Originally posted by gimmepork
My colleague from work is headed from Indianapolis to Honolulu this weekend to teach a seminar on Monday & Tuesday (flying back on Tuesday). I'm thinking he'll want something a little more substantial than shaved ice and Malasadas, although the Malasadas look swell.
First place to go: Ono Hawaiian Foods, (808) 737-2275, 726 Kapahulu Ave. [less than a mile from Waikiki, nearly across the street from Leonard's Bakery, where they have the best malasadas!] - great authentic Hawaiian eats, incl. lau-lau or kalua pork, lomi-lomi salmon, etc., etc., etc.
On the other side of town, closer to the airport (and close to Hilo Hattie's - if your colleague needs to pick up some locally-made aloha shirts on a budget, this is THE place), is Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab (808) 545-7979, 580 N. Nimitz Hwy. - Sam is a hot local chef, and the prices at this place are quite reasonable; unique selection of Island-style omlettes for breakfast.
Ubiquitous there are the ABC convenience stores, and for a quick cheap and substantial snack, try the spam musubi [spam & rice wrapped w/ a little nori] in just about any of 'em