking for the best malasadas on Oahu? Then look no further! This guide has everything you need to know on where to find the best malasadas on Oahu.

Where to get the best malasadas on Oahu Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery

If you’ve been following Borders & Bucket Lists for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a foodie.  I created a two-part Hawaii food bucket list (here’s part 1 and part 2) filled with the most delicious treats and dishes to try in the islands.  I go around the island of Oahu trying to find the best of the best.

I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I end up trying some pretty bad dishes (when I wrote a post on where to get the best poke bowls on Oahu, I tried some truly terrible poke before finding these recommendations).  I’m not going to lie, I had to try some awful malasadas for this post as well.  But my taste buds suffered so yours don’t have to.  Here’s where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii, according to a local.

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4 Places to Get the Best Poke on Oahu, Hawaii

Are you looking for the best poke on Oahu, Hawaii? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know!

Best Poke on Oahu Paina Cafe

Over the past several months, there has been a poke (pronounced poh-kay) craze sweeping across the country.  Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish, typically made with ahi (not “ahi tuna”, friends – that just means “tuna tuna”), soy sauce (locals call it “shoyu”), seaweed, and other seasonings. 

Odds are, if you haven’t had poke in Hawaii, you’ve had some weird version of poke with avocado or hot Cheeto crumbs (yes, I’ve seen poke with both of these).  To help you out in your search for some authentic poke, here are four places to get the best poke on Oahu, Hawaii.

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