Hilo and its surrounding areas are home to a collection of small restaurants known to locals to serve some of the best food in Hawaii. Whether you’re kama‘aina or visiting the islands, if you’re craving Hawaiian food, head to Kawamoto Store. The okazuya is among one of the most popular lunch spots in town, along with the following favorites.
3 Restaurants You Shouldn’t Miss While Visiting Hilo
1. Kawamoto Store
This popular family-oriented spot serves Japanese cuisine and Hawaiian food in an old plantation-style setting. Their friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome and will happily suggest menu items to first-time customers. From sushi to bento, dishes are available as carryout, but they also offer catering for special events. Local favorites include fish katsu and shrimp tempura.
2. Aloha Mondays
Aloha Mondays is an easy-to-miss lunch spot since there’s no sign announcing it to passersby, but it’s well worth the effort of finding it. It offers takeout only. Customers subscribe to their email newsletter to receive the weekly changing menu. They’ve featured pizza, okazuya, box lunches, and sushi. Place an order, and it will be waiting for you at their kitchen.
3. Hilo Lunch Shop
Known for their okazuya favorites and hot dishes, this lunch spot always has a line, but don’t worry—there’s no shortage of choices to please your palate. Assorted tempura, musubi, and pipinola salads are just a few of the food choices visitors have.
The next time you’re in Hilo, stop by Kawamoto Store for some of the tastiest local food on the Big Island. For almost 75 years, this family-owned okazuya has specialized in local and Asian cuisine, from Filipino to Japanese food, to suit every age and taste. Call (808) 935-8209 to place an order, or visit them online to learn more about their menu.