75.4 F
Amy Fujimotohttps://alohawithlove.com
I grew up in Hawaii and when I'm not traveling the islands, I write down my Mom's recipes, hike with Daisy the waddling rescue, work on my 200+ gallon aquaponics system, and dream about my future van conversion so I can do some more traveling.

Comment below so we can discuss!

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click these links to buy something I may earn a commission with no additional cost to you. This helps keep Aloha With Love running, thank you! Learn More.

Visit a Hawaii Starbucks

The next time you’re in a Hawaii Starbucks, try requesting any drink with “Thai Walls.” In addition to the usual milk selections that are available on the mainland, Hawaii Starbucks will have sweetened condensed milk, which is a popular topping and ingredient for many local desserts. In fact, you’ll probably see it most often on all of the shave ice menus statewide.

If you visit any local Filipino restaurants while you’re here (there are some really great ones because of the strong Filipino population here), keep your eye out for the condensed milk if you’re looking for a sugar rush. The topping is commonly used for desserts.

A Fantastic Tropical Hawaii Starbucks Recipe

My favorite tropical drink? Iced venti black tea, no classic syrup, no water, with raspberry, orange mango and Thai walls. How’s that for a tropical drink at a Hawaiian Starbucks!

Starbucks In The Honolulu Airport

If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ destination mugs, Hawaii has their own mug each year that you can certainly purchase. However, don’t run yourself ragged like I did visiting every Starbucks near my home just to get 5 of them. The Honolulu International Airport’s Starbucks (gate 12 and 60) have plenty – and the last time I checked, the price was the same!

An Extra Hawaii Starbucks Tip

Coffee fans will know to get their dose of Kona coffee while in Hawaii, but with the name “Kona” becoming a brand name itself, many coffee companies have been labeling their coffee incorrectly in order to get a piece of the pie. Recently, Ka’u coffee is becoming extremely popular and a few staunch followers claim Ka’u coffee is even better than Kona coffee. You’ll have to try it out yourself – just know that Ka’u coffee made it to the Starbucks Reserve spotlight. You can find Ka’u coffee in select stores, but you’ll have a better chance on the Big Island.

“Thai Walls” is also my favorite topping for shave ice. But if you haven’t eaten shave ice before, you may be surprised by the huge selection of flavors! Eating shave ice is a perfect time to try some local flavors that you won’t find anywhere else such as lychee, lilikoi and even li hing mui. Click here for my local shave ice combos!


Down To Earth Is Hawaii’s Version Of Whole Foods

Down To Earth is a neat store in Hawaii with a Whole Foods vibe and plenty of local goods. It's fun to explore if you're looking for made in Hawaii snacks that you can bring home as souvenirs. It's...

Spinners Cafe For Breakfast Or Brunch In Waianae

Before doing the Pink Pillbox Hike, my friend and I decided to satisfy our hunger at Spinners Cafe located in the parking lot of Waianae Harbor. It's a strange place to have a restaurant - right in the middle...

Eat Pie At Ted’s Bakery At Sunset Beach

Feel like some pie at the beach? Why not? Ted's Bakery has that hole-in-the-wall feel to it, but only because it's a small standalone building that most people don't notice when they drive by. It's easy to miss, but if...

Eat At Kaku’s For A Cheap Lunch Buffet In Waikiki

Despite Kaku's being smack dab in the middle of Waikiki, you'll only see locals lining up at the entrance right before the restaurant opens for lunch. Why? Because it has a decent lunch buffet that's fancy enough for special...

Stop And Eat A Roadside Lau Lau Plate Lunch

As you drive along the roads in Hawaii, you'll sometimes see people selling food right from the back of their cars on the side of the road. The fruits are the easiest to see - mangoes, pickled mango and...

Honolulu Cookie Company Has Excellent Premium Shortbread Gifts

You know those pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies you keep seeing in ads all over Hawaii? Yup, it's all Honolulu Cookie Company. And you can't get them just anywhere. They aren't sold in your general food stores in the cookie section or...

Real. Local. Non-touristy.

My emails will make you smile!

I'm all about living life in Hawaii with passion, honesty, and respect. So if you like legal hikes, authentic experiences, and a kind and humble personality, I'm your local girl!

You'll love reading my fun and down-to-earth emails from a local perspective. I'll send you my personal tips, travel suggestions, and DIY project ideas that are perfect for Hawaii living.

Sign up below and you'll be added to my email list!

Aloha with love, Amy

Hawaii Starbucks Secret Menu