Question: Healthy Eating in Honolulu

Monday, April 15, 2013 2comments No tags Permalink 0

“Hi Kathy! Love your blog, I first found you via Serious Eats. 

My husband and I are going to Honolulu on Tuesday, staying at the Halekulani. Where is the best place to get good, healthy food in that area? We are going for a professional conference, and so will probably have a lot of heavy food. Are there any good salad bars, or even markets with fresh vegetables? We’ll be renting a car, so we’re not stuck just in the vicinity of the hotel.”

Three places immediately come to mind when I think healthy eating in Honolulu.

1. Umeke Market

It’s hard to find parking downtown, but when I go with mom (which is pretty often), she circles the block and I run in to order/pick up lunch. That works out well. The smoothies are excellent – I like the pineapple-kale (pictured) and strawberry-papaya.

Pair that with one of their many salad offerings. You can do a soup and salad combo…

…or even a mix plate of several salads. Clockwise from top: kale, quinoa, and beets.

For something more substantial, Umeke Market does healthy versions of local plate lunches. This is the garlic-hoisin turkey meatloaf with brown rice and mixed green salad. Other good stuff: stuffed portobello, tofu miso eggplant, and ginger beef stew. Make sure to pick up a pumpkin-haupia or sweet potato-haupia bar on your way out.

2. Blue Tree Cafe

This is a relatively new spot that opened just a few months ago. Think kombucha, tons of fresh juices, and smoothies in a cafe setting. Very Verde is their most popular smoothie with a blend of kale, avocado, spinach, apples, banana, coconut water, hemp and chia seeds. Whew!

They also make “real” food like raw zucchini pasta, soups and spicy kale salad (pictured) with green onions, sesame seeds, and mushrooms. Tastes like the marinade use for poke (

If you come in the mornings, the acai bowl makes for a nice breakfast. I order mine with bananas and blueberries…the other option is pineapple and coconut. Note: for more acai bowls, check out Lanikai Juice.

3. Andy’s Sandwiches and Smoothies

love Andy’s. And I hope you will too. The ultimate neighborhood spot, friendly people and great sandwiches (they bake their own bread). I’ve blogged about Andy’s many times in the past…see here, and here. It’s also a great place for lunch after doing the Manoa Falls hike. Get the Manoa Delight which has avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, sunflower seeds, and papaya seed dressing.

And don’t forget about the smoothies! I’ve been on a papaya-guava kick all week.

Umeke Market | 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 110 Honolulu, HI 96813 | (808) 522-7377

Blue Tree Cafe | 1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 | (808) 591-2033

Andy’s Sandwiches and Smoothies | 2904 E Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 | (808) 988-6161

  • anonymous
    April 16, 2013

    Kathy, Thank you so much for answering my question! Those suggestions we exactly what I was looking for. Thanks again!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 17, 2013

    Yay! Glad to be of help :)

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