5 Best Places to Eat Tacos in Hawaii

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Whether it is hole-in-the-wall taquerias, mobile food trucks, or haute cuisine, tacos are ubiquitous. Tacos are great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as there is virtually no wrong time to eat them. You can get some great tacos in Hawaii at these 5 places. 

Kohala Burger and Taco 

Using grass-fed Hawaiian beef and fresh ingredients, chef and owner Cary Peterson wanted to combine his years of Mexican and hamburger experience. His tacos are served with fresh-made tortillas, resulting in Kohala Burger and Taco. It features grass-fed beef, American cheese, taco sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, Hapula dressing, and shredded cheddar on corn tortillas. Additionally, you can order al pastor and kalua pork during Taco Tuesday. Tacos and 1950s milkshakes are on the menu at this casual Mexican-American Grill. Couples who constantly argue about where to eat dinner will benefit from an unlikely pairing.

  • Location: 613665 Akoni Pule Hwy, Waimea, HI 
  • Website: http://www.kohalaburgerandtaco.com/
  • Phone: 808-880-1923
  • Store Hours: Sun 11:30am–4pm / Mon, Fri, Sat 11:30am–3:30pm 

The Golden Goat 

Here, everyone does everything well, and the Golden Goat is a hidden gem. This little counter with about five stools and a few notables is simple, but it is worth the trip to Pahoa if you are ever in the area. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday, which means each taco is $2 (instead of $3), and there are many hot sauce choices. Aside from the tacos, we recommend the ginger bowls because they are made with love. Fresh greens, rice, chicken or tofu, avocado, kimchi, curry, and peanut dressing accompany the dish. 

  • Location: 15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd Pāhoa, HI
  • Website: https://m.yelp.com/biz/golden-goat-p%C4%81hoa
  • Phone: (510) 883-4783
  • Store Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am-4pm

Pat's Taqueria 

Our list includes several food trucks, including surfer Pat Grenz's taco truck on Weke Road. Review in Travel and Leisure and thought by some to be a culinary masterpiece, Pat has excellent fish and carne asada tacos with the right amount of heat. Additionally, the quesadillas feature peppers, onions, jalapeo cream cheese, and salsa. This combination of cream cheese and oozy cheese gives them a nice kick. Enjoy the lovely ocean views and the pier while you eat! Some of the best tacos around Hawaii are served out of food trucks, like Pat's Taqueria, because never judge a book by its cover.

  • Location: 5-5190 Kuhio Hwy Hanalei, HI
  • Website: https://www.pats-taqueria.com/
  • Phone: n/a
  • Store Hours: Daily from 11:30am-3:30pm

Camille's on Wheels 

Camille's on Wheels offers more than just tacos on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." on Food Network. Among other menu items, there is teriyaki beef, chimichurri beef, fresh fish, Kalua pork, and quinoa with Portobello mushrooms. You can't go wrong with the fresh fish tacos and the homemade chimichurri on the side. With quesadillas, empanadas, fresh pico de gallo, and salsas, as well as rice and beans, there is more Latin flair.  

  • Location: 629 Oneawa St, Kailua, HI 
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Local-Business/Camilles-on-Wheels-170997429602323/
  • Phone: 808-282-1740 
  • Store Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-2pm

Ono Tacos 

Local tacos and burritos are the specialties of this food truck. It is casual, simple fare with a variety of meat and seafood choices. The al pastor tacos and shrimp burritos are crowd-pleasers. Ono provides a topping bar with several different salsas, limes, cilantro, onions, etc., so tacos are not just about the meat. Be sure to have cash with you when you pass by this truck, as it accepts only cash. The best burritos, tortas, and tacos in Hawaii can be found at this Mexican joint, which serves the best burritos, tortas, and tacos on the island.

  • Location: 910 HI-30, Lahaina, HI
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/ono.tacos/
  • Phone: 808-357-3779
  • Store Hours: Mon-Sat 11am–9pm

Have you tried these taco joints in Hawaii? Please share with us your taco experience! Hit us up in the comments!

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