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
- Outback Steakhouse
- Legends Sports Bar
- D’lish at the Beach
- Rock Island Cafe
- Walmart Honolulu
- Longs Drugs Waikiki
- Fujioka’s Wine Times
- 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. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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 mins 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.
7. 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 the Vegemite Special with Toast & Coffee and Happy Hour drink specials 3-6pm daily, with Mai Tai and Blue Hawaii cocktails for $5 and Hawaii’s Primo Beer for $3. Find it in the heart of Waikiki behind the Hyatt Regency.
TIP: Rock Island Cafe also sells limited edition and hard to find memorabilia and collectables.
8. Walmart Honolulu
700 Keeaumoku St, Ala Moana | Daily 24-Hours
Wallmart is an American chain of hypermarkets and visiting one in Hawaii is a fun activity in itself. It’s like an Australian Kmart on steroids with an added grocery section. Walmart Honolulu is just 10 mins drive from Waikiki and they stock Tim Tams for just $2.50 a packet. Note, Tim Tams are found in Aisle 8 (with the Juice, Creamer, Drink Mixes, Boxed Juice) not the expected Cookie aisle (as of Jan 2017).
TIP: Everything at Walmart is cheap, it’s a bargain lovers paradise.
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.
2919 Kapiolani Blvd, Kapahulu | Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Ginger Beer is hard to find in Hawaii. Thankfully, Fujioka’s Wine Times stock the Australian family owned Bundaberg beverages, pick up a 4-pack of Ginger Beer, Root Beer or Blood Orange flavours.
TIP: There’s also a small Australian wine area.
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, Torbreak, 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.
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