Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp Truck

A trip to Oahu wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a food truck. Thanks to a burgeoning food truck scene, you’ll find some of the freshest, most flavourful food on the island at these roadside and beachside spots.

Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp Truck, Kahuku

Kahuku, a roadside stop along the Kamehameha highway, has been a destination for shrimp aficionados since Giovanni’s first wheeled onto this grassy meadow 23 years ago. Soaked in garlic and olive oil before being sautéed, Giovanni’s shrimp are an art form: plump, succulent and never soggy. Nearby rivals Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp and Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp do the North Shore’s signature dish proud, too.

Aji Limo, Haleiwa

Located near the North Shore’s famous Banzai Pipeline big wave beach, Aji Limo sells seafood so fresh, it seems straight from the boat. Locals swear by the poke, which many consider among the best on the island. Try the Peruvian-style ceviche or cover your bases with the popular combination Chirashi bowl. If you’re looking to expand your palate, try Aji’s Thai-inspired version of poke, which adds tamarind, coconut milk and mango to this traditional island dish.

The Elephant Truck, Shark’s Cove (Haleiwa)

Thai doesn’t even begin to describe the delicate flavours served up at this locavore destination, recently relocated to Shark’s Cove. You can’t go wrong with any of the curries, but a highlight is the minced chicken kapow, which showcases the fresh Thai basil growing around the truck in its pretty garden setting.

Ono Yo, Kahuku

The rich, creamy Greek frozen yogurt from Ono Yo is a welcome treat on a hot day, but the crowds really come for the toppings, which range from fresh coconut and macadamia nuts to pineapple and lilikoi butter.