With all the new restaurants and food trucks popping up all over the island, and despite the Yelps and TripAdvisors of the world, it can be difficult for a vacationer to find those food stops that the locals truly favor above the rest. The type of food stops that are not catered directly to the vacationer but nevertheless a vacationer would absolutely enjoy. Waialua Bakery is precisely this type of place.
Located in the heart of the historic town of Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Waialua Bakery has been kicking out some of the best sandwiches, salads, smoothies, juices and home baked goods with a quirky, down to earth feel for years. While most food stops get their staple food items brought in each day, Waialua Bakery still makes its own baked goods from scratch, including the bread for their long list of sandwiches. So whether one is looking for a quick snack, from a Turtle Ball (which is a cold raw granola bar concoction) or a cookie, or a full on meal from their menu of sandwiches, salads, smoothies and acai smoothie bowls, and fresh drinks and juices, Waialua Bakery will definitely nail that hunger right where it counts. It is also worth mentioning that there are tons of vegetarian options available on the menu.
Finding a meal under $10 in Hawaii, specifically on Oahu, has recently become one of those utterly impossible feats. Going out to eat, especially if one goes to sit a down restaurant, will break the bank. That being said, the majority of the food items on Waialua Bakery’s menu fall under and well under that mark. So for those looking to get a solid meal after logging in a long day of surf and sun at the beach, Waialua Bakery will not only hit the sweat spot in the stomach but will not break the bank.
On top of its tasty food items, Waialua Bakery has a quirky and comfortable surf ambiance. Whether its the hand painted and drawn main menu, signs, posts, seating and tables, or the art for sale, that very ambiance at Waialua Bakery matches the culture of the North Shore, specifically Haleiwa, perfectly. The North Shore of Oahu, aside from being one of the most majestic stretches of coastline in the world, is also the heart and soul of the sport of surfing. With a handful of the best waves in the world located along this coastline, the North Shore is as iconic of a place as a place can be. And Waialua Bakery epitomizes that North Shore experience in its food form.
A recommendation for one’s first visit to Waialua Bakery:
Roasted Veggie Sandwich (sandwich pictured on the bottom within photo above) – Egg plant, bell peppers, onion, carrots, homemade hummus, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, onion, mayo and mustard. Add avocado. Choice of their homemade bread for the day. Convert it into salad upon request.
Turtle Ball – Raw blend of raisons, chocolate, oats, honey, macadamia nuts, coconut, and peanut butter.
160z Lemonade and add Lilikoi.
Waialua Bakery • 66-200 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 • (808) 341-2838
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm • Cash Only (ATM available) • Restrooms