Oahu’s food scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, with a crop of young chefs placing a premium on organic, local produce, elevating... Read More
Oahu’s food scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, with a crop of young chefs placing a premium on organic, local produce, elevating the restaurant scene beyond what the island has seen before. You’ll still find the traditional “plate lunch” (a classic staple consisting of barbecued chicken or kalua pork with white rice and macaroni salad) everywhere you go, but also farm-to-table restaurants with inventive menus that take every advantage of Oahu’s homegrown ingredients. Chef Ed Kenney has led the way in this new Hawaiian food movement, building a mini empire of restaurants on the island, including Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette, Town, and his latest, Mahina & Suns, located in Waikiki’s Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. The Honolulu native’s ethos, “local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always,” is relevant to Oahu’s other best restaurants as well. Take the Local, a new shave-ice spot that opened in the beach town of Kailua. They took a classic island dessert but created all-natural, organic ingredients in flavors (like chili-pepper guava and Kona coffee) that are rooted in Hawaii. There’s never been a better time to eat on Oahu than right now.