10 Best Kauai Food Trucks You Won’t Want to Miss!

Are you planning a trip to Kauai and want to know the best places to eat? Keep scrolling to find out the best Kauai food trucks totally worth checking out!
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If you’re looking for a food truck heaven, keep reading for a run-down of the best Kauai food trucks!

While the island is famous for its mountains, beaches, and beautiful waterfalls, Kauai has also become quite a food paradise.

With over 50 food trucks around the island, a Kauai food trip should definitely be on your list! 

Let’s take a look at some of the best food trucks on Kauai and find out what to order!

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Kauai Food Trucks FAQs

What do locals eat in Hawaii?

One of the most popular things to order in Hawaii is Plate Lunch. This is a meat entree (like kalbi ribs, lau lau, mochiko chicken, etc) with a scoop of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad.

What food is Kauai known for?

Kauai has all kinds of traditional Hawaiian foods like kalua pork, and huli huli chicken. But they’re most famous for their poi and Kauai shrimp.

How expensive is food in Kauai?

Because most food is shipped to Hawaii, food costs can be quite high. If you plan on eating out at restaurants for every meal, you should budget around $40 to $50 per person per day.

How can I eat cheap in Hawaii?

Hit up the local grocery store for snacks, drinks, and easy breakfast items. Then, plan on trying out Hawaii food trucks for tasty meals that are cheaper than brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Food Trucks in the North Shore

Kauai’s North Shore is home to some of the best white-sand beaches. In fact, tourists flock to the area for some of the best outdoor activities.

And what’s a better way to end a day of outdoor fun? That’s right, great eats! 

Hanalei Taro & Juice Co.

Hanalei Taro & Juice Company prides itself on creating dishes made with local ingredients fresh from their family’s farm. In fact, their chef and owner Brad Nakayama put taro into everything on the menu.

There are so many awesome Kauai food trucks to try! Image of a cup of kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon, and poi from Hanalei Taro and Juice Co Kauai food truck

Customers come for their Taro Mochi Cake, Zesty Taro Hummus, Taro Veggie Burgers, Kulolo, and Taro Smoothies. 

They’re passionate about using local ingredients. The food truck is at 5-5070A Kuhio Highway in Hanalei and is open on weekends from 11 am to 2 pm.

One of the distinct things about Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. is that it has come from generations of family farming.

Also, the family-owned business has a rice mill and Taro farm that’s a big part of their local community. For over 35 years they’ve been offering free school tours and educational programs to children across the state of Hawaii. 

Trucking Delicious

One of the best food trucks in Kauai is Trucking Delicious. They’ve been at 5-5100 Kuhio Highway in Hanalei since 2014 and offer local-style plate lunches with a gourmet flair.

Trucking Delicious is an awesome Kauai food truck. Image of a reserved sign on a table with a sign that says keep Hanalei delicious.
Photo credit: Trucking Delicious

Some of their most popular plates are the Hawaiian Plate, the Sweet & Spicy Coconut Shrimp, and the Kalua Pork and Cabbage. Each plate lunch comes with a cup of rice, a salad, and their main dish.

They also offer other items, like poke bowls. And make sure to try their famous Dragon Fruit LimeAid. But if you go, they tend to sell out fast. So, they recommend pre-ordering at 482-4101. 

The Trucking Delicious food truck has been such a success that they actually just moved into a brick-and-mortar spot next to Tahiti Nut (one of our favorite places!).

Stop by for lunch on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. As for dinners, they’re open Tuesday and Friday from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.

Aloha Juice Bar

Another spot to visit is Aloha Juice Bar at 5-5190 Kuhio Highway in Hanalei.

If you’re looking for Instagrammable and refreshing açai bowls and drinks, Aloha Juice Bar is the spot for you. 

They’re fresh fruit smoothies without sugar and dairy are also super popular. Why not grab something cold at the Juice Bar and just head over to the beach!

Aside from the delicious smoothies and açai bowls, customers also love the dole whip. 

And you’ll love their Hawaii Fruit Smoothie. It’s made with a variety of bananas, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, and strawberries.

Food Trucks on the East Side

The East Side is called the Royal Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow in its resort areas. While resorts are usually what’s looked forward to on the east side, it’s also a great place to find more of the best food trucks in Kauai. 

Al Pastor Tacos

Al Pastor Tacos is a Mexican food truck at 4-1602 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. You’ll find it inside the Kapaa Food Truck Court. 

Husband and wife team, Paulino and Faun Hernandez, started Al Pastor Tacos. Their delicious Mexican dishes have become a food truck court staple!

Their à la carte menu includes classics like fish, shrimp, steak, and chicken tacos. There’s (of course) pastor tacos and quesadillas. And a must-try are the garlic shrimp tacos and their ahi fish burritos!

They’re open from 11 AM to 5 PM every day except Mondays. 

Wailua Shave Ice

Wailua Shave Ice is an all-natural Hawaiian Style Shave Ice made with fresh local fruit and no artificial ingredients.

Some of the best Kauai food trucks offer authentic shave ice. Image of 3 shave ice bowls from Wailua Shave Ice.

Kauai residents John Tamaoka and Brandon Baptise created Wailua Shave Ice with a vision of creating a healthier version of shave ice. They traded out artificial dyes and high-fructose corn syrup with all-natural ingredients. 

You can visit the food truck at 4-831 Kuhio Highway. Try their Shave Ice & Lilikoi Cream, an island version of a creamsicle. The Lilikoi cream is delicious. It’s made with fresh passion fruit, vanilla bean, and milk!

Another fun favorite is the Lava Flow. It’s a pineapple shave ice topped with strawberry puree and clouds of coconut foam.

The truck’s aesthetic gives off a vintage camper vibe. Come enjoy the perfectly Instagrammable food, Instagrammable food truck, and memorable experience! 

Small Town Coffee

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up on the east side of Kauai, visit Small Town Coffee. It’s at 4-1543 Kuhio Highway in Kapaa.

They’ve proven themselves to be one of the best Kauai food trucks, serving the east side since 2004.

Locals and visitors alike can start their day with Small Town’s lattes and delicious homemade pastries.

The food truck also offers Aunty M’s Paradise Pies. These are savory, hearty pies in flavors like Meat Lover’s Breakfast Pie and Veggie Lover’s Breakfast Pie

Small Town Coffee offers cold brew, drip, pour-over, french press, and kevlar. They’re open every day from 6 AM to 4 PM.

Food Trucks in Central Kauai

Lihue is easily the liveliest area in Kauai. This residential area is another place to find top-notch food trucks. 

Kikuchi’s 

One of the best food trucks in Kauai is Kikuchi’s. You can’t miss the brightly colored truck serving steamed buns, wraps, sushi, and salads.

The food truck is at 3501 Rice Street and is open from Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM. 

They’re known for their fusion food and fresh ahi wraps. Other popular items are Ginger Fried Chicken, Pork Steamed Buns, and their Triple Pork Sushi Wrap. Each order also includes french fries or a Kauai local salad.

Thai Street Food

What used to be called Anatta’s Thai Street Food at 4100 Rice Street is now Thai Street Food. They made the change a few years back, but they still sell the same authentic Thai favorites. 

Come here if you’re craving Thai. They offer every Thai dish you can think of! You’ll find Pad Thai, Green Curry, Red Curry, Yellow Curry, and Green Papaya Salad. Get Spring Rolls Veggie, Fried Rice, Summer Rolls, Chicken BBQ, and Chicken Satay.

Thai Street Food offers combo plates that include any curry with a scoop of rice and the customer’s choice of Pad Thai or Papaya Salad.

They’re open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Food Trucks in the South Shore and West Side

If you’re staying in the southernmost part of Kauai, you’ll probably aware of the great beaches at Poipu. The area is also home to great restaurants and some of the best food trucks in Kauai.

The island’s West Side has a rich heritage as a farm and plantation region. And it’s a great place to find a variety of different food trucks that use all the yummy local ingredients produced there! 

Kickshaws

Kickshaws is a gourmet mobile food truck business at 3540 Koloa Road in Kalaheo.

Chef Seth Peterson creates dishes that are unique with delectable flavor combinations. Kickshaw’s food is best described as science-forward food.

One of our favorite Kauai food trucks is Kickshaw's at Warehouse 3540 in Lawai. Image of the Awesome burger from Kickshaw's food truck.

Their known for their 100% Awesome Burger is a 30-hour cured burger. I also recommend trying the Tuna Melt, the Hot Totty tater tots, or the vegetarian Bahn Mi sandwiches.

The food truck is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM.

They change their menu weekly, so you’ll want to keep coming back! But you’ll find menu staples, like the Ooey-Gooey Gourmet Grilled Cheese and the other items I mentioned.

Chalupa’s

There’s also Chalupa’s, an authentic Mexican food truck in Old Koloa Town. Try their delicious food at 3477 Weliweli Road in Koloa. 

There’s usually a line at this food truck. While Chalupa’s bestseller is easily their fish tacos, they offer several different Mexican seafood dishes.  

Clients love the ambiance, the picture-perfect food truck (that looks great in Instagram photos, and of course, the excellent food. 

More Kauai Eats

I’ve shared what I think are the best food trucks in Kauai. But that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find in Kauai’s rich food scene!

I’ve also put together a couple of food guides for Kauai. Or read my food guides for the rest of the Hawaiian Islands here

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