Want to support black-owned eateries? Here are 32 in Hawaii

These businesses serve up everything from pizza and crepes to Southern comfort food

Over the past few weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has garnered a lot of attention with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police. Scrolling through social media and watching the news, I felt frustrated and sad. I was 12 when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida. Now I’m 20 and even though eight years have passed, nothing has changed.

As a Filipino-American who grew up in Waipahu, there were times I heard racist comments and jokes about black people. Even in multicultural Hawaii this felt wrong, but I never realized it was part of a much bigger wrong until the latest killings made a culture of police brutality against black people a national and international issue that people like me, who are not black, understand and care about deeply. But even though I felt a responsibility to help spread awareness, I wasn’t sure how.

Then I saw @kanakattackks‘ question on Instagram: What are some black-owned restaurants in Hawaii? That’s when my gears started turning. I only knew one, Hughley’s Southern Cuisine in Aiea, but there had to be more than that. Over the next few days, I saw posts naming black-owned restaurants here and there, but no full list. Then I stumbled upon Instagram user @biancawag‘s crowd-sourced spreadsheet of black-owned businesses in Hawaii. 

The Black Lives Matter movement goes beyond protests and calling for reform. It’s about understanding the ways centuries of racism continue today. It’s about highlighting the ways the black community contributes to society, from scientific discoveries and small and big businesses to achievements in art, music, fashion and food. So here’s a start: We’re highlighting black-owned eateries all across the state. 


Aloha Subs Wahiawa
Subs and sandwiches
55 S. Kamehameha Hwy • Wahiawa • 799-5799

Creative Cakes and Snacks 
Custom cakes and desserts 
98-127 Kaonohi St. • Aiea • (
919) 609-3258

Elisabeth Kitchen
Catering and wedding cakes
Honolulu • (314) 591-3471

Ethiopian Love
Ethiopian food
1112 Smith St. • Downtown • 725-7197

Fat Cheeks
Sandwiches and Asian-fusion dishes
Ohana Hale Marketplace • 333 Ward Ave. • Kakaako • 773-4129

Fresh Over Flesh
Plant-based cuisine
723 Unit C Umi St. • Kalihi • 927-9344 • Temporarily closed for construction

Garibaldi’s Hawaii
Pizza and pasta
Ohana Hale Marketplace • 333 Ward Ave. •
Kakaako • 347-6546

Hughley’s Southern Cuisine
Southern food
99-080 Kauhale St. • Aiea •

JamRock Lounge
Caribbean and American food delivery
880 Aliamanu Dr. • Moanalua • (609) 491-2972

John’s World Famous Hawaii
Hot dog stand
Mililani St. • Downtown • 780-5995

Kye Teahouse
Tropical tea blends
Available at Waimanalo Market, Down to Earth and Sand People stores

Le Crepe Cafe
Crepes, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, acai and coffee
2752 Woodlawn Dr. • Manoa •

Local Joe Hawaii
Coffee, salads, sandwiches, wraps, juices and teas 
110 Marin St. • Downtown • 536-7700

Maya’s Tapas and Wine
Mediterranean food and tapas with an assortment of burgers, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and more 
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy • Haleiwa • 200-2964

Sae’s Hot Plates
Fried catfish and fried chicken plates, shrimp and cheese grits 
694 McCornack Rd. • Schofield Barracks •

Smokin’ Wings and Southern Things 
Chicken wings, Southern food
355 Mamiya Ave. • Hickam Air Force Base • 773-8808

Tasty Kreyol
Haitian food like griot, plantains and jerk chicken
Ewa Beach • 784-1691

Teapresso Bar Aloha Tower
Boba, coffee and tea
1 Aloha Tower Dr. Ste 1312 • Downtown • 535-9196

The Kajun Connection
Po’ boys and gumbo
91-1001 Keaunui Dr • Ewa Beach • 798-9619

Waffle and Berry
Waffles, acai bowls and fruit mocktails
Ohana Hale Marketplace • 333 Ward Ave. • Kakaako • 206-8272


Farmacy Health Bar
Plant-based, organic food
12 N. Market St. • Wailuku •

Kihei Caffe
Brunch fare including eggs bennies, French toast and more
1945 S. Kihei Road. • Kihei •

Sale Pepe Pizzeria e Cucina
Italian cuisine like pizzas and pastas
Old Lahaina Center • 878 Front St. • Lahaina • 667-7667

Sol Brothers BBQ 
Southern food
1 Piikea Ave. • Kihei •


D Green’s BBQ
Southern-style barbecue
5371 Koloa Rd. • Koloa

Nom Kauai
Brunch fare 
4-1101 Kuhio Hwy • Kapaa •

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Slow Island Food and Beverage Co.
Farm-to-bottle mixers and elixirs, artisanal pantry goods
Available on their online store

The Greenery Cafe
Organic food: Smoothies, wraps and sandwiches 
3146 Akahi St. • Lihue •

Hawaii Island

Cool Runnings Food Truck
Bagels and pastries
Coconut Grove Marketplace • 75-5809 Alii Dr. • Kailua-Kona • 339-2188 

Dimple Cheek Cafe and Local Market
Sandwiches, Burgers, Local comfort food, Locally-grown fruit and vegetables
17-4003 Ahuahu Pl. • Mountain View • 731-6870

Just the 2 of Us Chicken and Waffles
Southern food
75-5742 Kuakini Hwy • Kailua-Kona • 557-7766

Rebel Kitchen
Diner, sandwiches, hot sauces
79-7399 Mamalahoa Hwy • Kealakekua • 322-0616