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The 5 best spots for an Açaí bowl in Hawaii

Published April 6th, 2017

Despite being a common meal in Hawaii, the açaí (pronounced “ah-sah-ee”) bowl was in fact created by the Brazilians where the açaí berry has been a staple in the diet of the Ribeirinhos (river people) for thousands of years.

Driving along Kamehameha Highway on Oahu’s North Shore, there are heaps of tiny roadside stalls and crates filled with fresh avocados, bananas, macadamia nuts and papayas so it’s no wonder the açaí bowl, stacked with fruit and granola, caught on with the Hawaiian people.

But wait, what is it even?

The bowl is made up of either frozen açaí or açaí powder pureed with banana and strawberries, topped with as much chopped up berries, granola, shredded coconut, bee pollen and honey on top. Pro tip: ‘duke it up’ with fresh peanut butter. Yum!

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Now for the inside scoop, here are our top picks:

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Hawaii bucket list.
Hawaii bucket list.

1. Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar

Hands down, this is it. The best açaíi bowl in Hawaii, maybe in the world. It’s a big call but this little bakery has the bananas to back it up. In this family run cafe, aloha vibes are aplenty and that comes through in the food.

2. Haleiwa Bowls

This little grass shack (yes, it is really a grass shack) serves up some serious bowls and is conveniently located across the street from the famous Matsumotos Shave Ice. Kill two birds with one stone.

3. Lanikai Juice Haleiwa

Don’t be put off by the slight fast food vibes emanating from the yellow walls of this spot. Lanikai Juice is the place to go when you’re starving and are after the biggest açaí bowl a small amount of money can buy.

4. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar

Now before you decide to hike up Diamond Head, make sure you stop in here and fuel up big time, you’re going to need all the antioxidants and energy you can get for that climb.

5. Tropical Tribe

If you’re waking up in the heart of Waikiki, this should be your first pit stop of the day. Be sure to get the ‘Tropical Topping’ on your bowl, it comes complete with organic granola, banana, strawberry, blueberry, raw organic honey and wait for it...bee pollen.

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.

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