Oahu's Culinary Offerings

You’ve landed at the Honolulu airport, starving and ready to experience the best culinary experiences the island has to offer. You’re welcome. For our September 2015 issue, I’ve asked a few of my friends who love food, where they like to eat. For Oahu, I recruited my friend Michael, who being a native New Yorker, is never shy to share his opinion.

As editor of Hana Hou!, Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Michael Shapiro is exposed to the islands’ hot spots as well as their holes-in-the-wall, the latter of which he seems to prefer. Born and raised in metro New York, Shapiro found himself in the islands via a teaching job, happened upon a beautiful local girl and settled in. Today Shapiro, said beautiful local girl and their daughter are on a never-ending quest to find the best poke, okazuya, mochi and shave ice on the island of Oahu.  

Here are his picks.