Honolulu, HI

Honolulu Eats: The Sunrise Shack for Smoothie Bowls

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I’ve seen so many photos on social media with the bright and colorful Sunrise Shack and have been dying to try their smoothie bowls. The original location is located in the North Shore at Haleiwa but they also have a location in downtown Waikiki in the Outrigger Hotel in front of Duke's. I've been to both locations but prefer the Haleiwa location since this is where it started and offers a few more items. Tucked away in a corner away from all the food trucks near Sharks Cove, you’ll find this hidden gem with one of the best açaí bowls on the island. You'll notice the Sunrise Shack with its yellow exterior and painted yellow benches around the location for you to enjoy. I love how there are also plenty of hens and roosters running around the area. One thing to call out is that there is usually a line and each bowl takes about 15 - 20 minutes to make which is a bummer if you are in a rush.

Known for their bullet coffee originally which is organic coffee with coconut oil, MCT oil, and grass-fed butter, the Sunrise Shack expanded to smoothie bowls. This type of coffee is unique since it is supposed to promote mental clarity and longer-lasting energy so this would be a great pick-me-up to start the day. I'm not a huge coffee person so I went for the smoothie bowls instead. Choose from flavors like a classic açaí bowl to their blue or green bowls which has spirulina to give its color. Topped with fresh fruits and granola drizzled with honey, this is one of my favorite spots to get bowls on the island and my all-time favorite has to be the blue dream. The Sunrise Shack only has 6 smoothie bowls to choose from which are acai, tropical, monkey, blue dream, and jungle matcha. You are also able to add more superfood add-ons to complement your bowls like whey protein, macadamia nut butter, bee pollen, and more! The bowls are more on the expensive side since each bowls averages around $12 and you can get it in small, medium, or large. Their papaya boat, one of their best sellers, is also delicious! For only $8, you get half a papaya with no smoothie but is topped with fresh fruits, goji berries, and granola. If you're looking for an item to drink, they also have smoothies which are their smoothie bowls but with everything blended together or cold press juices to give you an extra kick throughout the day. At their Haleiwa location, they also offer salad, sandwiches, and wraps but not at the Waikiki location since they primarily serve the bullet coffee and smoothie bowls. At each location, they are both close to the beach so go grab a bowl and enjoy the view. I promise you it is one of the best bowls to try on the island and you will love it.

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