Kahuku Shrimp on Oahu's North Shore

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Whenever friends visiting from the mainland ask for suggestions on what to do while visiting Oahu, I always recommend making the trek to the North Shore and indulging in a plate of world famous Kahuku shrimp.

Now personally, I know there are some really heated debates amongst locals on which shrimp truck has the best garlic shrimp, and to be honest, they are all pretty delicious in their own ways. In my experience, just being out on the North Shore and enjoying a fresh hot plate of garlic shrimp from any of the trucks is a great day. In no particular order, here are a few of the local's favorites located along Kamehameha Highway: Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp, Giovanni's Original Shrimp Truck, Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck, and Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp Truck.

Here are a few tips to remember on your journey to Kahuku:

  1. Bring Cash - They don't call North Shore the "Country" for nothing. All of these remote shrimp trucks are Cash Only, likely because they are located where even cell-phone reception is questionable. Each plate typically ranges between $11 - $14, and adding drinks and sides (sweet corn, shave ice, fresh pineapple) can quickly add up to $20 a person.
  2. You May Get Dirty - Most of the Kahuku shrimp plates are served with shells on and drowning in garlic and butter. Paper towels, soap and a sink are available at or around every truck I've encountered, but bringing your own Wet Wipes can be a life saver.
  3. Mints or Gum - Did I mention the garlic yet? If anyone in your party is not consuming garlic shrimp with you, say sorry and pop a few breath mints or chew some gum. Stop by Foodland Pupukea if you forget. Fair warning however, you may still smell like garlic for the rest of the day and night.
  4. Patience is a Virtue - Depending on the time of day you arrive, there may be a line and a wait for your food to come out. Just remember that your food is well worth the wait and the drive out. Also, most of the shrimp places open at 10:30 a.m. and close around 6 p.m., so expect your typical rush times at noon and 5:00 p.m.

While you're at North Shore...don't forget to visit our Lamonts and Kohala Bay Collections located just down the road at Turtle Bay Resort. You'll find lots of great beach wear, souvenirs and gift items to share with friends and family.

Lastly, if you're dreaming about Kahuku shrimp right now, and must cure your craving, here's a link to our favorite Hawaii culinary expert, Foodland Corporate Chef Keoni Chang, showing how to prepare his secret recipe for Kahuku style Shrimp. Hope you enjoy and let us know how it comes out!

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