Snacks – O’ahu Part 2

Here are some DELICIOUS miscellaneous eats we enjoyed on the island.

Ailana Shave Ice

The Uji Kintoki – green tea, azuki, mochi, condensed milk, ice cream.

The Tropical Trio – Papaya, mango, haupia, condensed milk, ice cream.

Both were SO good. Creamy and soft. The syrups’ flavors were so yummy and authentic because everything is homemade.

Ailana Shave Ice (Ala Moana)
1430 Kona Street Ste 102
Honolulu, HI 96814

Ailana Shave Ice (Waikiki)
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
2250 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815


The Dole Whip and the Dole Whip Float at the Dole Plantation Cafe

Creamy and frozen pineapple soft serve. It’s really good on its own, or get extra pineapple toppings. The dole whip float is served in a cup with the tangy Dole pineapple juice.

Dole Plantation has guided tours, an express train ride, and the famous world’s larges maze. It’s pretty much a tourist trap but a very fun place for families. The gift shop, cafe, and parts of the grounds are free for guests to explore.

Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
Wahiawa, HI 96786


Iced Coconut Juice. You can find these at food trucks, local markets, or at the farmers market. I know coconut water is all the rage right now, but no matter how “fresh” it’s supposed to be, nothing will beat drinking straight out of a coconut that’s been sitting on ice. Instant thirst quencher that cools you down from head to toe. I want one right now!


Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Having seen this place being featured on several different travel/food shows on tv and heard all the raving reviews from friends, I knew we had to make a drive to the North Shore for some of this goodness. We visited the Kahuku location, the truck is permanently parked on the side of the street, along with a few other trucks and booths in the same lot. Quite a bit of covered seating area, and it’s cash only! It can get very crowded so expect a wait if you come during peak hour. We waited for about 25 minutes for our food and it was about 1:30pm on a Saturday.

The Shrimp Scampi is the best thing on the menu! Very fresh shrimp cooked in a delicious buttery and garlicky sauce, served with two scoops of rice that are topped with more of that chunky garlic sauce. Finger lickin’ GOOD! The lemon & butter shrimp plate is great too if you like a milder flavor but I highly recommend the scampi plate.

In the same lot, there was a booth for BBQ corn, $3 each. It was one of the best grilled corn I’ve ever eaten, but I could just be really hungry at that time. Joe and I shared one while we waited for our shrimp plates so I didn’t get to take a picture. But here is a picture of the booth.

We got the Baja style corn, with butter, mayo, lemon/lime juice, baja seasoning, and parmesan cheese. The corn is slow-cooked on the grill, a blow torch is then used to create that extra charred taste. It gets a quick coat of the seasoning and voila! SO TASTY!

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
56-505 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731-2202


Leonard’s Bakery

Hmmm what’s inside the pink box?

a half dozen of piping hot filled malasadas!!!!

Malasadas are Portuguese donuts. Leonard’s make them fresh and hot, they’re fried to perfection – golden and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. You can get unfilled ones that are dusted with sugar or cinnamon. We opted for the filled ones. Custard, Dobash (chocolate), guava, and flavor-of-the-month lilikoi. Guava filling has a very pink color that looks artificial, but the taste was very subtle, we only detected a small hint of guava. The chocolate filling was my favorite! lilikoi and custard are both equally awesome.

I’ve heard so much about malasadas before but never had one. And I have to admit, I had my doubts…because how much GREATER can a donut get? The second I took that first bite, I was a convert. Hot, crispy, fluffy, creamy, crunchy, airy, sugary…and most importantly, it didn’t have the normal “oily” taste and smell like regular donuts, Leonard’s must use pretty high quality oil for frying. And with all those granulated sugar covered on the outside, the malasadas were surprisingly not teeth-hurting sweet like expected. (but it does get messy with all those sugar.)

Leonard’s Bakery
933 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI


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