Gluten Free Island Guide: Oahu, Hawaii

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Honolulu Beach Gluten Free Oahu

I have eaten at many amazing gluten free places in Oahu. My husband and I love the mix of beautiful beaches and big city life on the island. The night life in Honolulu is very vibrant with lots going on.

I am sharing some delicious gluten free places that you can enjoy.

My favourite area was Waikiki, so I will highlight places to eat in that area as well. I loved the ability to walk to the beach in under 10 minutes. The palm trees and never ending beach were my selling points!

These were the first questions that I had:

  • How to find gluten free food Waikiki
  • How is Waikiki gluten free?
  • How are the gluten free restaurants in Honolulu?
  • What about other areas in Oahu?

I have not found any 100% gluten free restaurants on the island, but there are many that offer naturally gluten free food and are conscience about allergens. If you find any that are 100% gluten free, please let me know!

And if you didn’t know, Hawaii is expensive, so get your pocket books out because it will not be cheap.

Interesting Fact: The Cathedral of Our Lady Peace was built in 1843. It is the oldest Catholic cathedral used continuously in all of the United States.

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A List of Gluten Free Places in Honolulu

Gluten Free Honolulu – Kalihi and Downtown

Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill when you get here, talk with the manager and they can take care of you. They will provide you with a gluten free menu. The grilled platter is awesome with shrimp, fish and scallops.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10 am to 9 pm.

Location: 1135 N Nimitz Highway, Honolulu

Umeke Market has a nice menu with tons of gluten free stuff to choose from. To see their scrumptious menu, see it here.

Hours of Operation: Open Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Location: 1001 Bishop St #110, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

Gluten Free Restaurants Oahu – North Shore

Banzai Sushi Bar: The menu at this Haleiwa sushi bar denotes items that are vegan, vegetarian, kosher or gluten free, so check it out for yourself on their website. There are a lot of options for you here.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from noon to 9:30 pm.

Location: 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy B, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

Gluten Free Oahu Restaurants – Kailua

Maui Mike’s Fire-Roasted Chicken has a dedicated fryer where you can have fries, rotisserie chicken, pork and beans. The only two items that have gluten are the bread and teriyaki sauce.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11 am to 8:30 pm.

Location: 1020 Keolu Drive Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

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Gluten Free in Honolulu

Gluten Free Oahu Restaurants – Wahiawa

Maui Mike’s Fire-Roasted Chicken has other locations, so don’t miss out on the dedicated fryer.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.

Location: 96 S. Kamehameha Highway Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii

Gluten Free Restaurants Honolulu Hi – Makakilo and Kapolei

‘AMA ‘AMA is a good breakfast and lunch spot where you can try some great gluten free bread. It is part of the Disney Resort. You should call ahead to tell them you require a gluten free meal when you make a reservation. It is right on the beach and a cool place to eat. There is a dress code, so no shirt, no shoes, no service.

Hours of Operation: Open from 7 am to 9 pm.

Location: 92 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

Aulani Resort in Oahu can also accommodate gluten free meals as a Disney resort. Call ahead to see their exact offerings.

Hours of Operation: Open from 7 am to 9 pm.

Location: 92-1185 Ali’inui Dr, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – Noe is expensive but good. You can see their dinner menu here where you can see the ‘GF’ options that they have. Call ahead and make a reservation, even their pasta can be made gluten free.

Hours of Operation: Open for dinner 5 pm to 9 pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Location: 92 – 1001 Olani Street, Kapolei

Gluten Free Restaurants in Honolulu Hawaii - Kaimuki

12 Ave Grill: While the menu does not show gluten free meals, many of the meals are naturally gluten free. To see the menu, check it out here.

Hours of Operation: Open nightly Monday to Saturday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location: 1120 12th Ave., 732-9469 Honolulu

Gluten Free Restaurants Honolulu – Kai

Roy’s menu does not say anything about gluten free but call ahead to ensure you can get a gluten free meal and it will be fabulous. Everyone raves about this place.

I really appreciated the attention they gave to me. 

I noted my restrictions when I reserved a table. When I arrived they confirmed everything with me. 

I felt like a QUEEN!

Hours of Operation: Open nightly from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location: In Hawaii Kai, Waikiki and Ko Olina so check out their website for the areas.

Gluten Free Restaurants Honolulu – Diamond Head

Uncle Bo’s Bar & Grill prepares the meals separately with gloves, so they take cross contact very seriously. Make a you are celiac and have a great meal. It is a trendy place with reservation and tell them that music, so if you are looking for fun, check it out.

Hours of Operation: Open from 5 pm to 1 am.

Location: 559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

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Gluten free Honolulu Restaurant – Kaka’ako Area and Ala Moana

Mariposa is in the Neiman Marcus’ third-floor restaurant and has many naturally gluten free dishes. If you are shopping or in the area, stop by and see what the menu has to offer you.

Hours of Operation: Open Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Location: Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 951-3420

The Pavilion Café check out the café if you are heading to the Honolulu Museum of Art, stop by the where you can get a great entrée-size salad for lunch.

Hours of Operation: Only open for lunch from 11 am to 1:45 pm.

Location: 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

Tanaka of Tokyo West has lovely Japanese food. Make a reservation and let them know that you have celiac.

Confirm with the chef and sit back and relax. Make sure they take extra precautions and clean the grill.

Hours of Operation: Open daily for lunch at 11 am to 2 pm and for supper from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

Islands has a dedicated fryer for French fries and offer a gluten free bun! To see their menu, click here.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.

Location: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96815

Greens & Vines was 100% gluten free, but has closed .

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Gluten Free Restaurants Waikiki

P.F. Chang’s is a great option with lots of delicious gluten free options. They have a separate preparation space in their kitchen and your meal comes on a specific gluten free plate. See if you are interested in anything on their menu.

Hours of Operation: Open from 11 am to 11 pm.

Location: 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

California Kitchen has some great pizza options for you. See their menu here.

Hours of Operation: See the link below for the location you are going to.

Location: They have many locations, see them all here.

Sansei’s Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar has a gluten free menu that you can check out here and it includes rolls too!

Hours of Operation: Open nightly from 5:30 pm to 10 pm.

Location: 2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu

Duke’s Canoe Club is in Waikiki and has options for gluten free, but not 100%. They had good service and I was able to find some delicious gluten free meals with the server who had lots of great suggestions. Check out the menu here.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

Location: 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 116, Honolulu

Azure has many fresh fish and naturally gluten free dishes. Just discuss with your server and manager about what options are gluten free. You can see their menu here.

Hours of Operation: Open nightly from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

Location: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort 2259 Kalakaua Avenue

Hiking Hawaii Cafe you can grab a naturally gluten free breakfast bowl or a salad. You can organize a hike to see the beautiful scenery that Oahu has to offer.

Hours of Operation: Open daily 7 am to 3 pm.

Location: 1956 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Orchids is in a hotel and has great standards to provide a gluten free breakfast, lunch of supper for you.

Hours of Operation: Open for breakfast from 7 am to 11 am; Lunch from 11:30 am to 2 pm and supper from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Location: 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

The Cheesecake Factory can offer you their gluten free menu to try. Many people have luck with The Cheesecake Factory because they take allergens seriously.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11 am to 11 pm.

Location: 2301 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Restaurants can change owners, chefs and menus: please contact the restaurant to ensure a gluten free meal can still be offered.

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Gluten Free Breakfast Waikiki

You can go from 7 am to 11 am to Orchids, from 7 am to the Hiking Hawaii Café, to grab a gluten free breakfast. Feel free to call ahead to ensure that you are satisfied with their options. Get the restaurant details above.

Gluten Free Bakery Oahu

Sweet Marie’s Hawaii is a 100% gluten free bakery and is a great gluten free bakery in Honolulu! The owner has celiac and makes people lovely gluten free deserts. They also have dairy, egg and soy free items. 

Items must pre-ordered at least 48 hours in advance. Check out the take-out menu to order yourself something. 

Even better, they can cater an event for you, a personal chef, weddings and do cooking classes with you. Look at the wonderful things you can have on your vacation here.

Hours of Operation: Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6 am to 3 pm.

Location: They are moving, so check in with them before you go for the new location.

Pu’uwai Aloha Bakery is also 100% gluten free bakery with a storefront. You can pre-order or check out the weekend markets for items. To see their Facebook page, click here.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm.

Location: 1670 Lusitana Street Honolulu HI

Finding Your Piece of Paradise

We stayed in a lovely hotel right by the beach.

I usually stay at places with a kitchen.  But here, we opted for a hotel where we could get a gluten free breakfast and we had a mini fridge.

I found there were enough restaurants that I could eat at.

I always had leftovers from supper. This way I could have a meal handy in our fridge.

There were tons of treats that I could find at the grocery stores.

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Gluten Free Groceries in Oahu

The stores always have some GF options for you. I found cereals, granola bars and some gluten free pasta. I eat a lot of whole foods, so this is also not a problem. Oahu has Safeway, Foodland Farms and Times Supermarket.

Down to Earth was a great find. My eyes lit up when I found snacks I could grab after spending time at the beach.

They many locations, but I checked out the one at 2525 South King Street, Honolulu, plus 4 other locations on Oahu and Maui.

Jet Setting to Oahu

We had a stop over in the United States on our way. We took Air Canada and then United. I packed a meal on the flight and didn’t bother with a flight meal. If you are researching what airlines have, here are some important links:

Air Canada – Special meals guidance

United – Special meals guidance

American Airlines – Special meals guidance

Delta Gluten  – Special meals guidance

Hawaiian Airlines – special meals guidance here.

My Tools on the Road

When there are not 100% GF restaurants, I use my NIMA a lot. 

Once the food comes, I take one piece and swab the meal as best I can can. 

Then I test it for gluten. 

I love to see a smiley face (meaning no gluten). 

If there is gluten found, I talk with the manager and go from there. Sometimes I get a different option and sometimes my husband has lots to eat.

Best things to do in Honolulu

Pearl Harbour

Going to see Pearl Harbour is a must while visiting Honolulu. You can check their website out for tour and ticket options for your family.

We visited the USS Arizona Memorial, Bowfin Submarine Museum and visited the USS Oklahoma Memorial. Remember that they have increased security there and you will have put your bag in a locker before entering.

Snorkeling

If you travel to Hanauma Bay, they have some fantastic snorkeling to try. You take a short hike down into the bay. They are closed on Tuesday and they do charge an entrance fee per person of approximately $7.50 USD.

Waikiki Beach

We loved this beach area. While there are many people also enjoying the beach, there is still a lot of room to enjoy yourself. My husband went for a jog everyday in the morning along the boardwalk, while I just enjoyed the sand.

Looking For an Awesome Oahu Itinerary?

You can also see my friend Kiyoko’s Oahu 5 day itinerary and travel guide. She is one of those people who love to plan trips, so she knows what she is doing.

Polynesian Cultural Center

This is a must see while in Honolulu! This activity will please the whole family :).

Gluten Free Oahu

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Check out the to see the Best Gluten Free Island in Hawaii if you are not sure where to go. 

If you are set on Maui – How to eat gluten free in Maui.

If you have decided on the Big Island – How to eat gluten free on the Big Island.

You will not regret the decision to see any of the Hawaiian Islands. Book it and relax already.

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Cheers, I hope you enjoyed my lovely trek,

Brett – The Ultimate Gluten Free Traveller

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