From vibrant açaí bowls to plant-based sushi and tofu katsu bento boxes, Honolulu has a wide and diverse variety of vegan food that reflects Hawaii’s history as a cultural melting pot. The beautiful weather makes it the perfect spot for outdoor dining with many restaurants offering outdoor seating and take-out options, allowing you to camp out on the beach with a satisfying vegan meal. From casual coffee shops to impressive multi-course tasting menus, these are just 12 of the fabulous vegan restaurants Honolulu has to offer.
1 Nature Waikiki
Looking for a vegan dining experience in Honolulu? Nature Waikiki offers an authentic farm-to-table experience. Diners can choose from a six-course plant-based preset menu featuring locally sourced and seasonal organic produce and an a la carte menu that lists several vegan options. Look for dishes like linguine with macadamia nut pesto, portobello mushroom laulau pithivier, organic, locally grown salad, and roasted beet poke. Call ahead as this place fills up quickly.
Located in Kaimuki, an eclectic neighborhood with chic boutiques and gourmet restaurants, Leahi Health is a no-frills beach restaurant with outdoor seating only. This is your go-to restaurant for all things healthy, vegan, and always delicious. Think vegan bowls, breakfast tacos, refreshing green smoothies, pizzas and salads, and bowls bursting with flavor. It’s the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat before heading out on a hike or snorkeling adventure.
Craving vegan sushi beyond the standard avocado and cucumber roll? This vegan izakaya restaurant makes plant-based sushi and other delicious Japanese dishes. Located on Calle Beretania, the restaurant boasts a stunning interior with wood and steel accents for a modern feel. The kitchen applies traditional Japanese culinary techniques to vegetables, fruits, tofu, nuts, and flowers to offer diners a unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you eat the poke salad, enjoy the tomato nigiri, or nibble on one of Tane’s 12 signature rolls, you won’t leave dinner disappointed or hungry.
4 Floralia Pizzeria
Formerly called What It Dough, this mobile food truck is churning out pastries worthy of its fancier name. Parked on Kona Street, this artisan-style pizzeria offers the only wood-fired, vegan pizzas in Honolulu. The preset menu includes classic cakes like White, Margherita and Pesto Royale, but patrons are also encouraged to create their own using the mix of cheeses, meats and plant-based dressings on offer. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, because you won’t find an ultra-decadent and creamy Basque-style cheesecake anywhere else. It’s worth noting that their hours vary, so remember to check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date opening hours.
Located in the Kaimuki neighborhood, “All Vegan”, also known as AV, has a classy and upscale vibe. Led by chef Kenny Lee, the restaurant offers high-end American and Asian fusion cuisine through a 14-16 course vegan gourmet tasting menu. Many of the courses are interactive. For example, the White Peach Dragon’s Breath is served with liquid nitrogen foam that you crush between your front teeth as you exhale, making you look like a dragon. The Intermezzo, a melon soda wrapped in a white chocolate shell, comes with Pop Rocks and a dose of nostalgia. The entire immersive, edible experience will set you back $200 per person and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
6 peace cafe
Located in the Waikiki neighborhood, this quaint family restaurant offers clean and delicious vegan options at a great price and large portions. Try the Tempeh Katsu Curry or the Mapo Tofu dish. Health Conscious Coffee also offers garlic-free options for those sensitive to alliums.
7 juicy drink
The menu at Juicy Brew is extraordinary. Open for lunch and late afternoon snacks, the food here represents Hawaiian fusion at its best. Choose from Wabi-Sabi Moco (a dish made with a vegan burger, mushroom sauce, JUST scrambled eggs, and furikake); a smoked jackfruit donburi bento; or “chicken” buns with lemon and poppy. Each dish is complex in flavors and textures, which makes you want to order one of everything. That includes dessert. Don’t leave without trying the spiced banana cake, peach mochi or Lilikoi mango bar.
8 Umeke Market
For a breakfast option beyond an açaí bowl, visit the Umeke Market. The vegan spot churns out oatmeal topped with fruit and nuts; tofu scrambles; and vegan egg, cheese and sausage breakfast sandwiches. Those who sleep past 10:30am and miss breakfast can find sustenance in the form of a vegan lunch cooked to order. From stewed taro leaves to chili pono and fried bread, this option is a must for anyone interested in a taste of culture through food.
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9 of the blonde
There’s no shame in chasing a food truck when it’s Blondie’s. Usually parked in the Lowes Iwilei parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. several days of the week, this plant-based mobile eatery serves up meaty sandwiches, tacos and quesadillas until they run out. The business is working on a brick and mortar, but while that’s in the works, follow the truck on Instagram for the latest menu and hours of operation.
10 Kaimana Farm
This daytime eatery offers breakfast until close, but we’re here for the bento boxes and classic Hawaiian luncheons. Feel free to mix and match from the plethora of vegan sides including vegan burger steak, organic kale salad, spicy tofu poke, rainbow hijiki (seaweed), Japanese lotus roots, soba noodle salad and more.
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eleven wave of smiles
This chef-owned concept takes nutrition seriously – you need to read a paragraph on health before you even get to the food options when you peruse the menu. Of course, that dedication to nutrition is what makes Ripple of Smiles so vegan. Plant based options are plentiful ranging from spring rolls to vegan pho and other authentic Thai dishes, just ask for the vegan menu and a few minutes to make your decision, you’ll need it.
12 sunrise hut
A beachside morning isn’t incomplete without at least one bowl of açaí, and there’s no better place to get it than in a sun-yellow shack surrounded by palm trees. This micro-chain has several locations around O’ahu, all offering vibrant smoothie bowls topped with Instagram-worthy fruits and nuts. Just make sure you don’t ask for honey when you order your bowl or smoothie.
Bananas have never tasted so good. This three-location sweet shop transforms bananas into a creamy, fresh and smooth serve. The ingredients are gourmet and absolutely essential. Choose from house-made Mac nut butter, fresh fruit, cocoa nibs, granola, shredded coconut, and more. Pro tip: save yourself the hesitation and opt for a pre-made Creation. From the açaí-swirled Amazon to the chocolate-infused Dark Fantasy, you’re sure to leave with a sweet and refreshing treat to fuel all of your island adventures.
For more information on vegan travel, read:
The Complete Vegan Guide to Walt Disney World
How to pack the perfect vegan beach bag
5 vegan-friendly beach towns you should visit
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