Hawaii is a food obsessed state. When we’re eating breakfast, we’re thinking about what will be ono (delicious) for lunch. At lunch, we’re dreaming about dinner. And no meal is complete without something sweet at the end. I could write a dozen blog posts about this topic, but as a starting point for my PDX family that will be vacationing here soon, I offer this small sampling of my favorite spots to get a plant-based meal on the island.
Z Pizza uses organic ingredients and offers vegan pies and calzones with Daiya cheese and Gardein sausage. My favorite is the Berkeley Vegan with extra zucchini.
151 Hekili Street Kailua, HI 96734
Mon-Thu 10 am – 9:30 pm
Fri-Sat 10 am – 10 pm
Prima offers a selection of small plates intended to be shared with the table. The menu is always changing, but there is always a nice selection of veggie options. Stop by Foodland or R.Fields next door to BYOB as they do not have a liquor license. Reservations strongly suggested.
108 Hekili St Suite 107 Kailua HI 96734
Dinner Tuesday – Saturday 5p-10p
Lunch Tuesday – Saturday 11a – 2p
Closed Sunday & Monday
Kalapawai Café is a quick service joint in the heart of Kailua town. Daily breakfast specials, made to order sandwiches/pizzas and a full deli case with offerings like grilled vegetables, special salads and more.
750 Kailua Road Kailua, Hawaii 96734
Friday & Saturday Kitchen closes at 9:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Kitchen opens at 7AM.
Down to Earth is Hawaii’s only all vegetarian market and café. Pay by the pound hot food bar with selections like stews, chili, roasted vegetables. Full salad bar. Prepared grab & go items in the refrigerated case. Made to order sandwiches, wraps and more at the deli counter.
201 Hamakua Drive Kailua, HI 96734
7:30am – 10:00pm, 7 days a week
Lanikai Juice is smoothie heaven but the real treat is the Acai Extravaganza bowl topped with tropical fruit and granola.
600 Kailua Road, #101 Kailua, Hawaii, 96734
Sat 7am-8pm , Sun 7am-7pm
Aloha Salads is right next door to Lanikai Juice, so while you’re waiting for your morning smoothie, pop over and grab a salad or a wrap to take to the beach for lunch. I am a creature of habit and always order the Satay salad with no chicken, substitute black beans for my protein and request an extra side of dressing.
600 Kailua Road #103 Kailua, HI 96734
10 AM – 9 PM Daily
Town bound destinations:
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #2250 Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 Food Court (2nd level)
Mondays thru Sundays 10a.m. to 9p.m. (store hours subject to Ala Moana holiday hours)
Mana Bu’s is home to the master musubi maker using the freshest and highest quality ingredients he can find. Not your run of the mill spam musubi by a longshot. Really cheap eats that will fill you up, full review HERE
1618 S. King St Honolulu,HI 96826
Mon-Fri 6:30am- when sold out or 1pm ( whichever is sooner)
Peace Cafe is Oahu’s only fully vegan café. I can’t believe I haven’t done a blog post with a proper review yet! My favorites are the Popeye sandwich, the Soy Soba salad, Caesar Salad if you want something really light or the BBQ Tempeh or Korean Bi Bim Bap for bigger appetites.
2239 S. King St. Honolulu, HI 96826
Mon-Sat: 11am – 9:00pm Sun: 11am – 3:00pm
Take a ride out to Hawaii Kai and stop in to Kale’s Natural Foods. There’s a few grab & go items in the front of the store and made to order magic at the deli window in the back. Menu items feature local, organic ingredients with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. When you’re out that way, keep going towards Aina Hina and see Uncle Clay for shave ice with some unique flavors like at House of Pure Aloha
Hawaii Kai Shopping Center
377 Keahole St #A-1 Honolulu, HI 96825
Downtown @ the HiSAM is the perfect break from all the artsy fartsy happenings at the museum. Though the sit down menu doesn’t offer many interesting veg*n dishes, check out the take away bar for a few veggie treats made with local, organic produce. My quickie review HERE
Lunch reservations are recommended.
Hawaii State Art Museum
250 Hotel St, 1st Floor Honolulu, HI 96813
Mon-Sat 11am-2pm (Lunch only)
First Friday 5pm-8:30pm
The Kailua Thursday Night Farmers’ Market -
A rotating assortment of food vendors,fresh produce and baked goods. Bring cash and your appetite, ’nuff said
behind Longs Drugs on Kailua Road
Thursday 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Statewide Daily Farmers’ Market Guide:
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