Snacks That Will Stretch Your Budget…and Possibly Your Waistline Too

The world is full of so many tempting flavors, that a snack can sometimes take over as a major life decision.  Especially when traveling, the notion that it is now or never has its role, adding the pressure of overindulging.  Honolulu is a city full of temptation, but it is a little reassuring to know that there are really good affordable snacks that won’t impact the wallet as much as it will your waistline.  Here are a few places to nosh between major meals:


King’s Hideaway

A cozy neighborhood pizza shop located near Waikiki along Kapahulu Avenue, King’s Hideaway Pizza serves up fresh-made, mouth-watering pizzas for lunch and dinner. 

This parlor offers cheese, pepperoni, and other pizzas whole or by the slice. Some of the favorites include the Hawaiian topped with fresh ham and juicy pineapple, a Queen’s Pizza of pepperoni, artichokes, spinach, onions, and olives, and a Mary J of spinach, fresh mushrooms, hemp seeds, and garlic sauce. The pizzas start from $8.00 per slice, and from $24.00 for a whole pie, making for affordable meals that feed the entire family.

King’s Hideaway >> Get a special offer!
Location: 930 Kapahulu Ave.
Tue – Thu, 4pm – 8:30pm
Fri, 12pm – 11pm *Comedy Friday Night 8:30pm – 11pm!
Sat,12pm – 8pm
*Closed Sun & Mon
Take-Out Order : (808) 675 – 8962


Franks & Fries

As the name suggests, this eatery specializes in hot dogs and French fries, but not just any hot dog. 

The snack shop located right next to Marugame Udon on Kuhio Avenue proudly serves Nathan’s Famous 100% beef hot dogs and French fries made to order.  A classic dog with ketchup, mustard, mayo, and relish will set you back just $5, and a soda for another $2.

However, if you feel a little like splurging on your date, consider the Combo for $10.99 which comes with a classic dog, French fries, and a drink.  If you feel adventurous, try the special French fries called the Okonomiyaki Nacho which fuses the Japanese savory pancake with a little bit of Mexican flavors for just $6.25.

Franks & Fries >> Get a special offer!
Location: 2310 Kuhio Ave. Ste15 
Hours: 12pm – 9pm daily
Phone: (808) 517-9571


Komedokoro M’s

In Hawaii, musubi rice balls make for a fulfilling snack, and sometimes, even an entire meal.  At Komedokoro M’s in Eaton Square, fragrant Tsuyahime rice from the Yamagata Prefecture in Japan elevates this affordable snack beyond the average convenience store version.

komedokoro M's

Stuff or top them with savory accents such as tuna, spicy tuna, salmon, spicy cod roe with mayonnaise, unagi, egg, and of course, Spam, and you will be tempted to have more than just one.

komedokoro M's

Komedokoro M’s >> Get a special offer!
Location: 438 Hobron Ln. Ste 107 *Behind Food Pantry
Hours: 8am – 2pm (Mon – Fri)
*Subject to change
Phone : (808) 913 – 2021


Forty Niner Waikiki

The Waikiki outpost of the local restaurant that opened in 1947, Forty Niner Restaurant proudly serves local food by local people at its second convenient location in the Aqua Skyline Hotel at Island Colony.

Straightforward breakfast and lunch plates may make you reminisce about old Hawaii even though you may not even be old enough to have experienced it because the kind hospitality, reasonable prices, and fabulous flavors offer a glimpse at the nostalgia that most locals feel when dining at this iconic institution.  If dining at the Waikiki location, consider the Hawaiian breakfast ($12.95) with smoked kalua pig, two eggs, lomi salmon, and two scoops of rice because it encapsulates some of the popular authentic Hawaiian flavors on a morning plate.  And be sure to balance that with a sweet bite of the ube colada pancakes ($12.95), a stack of flapjacks lacquered with a purple sweet potato glaze, chopped bits of sweet potato and toasted coconut.


Forty Niner Waikiki >> Get a special offer!
Location : 445 Seaside Ave. Island Colony
Hours : 7am – 3pm daily
Phone : (808) 923 – 2058

The Happy Hawaiian Cafe

A counter tucked away off of Royal Hawaiian Avenue in the Royal Hawaiian Dining Plaza, The Happy Hawaiian Cafe is a breakfast and lunch spot that offers affordable traditional and Hawaiian-inspired plates and pastries.

This cafe offers fried malasadas, saving you a hike up Kapahulu Avenue should you wish for a taste of sweet Portuguese donuts without the exercise.  There are cupcakes, cookies, and more to quell any sweet tooth cravings, and be sure to have some coffee or smoothies to round out the satisfying afternoon snack.

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Entrances: 2239 Waikolu Way. & 339 Royal Hawaiian Ave.

We know how hard it will be to resist treating yourself to these tasty delights, especially when most of them are under $15 if not much less.  While they may possibly ruin your appetite for dinner, they will certainly please your buds, giving you a truly gratifying experience.

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