With Oahu’s beautiful beaches and mountains, there’s much natural beauty to explore. But once you’re done frolicking through the Pacific or scaling extinct volcanic craters, the island’s restaurant scene offers fantastic refueling options.
Once thought of as a food desert for delicious high-end dining, the local foodie scene has evolved, thanks in part to 12 award-winning chefs behind the Hawaiian Regional Cuisine (HRC) movement. Moving away from continental cuisine and frozen imported ingredients, the chefs promoted the use of fresh, local produce, blending Hawaii’s melting pot of cultures into their recipes.
Their dishes reflected Hawaiian and immigrant ethnic flavors of the islands' diverse cultures. Oahu’s food landscape continues to evolve, with restaurants helmed by a new generation of local chefs, mainland top chefs and local favorites. Visiting Hawaii never looked and tasted so good.