National Picnic Day

Hawaii’s weather makes picnics possible all year round.  Whether it be a planned event with prepared sandwiches, pies, and other refreshments or a spontaneous plate lunch at a park bench, enjoying a meal outdoors just about any day of the year is a luxury we often take for granted.  Even if you have a quick 60-minute lunch break, here are a few quick places to grab a bite to eat and take it to the beach or a nearby park.


Champion’s Steak & Seafood 

Craving high-quality steaks without the steakhouse prices?  Champion’s Steak & Seafood in Royal Hawaiian Center’s Paina Lanai food court offers juicy cuts of meat at reasonable prices.

champions steak waikiki

A take-out counter, the eatery offers a variety of steaks, garlic shrimp, and locally-flavored chicken.  Consider the tender ribeye steak or a New York striploin finished on the grill, paired with deep-fried mochiko chicken, a local favorite.  The plate also comes with two scoops of rice and a tossed salad, making this a truly fulfilling meal.

champions steak_steak and mochiko chicken

Champion’s Steak & Seafood >> Get a special offer!
Location: 2201 Kalakaua Ave.
Royal Hawaiian Center Building B (Level 2) *Paina Lanai Food Court
Hours: 10am – 9pm daily
Phone: (808) 921-0011



Many people who don’t have time to prepare meals or a luxurious basket of food may simply enjoy the scenery while having a SPAM musubi.

Hawaii may very well be the top SPAM consumer in the world, with an upcoming festival planned around the mystery meat.  And that is why this is the place to enjoy one of the many flavors available from Iyasume.  With three locations in Waikiki, patrons may grab a teriyaki SPAM musubi, avocado bacon egg SPAM musubi, or our personal favorite, the plum SPAM musubi incorporating a little sour and salty preserved Japanese plum that beautifully contrasts the salted meat.  The cafes are often just a few blocks away from the beach, making SPAM musubi a convenient spontaneous picnic idea for a lunch or snack.

Iyasume >> Get a special offer!
Locations: Waikiki Beach Walk, 227 Lewers St.
Hours: 7am – 9pm daily
Phone : (808) 383 – 3442


Guava Smoked

Some people have the wherewithal to plan a full barbecue at the beach.  Those who don’t want the hassle of starting a charcoal fire and pre-marinating meats may opt for smoked meats already prepared at Guava Smoked.

Three locations on Oahu include Kalihi, Pearlridge, and along Kapahulu Avenue.  With delectable menu items such as smoked beef, chicken, duck, and pork placed atop rice bowls or smoked fried rice with pork and chicken, the Kapahulu location is a perfect stop before heading to Kapiolani Park for a relaxing meal under the shade of a few trees with Diamond Head in the backdrop.

Guava Smoked >> Get a special offer!
KAPAHULU : 567 Kapahulu Ave. 2nd Floor
Hours: 11am – 8pm daily
Phone : (808) 913 – 2100
 Free parking available

PEARLRIDGE : 98-1005 Moanalua Road Downtown, 2nd floor, across HIC, Aiea, HI 96701
Hours : 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)
Phone : (808) 888 – 0914

KALIHI : 1637 Republican Ave. 
Hours : 10am – 3pm (Mon – Sat) *Closed Sun
Phone : (808) 351 – 0003



Slow-roasted smoked pork on a plate lunch with a freshly squeezed limeade sounds like perfect picnic fare.  The award-winning chain of eateries has four locations on Oahu, with the newest location in Waikiki, across the street from the International Market Place.

Imagine some 12-hour slow-roasted pork in a Bomber, which is something similar to a breakfast burrito.  A variety of fillings added to the tender smoked pork wrapped in a warm flour tortilla may include bacon, Portuguese sausage, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, potatoes, eggs, and cheese, making this a satisfying meal without the need for any cutlery.  What better way to enjoy a pristine ocean view in Hawaii than with a meal rooted in Hawaiian culture?

Kono’s >> Get a special offer!
Location: 2310 Kuhio Av. (behind International Marketplace)
Hours: 7am – 9pm Daily 
Phone:(808) 888 – 8833


Hawaii’s weather is perfect for outdoor activity, so consider one of these amazing spots for a picnic or meal at the beach or a park as you relax and enjoy your time in Waikiki.

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