5 Reasons To Love Kaimuki

The quaint and undiscovered Kaimuki is a hidden gem in the middle of bustling Honolulu

Kaimuki is located in the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It is one of the oldest towns of Honolulu, hosting an eclectic mixture of trendy shops, businesses, and restaurants that offer exquisite sea cuisine and local antiques. The city boasts a diverse historical culture associated with the rearing of ostriches by King Kalakua in the 1800’s and later used as a carnation farm for growing funeral flowers. The name of the town is derived from the Hawaiian language meaning “ti root oven,” associated with the legendary Menehunes who built underground ovens all over the hillside.

These are some recommendations for one of my favorite towns on the island!

33 Butterflies Boutique. Located in the Kahala mall, 33 Butterflies is a fashion boutique that will give the shopper an unmatched experience. As you go in there is always a staff ready to attend to your needs with your smile, all you need to do is to describe the look that you want to go for then they will bring you the different types of apparel and accessories for you to make a selection. The store which specializes in women-clothing has clothes of different sizes and fabric to cover the varied tastes, the changing rooms are spacious to give enough room for the client, and the customer service is beneficial. They also deal with gifts too if you are looking to buy some.

L & L Drive-Inn. While out on holiday getting a restaurant that serves food that is of good quality and sits well with the whole family can be a daunting task. Not to fear though, if you happen to be in Kaimuki, look for the L& L Drive-Inn located off Waialae Avenue neighboring Chaminade University. The fast-food chain menu features the island’s traditional dishes which are the barbeque chicken and beef. Their roast pork fried rice stands out getting a lot of positive reviews from the customer base. Their Japanese food like the teriyaki is also top on the menu closely followed with their sandwiches that are pocket-friendly.

Shaloha PITA. If you are looking for a restaurant that serves excellent Middle Eastern food, then look no further! This establishment takes pride in using quality ingredients to make authentic meals that have a generational history. The joint is especially famous for vegans or individuals who like their meals stuffed with lots of veggies and other toppings. The service is a quick and friendly, and students with a valid ID get free pita chips with purchase!


Surf N Hula Hawaii. If you are looking for a shop that has a fantastic collection of vintage treasures, try Surf N Hula Hawaii, the neatly organized shop with great collectibles at friendly prices. The antiques range from vintage photography, license plates to surfboards and milk bottles. Ken Farukawa who is the store owner runs the shop with his wife. They are super friendly and are always up for a chat!

Ono Seafood. Their tagline is ‘The Best Poke in Honolulu Since 1995’. They have two popular options which are the spicy and the shoyu, and Ono gives a drink on the house. The restaurant serves appetizers before the main meal, and it has the best and freshest seafood of all time! You can tell this is most people’s favorite spot because it is usually packed, but you can enjoy your meal from the patio outside the restaurant.




I can’t recommend Kaimuki more! Be sure to give it a try next time you’re passing through Honolulu.



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