ACAI BOWLS ON OAHU: WHICH ONE YOU SHOULD CHOOSE
A short list of our favorite refreshingly delicious acai bowls from all around Oahu based on taste, price, atmosphere, and location.
TEXT BY JESSICA BLACKMUN // PHOTOS BY JACKSON GROVES
Since moving from chilly Oregon to tropical and humid Hawaii my favorite meals have changed from hot heavy foods to more plant based and raw foods. Acai bowls went from being a breakfast or dessert to being a main course for any time of day. I even make sure to keep my kitchen stocked with the ingredients to make my own acai bowls so that I can make them at home.
Acai berries are a superfood native to Central and South America. They contain more antioxidants than most berries including cranberries and even blueberries. Most bowls often come topped other fruits and berries and even granola, so they are actually quite filling. After trying tons of acai bowls from all over the island here are a few of our favorites.
BEST DEAL: DA SPOT HEALTH FOODS & JUICES
Da Spot is one of our favorite places to eat on the island. It’s super cheap and delicious! Whenever anyone visits we always tell them to check out Da Spot. Like the rest of the items on their menu, the acai bowls are huge and the price is low. They offer a pretty straightforward acai bowl and also have a Pitaya (dragon fruit) option as well. Made with acai, berries, banana, and your choice of apple juice or soy milk. Topped with fruit, granola, and honey!
Located: 2469 S King St, Honolulu, HI 996826
Open every day from 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
COOLEST VIBE: BANAN BOWLS
Banan Bowls is a food truck that makes all different kinds of frozen fruit soft serves that are healthy, dairy free, and made from local ingredients! They are constantly rotating through different flavors but usually offer acai as one of the staple flavors. In addition to a constant rotation of flavors, they also cycle through different bowl options as well as an option to create your own bowl. They also offer all of their soft serves in a papaya boat! One of our favorite things about Banan bowls is the way they have turned the surrounding parking lot into a cool outdoor patio where you can sit back and enjoy your Banan Bowl while taking in the views of Diamond Head.
Located: 3212 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
NORTH SHORE FAVORITE: HALEIWA BOWLS
Haleiwa bowls is one of the coolest little shacks around. There is casual seating on the storefront to left and also a more private deck in back where there is room to enjoy your acai bowl or smoothie. This acai bowl and smoothie hot spot is a must see if you get to the North Shore. They offer two different kinds of bowls: the Blend Bowl and the Surf Bowl. The Blend Bowl is more of a thick smoothie whereas the Surf Bowl is made from acai puree. Haleiwa Bowls offers a ton of different toppings with all sorts of health benefits. Make sure to look out for the little green geckos that love to visit the shack. Haleiwa Bowls also offers Kombucha on tap!
Located: 66-082 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Open every day 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
THE HAWAIIAN CHAIN OPTION: LANIKAI JUICE
There are six Lanikai Juice shops on Oahu, meaning there should be one close to where ever you are staying. You can find your preferred acai bowl at any of their locations. Lanikai Juice in Kailua is a huge tourist attraction which equals long lines but if you go early you shouldn’t have too big of a problem. There are a whopping seven different acai bowls offered and the staff are more than happy to make substitutions for you if you want to make changes to a bowl.
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Hours of operation dependent on location.
Acai bowls are also an awesome way to refuel after a workout! For ideas on how to sneak in a work out, check out our post about Everyday Fitness on Oahu.