Eat like a local by hopping on Waikiki’s new dining trolley

Diving into a box of malasadas, a yeast-based doughnut that’s an island favorite, at Leonard’s Bakery, one of the stops on the Honolulu Dining Express trolley.
(Lauren Hillhouse)

Tired of the same old eats in Honolulu? A new trolley service takes visitors to lesser-known restaurants that serve up authentic Hawaiian fare. The Honolulu Dining Express starts at 3 p.m. daily and takes 55 minutes to complete a loop of stops.

Hop on, and you can dine at:

Rainbow Drive-In, a locals’ favorite for its plate meals, including Hawaiian specialty loco moco, a scoop of rice topped with a hamburger patty, an egg and gravy.

Leonard’s Bakery, probably best known for its malasadas, a yeast-based doughnut brought to Hawaii by Portuguese laborers.

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Waikiki’s new dining trolley stops across the street from Waiola Shave Ice.
(Lauren Hillhouse)

Market City Shopping Center, home to a number of eateries, including Cafe Kaila, popular for its all-day breakfasts; Formaggio Wine Bar, serving more than 50 wines by the glass; Gina’s B-B-Q, with huge plate lunches suitable for sharing since they include an entree, three scoops of rice and four sides; and Thai Issan Cuisine, with meat, fish and vegetarian dishes from northeastern Thailand.

Gina’s in Honolulu serves barbecue plates with a choice of four sides plus three scoops of rice.
(Lauren Hillhouse)

Waiola Shave Ice is just across the street from the stop at the Safeway supermarket.

Haili’s Hawaiian Foods, a family-run restaurant serving authentic Hawaiian dishes since 1950.

Side Street Inn, which serves island-style eats including rice and noodle dishes as well as steak, pork and ribs.

Waikiki Trolley operates the Honolulu Dining Express, the first new line in six years.
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The trolley leaves hourly from the International Market Place along Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main drag.

Rides cost $2 each way. Or you can buy a pass — $45 for adults, $25 for children younger than 12 — that allows travel on all tour lines operated by Waikiki Trolley.

Info: Honolulu Dining Express