As Moloka’i is a small island off Maui, one that not many tourists visit, there are no restaurants really designed for tourism.
The downtown core, or mile zero, really reminds me of my home town as it’s one block and everything you need is there. So it’s easy to discover where to eat in Molokai because there are not a lot of options.
But what is here is very good.
Over the course of a week I was able to check out most of the Molokai restaurants so if you’re looking to find out where to eat in Molokai here are my top picks:
Where to Eat in Molokai
Moloka’i Pizza Cafe
This is a local’s favourite and is busy at night. I was told it tastes like Pizza Hut but better and I think that is a fair assessment. I got pizza to go (which I ate while driving in the photo above) for a day at the beach.
Moloka’i Pizza Cafe also sells burgers and other mains. I heard from vegetarian travelers that the veggie burger is great and likely made from scratch.
15 Kaunakakai Pl, Kaunakakai
Outpost Natural Foods
Definitely my biggest surprise on the island, Outpost Natural Foods is a tiny shop with health food and organic produce. In the back there is a juice bar and a little vegetarian cafe. It seems that Hawaii is very meat oriented so I was so happy to have a meal without it.
70 Makaena Pl, Kaunakakai
This is a new restaurant that everyone is raving about. The cashiers at Molokai Burger is really friendly and suggested I try the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) burger and get extra sauce for the fries.
Yes that is an onion ring on top of the burger and it was probably one of the best hamburgers I have had in years.
20 Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai
Hula Shores – Replaced by Hiro’s Ohana Grill
I ate at Hula Shores the most because it was the restaurant at Hotel Molokai. But a lot of locals come here as well as it’s only one of two bars on the island. The menu changes depending on what the fisherman bring here.
What I loved about this place was that I could make substitutions as long as they were reasonable. I was really craving green vegetables so they put broccoli on my salad or substitute broccoli for a side salad. It’s strange how you really start to crave vegetables but I was so thankful for it.
Unfortunately a few years ago there was a devastating fire at Hotel Molokai. Hula Shores was replaced by Hiro’s Ohana Grill and has the same great reviews.
1300 Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai