Local culture reigns supreme in Hawaii (obvi) but should Australian homesickness set in on holidays here’s an emergency list for a quick Aussie fix.
While I love everything about living in Hawaii, naturally I have days when I miss my Aussie homeland. It’s been exciting discovering pockets of Australia on the island of Oahu, and I’m here to share them.
Let me show you where to find Aussie influenced cafes and restaurants, watch an AFL or NRL match live on TV, enjoy a great rack of Australian lamb, and even locate our beloved vitamin-mineral supplement Berocca (you’ll thank me after a big night out in Waikiki).
AUSSIE IN HAWAII:
- Bills Hawaii
- Arvo Cafe
- Kiwi Style Fish and Chips
- Outback Steakhouse
- Legends Sports Bar
- D’lish at the Beach
- Rock Island Cafe
- Longs Drugs Waikiki
- Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors
1. Bills Hawaii
280 Beach Walk, Waikiki | Daily 7am-10pm
Bill Granger is an Australian chef famous for his scrambled eggs and pancakes. While technically this trendy eatery is called bills Sydney, the restaurant that shot Bill to foodie fame, it’s better known locally as Bills Hawaii. It’s home to a Full Aussie breakfast with thick Australian-style bacon, Vegemite toast, and halloumi (rare to find in Hawaii).
TIP: They also serve Coopers Brewery ‘Original Pale Ale’ from South Australia.
2. Arvo Cafe
675 Auahi St, Kakaako | Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Fri-Sat 8am-5pm
The name of this cafe gives away its origin, plus the fact one of the owners hails from Down Under. Arvo, slang for “afternoon” in Australia, is a gorgeous Aussie-inspired coffee shop. Arvo Cafe is a very cool spot to grab a flat white, order Vegemite toast, avocado loaded toast or to try matcha pudding.
TIP: Most meals are served with beautiful edible flowers, get your camera ready!
3. Kiwi Style Fish and Chips
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie | Mon-Sat 11am-7:30pm
A food truck gem originating in Sydney, Australia, now at Hukilau Marketplace on the outskirts of Polynesian Cultural Center. Stop in for a crispy battered seafood feed with real hot chips or a satisfying burger on your next trip to Oahu’s North Shore. Everything is reminiscent of an Aussie takeaway feed. They have malt vinegar, chicken salt and potato scallops (also known as potato cakes or potato fritters).
TIP: Top this meal off with a Sweet As New Zealand-style ice cream from ‘round the corner.
4. Outback Steakhouse
1765 Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki | Mon-Thu 4-10pm; Fri-Sun 11am-10pm
For a good laugh head to Outback Steakhouse, an American restaurant with a sketchy Australian theme. This restaurant chain opened back when Crocodile Dundee was a big hit, at that time the owners had never even been to Australia! With “Aussie-tizers” including the signature Blommin’ Onion and mains including Wood-Fired Shrimp on the Barbie, Alice Springs Chicken Quesadillas and Toowoomba Pasta, it’s probably the most confusing meal you’ll ever have.
TIP: They serve Foster’s Lager! I kid you not!
5. Legends Sports Pub
411 Nahua St, Waikiki Daily 12pm-2am
Legends Sports Pub is the longest-running sports pub in Waikiki. It has Direct TV programming and they broadcast the AFL and NRL in real-time, and American baseball, basketball and hockey, to name a few. The food menu is limited so you can bring your own snacks (they encourage it). There’s free wi-fi, dart boards and the Mai Tai’s are always US$4.00 each.
TIP: They usually stay open late for the NRL State of Origin matches, how awesome is that!
6. Orchids at Halekulani
2199 Kalia Rd, Waikiki Mon-Sat 7:30am-10pm; Sun 9:30am-2:30pm
Orchids at Halekulani is a stunning up-market restaurant on Waikiki’s oceanfront, perfect for celebrating a special occasion. One of their Main Course dishes features an Australian Lamb Loin, it’s walnut crusted and comes with carrot puree, haricot vert sauce, red beet reduction and mint lamb jus. It’ll set you back $54 but it’s delicious. Make a reservaton ahead of time using the Open Table app.
TIP: It goes perfectly with a side of mashed potato gratin with goat cheese.
7. D’lish at the Beach
5401-5499 Edgewater Dr, Ewa Beach | Fri 4-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
D’lish at the Beach is a hidden gem at Kapilina Beach Homes at Ewa Beach, 45-minutes drive from Waikiki. D’lish is a Fri-Sun cafe run by Australians, the menu is inspired by their Aussie roots and they often run designated Aussie nights (e.g. Carols by Candlelight). They’d love to see more Aussies at their cafe! They are located in a gated community that allocates 25 public passes per day. If you’d like to visit please reach out in advance via their Facebook page to arrange.
TIP: The owners also offer event and wedding management services through D’lish Catering Hawaii.
8. Rock Island Cafe
1911 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Tue-Sun 11am-9pm
Rock Island Cafe is an American retro diner with Hollywood themed decor and a rock’n’roll inspired menu. Aussies will appreciate being able to order Vegemite Toast and Happy Hour drink specials (12 Noon-6pm daily) with Mai Tai and Blue Hawaii cocktails from $5 and select draft beers from $3. Find it on Kalakaua Avenue, at the beginning of Waikiki.
TIP: Rock Island Cafe also sells limited edition and hard to find memorabilia and collectables.
9. Longs Drugs Waikiki
2155 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Mon-Fri 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Longs Drugs Waikiki is a large CVS brand pharmacy, better known to Australians as a chemist. It’s located on Waikiki’s main thoroughfare and does a great job servicing tourists in the area. Therefore it comes as no surprise to see souvenirs alongside the pharmacy essentials. The highlight? Berocca! It’s waiting to fix your hangover on the 2nd floor, under the “Health” sign (as of Jan 2017). You’re welcome 🙂
TIP: The ground floor functions as a convenience store and sells beer and wine.
3496 Waialae Ave, Kaimuki | Daily 9:30am-9pm
Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors have stores located across Oahu. Their Waialae Avenue store is a 15-minute drive from Waikiki and is a gem with its very own Australian wine section. To name a few brands, Mollydooker, Henschke, Torbreck, Terlato, Penfolds, Pepperjack, Tournon, The Chook, Jacob’s Creek and Kilikanoon line the shelves.
TIP: Tamura’s also sells tasty Hawaiian poke, a delicious cubed raw fish dish.