When planning a trip to Hawaii, one must wonder which island to visit. Once you’ve decided which island, than comes the question of which part of the island you should stay at. Wanting to get away from the city life, I decided to stay closer to the northern section of Oahu, specifically Kahuku. Unlike the city, the north is surrounded by lush greenery at every corner.
The drive from Honolulu to Kahuku takes about an hour but goes by much quicker when you’re enjoying the beautiful scenery all around you.
Because you’re on an island, you’ll still find beaches at every turn but unlike the city, you also have the opportunity to visit farms and even go zip lining.
Although I love my adventure, I love my food just a little bit more so when I was pressed for time, I chose to eat grilled banana bread over checking out a beach. Now Maui has amazing banana bread and upon arriving at Oahu, I was expecting to stuff my face with loaves of this baked good. Little did I know that banana bread is only famous in Maui, not Oahu. So when I discovered a small restaurant that actually featured grilled banana bread on their menu, I knew I had to try it.
Kahuku Farm Cafe is another popular restaurant and probably one of the few that offer healthy organic dishes. I admit, I went for their dessert and not one of their fresh juices, but next time I will be ordering a complete meal.
Grilled banana bread in all its glory with caramel and haupia sauce; I mean, how can you go wrong? The bread was moist and that haupia sauce – mmhmm! Just when you think it can’t get any better, you look around you and see their beautiful farm.
Leafy vegetables like kale, fresh herbs, honey and chocolate are all produced on location. I even spotted a group having a tour of the facility.
I admit, it was tempting to quit my job in LA and come work on this farm, or any farm in Hawaii for that matter. When you’re surrounded by such beauty, who wouldn’t want to live here?
Other places to visit while roaming around Kahuku are one of the many shrimp trucks. Giovanni’s shrimp truck is the most well known but there are so many other places that offer similar if not the exact same dish with very high reviews. I stopped by Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck. Half garlic, half spicy shrimp served with the staple side dishes, rice and macaroni pasta. The sauces were fantastic, the spicy dish in particular. The garlic can be a bit buttery but it was still tasty.
Once you’ve filled up on grilled banana bread and shrimp, head over to McDonald’s for second dessert. Yes, that’s right, McDonald’s. I’ve heard of their taro pies and dreamed of how good they would be, but never imagined just how fantastic they were. Fried not baked, these pies are seasonal, replacing the original apple pie. Served hot, these taro pies were uh-mazing! My only regret was not trying them earlier so I can enjoy at least one taro pie every day.
Well that about wraps up my short but very much enjoyable Hawaii trip. On the list for my next visit to Oahu: ziplining!